In Memoriam

Ian Duncan

Ian Jameson Duncan

Ian Jameson Duncan, 45, died May 24, 1992 after undergoing liver transplant surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kans. He is survived by his wife, Bev; 13-year-old daughter Julia; his 10-year-old son Ian; his father, Tom; and his sister Marcia. Ian worked as contract administrator at Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kans. Ian was a graduate of the Class of 1968 and served as a procurement officer at his various assignments. His dream was to become an Air Force pilot. Due to a back injury suffered while in flight school, Ian's dream was shattered and so were his plans for the future. God eventually used this extreme disappointment in Ian's life for good. After talking to an Air Force chaplain about this, Ian became a Christian, which changed his whole outlook on life, his priorities and even his desire to be a pilot. As Ian grew as a Christian he not only grew in love and compassion for others, but he grew in humility (a quality Academy graduates are not known for). In December 1974, he married Bev. At Ian's memorial service, Bev shared this about her husband: Ian was a godly husband and father. Except for God, Ian always put the needs of his family first - above his own personal hobbies, above his church responsibilities, and even above his job at Beech. Ian did not seek praise outside his home as so many men do. Ian wasn't afraid to die, for he knew where he'd be going when that time came. His question, I know, would be to everyone reading this: If you died today, do you know for sure you would go to Heaven? Ian knew. Those of us who are Christians will get to see him again some day.
He had his priorities right!

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