Janice “Jan” Rae Duncan
Janice “Jan” Rae Duncan, age 71, of Cairo, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020, due to injuries as the result of an automobile accident.
Mass of Christian burial was Monday, July 20, at Resurrection Catholic Church of Grand Island. All Faiths Funeral Home, of Grand Island, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the family to provide scholarships for students in the automotive program at CCC Hastings Campus.
Online remembrances may be left at www.giallfaiths.com.
Jan was born March 3, 1949, in Kearney, the daughter of Albert and Phyllis (Coulter) Hervert. She grew up on the family farm near Ravenna, graduating from Ravenna High School, Class of 1967. She then graduated from Grand Island School of Business. On February 15, 1969, following a huge blizzard that made many roads impassable, she was united in marriage to Ronald “Ron” L. Duncan. They made their home in Grand Island before moving to their acreage between Grand Island and Cairo, where they lived for 47 years.
Following graduation, she worked at Gamble Robinson for a few years before starting her own business, “Duncan’s Upholstery.” In addition to running her own business, she was also a part-time instructor at Central Community College teaching upholstery for well over ten years. Jan was employed part-time as a crew leader for the United States Census. She worked the 1990, 2000, 2010, and current Census … and was making plans for 2030.
Vintage and classic cars were a major part of Jan’s life. She loved NHRA drag racing and supported Ron during his racing career when he ran Malfunction and Hellfire. She was a member of the National Nomad Club and helped establish the current Chevrolet Nomad Association, for a combined total of over 50 years affiliation with both clubs. She was a member of Vintage and Classic Wheels, as well as the Island Area Cruisers. Jan was also a 30+ year member of the Hall County Extension Club. While raising her children, Jan supported the Boys Scouts of America and 4-H. The connections she made through these affiliations afforded countless lifelong friendships.
Jan enjoyed antiquing and garage sales, always looking for “a good deal.” Her extensive collections include M&M’s, Root Beer Mugs, Campbells Soup, California Raisins, Kool-Aid, Coca-Cola, Planters Peanuts, and Hot Wheels. Jan loved playing radio call-in contests and was well known by the local DJs for her knack of winning and her famous party mix at Christmastime. But, above all Jan’s beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy, never missing a school play, speech debate, or game.
Those who will cherish Jan’s memory include her husband, Ron; and her children, Shawn (Megan) Duncan, of Fort Lupton, Colorado, and Lisa (Dustin) Duncan Butler, of Alda; five grandchildren, Kristian (Zach) Morgan, Dusty Rose Butler, Madison Duncan, Brock Butler, and Caden Butler; and two great-grandchildren, Amelia and Ariah Duncan.
She is also survived by brothers, Mike Hervert, of Rockville, and Don (Pamela) Hervert, of Ravenna; sister, Jean (Don) Blaschko, of Gibbon; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Carol McCarthy; and brothers, Jerry Hervert and Brent Hervert.