Kenneth Archbold Van Emon, 89, Berne, loving father and grandfather, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Swiss Village, 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 Feb. 19, 1949, to Eula Dee Burk, who preceded him in death. 

He graduated from Geneva High School in 1946. During high school, he was a basketball player, and he married his high school sweetheart, Eula Burk. He received his bachelor of science degree 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 also served as assistant superintendent for 18 years and later became superintendent of South Adams Schools, a position he held for two years. Ken 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 the Trinity United Methodist Church in Berne.

He is survived by a sister, Janice (Jim) Hubert; 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 and Joni (Stuart) Cagle, Janet (Guy) Taylor and Linda (Kevin) Burkett, all of Fishers; 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his wife; parents; sisters Theora Elberson in 2005 and Rosalind "Jane" Van Emon Sordelet in 2008; and brother Elwin Van Emon in 2014.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Adams County Community Foundation for the Kenneth and Eula 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

Funeral services are Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the Swiss Village auditorium with visitation from 2 p.m. to time of services. Officiating is Pastor Mike Wertenberger. Burial is in the Riverside Cemetery, Geneva.

You may sign the guest book online at

Arrangements are by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.