Friday, September 5, 2008

Let my lifesong sing for You

March 8, 1990 – September 3, 2008

Daniel Ashton Duncan, 18 of Norwalk died Wednesday evening in Buckhannon, WV while riding his bicycle. He was struck by a drunk driver.

He was born in Riverdale, Georgia on March 8, 1990 to Robert and Karen Duncan.

He was a 2008 graduate of St. Paul High School and was very active in the music program: Jazz Band, Junior-Senior Choir, Folk Group, and the Spring Musicals. Daniel was in the National Honor Society. His senior project was about the history of church bells in Norwalk. He attended Buckeye Boy’s State in 2007, as a representative from St. Paul.

Daniel was involved in the All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir in 2007. He also performed with Cynthia Kniffin Dance Academy for five years. Daniel took piano lessons from the age of 7 to 18 with Val Bressler and won several awards and ribbons through the years.

Daniel was very active in his church youth group, Remain, and also led worship and played keyboard for Church of The King weekly services. He went on missions trips to Nicaragua, New York City, and Washington DC to share the love of Jesus.

Daniel was a newspaper carrier since age 11, even earning the State Carrier of the Year award in 2003. During high school, Daniel worked at the Reflector Office in the afternoons. He also enjoyed doing landscaping work for various individuals around town. This past summer, he worked full-time for Iris Riley doing landscaping.

Daniel loved gardening, biking and anything to do with the outdoors. He was a voracious reader from a young age and loved to learn. He had a great love of cars enjoyed reading Car and Driver.

Daniel was a charismatic, joyful, loving, loyal friend and the best big brother. He loved the Lord with all his heart and he showed God’s love and kindness to everyone he met. He loved to surprise people by randomly showing up at their house to say hi and ask for a drink of water.

Daniel was enrolled as a freshman at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV where he received a Presidential Scholarship and a Music Scholarship. He joined the Honors program, was a member of the Concert Chorale, the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, Chapel Praise Band and the Cycling Club.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Karen Duncan, his six siblings; His paternal grandparents; Maternal grandparents; Maternal Great-grandmother; and scores of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

Friends may call on Saturday, September 6 at Joan C. Camp Auditorium from 1-6 pm. Services will be held at 3:30 pm at the Norwalk Alliance Church on Rt. 250 South. Internment will be a private family gathering on Monday morning

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to the Daniel Duncan Memorial Music Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements are being handled by Walker Funeral Home in Norwalk.