William Ryland Duncan

October 25, 2012


William Ryland Duncan
Virginia Beach – William Ryland Duncan Duncan, aged 69, passed peacefully at home on October 25. He is survived by his children, Robin Guenthner and Michael Duncan; his sister Kathleen Miller and husband Michael; sister Jean Dawson and husband Roger; brother George Duncan Jr and wife Juanita; grandsons Ryan and Dylan Guenthner; nieces and nephews Chrissie Arocho, Dianna Byers, Joe Arocho, Morgan Byers, Dawson Byers; and stepmother Ellen Duncan. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Betty Duncan; nephew Johnny Miller; and niece Andrea Valle.
The family will receive friends for visitation at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Maestas Chapel 1801 Baltic Avenue, Virginia Beach on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm with a Celebration of Life service to begin at 6:00pm in the funeral home. A Mass will be held at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church , 1404 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:00am with Reverend Timothy Kuhneman officiating.
Condolences may be shared with the family at altmeyer.com.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a group he co-founded, HOPE in the Upper Room, PO Box 4746, Va. Beach, VA. 23454, or to the charity of your choice. “I was here and now I am gone-Duncan”

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Ashley Smith&Cliff Brown
8 years ago

Ducan,we are going to miss you far too much. Thank you for being so good to us.Our hearts go out to your family.You will live in our hearts forever and our lives were made better because you were in them.Faithfully,Ash & Cliff

Susan Vernon
8 years ago

Duncan had a way of making everyone feel significant. It was remarkable how many lives he touched. My sincerest condolences to his family. He will be missed.

stephanie campbell fitze
8 years ago

duncan was one of my favorite people and dear friend, i worked

with him for many, many years and really got to know him, i will treasure his memory and all of our talks together over a cup of chicory coffee…love to khaki, his sister, and all of those who loved him….rip my dear friend, i love you and will miss that sunny smile…with love, always…stephanie campbell fitze

8 years ago

Duncan was the greatest encourager. He loved to see us smile & be happy. He warmed many hearts. He is greatly missed. Sincerely with love, BETH ;-

8 years ago

I have many memories of my time with Duncan. He will be missed by many. He touched many lives through his support meetings, Hope In the Upper Room and the programs that grew from that group. He told me he was ready to be with God and I know that he is there. He will always have a place in our hearts. Kathleen and family I know you will miss him. Please rest and know that he is with God and is pain free.

Cornelia Atwood Leitch
8 years ago

My sympathy to all of the family. I remember Duncan from Atlantic City. Many years ago.


8 years ago

Some folks just have a guaranteed ticket to the Pearly Gates – He sure did clean up good.

I have many good memories of us doing service work together and just being there for each other.

Duncan’s love for all creatures great and small was one of his many virtues.

I am just one among many who will miss Duncan and his widespread calling to help those who in many cases could not help themselves. He gave many people the one thing they most needed and that was HOPE.

Love always –


Jerry Browne
8 years ago

We were best friends from the time that we met! You introduced me to the love of a lifetime! You will never be forgotten…You are truly in God’s hands now resting on His lap! I remember in December 1970 when we sat on an old car seat on the back porch of your apartment singing CSN music and you were playing the guitar in Norview on Chesapeake Bld. Your wife Judy used to call me Jerry Brown eyes I called her Sweet Judy Blue Eyes after the CSN song. Those were some great times we had together. I loved Ripple your dog..he loved to get high! He had a great personality just like you Bill. I am going to miss you dude…Best friends forever you can introduce me to Jesus when I come up there! I hope you will be my special angel toll I get there with you! I love you, Jerry Browne

Smith, Robert / Ann
8 years ago

We were saddened to see William’s passing. We were proud that he accomplished so much good works in his last years. We know you will miss him as we are missing Dolores. May God’s love surround you at this time and always. Sincerely Bob and Ann Smith