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Samuel Eugene ‘Gene’ Duncan

In Obituaries by OC Monitor Staff

McHENRY, Ky. — Samuel Eugene “Gene” Duncan, 83, of McHenry, died Saturday, June 25, 2022, under the care of Ohio County Hospital in Hartford. Gene was born May 6, 1939, in Olaton, Kentucky, to the late Samuel Lee and Rosa Mae Chancellor Duncan.

Gene was a hardworking man all his life, working multiple jobs, tending to the land, and bush-hogging properties for AT&T, where he later retired.

Aside from his parents, Gene is preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mae Woolen Duncan, in 1994; a son, Samuel “Sammy” Eugene Duncan Jr., in 1961; two daughters, Rose Stearns, in 2012, and Junie Duncan, in 2019; and two brothers, Albert Lee “Shorty” Duncan and Grover Duncan.

Throughout his life, Gene remained hardworking, honest, and committed; to those in his family, those he worked alongside, and his community. He instilled positive values in his family, still honored to this day. The understanding we are placed on this earth for a period, to do good with that time, and understand one day we will die, so enjoy the life you have and the people you’re blessed to have in it.

He is survived by his spouse of 26 years, Shirley Ann Spurlock. They became best friends quickly in 1996 and remained such until his death. Gene is also survived by his daughter, Doris Duncan; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Clara “Sis” Duncan Greer.

Memorial Services will be held by the family, where Mr. Duncan will be buried in McGrady Creek Cemetery in Olaton.

Hartford Memorial Funeral Chapel is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Duncan.

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