• Date Of Birth: October 12, 1928
  • Date Of Death: September 11, 2015
  • State: Montana

Morris Wayne “Dunc” Duncan, age 86, passed away of heart failure, Friday, September 11, 2015 at a local care facility.

He was born on October 12, 1928 in Denton, Montana, the youngest of the six children born to John and Annie Duncan. He was proud to have lived the longest of any of his siblings. He participated in football and played trumpet in the band at Simms High School and graduated from there in 1947. He met his future wife, Helen B. Williams at Simms High. He played trumpet in dance bands for much of his life which helped supplement his income. He also attended the University of Montana.

Dad worked his whole life beginning in Browning, MT when he learned how to set type for the Browning Chief newspaper owned by his father. When he was 15, both of his parents passed away, and he moved to a farm on the Fairfield bench owned by his oldest sister, Deigh and her husband Ray Yates. There he learned how to be a farmer. They raised farm animals including chickens. He always wanted to raise more chickens even after leaving farming.

Wayne and Helen got married on October, 29, 1948 and he went to work as a parts man for International Harvester. This job took them to Havre and Rudyard before returning to Great Falls. He then did book work for two electrical contractors until he went into business for himself as Duncan Accounting, preparing tax returns and providing accounting for small firms. He was a Licensed Public Accountant and served as President, (twice), of the Montana Society of Public Accountants. He was still working until 2014.

He loved to camp and fish with family. The whole family would sit around the campfire and tell stories. Ask any of us about “Charlie, the worm who needed ringer’s lactate” and “the Fiddle Faddle Forest Fire”, as well as “the Olympic dish washing tryouts.” Wayne and Helen also liked to travel and went on ocean cruises, a river boat and went to Hawaii a number of times.

Dunc is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen B (Williams) Duncan; his daughter, Julie Robbins and husband, Hal Robbins of Helena, MT; his daughter, Nancy DeVerse and husband, Michael DeVerse of Aberdeen, WA ; his daughter, Lisa Mongar and husband, Eric Mongar of Great Falls, MT; granddaughters, Ella DeVerse and Corissa DeVerse.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his siblings, Tommy Duncan, Edna (Deigh) Keefe, Mamie Arnold, Wally Duncan and Doug Duncan.

The family would like to thank Dr. Treptow and his staff, the Benefis Intensive Care Unit staff and doctors for their great care of our father.

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