John W. Duckers passed away peacefully on December 11, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 22, 1948 in Holton, Kansas to the late Harry Duckers, Jr. and Audrey (McHale) Duckers. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School, and graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1966, where he was All-Metro and All-State in football and basketball and All-League in baseball. To this day, he is considered one of the top five of all-time three-sport athletes. His freshman year on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame, he played both football and basketball. He transferred to Kansas State University with a football scholarship and graduated in 1971. From then on, he was an avid Wildcats fan and joined the K-State Alumni Association and the Golden Cats. For over 30 years, he worked as a controller for various companies.
John was preceded in death by his nephew Rich Dickason, Jr., and niece Megan Horner. He leaves his beloved wife of 51 years, Mary Ann (Dickason) Duckers; his two sons Chris (Megan) and Chad (Becky); and grandchildren Addie, Zoey, and Emily. He is also survived by his two brothers Dave (Marianne) and Pat (Brenda) and sister Lisa (Dennis) Horner. He also leaves brothers-in-law Bill (Penny), Rich (Cindy), and Brian (Michelle) Dickason and numerous nieces and nephews.
John coached both sons in CYO basketball and loved attending their drama and sports events. Having raised two sons, John never quite understood the drama of his granddaughters, but was a willing spectator at their dance recitals as well as soccer, volleyball, and basketball games. A recent happenstance made “Duck” especially happy: Addie was given a lucky number 11 basketball jersey, the same number he had worn in high school.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on December 21 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Prairie Village. Private graveside. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to St. Ann’s at 7231 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208 or Bishop Ward High School at 708 North Eighteenth Street, Kansas City, KS 66102. The services will be livestreamed at www.stannpv.org/johnduckers. Masks required.