Joseph G. Kendall, 74, Jasper

Joseph G. Kendall, 74, of Jasper, passed away at 9:25 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Joe was born in Chelmsford, England on April 27, 1945, to Everett and Violet (Moss) Kendall. He married Helen Meyer on April 30, 1966, in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township in Dubois County.

He graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1963 as a “Happy Hunter.”

Joe retired in 2004 from Kimball International after 23 years as a furniture design engineer. He also worked at Acme Metal Products and Ditto Sales for many years. 

Joe was  a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township, where he served multiple times as president of the church, treasurer, council member, reader, senior choir, men’s choir and all other church activities. He was a Jasper High School Band supporter and Pit Crew member. He coached Ireland Little League baseball, softball and Jasper Pony League baseball.

He enjoyed baseball, basketball, and football  where he played all three sports at Huntingburg High School. He also enjoyed golf, travel, gospel music and spending time with his grandkids. 

Joe’s favorite saying, “If you’re not 15 minutes early you’re late.”

Surviving are his wife, Helen Kendall, Jasper; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann (David Kelley), Indianapolis; one son, Philip Kendall (Kris), Jasper; four grandchildren, Maxwell McClellan, Indianapolis, Aidan Kelley, Indianapolis, Jaida Kendall, Jasper, and Maya Kendall , Jasper, and one stepgrandson, Jacob Kelley, Shelbyville; three sisters, Jan Kuhnhein (Jim), Mason, Ohio, Lois Niksch, (Tom) Valparaiso, and Barb Perry (Bob), Huntingburg; one brother, Pat Kendall (Linda), Huntingburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was one nephew, Jeff Perry.

Funeral services for Joe Kendall will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Reverend Timothy Kraemer will officiate.

A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service time at the church on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity.

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