I tried to remember the first time I met Wally Duncan but I couldn't. He and Barb came to Calvary shortly after we arrived in 1989. Later Barb became the organist and the Deaconess in charge of the Women's Ministry. Eventually Wally became an elder of the church. I tried hard to think about different conversations we had, but mostly I kept thinking about his smile. I can see his smile tonight just as surely as I see the stars in the sky. I remember a smile that came easily and quickly whenever I saw him. And I remember his tears because he was a man of deep emotion, easily touched by the needs of others. He wasn't one to make long speeches. In all the years we served together on the elder board, I can't remember a time when he argued about anything.

He struggled with a long litany of health issues that dragged him down considerably in the last few years. Barb set aside her own life to take care of him, giving untold hours to take care of him, nursing him through repeated surgeries and various medical emergencies.

All of that ended yesterday when he went home to be with the Lord. His family was by his side when he died.

He was a good and godly man, greatly loved, a true servant of the Lord. I never heard him say a negative word about anyone. I never heard anyone say a negative word about him. He has gone to heaven to be with the Lord Jesus whom he loved with all his heart.

Rest well, Wally. We will see you again.

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