John Thomas Duncan, 81, of Kansas City, Missouri, died on Friday, May 21, 2010 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Funeral services will be at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at Country Club Christian Church. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, St. Joseph, Missouri on Wednesday, May 26. Visitation will be at the church from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, preceding the funeral.
John was born on January 2, 1929 in St. Joseph, MO to John E. and Lavita (Linder) Duncan, who preceded him in death. John attended Central High School in St. Joseph, MO and taught in the St. Joseph Schools before moving to Kansas City. He was a graduate of Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University and received his Master’s degree from Central Missouri State University. He married Carol Chilcote May, 1948. He worked for the Kansas City Missouri School District for 50 years, retiring in 1990. He then became the school district historian. He taught or was principal at Woodland, Greenwood, Faxon, Border Star and West Junior High, where he taught special education. He also taught at Avila College and the University of Rhode Island. John’s a member of Country Club Christian Church. John’s community and related school activities include helping found the Ethnic Enrichment Commission and Festival, he was their chairman and was the Scottish representative, a member of the St. Andrew Society, an active member of Sons of Revolution-Kansas City chapter, Phi Delta Kappa, Kansas Teachers Retirement System Board and Kansas City Teachers Retirement Association, he was on the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee, St. Joseph Masonic Lodge for 50 years, the Pony Express Historical Society and a board of the Guadalupe Center for 30 years and taught English as a Second Language class.
John’s survivors include his wife of 62years, Carol, of the home; son, Jan Thomas Duncan of Roeland Park, KS; daughter, Annette Corona and husband Michael of Prairie Village, KS; two chosen daughters, Martha Cortes and Graciela Martinez, both of Mexico City, Mexico; four grandchildren, Michele, James, Thomas and Isaac.