duncan, loney

Loney Ross Duncan, Jr.

July 16, 1932 - June 5, 2022

On July 16, 1932, Viola and Lon Duncan welcomed their first child, Loney Jr., into the world. Raised in Coffeyville, Kansas, Loney grew to be an inquisitive child, known for taking everything apart to see how it worked. Around the age of twelve Loney and his mother attended one of the then popular tent evangelistic meetings and embraced the truths of Adventism. Viola’s desire to give Loney the blessing of Christian education led him to attend high school at Enterprise Academy, followed by higher education at Union College for pre-engineering. Loney completed his degree in Electrical Engineering at Kansas University since none of the Adventist colleges offered this degree at that time. His university experience was interrupted by the draft, missing the Korean war by a few months, landing him instead in France.

His first Sabbath in a strange country found him hitch hiking to the nearest SDA Church where providentially he met a petite French woman on the day of her baptism. “Coincidentally,” Jeannine Sarlandie spoke fluent English and took pity on the American Gi who spoke not a word of French. There after Loney would frequently hitch hike the 130 miles to Jeannine’s hometown of La Rochelle to win her heart resulting in an engagement by the end of his deployment. Jeannine joined him in the United States soon after on a student visa and the two were married on February 17, 1957.

Loney began a long and successful career in Engineering with Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where his three daughters were born. Eventually, work brought the Duncan family to Dallas, Texas where Loney advanced to Vice President of Advanced Technology at Rockwell International. Work often took him away on business, but he always made it back by Friday night to spend Sabbath with his family and serve his church as a long time Sabbath School teacher; something in which he took joy and pride until seven months ago.

Loney spent many enjoyable hours participating in his ham radio club. His passion for communication and the gospel truth led him to involvement with Adventist World Radio. The last twenty years brought him deep satisfaction as he shared both his vast technical knowledge as well as financial support for this unique method of spreading the love of Jesus and His soon return to isolated portions of a world in desperate need.  Another of Loney’s passions was Christian Education and he helped support not only his children and grandchildren along their educational path but was also assisted other young people achieve their dreams of Adventist education.  Not only did he spend countless hours volunteering in each church he was a part of, Loney also gave back to his community by serving as one of Fairview’s first Volunteer Firemen and lending his technical expertise at the local Heard Museum for various projects, earning him Volunteer of the Year in 2004.

Loney took pride in the fact that he was able to help build the home that he and Jeannine lived in for over forty years and the beautiful grounds that they tended together during his retirement years. He loved to putter on his land, often attempting feats better left to younger men and resulting in many a scare for Jeannine.

His deep desire to remain in this home until the end was honored by Jeannine and his daughters. Diagnosed on November 2nd, with metastatic pancreatic cancer, Loney fought the good fight and died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of June 5th.  His family looks forward to another morning when they will be joyfully reunited together with the Lord.

This family includes his wife of 65 years, Jeannine; sisters, Martha Pope and Carolyn Teale; daughters, Cosette Goodnight, Liz Simons, and Christine Painter; grandchildren, Ericca Cook, Brandon Painter, Arin Beyer, Rachelle Painter, and Elyse Goodnight; great grandson, Jonas Cook; and all the beloved in-laws.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Mosaic Christian Fellowship Church, 571 Lakeridge Drive, Fairview, Texas, 75069. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North in Allen, Texas.  The family will receive friends during a visitation on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North in Allen, Texas.

The service can be viewed at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/mosaicsda/videos/in-memory-of-loney-duncan/1504219023326887/

