January 28, 1928, to May 15, 2021
John Edwin Duncan was born in Bellingham, WA, to Perry W. Duncan and Lillian A. Blom Duncan. They brought Ed home to the little prairie outside of Forks, WA, when he was 2 weeks old. Ninety-three plus years later, Ed took his final journey from his home located about a mile from his childhood home. Ed was a man who believed in honesty and lived his life with integrity and determination.
Ed graduated from Forks High School as well as the “School of Hard Knocks”. He met and married Virginia (Ginny) Priest Mason on December 17, 1948. They were blessed with three daughters: Betty Jean, Vicky Lee, and Diane Lynn.
Ed was a very physical man who loved all the outdoors with all its majesty and mystery. He was awed by creation. Ed had worked in the woods as a top-notch busheler for over 47 years. He absolutely loved to work. He would have continued but the difficult work of the logging industry physically took its toll and he retired. He continued to cut and split firewood as well as mow the lawn and brush cut using the farm tractor until into his 90s.
An avid hunter, Ed went on 10 or more successful moose hunts in Canada. He enjoyed fishing the rivers and lakes of the West End his entire life with friends, daughters, grandsons and great-granddaughters. From 2007 to 2019, he went to Idaho with a bunch of young fellows (and a couple of gals) to hunt deer and to tell a few stories. He probably taught them all a thing or two about life and driving a side by side!
Ed was predeceased by his parents, Perry and “Allie”; wife, “Ginny”; daughter, Betty; and brother, Wiley. He is survived by his daughter and “son”, Vicky and Ed Goakey; daughter, Diane Duncan; 3 grandsons – Baron Prine, Josh Goakey and Jason Goakey; 1 granddaughter – Trina Jerome; 6 great-grandchildren – Jeremy and Russell Jerome, Alina (Dylan) Imel, Candas (Daymen Blankenship) Goakey, Jordan Goakey and Vincent Prine; and 3 great-great-grandchildren – Braelynn Blankenship, Mason and Aubrey Imel. He is also survived by his long-time companion/partner, Randi McColl, and their fur baby, PerryBear.
Ed was met at the Rainbow Bridge by many loving 4-legged family members – Rex, Gussie, Dixie, Whiskers, Tiger, Budzo, HappyDog, Cocoa, Duke, Butchie, One, ShadowBear, Mocha, Miki Mato and Moose to name a few. We are positive that he is enjoying his new life and has found a favorite fishing hole! Ed lived his life with much gratitude and felt so fortunate and content to have truly lived a wonderful and fulfilling 93 years. So as Ed would always say,
“See ya later and take it ‘One Day at a Time’.”
At Ed’s request, there will be no service. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Forks Community Food Bank or a service charity of your choice in Ed’s name.