John Thomas Duncan

John Thomas Duncan, age 86, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 4:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at his home with his loving family by his side.  He was born on January 10, 1932 at Fort Benning, Georgia, the son of the late Herbert C. and Lena Faye (Gullic) Duncan.  He married Lela Mae Catron on June 11, 1955 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and she survives him in Centralia, Illinois.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, Mr. Duncan is survived by his children, John Barry Duncan and wife Amy of Plano, Texas, Rhonda Slininger and husband Garry of Centralia, Illinois and Bryan Duncan and wife Mary of Centralia, Illinois; grandchildren, Andrea Heyart and husband Roy of Savannah, Texas, Jennifer Goslin and husband Kevin of College Station, Texas, Joshua Duncan of Centralia, Illinois, Dr. Amy Wilson and husband Dr. Tim of St. Charles, Missouri, Sara Glascock and husband Johnson of Fisher, Illinois and Kate Inman and husband Derek of Denton, Texas; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, James Paul Duncan of Rochelle, Illinois and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Duncan was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Russell Duncan, Frank Duncan, Herbert C. Duncan, Jr. and Frederick H. Duncan and sisters, Marjorie Marie Duncan, Elizabeth Joan Duncan, Ella Ruth Duncan and Virginia Harlow.

Mr. Duncan was a member of the First Church of God Anderson in Centralia, Illinois, where he served on the board of trustees and building committee and was a member of the men’s group. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving his country during the Korean Conflict from January 25, 1950 until October 23, 1953.  He was a Staff Sergeant at the time of his separation from the military services.  He was a member of the Centralia Masonic Lodge 201, Ainad Shriners in East St. Louis, Illinois and the Scottish Rites.  He enjoyed life as he was a fisherman, craftsman-carpenter, basket maker and leatherworker.  Mr. Duncan was a hardworking, Christian man, who was looked up to and learned from.  He was a jokester with a great sense of humor and a smile always on his face.  He traveled with his wife and family on vacations to all the states except for Alaska.  He cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He adopted all his children’s friends like they were his own.  He loved his Pug, Wrinkles, like a child.

Mr. Duncan retired in 1991 as a conductor from Burlington Northern Railroad after 35 years of service. He began as a brakeman with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. He has lived in Centralia, Illinois since October of 1955, formerly living in Morganfield, Kentucky and Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, Illinois with Reverend Larry Vaughn officiating.  Interment will follow in Mateer-Davis Cemetery in Wayne County, Illinois.  Military Honors will be accorded by the Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141.  Family and friends are invited to visit with Mr. Duncan’s family from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Duncan’s memory to the Centralia Humane Society or Shriners Hospital for Children and will be received by the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, Illinois.  Please view the online obituary, send condolences or share memories with Mr. Duncan’s family at or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.