Duncan Eugene Long, 67, Manhattan, died at the Good Shepherd Hospice House after a brief illness on Friday, December 30.
Duncan was born February 6, 1949, in Smith Center, KS. His parents are Paul F. Long and Lois Duncan Long of Alden, KS.
Duncan graduated from Alden High School in 1967 and from Sterling College, where he majored in music education, in 1971. While in college Duncan and his sister Jan organized a Christian rock band called the Concrete Rubber Band and performed at various Christian functions and churches. They composed and performed original music for several tapes and a record.
Duncan spent three years teaching elementary and high school music in central Kansas and then took off a year to earn a master's degree at KSU in music composition in the field of electronic music, doing what was then pioneer work with the synthesizer.
Duncan then took a job teaching 1st through 12th grade music at nearby St. George, KS, where he met his wife-to-be, Margaret Farrell. They were married at Holy Cross Church in Overland Park, KS, on July 23, 1977, to the beautiful strains of wedding music that Duncan had composed for the happy occasion. The couple was blessed with two children, Kristen and Nicholas.
After their first child was born, Duncan turned to self-employment in two fields in which he had long been interested—writing and art. He first began writing books about guns, especially military weaponry, and one of his books on a specific military weapon was purchased by the Israeli military and used as a manual to teach army recruits.
Duncan next wrote a science fiction novel, Anti-Grav Unlimited, which was published by Avon Books. He was then contracted by HarperCollins to write a nine-volume action/adventure Night Stalker series, as well as a three-volume series of children's books, Spider Worlds.
In his later years Duncan did a great deal of ghostwriting. By the end of his career he had authored more than 100 books in total.
He also became interested in computer art, and in the last few years designed book covers and illustrations for a wide range of magazines and books, including publishers in Europe. His artwork can be viewed at duncanlong.com.
Duncan was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and shared his love of laughter with everyone he met. He was a man of good character who tried to live according to Christian principles. He loved his family and delighted in the antics of his three precious little grandchildren. During his final days, he was greatly anticipating coming face to face with his beloved Savior in heaven.
Duncan is survived by his wife Maggie of the home; his son Nicholas Long, Manhattan; his daughter Kristen Geri (Chad), Olathe, and their children Jonathan, Breely and Mia; his parents Paul and Lois Long, Alden; and his sister Jan Pauls (Ron), Hutchinson.
Funeral services for Duncan will be at Grace Baptist Church, 2901 Dickens Ave., at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 5, with visitation one hour prior and lunch following. Pastor Bill Gasser will officiate. Burial will be in the Alden Valley Cemetery on Friday, January 6, at 1:00 p.m.
The family requests no flowers and has suggested memorials to the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan or to the Salvation Army. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. Online condolences may be left by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.