CONNEAUT — Duane E. Punkar, age 83, of Conneaut, Ohio, died Monday morning, Dec. 16, 2013, at University Hospital in Cleveland.
He was born Feb. 15, 1930, in Conneaut, to John Y. and Martha (Moisio) Punkar. Duane was a graduate of Rowe High School where he excelled in baseball and basketball and was selected All-County basketball. He graduated with an engineering degree in 1952 from Ohio University where he was in the R.O.T.C. program. He married his high school sweetheart Audrey Ahlberg on June 14, 1952 and they lived in Albuquerque, N.M. for two years while he served in the U.S. Air Force. Other than those two years in New Mexico, Duane was a lifelong resident of Conneaut.
He was employed as design engineer at the former Astatic Corp where he was unceremoniously released after 30 years of service. He then taught engineering at Triangle Tech before retiring from Comptech in 1991 when the company was purchased.
Duane was a former member of the Conneaut Jaycees and was an extremely active member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ where he served in various leadership roles including Moderator, and was a long-time member of the Board of Trustees showing his strength of purpose and wisdom.
He enjoyed golf, tennis, all Cleveland professional sports teams, and traveling with his wife Audrey throughout the United States and Europe. They were very active attending the grandkids’ affairs and were named CHS Fans of the Year in 2000.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey Punkar of Conneaut; his daughter, Nancy (Tom) Baker of Conneaut; two sons, David (Lori) Punkar of Ashtabula, Ohio and Greg (Amy) Punkar of San Francisco, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Hallie (Michael), Matthew, Rachel, Kevin, Hanna, Sophie, and Jonah; three great-grandchildren, Ariana, Amiah and Joshua; two brothers, Allan (Katherine) Punkar of Venice, Fla. and Ronald Punkar of Kerrville, Texas; and nieces, nephews, and more distant relatives.