Visit with Ellis’ in Napa

Check out the photos of our evening with Harry and Elaine – 



Welcome John Michael Duncan

Ben called at 4:35 this morning.  In less than a half hour, Carolyn and I were on the road (first – a stop for fuel) and when we pulled in to the Pomona Valley Hospital, we found Ben and all five Duncan kids in the waiting room.  Kenny, Will, Becca Kate and Rachel shrieked their welcome and informed us that Mommy was down the hall delivering her baby.  “Rachel won’t be the youngest anymore,” they explained.  Shortly after 6:32, Ben strode in with a broad smile and a bounce in his step – “We have a little boy!”  Well, I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

View PHOTO GALLERY from the hospital room | The Duncan Kids Meet Baby John (YouTube)


Florida Christmas visit…

We just returned from a ten day visit to Melbourne, and Christmas with the Ostranders: Jamie, Candace, Noah, Amelia, Paul and our newest grandchild, Hazel – born on December 9.  Jennifer and Dan Morrill brought their new little girl, Elise (Elly).  Marsha and Robin were there as well.  We celebrated Christmas day together at their new home in Melbourne, and then took day trips all along the Atlantic coast and on into Florida’s lush heartland.

Here are links to our photo gallery…

Ken’s TOP 100 (the best of nearly 700 shots)

The complete set:  Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5


Christmas 2011 family update in brief…

We have enjoyed receiving greetings from so many of our friends and family.  They have arrived in our mail box, our inbox and our Facebook page.  We so enjoy the photos of growing families and our peers who are aging right among with us.

Here’s a year end brief as we close out 2011. 

Carolyn just finished her third year as admin for the history and political science department at Biola University.  I continue my work on writing projects, consulting work and favorite project – Global Freedom.  The full length feature film, Not Today, is complete this month.  We hope for a release sometime in 2012.  If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the official two minute trailer

Our family is growing!  This month, we added grandchild number eleven – Hazel Mae.  And next month, Kristyn will deliver their sixth, a boy.  That will make it an even dozen – six boys, six girls.  My my my. 

Here are some fairly recent photos of Ben, Kristyn, Kenny, Will, Becca, Kate and Rachel who live in Fontana, CA –

Candy, Jamie, Noah, Amelia, Paul and Hazel who live in Melbourne, FL – 

Kevin, Sonya, Emerson and Quinn who live in San Diego –

We are busy and blessed!


Dad’s Memorial Weekend in Spring Green

Carolyn and I just returned from an unforgettable weekend.  You can take a look at some of the photos.  You’ll get a sense of the scope of the tribute to Carolyn’s dad – Rev. Oscar Hunerdosse (you can learn more about him from some of the other posts).  It was a very busy weekend, attended by an impressive number of friends and family, many of whom traveled some distance to the with us… from Iowa, Illinois, Florida and California.

Graveside at Spring Green Cemetery

Saturday was the “viewing” – many came from the community to visit family.  Sunday, the Memorial Services was held at the Avoca Bible Church.  I brought a tribute, a collection of granddaughters sang a hymn accompanied by Bruce Campbell at the piano.  Our life-long friends surprised us – Nancy and Andy Hagen came to the service traveling from their home in Delafield (near Milwaukee). Attendees stood in a receiving line with greetings and messages of comfort, “dad/pastor stories” and hugs for the first hour.  Then, following the memorial, we all sat down for an extraordinary buffet supper in the church basement… nearly two hundred of us.

Monday morning, we all gathered at the graveside for a final farewell.  Pastor Joel Bauman, of Avoca Bible Church (where dad pastored and then attended) officiated throughout the weekend.

It was a weekend we will never forget.



Happy Birthday, Carolyn

Sunday evening, we managed to surprise Carolyn with a collection of her favorite people.  It was a terrific party.  Thanks to everyone who worked hard!  (Special shout out to Sonya and Kristyn!)


Oscar Roland Hunerdosse 1921-2011


Oscar Roland Hunerdosse, 90 of Spring Green, passed away on Saturday, December 03, 2011. He was born at home in Newbern, Iowa on March 24th, 1921 the son of Gerald and Rena Hunerdosse. He was the fifth of seven sons. He grew up in southern Iowa and graduated from Melcher High School. After a short time at Simpson College, he taught grades 1-8 in a one room school. Soon he felt God’s call to enter the ministry, and graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1945.

Oscar proceeded to a life of full-time Christian service as a pastor in Battle Creek, Michigan and several churches in Wisconsin, including Avoca Bible Church, Antigo Bible Church, and Black Earth Congregational church. His love for the Lord was demonstrated by his love for the people and communities he lived in. He is especially remembered for his service at Crescent Lake Bible Camp as manager for seven years and later as board president. The Hunerdosse Center there is named after Oscar and Dora May.

Four Generations

Survivors include 5 children, Judy (Bruce) Campbell of Spartanburg, SC, Carolyn (Ken) Kemp of Placentia, CA, David Hunerdosse (Nora) of Yorba Linda, CA, Arlene (Randy) Carver of Spring Green, and Roger (Janet) of Cottage Grove, 13 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren, a brother Arthur (Hazel) of La Harpe, IL, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora May, infant son James, parents, and brothers Alfred, Clarence, Ivan, Glenn, and Jesse.

Funeral Service will be held Sunday, December 11th at 2:00 PM at Avoca Bible Church. Pastor Joel Bauman will officiate with burial in the Spring Green Cemetery on Monday, December 12 at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at the Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home in Spring Green from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and at the church on Sunday from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.

Memorials may be made to Avoca Bible Church or Crescent Lake Bible Camp.

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