Robert Merle Duncan


Robert Merle Duncan, 65, of Baldwin City, Kansas, passed away December 22, 2012 at his home, under the care of the Douglas County VNA Hospice.

He was born December 11, 1947 in Manhattan, Kansas, son of Alley and Avis Hobble Duncan.


  1. Doug Houser on September 1, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Merle and I were drafted into the army together in 1970. I considered him a very good friend. Being in the army at that time was a very tough experience for both of us. We helped each other though I think he helped me much more than I could help him. He knew far more about how the world worked than I did. I had too many good times with him to be able to recall. We somehow got away from Fort Lost in the Woods long enough to catch a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Kiel Auditorium. I remember staying with his wonderful family probably for a weekend in Manhattan KS. His father Alley took us on a tour of the town in his restored Model A Ford. I rode in the rumble seat. What fun that was! The last time I saw Merle was when he came by my house in Maplewood when he and a Frenchman were in St. Louis for some sort of a conference. Must have been around 1980. He was an absolutely first class fellow. I am stunned to learn of his passing. He definitely was a good tennis player and was not at all shy about it. I remember he was playing once on a court across the street from our where our 7th Army company 12th Trans was located. A high ranking officer made it a point to stop and upbraid Merle for being out of uniform. He was playing in his fatigue pants and an undershirt. He seemed to know instinctively what was important and what wasn’t. Being out of uniform certainly wasn’t. What a loss. Such a fine man. I am deeply saddened to learn that he has passed.

  2. Steve Golin on July 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I am so sad that Merle died. I just found out. I taught him at Kansas State and we became friends. We lost touch after I moved to NJ. But I did visit him once in 1976, when he was living in (I think) Arkansas, in the corner near Missouri and Kansas. I remember him as idealistic and decent. I also remember that he was a very good tennis player.

  3. David Henderson on June 18, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Just learned of Merle’s passing. Merle and I attended Bluemont grade school together in Manhattan, KS. We were good friends. I remember Merle attending my birthday party when I turned 10 years old and the good times we had in high school. I enjoyed the times we shared together growing up. My thoughts are with Merle’s family. I know he will be missed by all.

  4. George Shupe on June 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    My condolences to Merle’s family and friends. I feel too a loss with his passing. He was a good friend to me in high school and early college years. Glad we reconnected a few years back, though briefly – he was still the same great guy!

  5. David Mitchell on June 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I grew up with Merle, same age. One block apart. I carried him on my shoulders on our way to Aggieville to look like a really tall person. Lot of good memories and fun. He will be missed. A very good person.

  6. Debby on March 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I miss you Lovey!

  7. Ronda Miller on December 29, 2012 at 8:12 am

    My heart felt condolences for the loss to family and friends. I didn’t know Merle well, but I knew him to be a loving provider for his family.

    God bless.

    Ronda, Scott and Apple

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