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Daniel Black

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ST. PARIS – Daniel Carter Black was born November 22, 1946, to Margaret Miriam Carter and Isaac Freemont Black of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Dan valiantly fought and conquered lymphoma only to be felled by complications exacerbated by his compromised immune system. He passed away peacefully in the company of his wife and brother on March 13, 2014. Dan lived a full life, surrounded by his large family and many friends. Dan graduated from Mechanicsburg High School in 1964. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Marketing from the Ohio State University in 1968 and his Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Wright State University in 1976. He continued his study and was certified by the state of Ohio in business and math education, guidance and counseling, building administration, local superintendency, and educational treasurer. He worked for 30 years in the Graham Schools in many capacities and enjoyed developing and participating in new programs. Serving as the voice of the "Dancin' Band from Falcon Land" for ten years was a special honor to him. Following his retirement, he was employed by ACE Educational Software Company and worked 15 years with the Madison Champaign County Educational Service Center. He was a life-long Boy Scout enthusiast, both as a Life Scout himself and also as a Webelo and Boy Scout leader. While a student at OSU, Dan met and fell in love with Rebecca Ellen Rowe, who he married August 19, 1967. Together they raised two children, Matthew (Stephanie) Black of Seabrook, Texas, and Emily (Justin) Root of Worthington, Ohio. He and his wife are the proud grandparents of Adriana and Emmaline Black, Evan and Ashley Root, and a grandson and granddaughter who will be born this spring. Dan is also survived by his brothers Larry (Martha) Black of Mechanicsburg, Ohio and Thomas (Connie) Black of Windemere, Florida, sisters-in-law Melinda Kessler of Washington Court House, Ohio, Rachel (Jim) Snyder of Hillsboro, Ohio, and brothers-in-law Jon (Dee) Rowe of Washington Court House, Ohio, and William (Glenna) Rowe of Greenfield, Ohio, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his parents, his step-mother Dorothy Hawkins Black, and his foster-brother Homer L. Moore. Dan was an active member of the St. Paris United Methodist Church for 45 years. He served in many leadership positions there and always sang in the church choir. His faith in God was private and strong and expressed through his daily life and his relationships. Dan also sang with the Miami Shelby Melody Men Barbershop Chorus for 33 years and enjoyed his role in developing, writing and directing the Chorus's annual show. The friendship and camaraderie that he enjoyed there enriched his life greatly. Visitation will be Friday, March 21, at the ATKINS-SHIVELY FUNERAL HOME in St. Paris from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the St. Paris United Methodist Church on March 22, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Contributions may be made in Dan's memory to the St. Paris United Methodist Church or to the Cancer Association of Champaign County. To quote Dan, "I've been blessed with a great family, a loving God, wonderful work and coworkers, good friends and a better life than I deserved. All in all, it's been a great ride." Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com.


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Atkins-Shively Funeral Home
216 South Springfield Street
St Paris, OH 43072
(937) 663-4193
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Published in Urbana Daily Citizen from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2014
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