Beryle Jean Duncan


Beryle Jean Duncan, 90, of Sigourney died Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Indianapolis Cemetery near What Cheer. No visitation is planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to What Cheer Opera House or Keokuk County Fair. Friends may sign the online guestbook at

Beryle Jean Duncan was born at home in Mahaska County, Iowa on March 31, 1928 to Walter and Opal Reasoner. She was a graduate of Oskaloosa High School and continued her education at William Penn University. Jean later received her Master's in Education from Drake University in Des Moines and taught in Newton for two years. She met and married William G. Duncan in 1954, although later divorced. On the family farm in Keswick, she was a stay at home mom and raised four wonderful boys: Brad, Kim, Randy, and Dean. She later built a new house and lived on the farm near What Cheer. In 1960 Jean returned to the classroom as a Special Education teacher for the BGM School District. There she remained until she retired after thirty years of teaching. Jean lived a very full and happy life. She had a passion for travel - going coast to coast and border to border. She discovered a spot in Corpus Christi, Texas she loved, and wintered there for ten years, always bringing back a sea of goodies for family and friends. Jean was a creative lady, always crafting something for her home and loved making things to share with others. She also enjoyed painting, wood carving, and being a Mary Kay Consultant. She volunteered for several years with the Keokuk County Fairgrounds and was active in the What Cheer Opera House Band. Jean also had a love for cats and shared her home with several over the years. Her final years were spent at Deer View Manor Assisted Living.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Kim and Brad Duncan.

She will be missed by her two sons: Randy (Deb) Duncan, and Dean (Vicky) Duncan both of What Cheer; four grandchildren: Andrea (Pastrana) of Florida, Austin Duncan of Des Moines, Morgan (Bailee Samson) Duncan of Riverside, and Joe Foster of Sigourney; and a great-granddaughter, Harley Weibers of Denison. She also leaves behind special extended family, Donnie Wauters of Altoona and Jackie George of Des Moines.
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