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.


Carrie Swayne - WVWC said...

Daniel, you will be missed. I don't know what to do without you coming out of nowhere and picking me up just to say hello and carry me around for a while. We painted the rock in your memory last night and had a candle light vigil for you with SAI and FMA and many of your friends here. I know you were watching down on us. I hope we brought a smile to your face. I missed you sitting behind me in chorale yesterday. While it made losing you more difficult, I consider myself blessed to have been one of the last two people to talk to you before the accident. I love you and I will see you again someday! May God hold you in the palm of His hands. Keep on singing with that angel choir!

Anonymous said...

I have just come back from celebrating your life and was amazed at how knowing you for only a short time, I came to the same conclusion as so many others about you. I love you like you were one of my own. Thanks for letting me be your "fair mom" while you were with us last year and making a point of finding me again this year. I will miss you, but know God has other plans for you. I know you will watching over us all.
Much love!

Anonymous said...

I don't know you or your family, but I will be praying. God please bless this family in their time of need!

Twirl Girl said...

yes i will be praying for you guys forever and always

Hannah Girl said...

hi daniel
this is janna even though i did not know you like some people did i will still miss i am praying to GOD to support your family have a great time in heaven


palmtreefanatic said...

Daniel thank you for being an inspiration to all of us! Thank you Daniel For Being so Obedient To God! Now he has his hand upon you! You will be forever in our hearts!
Rejoicing in his presence...

Fran "the man" said...

all i have to really say is that dan was the man, and that its kind of funny that his blog name is "still standing" thats about it rest well my good friend i will eventually see you again.

Anonymous said...


I am heart broken to have just found out six months after your untimely death that you are no longer with us. I have so many mixed emotions..I am in complete shock! I feel like this isn't fair in the least!!! But I know that you are definitely in God's Presence where you are rejoicing! I can't lie and say that I am rejoicing though. Why couldn't God have waited until you were able to experience life to it's fullest! I am soo ANGRY with Roger!!
I cannot imagine what your mom and dad and the whole family has been feeling since you have been gone....but one thing remains and will never change, you are truly loved and will NEVER be forgotten! I love you Daniel!

Anonymous said...

still thinking of you. still missing you. may the love of god that you so generously showered upon friends and strangers alike live in their hearts forever.even in death you are watering seeds of eternal life!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am in a class right now and typed in my name in google. I thought it interesting that we have the same name. I just wanted you to know that you have helped me today. It is really uplifting to see that you are so strong in your faith and I am sure God has rewarded you in Heaven. I'm praying for your family and friends, but I know you're rejoicing in Heaven. :) Thank you so much.
-Ashten Duncan 10-2-09