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Dennis Eugene Duncan

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On September 9, 2020 @ 9:51 am In Obituaries | 25 Comments

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Dennis Eugene Duncan, better known by his friends as Denver and by his best friends as Gramps, 70, of Lancaster passed away on Sunday September 6th, 2020. Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lancaster on March 21, 1950.

Denver was a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, served and was honorably discharged from the United States Army. He was a jack of all trades, working, volunteering, and making friends at many places throughout the county including several years at Darrenkamp’s.

Denver was young at heart and relished time spent with his daughters and especially his grandchildren. He would frequently be found rocking a baby in his famous football hold, on the floor playing toys with them, or out on a walk looking for mischief. To say Denver was a fan of the New Orleans Saints would be an understatement. He also enjoyed watching and playing golf, spending many years working at Meadia Heights Country Club providing sometimes unsolicited advice to the golfers.

Denver made an impact on everyone he met, even if just in passing when wishing someone to have a better one after they wished him a good day. His mustached smile was infectious and he was always quick with a witty remark. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by everyone fortunate enough to come to know and love him.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Duncan, sisters Christine and Louise, brothers Bob, Andy and Luther, his three daughters, Sarah (Jefferson) Mixell, Emily (Kevin) Erb, Hillary (Caleb) Yager, and his 6 best friends and grandchildren Addison, Eleanor, Henry, Benjamin, Nora, and Lucy.

Denver’s life will be celebrated at Meadia Heights Country Club, 402 Golf Road, Lancaster, PA on Saturday, September 12th. There will be no public viewing. His family will receive guests from 11 – 12 P.M. A private luncheon will follow.    Donations in Denver’s honor can be made to the Brees Dream Foundation at www.drewbrees.com


Condolences for the family of “Dennis Eugene Duncan”

Condolence from Carol Kealey on September 9th, 2020 1:06 pm

Sarah and family
Although I didn’t know your dad, I feel that I did through Sarah, and I am so very sorry for your tragic loss.

Condolence from Robert and Sharon Duncan on September 9th, 2020 1:23 pm

Words cannot truly express our deep sadness in losing our beloved brother, your father, Denver. This last year we spoke of many fond memories we all shared and will hold on to them as a precious gifts until we meet again. We Love you girls. God bless you & comfort you in this very difficult time. ❤ Uncle Bob & Auntie Sharon

Condolence from Denise Thompson on September 9th, 2020 8:40 pm

Sending lots of love to Sarah, Em, and Hill. Your dad was one-of-a-kind who knew how to make people smile.

Condolence from Elizabeth Warner on September 9th, 2020 11:01 pm

Sarah, Emily, and Hillary. So sorry for your loss…way to soon. I’m glad your dad was able to enjoy fun times with his grandchildren. His clever wit, and banter with Nigel certainly livened up family holidays in Conestoga! Prayers for you during this time of sorrow. ❤️ Aunt Bun

Condolence from Betty Andrew on September 10th, 2020 4:29 am

Christine I’m so sorry to read of the death of your brother. Know he is at peace

Condolence from Steven Snyder on September 10th, 2020 9:12 am

Sarah, Emily and Hillary,
Words cannot express the sadness unless you were feeling now that your dad is gone. I hope the coming days will bring peace to you and your families and allow you to basque in the warm glow of the good memories of your dad. I remember him well and can still see the sparkle in his eyes whenever he was near you or thought of the three of you.

I’ll miss my brother from another mother.
Steven Snyder

Condolence from Karen Schmuck Heaton on September 10th, 2020 9:14 am

Dear family, very sorry to hear of Denny’s passing. First met him in 1st grade at Wharton Elem. School, and remember him as being a real “card”. Never saw him after high school but continued to have fond memories. My deepest sympathy to his friends and family.

Condolence from Trey Herring on September 10th, 2020 11:57 pm

I’ve worked in golf for 11 years now, started as a 14 year old kid with my first boss, Denver Duncan. I currently am working at Golf Channel, a place where he said I’d always be a great fit, and show up on TV one day. Guess what D, I love this current role at Golf Channel and yes I can say I’ve appeared on TV a few times. He always said I reminded him of Eddie Haskell! Never seen that show and Idk if it’s on Netflix. He said I could always make people laugh, kiss up, and if something went wrong, bs my way into a victory. D you always talked about how your three girls drive ya crazy, and that I drove you crazier. The last few texts we shared, you noted you had a great support system and you were battling Mr C. I think you’re the real Eddie Haskell D. Let’s tee it up again soon! Go Saints this weekend and beat Brady. Love ya brother.

Condolence from Howard L Sheppard on September 10th, 2020 10:12 am

My deepest condolences to the entire Duncan family. Denny and I were classmates at J.P. McCaskey, we use to play pick up basketball at Sacred Heart, I was not very good and he let me know it, but we had a lot of fun. The last time I saw him was at our 50th class reunion and he was his usual jovial self and he reminded me again about those basketball games. I will miss him.

Condolence from brenda jacobson on September 10th, 2020 10:28 am

Sarah, Emily and Hillary,
This is Brenda Jacobson. Your mom and I worked together at Eye Associates. I was very surprised to read about your dad passing in the paper this morning. I sent your mom a text , and it sounded like a long and tough journey for his last chapter. Lloyd and I are so very sorry for your loss. I remember your dad coming in the back door of our office dressed in a Santa suit. He had the entire office in an uproar . Not unusual for Denver. That was easy for him to pull off. I know your hearts are broken. You have many memories to hang on to with such a fun loving guy. Our prayer is that these will bring you peace. With sympathy, Lloyd and Brenda Jacobson.

