Wayne Duttenhaver, age 92, died on June 3rd, 2014, as a result of kidney failure. He was born in Kentland, Indiana, on May 30, 1922. His parents moved to Florida in the early 1920s and he grew up on a farm. His first 11 years of school were in Florida. In 1939, his family moved back to Indiana and he finished high school in Attica, Indiana. Jobs were scarce in 1940 and he moved to Mt. Prospect, Ill., to live with his older sister. He obtained a position as an office boy at Commonwealth Edison, the electric utility for Chicago. After some time, he was offered a position working on some new-fangled equipment called IBM. He always said that this probably saved his life in World War II as his new skills as key punch operators were more in demand than pilots, which he wanted to be.
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In April of 1942, he enlisted in the regular Army and his entire military service was working on IBM equipment, which was used to track and keep up with troop movement. He was in the military for four years, ending up with the 11th Air Force in ADAK, in the Aleutian Islands, where he spent his last 18 months of service.
In the summer of 1942, after basic training, he was transferred to Atlaolo., John Duttenhaver, MD (Stephanie) of Savannah, Ga., and Paul Duttenhaver (Linda) of Redondo Beach, Calif. From his four children came 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. After WWII, he attended Indiana University and obtained a degree in finance and accounting. He worked for the accounting firm Price Waterhouse in Chicago for four years and then moved back to Atlanta, his wife's hometown. He started with the Mead Corporation and remained in various financial positions there, retiring in 1986 after 33 years as controller for the International Division. His work took him all over the world, establishing accounting systems to reconcile Mead's programs with multiple countries' accounting programs.
He travelled throughout his life, even after retirement. He maintained an interest in financial matters, being the church treasurer at Northeast Baptist Church for 10 years. He always had a love for golf, making several trips to Scotland with his son to play the old courses. He was also a member of the Georgia Seniors Golf group for many years. He was a charter member of Berkley Country Club in Gwinnett County. After his wife's death in 2005, he moved to Savannah to be closer to his physician son.
In 2007, he was reunited with a longtime family friend, Jean Farr Braswell. The re-acquaintance of Jean and Wayne was blessed by all their children and led to their marriage in December of 2007. From this marriage, their family grew to include stepchildren, Cynthia Farr Kinkel (Roeder) of Tybee Island, Ga., Carole Farr Drexel (Gregory) of Beaufort, S.C., and Carroll Franklin "Frank" Farr III (Cindy) of Statesboro, Ga.; nine step grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren. Jean and Wayne were happily married until his death.
He will be buried in Atlanta after a small private ceremony.
Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Fund or to Hospice Savannah.
Fairhaven Funeral Home, Hubert C. Baker Chapel, Savannah, GA 31406, (912) 927-1999; www.fairhavenfuneralhome.net.
Statesboro Herald, June 6, 2014
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Published in Statesboro Herald from June 9 to June 17, 2014