Paul Carey Duncan

Paul Carey Duncan, age 58, passed away unexpectedly on Monday November 13 in a car accident. Paul was the youngest of 4 children with three older sisters and was born to C.W. Duncan and Rose (m. Hehl) Duncan on December 15, 1964 in Jacksonville Florida. He was a driven, talented athlete who loved playing sports at Lake Wales High School before pursuing a Bachelors in History with Minors in Political Science and Chinese History at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In college, Paul played baseball and was known for being a jokester and prankster with his teammates, roommates, and friends. While in college, Paul met his wife, Michele, before marrying in June 1988.

Throughout his life, Paul was known for his dry, witty humor, constant Dad Jokes, and his knowledge of any topic or event. But most importantly, Paul was known as a family man. As a family, Michele and Paul spent the better part of 20 years watching their two daughters play soccer for local Lawrence and Kansas City teams. He could count on one hand how many soccer games he missed for both of his daughters. In his spare time, as a recent empty nester, Paul enjoyed reading for book club, mowing the lawn, and grilling when it was nice outside. He and Michele often would walk their two dogs together and enjoyed watching KU Basketball and Football, and Sporting KC soccer.

Paul is survived by his wife, Michele, and their two daughters, Kayla and Maria. He is also survived by his three sisters, Vickie, Renae, and Laura, and his parent sets Rose and Jim K., and C.W. and Priscilla D. Paul’s family will be hosting a Celebration of Life ceremony at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Victory Project, Sporting Kansas City’s initiative to help children throughout all life challenges ( in Paul’s Name. Thank you.

20 Condolences

  1. Irma Cantu Manzanares on November 20, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Michele and daughters, so sorry to hear of your loss. I was shocked when your Dad shared the sad news with us. May God grant you and your daughters peace, and comfort in your hearts. May your wonderful husband rest in eternal and heavenly peace. Love you, and will be lifting your family in prayer🕊🕊🕊🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  2. Hillary Johnson on November 20, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    Mrs Duncan, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Hillary Harris (2nd grade student from Kennedy 1991)

  3. Richard, Alberta and Logan Cook on November 20, 2023 at 6:11 pm

    Michele we were shocked to hear this. Logan was so sad for you. May the Lord give you and your family peace in knowing you will be together again. We love you. God Bless.
    Richard, Alberta and Logan Cook 💔

  4. Preston Allgood on November 20, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    Paul was a fantastic boss, and an even better human being. On the outside, a man of few words but getting to know him these past 5 years has been a great privilege and I am a better man because of it.
    Stay strong, and clean your room, bucko!

  5. Yvonne and Ben Rapp on November 20, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    Ben and I want to express our condolences to you and your daughters. My peace be with you and your family 🙏

  6. The Aldrich family on November 20, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Our deepest sympathy from our family to yours.

  7. Tammy Becker on November 20, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    Michelle, Kayla & Maria- my deepest condolences to you. My heart is broken and there are really no words. May the special memories you shared with each other bring you some comfort during this difficult time. Colin and I send our love. ❤️

  8. Anna Cobus on November 20, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this and send my deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. Jodi Johnson on November 20, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    Michele, Kayla, and Maria,
    Paul was wonderful to work with. He cared about everyone and was very effective at his job. But what I will miss the most is his ability to make me smile! He shared a joke with almost every request, and usually they were even funny jokes.
    I wish you peace in the days ahead. May the memories of experiences shared bring you comfort and may those bad Dad jokes bring a smile to your face.
    Jodi Johnson (Mackin-Burnsville office)

  10. Nicola Bradley on November 20, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    Michele, Kayla, and Maria,
    Deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family. I remember Paul fondly from college, and had many happy memories driving from Iowa to attend your lovely wedding. Michele, you were such a wonderful couple. Thinking of you and sending my love.

  11. Paula Barr on November 21, 2023 at 8:55 am

    Michele, Kayla, and Maria,
    There are no words to express the deep sadness felt for your loss. May the love that surrounds you give you comfort and support during this incredibly difficult time. Praying that you will find strength and comfort in each other.

  12. Karen Locke on November 21, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Dear Michele and family, I am sending my deepest condolences for your tragic loss. May you feel some comfort from all of the love that surrounds you always. Sincerely, Karen Locke

  13. Neilsen family on November 21, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    Michele, Kayla, and Maria,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We have fond memories of time shared with Paul and you at many club and Lawrence High soccer games watching the girls compete. Paul was always fun to be around and will be greatly missed.
    Susanne and Mike

  14. Bay family on November 21, 2023 at 5:47 pm

    Michele, Kayla and Maria,
    Your sweet family has been in our thoughts and prayers since we first learned of this heartbreaking news. Like so many that know and love your family, we continue to be in shock. We hold you close in our hearts as you care for and comfort each other.
    The Bay Family will continue to send love to you special people.

  15. Pam and Dan Pennington on November 21, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Dear Michele, Kayla, Maria,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Paul’s sudden passing. Sharing such a significant life event as adopting our daughters in Cambodia, our families have a special bond that time and distance cannot erase.

    We fondly remember the time spent together during our journey in Cambodia. Paul’s humor and wit, made the challenging process of adoption a bit lighter for all of us. His dedication to his family was truly inspiring, showcasing the love and commitment he had for each of you.

    In this difficult time, please know that you are in our thoughts. We are grateful to have known him and to have shared a part of our lives with such an extraordinary person.

    With heartfelt condolences,

    Pam and Dan Pennington

  16. Stacey Abel on November 21, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Michele, Kayla and Maria; I’m so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. I remember Paul from college, mostly when he started spending his time with you. Always quiet but had an idea he had a fun ornery side. Will be keeping you close in thoughts and prayers sweet friend these coming days and weeks.

  17. Marilyn and Jim Stuit on November 22, 2023 at 9:43 am

    Dear Michele, Kayla, and Maria,
    We were saddened to hear of Paul’s sudden death. We are so grateful to your family for spending time with us and helping us as we made the decision to adopt our daughter, Hannah, from Cambodia. The hospitality you showed us changed our lives forever! May you find peace knowing that Paul is with our Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
    Jim and Marilyn Stuit and Hannah

  18. PAUL & JUDY VERHAGE on November 23, 2023 at 6:13 am




  19. Ashley Woodward on November 28, 2023 at 9:56 am

    Mrs. Duncan,
    Our entire family was so saddened by this news, but especially Demari and Aubrielle. We are all holding you very close to our hearts and sending hugs and all our love to you and your family! ♥️

  20. Eric W Kennard on December 5, 2023 at 7:57 am

    I met Paul as a business relationship. That said he was a great guy, I always enjoyed our conversations. My heartfelt prayers for the family. May he rest in peace.

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