The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

December 18, 2013

Duane E. Punkar


Star Beacon

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.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-in-law, Kay Punkar.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19th, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 211 Buffalo St., Conneaut, with Pastor Joyce Shellhammer officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville, Ohio.

Calling Hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Today, Dec. 18th, at MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elevator Fund of First Congregational United Church of Christ. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church.

Please sign the guestbook at www.marcyfuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.