John William 'D.J.' Duncan
Kenai resident John William “D.J.” Duncan died Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at his home. He was 70.
A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Little Ski-Mo’s Restaurant in Kenai. His ashes will be buried at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Kenai City Cemetery. Pastor Tony Cloud will officiate.
Mr. Duncan was born June 11, 1936, in San Francisco. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war. Later, he worked for Todd Shipyard as a lead pipe welder, cofounded the Chinook New Hope Center, worked with the homeless on skid row, then attended classes at the Green River Community College in Washington where he also served as a sportscaster and worked for the Marriot Hotel chain as a line cook. He moved to Alaska in 1994.
After moving to Kenai he attended classes at Kenai Peninsula College and worked at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center and Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. He was a retired Southern Baptist Minister.
Mr. Duncan was a member of the Moose Lodge, National Rifle Assoc., and the North American Hunting Club. He also was an umpire for Kenai Little League, an assistant coach for hockey teams, volunteered with the Special Olympics and the local food bank and worked extensively with the Tustumena 200.
“He was known by D.J. to all who loved and knew him. Dad was very loving, funny and cared a great deal for animals, kids, sports and loved to hang out at Ski-Mo’s for coffee. The most precious memory I have is when he gave me flowers on Mother’s Day in 1988, when I had miscarried two months earlier with my first child. The love and compassion he showed me that day was what carried me through the day,” his daughter Jacqueline said.
“He was a loving, kind and caring man, who smiled at everyone he saw, had a story to tell anyone who would listen, and made everyone laugh that was around him. A true blessing in our lives, we are honored to have had the blessing of such a wonderful and devoted man touch our lives for the time that the Lord allowed him to be with us. We are looking forward to meeting him in heaven,” his daughter Sherri and family said.
Mr. Duncan was preceded in death by his parents, William and Martha Duncan; sisters, Shirley Tipton and Mary Tipton; brother-in-law, Harry Tipton; and mother-in-law, Arlene Church.
He is survived by his daughters, Jacqueline Blom of Kenai and Sherri Nyitrai of Soldotna; grandchildren, Roberta J. and Danyell A. Blom of Kenai, Michelle Smith of Sterling, April Linkfield of Tacoma, Wash., Kevin Michaelson of Soldotna and Andrew Blom of Kenai; great-grandson, Mathyas Smith of Sterling; ex-wife, Ardele Trail of Kenai; nieces and nephews, Mary, John, William and Bob ‘Stretch’ Tipton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorial donations be sent to Jacqueline Blom, 11823 Kenai Spur Highway # 54, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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