Daniel A. Van Auken|
Daniel A. Van Auken died on July 6, 2014 after a courageous struggle with cancer. He was 34.
Dan was a much-loved, multiple award-winning teacher at Central Intermediate School in Wadsworth. He was determined to fulfill his duties to his students to the end of the year. He succeeded, with the loving help of his colleagues. In recent days he cherished letters of support from his students, past and present.
In addition to helping young minds learn the beauty of math, Dan loved reading, movies, music, following all sports (especially University of Michigan sports and the Cleveland Indians) and running. He competed in short, medium, trail and marathon races. He shared his passions with his students, his family and with a large and extraordinarily close group of friends. Many of them had brought their high school friendships (Firestone) forward into adulthood, in a rare and beautiful display of how commitment to friendship can deeply bless young lives.
Dan's life was blessed especially by the love, joy and unwavering support he found in his relationship with Katie Krumreig.
Dan remains at the heart of his family. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Karen Van Auken. He is survived by his loving father and second mother, Steven Van Auken and Christine McCorkle; and by his devoted sister, Betsy Walker, and her husband Curtis Walker Jr.; and cherished nephew, Bennett. He is also survived by his grandparents, Lois Van Auken and Dan and Mary Jane McCorkle. His loving family includes aunts, (Alice, Pam, Lynda, Holly); uncles, (Doug, Pat, Ted, Dick); and cousins, (Dave, Andy, Erin, Jillian, Kelsey, Jenny, Abby).
Dan viewed the world at all times with deep sincerity and with profound humor that lit up the lives of those around him, often in unexpected ways. He accepted the losses that cancer demanded with grace and courage. As he did so he taught us lessons about living, as he drew on the strength he found in his family and friends. Our partnership continues.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, July 9, from 3 p.m to 7 p.m. at Hummel Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Rd., Copley, OH 44321. The memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333 (across from Summit Mall). Contributions to benefit students in need can be sent in lieu of flowers to Wadsworth City Schools, c/o Dan Van Auken Fund, 524 Broad Street, Wadsworth, OH 44281. Please visit www.hummelcares.com to share memories or condolences. 330-253-6126
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from July 8 to July 9, 2014