Hastings resident James Dean “Jim” Duncan, 76, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020,
at CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island, NE, as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Due to COVID-19 directed health measures, a memorial service and burial will be held at
a later date. There will be no viewing or visitation. Memorials may be given to the family
for a memorial to be established at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to the
family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center
is serving the family.
Jim was born on August 27, 1943, in Kearney, NE to Edward & Velma (Lang) Duncan.
At the age of four, Jim developed a serious bone disease that required him to be in a body
cast from head to toe for several years, part of which time he spent at the Nebraska
Orthopedic Hospital in Lincoln, NE where he began his elementary education. After he
was released from the Orthopedic Hospital he returned home to Kenesaw and with the
help of Ed Berg and others he enrolled in Kenesaw Lutheran Elementary School and
completed his elementary education. He entered Kenesaw High School and was having
trouble with what was required of him. He was not interested in English or Math. One of
his teachers, Paul Powers realized that Jim was having problems and arranged to have
Jim enter into an intern program with Vern Hunt to learn auto mechanics. Vern taught
Jim spent nearly 60 years, 40+ years with Hastings Pork, working on all kinds of
vehicles, cussing, and throwing wrenches every step of the way. Jim’s second love,
besides women, was motorcycles. When he was 16, he purchased a 1948 Indian Police
Special and ran the wheels off it. He had many more that he rode tens of thousands of
miles. He attended many motorcycle rallies including Sturgis, SD. James married Martina
Petzoldt on October 16, 2010. He was a mechanic for many years and was a member of
the Chaparrals Motorcycle Club. He met his end of life riding his motorcycle and doing
what he loved. Not many of us are that fortunate. Jim never met a stranger.
James was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Judy.
Wife: Martina Duncan – Hastings, NE
Children: Mark Lansford – Omaha, NE
Connie Kaweesa – Omaha, NE
Chris Lansford – Hastings, NE
Brother & Spouse: Gary & Judy Duncan – Elkhorn, NE
Sister & Spouse: Linda & Lou Cords – Fairfield, NE
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and many friends at Hastings Pork and hundreds of other
friends far and wide.