Duane Orville Whisman, 79, passed away at his home in Decatur on December 20, 2012, after a short illness. He was with his family when he passed.
A longtime Decatur resident, Duane was born May 20, 1933, to Bernard and Irene (Lightheart) Whisman of Harrison, Ill.
Duane graduated from Hononegah High School, Rockton, Ill., where he lettered in football and track.
In 1951, Duane enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served honorably during the Korean War with "A" Company, 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. Duane was engaged in direct combat operations from 1952 to 1953, attaining the rank of Sergeant USMC.
Duane returned to Harrison in 1954, where he farmed and worked as a shift supervisor at the Ingersoll Milling Machine Company in Rockford, Ill.
In 1971, he enrolled at Fort Wayne Bible College. While studying, he served as a lay minister at several evangelical churches in the Adams and Allen county areas.
Duane became the co-director of Child Evangelism Fellowship for the northern Indiana region in 1974, serving with his wife, Faye.
In 1978, Duane took a position at Central Soya in Decatur, where he worked as a supervisor until his retirement in 1995.
Duane was the first president of the Decatur Eagles Radio Control Club, promoting the RC hobby to local youth organizations. He was instrumental in the establishment of Whisman Field, the first RC park in Decatur. He was also a member of American Legion Post 43.
Among survivors are four sons, Curtis (Carolyn) Whisman of Potomac Falls, Va.; Darrin (Patricia) Whisman of Decatur; Dennis Whisman of Manassas, Va.; and Douglas (Ji-Eun) Whisman of Fishers, Ind.; daughter, Julie Maples of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, Tiffany Whisman, Andrew Whisman, Jena Dickmeyer, Danielle Whisman, Diane Whisman, Christina Whisman, and Caylie Whisman; and one great-granddaughter, Madilynn Fitzgerald.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye (Brenton) Whisman, in 1978; a son, Michael Whisman in 2007; and a grandson, Duane Dickmeyer in 2011.
The family wishes to acknowledge Duane's many friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and to thank them all for their kindness and friendship.
According to his wishes, Duane was cremated after a family gathering.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, those who wish to honor Duane's memory may do so by making a direct contribution in his name to the American Legion Post 43 in Adams County, or to the Disabled Veterans of America.
Condolences may be mailed to 8701 North 100 East, Decatur, Indiana, 46733.