Kenneth A. Van Emon

Kenneth Archbold Van Emon, 89, of Berne, loving father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Swiss Village in Berne, where he was a resident since 2010. He was born on July 3, 1928 in Adams County to Raymond and Lovina (Archbold) Van Emon. He was married on February 19, 1949 to Eula Dee Burk.

He graduated from Geneva High School in 1946. During high school, he was a basketball player, and he married his high school sweetheart. He received his Bachelor of Science in agriculture education, biology, and general science from Purdue University in 1951. His first teaching position was at Geneva School where he taught vocational agriculture, biology, and general science. In 1963, he began his role as assistant superintendent of Berne-French Schools. He served as assistant superintendent for 18 years and later became superintendent, a position he held for two years. He served in the education system for a total of 37 years, retiring in 1988. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Berne.

He is survived by six sons, Stanley (Nancy) Van Emon of Berne; Michael (Janalyn) Van Emon of Carmel; Dennis (Elaine) Van Emon of Greenwood; Ned (Junko) Van Emon of McCordsville; Mark (Kim) Van Emon of Chesterfield, Missouri; and Curt (Rachel) Van Emon of Lexington, Massachusetts; four daughters, Karen (Ronald) Crider of McCordsville; Joni (Stuart) Cagle; Janet (Guy) Taylor; and Linda (Kevin) Burkett, all of Fishers; sister, Janice (Jim) Hubert; 22 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters, Theora Elberson in 2005; and Rosalind “Jane” Van Emon Sordelet in 2008; and brother, Elwin Van Emon in 2014.

Visitation is two hours prior to the 4:00 p.m. funeral service on Wednesday, March 7 at Swiss Village Auditorium in Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Mike Wertenberger. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Geneva.

Memorials may be made to the Kenneth and Eula Van Emon Scholarship Fund to support graduating South Adams students pursuing undergraduate degrees in education. These monetary donations can be made on the Adams County Community Foundation website at

Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guestbook online at