November 9, 1929 ~ January 13, 2020

Born in: Newton , IA
Resided in: Denver, CO

William was born November 9, 1929 in Newton, Iowa and raised in both Des Moines, Iowa and Monmouth, Illinois. Born 10 days after the start of the Great Depression, he and his younger sister Delores had an economically challenging childhood.
Despite these obstacles, William was an outstanding student earning straight A’s through middle and high school, His grades warranting college scholarship considerations, but unfortunately, due to profound racial prejudice many blacks were denied the college scholarships they so richly deserved. Unable to afford tuition, William decided to join the Air Force. He was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado where he would meet the love of his life, Betty Ruth Rose. They were married in 1951 and after his military obligations were complete, they settled in Northeast Denver.
While in the Air Force, William showed a true talent and aptitude for finance and after leaving the service became a successful civilian supervisor for the Air Force and Accounting Finance Center in Denver. His team was responsible for processing the pay for our courageous men and women in uniform in all five critical branches.
William was also a dedicated member of Jordan Chapel AME Church and taught Sunday school and served on the churches board as well as many related committees.
An avid sports fan, William was a Denver Broncos season ticket holder beginning in the early 60’s. Some of his children’s fondest memories were going to Broncos games with their dad, in particular, the incredibly long walks to the stadium. His allegiances to the Los Angeles Dodgers and later Colorado Rockies meant he never missed a game either in person or on television.
William was preceded in death by his parents, eldest son William T. Duncan, III and grandson Corsean Lewis.
William Theodore Duncan departed this life into the hands of the Lord on January 13, 2020. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 70 years Betty R. Duncan, his children Thelma Duncan, Clark Duncan (Toni) Kevin Duncan (Patricia) his siblings Richard (Dickey) Duncan and Delores Bowen, nine grandchildren Tricia Vincenty, Nicole Duncan, Kelli Duncan, Tasha Morris, , Micah Duncan, Shania Duncan, Lauren Abdul-Ali, Tynisha Duncan and Shyra Duncan, 12 great grandchildren, 1 great, great grandchild, host of relatives and friends.


Visitation: January 24, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: January 25, 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Reception: January 25, 2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell
6601 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220

Interment: January 27, 2020 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Avenue
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 781-0117

Room: Staging Area "A"

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  1. To retired Capt. Duncan and family, it all started for me some 50 years ago on 35th and Eudora as young kids, our parents nutured us to become the men we are today. Although your loving father is gone in the flesh his spirit lives in you all who are left to cherish the many memories. May Mr. Duncan rest in eternal peace 🙏

  2. To the Duncan family,

    Our deepest condolences to the Duncan family. My family grew up at Jordan A.M.E. Church where Mr. Duncan was a member and he taught Sunday School for many years. He was an awesome teacher.
    The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
    Mr. Duncan has gone from labor to reward. He shall rest from his labor in the arms of Jesus.

    Rachelle Washington (Farmer) family

  3. To Kevin Duncan and family,
    Your dad was a fellow Iowan and he will be truly missed. Rest assured that he’s in God’s hand and all will be alright.
    RIH Mr. Duncan.

  4. To Betty Duncan and Family
    So sorry for your loss, may God
    Bless you and your Family during
    this time of grief.
    Connie Brown Ross
    Please call Betty when you can
    Love You

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