Donald F. Kenipe, 91, of Pierceton, passed away at 12:48 a.m. April 1, 2019, in Kosciusko Community Hospital.

He was born on April 6, 1927, in Indianapolis, to Jennings and Goldie Ottinger Kenipe. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Barnes on June 17, 1951, in Indianapolis. She preceded him on Oct. 25, 2015.

A resident of Pierceton since 1978, he had a lifetime career in sales, working for Montgomery Ward, Singer, RCA and Petro Brothers Chrysler.

He proudly served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean conflict, where he was a corporal in Army Intelligence.

He was a member of the Morris Chapel United Methodist Church; Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club, where he served as the attendance officer and had 35 years of perfect attendance; a lifetime Farm Bureau member; and oversaw the Washington Township Food Pantry for several years.

He is survived by his children: Bruce Kenipe of Dunkirk; Barbara (and spouse Jeffrey) Genter of Mansfield, Ohio; and Jane E. Cope (and companion Patrick Mitchell) of Fishers. He is also survived by his grandson, Bryan D. (and fiancée Halea Dodds) of Muncie; great-grandchild, Quinn Paisley Kenipe; sisters, Mary (and spouse Clarence) Merriman of New Whiteland, and Betty Barnes of Indianapolis; and brothers, Kenneth (and spouse Joan) Kenipe of Southport and Robert (and spouse Jeannie) Kenipe of Plainfield.

He was preceded by his wife; brothers Jennings Jr. and William; and sisters Pauline, Thelma and Judith.

A visitation will be held in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel in Warsaw from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5.

A funeral service will be held in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel in Warsaw at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, with preacher John Baughman officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Pierceton, with military honors by American Legion Post 258.


Memorials to the Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club Scholarship Fund c/o the Kosciusko Community Foundation, 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580.

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