Condolence from Rebecca Shiffer on September 10th, 2020 11:06 am

Dear Sarah, Emily and Hillary,

We are so sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of Denver’s big smile, warm greetings, and hearty laughs as he walked back and forth to the club or at the pool. May the Lord embrace you with His comforting arms and fill your hearts with peace. Praying for your family.

The Shiffer Family

Condolence from Ronald Ford on September 10th, 2020 11:40 am

Our condolences to Denver’s family. He was one of the best & most honest man we have ever known. He will be missed by both of us.
He was a very positive person with a great smile & laugh.
He looked over the house while we were away for six months every year. He also mowed the grass & many odd jobs that I could no longer do. He never complained & always finished everything with a smile.
He’ll be sorely missed
Love You Bro
Ron & Bunny Ford

Condolence from Nigel Warner on September 10th, 2020 2:59 pm

Denver was always good for a laugh,enjoyed his cooking and I can still see him in Nanny’s apron helping Mom Lovett with holiday dinners.
He enjoyed his grandkids immensely and he will be missed by one and all .
Rest in peace Denver.

Condolence from Siang Hua and Joanne S. Wang on September 11th, 2020 3:03 pm

Dennis brightened the day at Lancaster Senior Center. He was a fun-loving, soulful, joyful man, with a heart of service, who put us at our ease. He was proud of his family and showed us pictures of his grandkids that he carried in his wallet. He will be missed by us all. Rest in peace Dennis. Thank you for caring for us.

Condolence from Rick Herr on September 12th, 2020 9:22 am

Last saw Dennis st 50th class golf outing at four seasons. Also years ago he and I umpired in the Lancaster township baseball league. Use to run into him at Conestoga view whete his mother and my parents were residents. Always upbeat and great guy

Condolence from Robert Ulmer on September 12th, 2020 10:01 am

Duncan Girls, I`ve been thinking and praying for you and your families since I heard of his passing. I meet your Dad when I was eight years old and connected and reconnected with him over the next sixty years. I was very fortunate for him to be a part of my life. Regretfully I didn`t see him the last few years but that does not erase the memories and my love for him. I told your Uncle Bob that God broke the mold after he created Denver and anyone who knew him would have to agree. I will not be able to attend the drive by today but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. With Love, Bobby (a.k.a. Elmer as your Dad would call me)

Condolence from Deb Mills nee Smith on September 12th, 2020 4:18 pm

To Denny’s family and friends,
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Denny. I am a second cousin of his on his mom’s side. I spent quite a few summer family reunions with him and all the family. My thoughts and prayers surround you to help you through this time…

Condolence from George W Adams on September 13th, 2020 4:29 am

I only knew Denver for the last couple years when he helped me with my yard but we spent a lot of time after the work in some great conversations that were filled with his humor and also his courage through health adversity.I could tell how highly he valued his family by the smile on his face when he spoke about his mother,daughters and grandchildren.He will be remembered in thought and prayer. I hope the memory of happier times gives you all comfort.

Condolence from Ron Scone on September 13th, 2020 12:27 pm

My Condolences to the family. I worked with Dennis at Penn Dairies in the short time we worked together which was years ago he made a lasting impression. Always had good stories and great jokes to tell. RIP Dennis

Condolence from Joyce Marie Akins on September 14th, 2020 10:45 am

Dear Louise and Helen:
I am sorry that you lost your beloved brother and son, Dennis.

Condolence from Jeffrey G. Butch on September 14th, 2020 1:47 pm

Denny and I were on the Student Government at Millersville in the 70’s. He also was a part of the Veterans Fraternity XGI and since he was a veteran, he hung out with many veterans at Millersville. I saw he last when we were both getting flu shots at the VA. Denny was a great person and I am glad to have known him. I don’t know what caused his death but he will be sadly missed by all.

Condolence from Tom Wilson on September 14th, 2020 10:06 pm

To the Duncan girls and family:
Your dad and I spent many hours watching L-S soccer with the pride of his life out on the field and Sarah not too far away on the diamond. The games are distant memories but the time spent with your dad was special-he really had a unique light in him and so much pride in his family. I was sorry to hear of his passing but I’m fortunate for the time we spent together. .

Condolence from Steve Duncan on September 15th, 2020 8:26 pm

Dear Aunt Helen, Cousins Christine, Louise, Bob, Andy and Luther,

I just found out that Dennis passed away last week. Saying I’m shocked is an understatement. Family gatherings and homeroom at good old JP McCaskey, Denny was the spark. I can only imagine Denny with his grand children… and that brings a smile to my face. Please know you are all in my thoughts and please share my condolences with his daughters.

Love to all,
Cousin Steve

Condolence from Stephen J. Hobday on September 16th, 2020 1:22 pm

I am very sorry to hear of Denny’s passing. We had a lot of fun over the years including our newspaper routes.

Steve Hobday

Condolence from Matt H on September 29th, 2020 10:02 am

I met and knew Denver while working at Meadia Heights for two golfing seasons. In this ever busy life we all live, it’s unfortunate that hearing of his passing is what has reminded me of his infectious laugh and smile he provided me with, every day, some eight years ago. Denver welcomed me to the crew like family, and made sure I knew the ropes. He enjoyed being a friendly father figure to the staff that he managed, and always led his crew by example with hard work… along with some occasional hearty (loud) advice 🙂 He was always honest, and always sincere. A rare bird, indeed. To his family, I hope you all can focus on the positive impact and lasting memories I am sure he provided. I also hope my little tid-bit brings a smile to his daughter’s faces. (When my father passed, I found great happiness hearing and reading brief stories from his acquaintances I did not personally know)

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