Duane Austin Kemper, 81 of Warsaw, Indiana passed away at 2:25 pm Tuesday, December 20, 2016 in his residence.
On May 3, 1935, he was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin to Karl and Mary E. (Oungst) Kemper. He was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Owen on August 30, 1980 in Winona Lake, Indiana. who survives.
Living most of his life in Kosciusko County, Duane worked for Ferguson Farms and then Cardinal Center in the janitorial department, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Winona Lake Free Methodist Church and Warsaw New Harvest Church of the Nazarene. He was also an avid fan of the World Champion Chicago Cubs.
Duane is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Kemper, Warsaw and three sisters, Allegra (and spouse Thomas) Simpson, North Chili, New York, Mertie (and spouse Charles) Karafa, Clio, Michigan and Carolyn (and spouse Paul) Northrup, Valatie, New York and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew, Jonathan Duane Karafa.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, December 23, 2016 in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw with Pastor Bill Keen officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Visitation hours will be from 4:00 – 6:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2016 in the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made in Duane’s memory to Warsaw New Harvest Church of the Nazarene, 1654 Fisher Avenue, Warsaw, Indiana 46580.