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Francis Luke Daniel

DANIEL Francis Luke Daniel, 90, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 23. Luke leaves his earthly life to be reunited for Christmas and for eternity with his beloved wife Mary Frances, and dear grandson Frank Dury. Luke was born in Tiffin Ohio May 20, 1920 the sixth of ten children of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Daniel. He attended St. Joseph's College and while there learned to fly. He left school to serve in WWII as a Naval Aviator, achieving the rank of Lieutenant. After the war, he enrolled at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After graduating from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, Luke was hired by Sears Roebuck and Co. to open their first store in Rio de Janero, Brazil. After a two-year adventure, Luke and Mary Frances moved to Chicago where he continued with Sears. In 1956, Luke bought the Jackson-Guldan violin manufacturing company in Columbus. He and Mary Frances settled in Upper Arlington where they lived for 47 years. During the 1960's Luke converted the company to produce acoustic guitars. He later worked for The Ohio State University in the College of Engineering and University Hospitals. In addition to his professional endeavors, Luke was a proponent of many Catholic causes and a champion for the rights of unborn children. He co-founded the Eucharistic Vigil Association and published the book used in the vigils local churches. He enjoyed his association as a member of the Serra Club and cherished the Serra trip that he and Mary Frances took to Rome. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church for over 40 years. An avid reader, armchair philosopher, and deep-thinker, he was always engaged in current events, conservative politics, and great books. His seven children and their families remain to mourn his passing and treasure his long, faithful, happy life; Marie (Stephen) Blubaugh, Naperville, IL; and children, Janet, Daniel, Curtis; Joan (Michael) Dury, Upper Arlington; and children, Ann (Paul) Fiorilli, Meg and Tom Dury, Annette Daniel, Upper Arlington; Margaret (Michael) Ferrin, W. Palm Beach, FL; and children, Jay, Jenna (Justin) Duncan; Christine (John) Kane, Upper Arlington; and children, LT Colin (Annalisa) Kane, USN, Nicole (Doug) Takas; and Luke's great-granddaughters, Sarah, Kylie, Taylor Takas, Joseph (Chris Hanson), Upper Arlington, Catherine (Bert) Vonderahe, Blacklick; and sons Henry, Charles, William. Luke is also survived by two brothers; two sisters; numerous in-laws; and extended family; and dear friends. Luke was the bright smile, the kind word in every day. He greeted all with genuine warmth and good cheer. His motto was "You come to go. Get it right in between." Luke got it right. May the angels carry him into the arms of God and may eternal rest be his. Family will receive friends on Tuesday December 28, 2010 from 10-11:45 a.m at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 1559 Roxbury Road, with the celebration of his Funeral Mass at 12 noon, Msgr. Romano Ciotola Celebrant, and Msgr. Anthony Missimi, Con-Celebrant. Entombment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 6440 South High Street. In Lieu of flowers contributions in Luke's name to Carmilite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm, the Villas of St. Therese,25 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, OH 43213, Dr. Charles F. and Olga Daniel Fund, c/o Pontifical College Josephium, 7625 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43235 or Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 1559 Roxbury Road, Columbus, OH 43212. Arrangements entrusted to the JOHN QUINT TREBONI FUNERAL HOME, 1177 West Fifth Avenue, Condolences may be sent via; www.johnquint.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 24, 2010
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