DICKINSON, TX – Robert Clinton Duncan, 86, of Kemah, Texas, died Friday, October 17, 2008, at Christus St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Violet Morgan Duncan; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard A. Duncan and Myrna Duncan, of Dickinson, Texas; and his daughter, Roberta Sue Duncan, of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by grandson D. Todd Duncan of Pensacola, Florida; grandson Vance E. Duncan and wife, Lisa Duncan, of Manvel, Texas; and granddaughter Tracy Duncan Alfultis and husband, Michael Alfultis, of Austin, Texas. He had three great grandsons: Kazman Duncan, Chase Duncan, and Hilton Duncan. He was predeceased by his brothers, G. Carwin Duncan, Howard A. “Boochie” Duncan, and Vernon “Tat” Duncan.
Services will be held at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2008. Burial will follow at the Houston National Cemetery (Veterans Cemetery). The Rev. John Newsome of Bay Harbour United Methodist Church in League City, Texas, will officiate.
Robert C. “Bob” Duncan was born October 31, 1921, in Egan, Louisiana, to Mabel Rasberry Duncan and Robert C. Duncan, Sr. He graduated from Crowley High School in 1939 and attended one year of college at Southwest Louisiana Institute in Lafayette. In high school and college he was a boxer, and his fighting record earned him the nickname “Ace.” He then lived in San Antonio, Texas, and Richmond, California, before enlisting in the Navy in 1942. During his service as a torpedoman aboard the U.S.S. Thompson, he participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, which in his later life became a source of much pride.
On June 1, 1945, he married Violet Morgan in Lafayette, Louisiana, and after completing his service in the Navy, the couple moved to the Houston area. He worked for Exxon for nearly 30 years and lived in Pasadena, Texas, until 1967, when he returned to Crowley, Louisiana. In Crowley he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School classes.
He also belonged to several fraternal organizations. He was a member of the American Legion and in 1981 served as the post commander in Crowley. He was active in the Masons and Shriners in the area, becoming a Master Mason and serving as lodge master for Crowley Lodge 243. He also became grand noble in the Oddfellows.
His many interests in life included reading (especially American history and Civil War books) and gardening. He enjoyed preparing and eating Cajun food, particularly gumbo and boudin. He was a lifelong fan of two sports teams: the LSU Tigers football team and the Houston Astros. But none of his interests or loves surpassed that of his love for his wife, who was his companion for more than 63 years.