Charles N. Duncan

Mr. Charles N. Duncan, age 92, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, October 13, 2019 at Brian’s House.  The son of the late Harold O. Duncan and Marie L. (Webb) Bolton, he was born on July 20, 1927 in Chicago.  
Charles moved to Michigan and was raised in Grayling.  He served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps and was wounded in WWII.  Following his service Charles graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1947.  
On October 23, 1948 he married the former Patricia Hope Heric, who was the love of his life until her passing on July 17, 2013.
In 1951 Charles joined the Saginaw Police Dept. and retired as Lieutenant in 1982.  He formed the Saginaw Valley Pistol League in the early 1950’s and remained President for over 60 years. 
Charles and his wife Pat officially started Duncan’s Outdoor Shop in their Saginaw home in 1960 and they continued to volunteer at the gun shop after their youngest son Glenn took over and moved the business to Bay City.  
Charles was a patron member of the NRA and served as a NRA Regional Legislative Representative.  He was also a NRA Training Counselor who taught both instructors and students how to safely shoot rifles, pistols and shotguns.  
Charles organized and directed the Saginaw YMCA shooting program and was actively involved in the development of Hunter Safety classes at Saginaw Field & Stream and also for the State of Michigan.  He was an avid educator and spokesman on gun safety and has been honored by several noted civic organizations over the years. 
Charles and Pat were members of State Street United Methodist Church for over 25 years and also of Saginaw Evangelical Lutheran Church and First Church of Christ in Bay City.  
He was a member of the Saginaw Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 105, the Saginaw Masonic Lodge 77, the Valley of Bay City Scottish Rite Mason 32nd Degree and Noble of Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple and Security Unit.  
Charles was also Past President of the Saginaw YMCA Men’s Club, a life member of the Saginaw Gun Club and was Past President and life member of the Saginaw Field & Stream Club.
Charles is survived by his children, William (Lin) Duncan of Frankenmuth, Virginia Dall of Merrill, Rhoda (Thomas) Woods of Marshall and Glenn (Ann Marie) Duncan of Bay City; grandchildren, J-Jay Duncan, Jeffrey (Gail) Duncan, Brian (Sharon) Woods, Janine Woods Thoma, Elizabeth (Leonard) Cusenza, Andrew (Jodie) Duncan, Charles Dall, Colleen (Alan) Moore and Cristine (David) Madden; great-grandchildren, Allyson Bishop, Liz Donowski, Samantha Donowski, Angelina Donowski, Nathan Moore, Caleb Moore, Keltie Madden, Rylinn Madden, Abigail Duncan, Gavin Duncan and Jason Woods;  brother, Thomas (Angie) Duncan; sister, Carmen Alguire; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews.  
Charles was also preceded in death by his half-brother, Arthur (Helen) Sidman.
The Funeral Service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the Trahan Funeral Chapel, 256 N. Madison Ave., Bay City, Mi 48708, 989-893-6583.  
Officiating will be Deacon Tim Hartwig.  
Private interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Grayling with Military Honors conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Grayling VFW. 
Memorial contributions may be directed to Brian’s House, Shriner’s Hospitals or to Friends of the NRA, which benefits shooting clubs and ranges in Michigan only.  
Visiting hours will be on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. 
There will be a Masonic Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.  
For on-line sentiments:

Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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