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God will care for you during your sadness. I know you will miss Loney but when Keith left to be with our Lord and Savior his earthly body was truly worn out so I could truly rejoice in his going to our Lord. I know your family will care for you but if you want to hear a voice some time I am here to talk. With love in Christ,
Kathleen Rathjen, June 18, 2022 My wife, Marie, and I moved into Country Club Estates about 45 years ago. During that time the Childs' and the Duncan's became very good friends and neighbors. Loney and I would have many late night sessions in my game room discussing our careers, technology through the years, computers, politics and many other topics. My wife, Marie, passed to her Lord suddenly about 5 years ago. So I know how devastated Jeannine is with the loss of her partner in life. My thoughts and prayers are with Jeannine, Cosette, Liz, and Christine and all their families. Loney Duncan was a good man and a terrific friend. I will miss him very much. Bill Childs
William Childs, June 17, 2022 Jeannine, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. The two of you have been an amazing "team" not only for your family but for many Adventist churches over the years. Jerry and I were privileged to know and work with Loney at Richardson and Crosswalk. We at Crosswalk have been praying for you during this trying time. Now Loney is asleep in Jesus waiting for the GREAT Resurrection Day! Until then..... Blessings to all of you.
Debbie White, June 17, 2022 Dear Jeannine: Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. We will be sure to keep you and your family lifted up in prayer as you go through this most difficult time. Know that Loney is asleep in Jesus, and that we WILL see him again on that glorious day. May God's Richest Blessings be Yours, -Groves Groves and Melonie Flemming (Ruth's Son and his Wife), June 15, 2022 I first met Loney in 1961 on my first trip to Cedar Rapids. I was there to learn about the SRC-16. A part of the system was multi couplers which Loney had a large hand in developing & was fortunate to work alongside him during a modification to that system on the west coast in the mid-60's. I also looked forward to our visits at the retiree's meetings. I was very concerned when I didn't see him in April. Many things could be written about Loney's character, but I will only say if you would look in the dictionary under "Gentleman" you could well see a picture of Loney, Rest in peace good buddy.
glen dodson, June 14, 2022 We will miss seeing your dad at church teaching Sabbath school. It’s so hard saying goodbye. I like to think of it as a see you later. Until the great day where we will be reunited with our loved ones again. May the peace of God be with the family comforting your hearts while we carry on the rest of our lives on this earth. Hold on tight to all the memories-Natalia
Abdalla Family , June 12, 2022 My father, Albert Underwood, and Loney were the best of friends in their growing up years in Coffeyville, KS. Whenever the family came to visit their parents, Lon & Viola, there would also be a visit with our family too, as Loney also went to grade school with my mother, Hope. It was so interesting to hear Albert and Loney reminisce about the things they did as boys. Their stories always started out with laughter about items they placed on the railroad tracks and them running to hide just before a train came through. I’m sure these must have been Loney’s ideas and my dad was his helper!!! They got into trouble many times doing this. I’m sure my dad would have gone to France with Loney if the army hadn’t rejected my dad due to his flat feet, saying he couldn’t march. Loney was a great man with so much intelligence!!!! He loved the Lord and lived his life to honor God! I know his family will miss him terribly. My parents are already sleeping in their graves, waiting for that unknown day when the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout and the voice of an archangel and the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. I can’t wait for that day!!!! Cheryl Underwood Jorgenson, June 10, 2022 A few years ago, I got to meet and know Loney. He contacted me to be a net control station for some of the flights of "Fifi", a restored B-29 WWII bomber. Loney and others installed a Collins ART-13 WWII transmitter on board. Loney was the on-board operator on a flight from Texas to Iowa, and I remember talking to him all the way and helped direct his communication traffic. Later on, I happened to be in Dallas on business, and we met for lunch and he gave me a tour of the hangar where FIFI was located. I am glad to have known Loney and to learn about him and his experiences at Collins Radio. He was certainly one of a few who set the high standard for radio communication equipment at Collins Radio. Rod Perala W5CZ, June 9, 2022 Loney was a man of great charm and infectious enthusiasm who left his imprint on his friends and colleagues. We shall all miss him as we have all lost not only a great friend with incredible intellect, but also a wonderful human being. With my deepest sympathy, Michael Salour, June 9, 2022 It was an honor to know Loney. I was a young researcher at Rockwell. Loney, as a senior corporate staff officer, was instrumental in guiding me through the labyrinth of the bureaucracy at Rockwell. More importantly, Loney risked his own reputation to help get my my project approved by senior management. Most of his peers and even my immediate boss would not risk their reputation for high risk/high reward research project that turned out to be a major piece of a company (spun off by Rockwell) that today is called Skyworks. I do not know if Loney ever received the recognition he deserved from Rockwell for making this possible. But I felt I needed to document his invaluable contribution. Sincerely, Lou Tomasetta Lou Tomasetta, June 9, 2022 I came to know Loney well and became good friends only after retirement when we worked together in the restoration of the radio operator's position on the B-29 FIFI. He also was a great wealth of knowledge and inspiration as he served on the Arthur A. Collins Board of Directors these past few years. I only wish I had had the opportunity to work under his leadership during my career at Collins. I enjoyed his companionship and he is certainly missed. Rod Blocksome, June 9, 2022 I am deeply saddened at hearing of Loney's passing. I appreciated his professional and personal friendship during the years we worked at Rockell, as well as in the years after retirement R.I.P. Gene Gene Pentecost, June 9, 2022 We are so sad to hear of Lonnie’s passing. Dearest Jeannine, your sweet love of your life is just resting now and awaiting the call of Jesus. And someday, you both will be reunited and see the face of God. Although we are not blood related, I have always felt a kindred with you my dear sweet friend. You and Lonnie have touched so many in this life with your love of Jesus. May God’s precious spirit fill you up as you continue each day living for Him. Charlotte and Ray Naizer, June 8, 2022