Obituaries

Jean Ellenor Duncan – Marion

Jean Ellenor Duncan, 85, of Marion, Iowa, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 11, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. The family will greet friends and family from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with Reverend Steve Knudson officiating. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, at Strawberry Point Cemetery in Strawberry Point, Iowa.

Jean was born on May 23, 1936, in Gunder, Iowa, the daughter of John Chris and Ellen Christina (Olson) Johansen. She grew up in Lamont, Iowa, and graduated from Starmont High School in Strawberry Point, Iowa. She moved to Chicago, Illinois, and worked for the CB&Q Railroad. Shortly after, she met the love of her life, Garie William Duncan. They were united in marriage on September 14, 1957, in Strawberry Point. To this union two children were born, Lisa and Mark.

Jean and Garie lived in Iowa City, Iowa, before moving to Marion, where they started the W. Truss Company in 1964. Years later, Jean started her career in real estate, working for Caldwell Banker. Following the death of her husband, Garie, Jean lived in San Jose, California, and Denver, Colorado, before returning to Marion in 2016.

Jean loved to spend time with her family and friends. She loved to travel, listen to live country music, play cards, and go to happy hour. Jean was kind, sweet, beautiful, and loved by many. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jean is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughter, Lisa Duncan (Billy Kennerly) of Englewood, Colorado; son, Mark Duncan (Tracy Brooks) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; granddaughter, Haile Duncan; sister, Karen Fisher of San Jose, California; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Garie Duncan in 1985; and two brothers, Gary and Tommy Johansen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jean’s memory may be made to either First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids or a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.

Please share a memory of Jean at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

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