Grace Duncan


Grace Irene Duncan was born in Pierre, S.D., Dec. 27, 1930, to Bert and Grace May (Dunlap) Haverly from Onida, S.D., the youngest of nine children.

Grace lived 39 years in the community of Onida graduating from Onida High School in 1949. Grace married William Terrell Williams (deceased) in November 1949. The couple had five children. Grace provided daycare at the big house by the railroad tracks, worked at the restaurant in Onida and managed Grace’s Drive Inn on the northeast corner of the four corners in Onida.

Grace moved to Pierre in 1969, where she managed the Red Owl Restaurant, Kings Inn and the Falcon while obtaining her real estate license. She married Richard Duncan in January 1977.

Following her 50th birthday she parasailed in Mexico, learned to excel at skiing at Terry Peak and obtained her motorcycle license all in the same year.  Grace became an avid sailor and captain of her beloved “PONCHO BLU” on the Missouri River for many years. Sailing with her husband, Richard, was her true passion. Her other hobbies included gardening, traveling, meeting people, love for music, singing, dancing, crocheting and knitting numerous sweaters for Richard along with hundreds of Christmas stockings for family and friends.

As Grace and Dick traveled through life together they remodeled and built numerous homes in the Pierre area.

Grace was a realtor for Burke Real Estate for over 20 five years and retired with Richard to Custer, S.D., in 2004.

Grace died Dec. 17, 2017, at  Custer Regional Hospital. She was 86.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  brothers,  Veryl  Haverly,  Burton Haverly, Norman Haverly and Carl Haverly;  sisters,  Shirley Jagen,   Elizabeth Rupkalvi and Jean Trask; son, Michael Williams; step-daughter, Sandy Yellow Robe; grandson, John Steffen; great-granddaughter, Jose Hanson; and brother-in-law, Charles Arthur Duncan.

Grace is survived by her husband, Richard, of Custer; daughters, JoAnn Clark of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jeanne (David) Steffen of Burke, S.D.,  Janet Carroll of Whitewood, S.D.,  Peggy (Ole) Hoel of Devils Lake, N.D., Sally Donald of Winner, S.D., and Lisa Duncan of Rapid City, S.D.; son, Doug Duncan from Luverne, Minn.; sister, Eleanor Johnson of Evanston, Ill.,  14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, at Living Outreach Church in Custer with Pastor Joel Ziolkowski officiating.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 26, at Spring Creek Resort and Marina north of  Pierre.

A memorial has been established to benefit the Outreach Program of the Living Outreach Church in Custer.