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Robert Duncan of Bowling Green, Kentucky passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Hopkins Nursing Center in Woodburn, Ky. Bob was born and raised in Hamilton County. His parents were William and Pearl (Tousley) Duncan. At a young age he moved to Pontiac, Michigan to seek employment and be near his older siblings. He went to work at William Wright Upholstery and Custom Made Furniture. Mr. Wright took Bob under his wing and taught him everything about the business. Upon Mr. Wright’s retirement, Bob purchased the business and kept it until his retirement. He lived on a farm in Clarkston, Michigan where he had horses and pulling ponies. He loved riding horses and going to pony-pulling contests. Upon his retirement he and his wife, Helen, moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky to be near their daughter, Leann and John Holloway and grandchildren. He was a member of Columbia Avenue Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan where he was an active member for many years. Bob is survived by his wife, Helen (Miller) Duncan; sons, Robert Michael Duncan of Fowlerville, MI and Curt Gorman of Forsyth, Mo; daughters, Lori and Mike Vickery of Rochester, MI and Leann and John Holloway of Bowling Green, Ky; four grandchildren, Jordan Holloway, Caleb Holloway, Madison Holloway and Chase Vickery, all of Bowling Green, Ky; great-granddaughter, Raeleigh Vickery; and sisters, Mona Gaines and Janice Burnett of McLeansboro. He had several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. November 4, 2015, at Fairview Cemetery. The eulogy was given by the Reverend Tracy Burnett, a nephew of Bob. Bob’s grandson, Jordan Holloway, wrote this memorial for his Papa: The world lost an amazing man yesterday. The wisdom and unconditional love this man shared with me is irreplaceable. Papa died on Nov. 1st. As I ponder on that particular day, it all emulates the man he was. Just as Daylight savings, Papa was such a refreshing voice to wake up to. Obviously, Papa was the first.....first to....greet, love, hold, converse, fellowship...the list is endless. November 1 proceeds the Breeders Cup...Papa loved horses. I couldn’t wait to tell him about the History Breaking performance of American Pharoah. I’ll never forget those days on the farm. You were fearless Papa...a real life cowboy. I used to tell my friends you were Willie Nelson but cooler and John Wayne but stronger. I miss you bud. I know you were always proud of me, but you haven no idea how much of an honor it was to cal l you my Papa. Save me a place up there big guy...and a cup of coffee waiting for me....caffeinated...no decaff...that’s all you.....Love you Information was submitted by Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Published on  December 10, 2015
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