Sterling resident Darrell A. Duncan died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, of natural causes at home. He was 55.
Military honors will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at Fort Richardson. A celebration of life will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Soldotna. Daniel Martin will officiate.
Mr. Duncan was born June 3, 1952, in Grinnell, Iowa. He grew up on a ranch in Torrington, Wyo.
"He proudly served 22 years in the Navy, where he experienced many of the things that he often recounted with humorous stories to family and friends," his family said.
He spent the last few years of his naval career in Adak.
"He had an endless passion for animals and the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and helping with rodeos. His love for children led him to work at the Kenai Community Care Center for many years. We will remember him as a kind man who always sought to make others feel welcome.
"He joked a lot and prided himself on the idea, 'If I didn't like you then I wouldn't give you so much guff.' He loved his children and grandchildren very much and was considered the biggest kid in the house. He would often say, 'You can't die old if you're a kid a heart.' He was a man of honesty and integrity. He strove to see the goodness in all things. He may not have a legacy of great achievements, but memory (of) his unconditional love to his family will remain. His dream was to make a teen ranch for wayward youth of our state. He lived life to the fullest and led a good life. His laugh, his smile and his childishness will be sorely missed. His place on the couch will always be open for him. Thank you sweetheart for not setting your bags outside your teepee. We wouldn't have missed the time you gave us for anything in the world," his family said.
Mr. Duncan was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Howard Duncan and Hazel Elaine Betzer.
He is survived by a large extended family of brothers; 12 children; and nine grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be deposited in the Soldotna Wells Fargo Bank, in the name of Threasa Thomas to help with expenses.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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