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Donna Lee Kamp
April 11, 1933 - July 19, 2014
ARGOS â€” Donna Lee (Ryan) Everdon Kamp, of Argos, age 81, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening, July 19, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, with her family by her side.
Donna was born in Hammond on April 11, 1933, the daughter of James I. Ryan and Ethel M. (Adams) Modglin Ryan. Her family moved to Plymouth in 1946, where she graduated from West Township High School in 1951. She married Joseph C. Everdon on Oct. 6, 1951 in Plymouth, and together they had four children, twin daughters Kathryn and Karen, son David, and daughter Gail. Donna and Joe divorced in 1970, and in May 1978 in Argos, Donna then married Rawland â€śJockâ€ť Kamp.
Donna worked for many years at the Plymouth Country Club and at Schoriâ€™s Restaurant in Plymouth, as a cook at West High School, also at the Elks Club in Rochester, and finished her working career at Torx Products in Rochester, where she met her second husband Jock. She retired from Torx in 1996 after total of 20+ years. Donna and Jock traveled by car and van through the U.S. after their retirement, visiting family and friends in many states, with a special trip visiting many states out west including Alaska. Donna collected shot glasses from the states they had visited, and was proud to have one from almost every state.
She enjoyed cooking and having her family gather together at her home in Argos, and a holiday or birthday meal wasnâ€™t complete without her grandchildrenâ€™s favorite, her special banana pudding. And on the few occasions that the family gathered at another relativeâ€™s house, Donna always would bring half or more of the food dishes served. For many years, she dressed up as Mrs. Claus and assisted her husband Jock who played Santa Claus for family and for the Argos community. She also was active in the West High School Alumni Association, and rarely missed attending their annual reunions in Plymouth. When her twin daughters were young, she also was a member of the Marshall County Twins Club. She particularly enjoyed watching Indiana University Basketball and NASCAR Racing.
But the most important thing in Donnaâ€™s life was her family, particularly her four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Until she lost her eyesight to macular degeneration in 2010, she was very active in their lives, attending sporting events, school plays, graduations, babysitting whenever needed and spoiling them always. Although she could no longer see, Donna was pleased to be able to attend her 4-year-old great-granddaughterâ€™s first ballet recital just this past June in Logansport.
Donna attended the Argos United Methodist Church, and also attended for many years the Jordan Baptist Church in Argos.
Donna is survived by her four children, daughter Kathryn (Phil) Bickle of Argos, daughter Karen Everdon of Grovertown, son David Everdon of Hamilton, and daughter Gail Quesinberry of Edwardsburg, Mich. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Stacy (Bickle)Cox of Logansport, Hayley Bickle of Lafayette, Matthew Quesinberry of Elkhart, and Mitchel Quesinberry of South Bend. Surviving are four great-grandchildren, Ayla and Jacson Quesinberry, Raegan Houser, Ashlyn Cox, and four stepgreat-grandchildren MaKenzie Kamp, Jordyn Kamp, Hunter, and Cash Shidler. Also surviving are three stepchildren, Elaine (Gary) Shidler of Rochester, Randy (Ann) Kamp of Goshen, and Dennis (Nan) Kamp of Rochester, and stepgrandchildren of Emily Kamp, Joshua Kamp, Adam and Brent Shidler, and Kyle Kamp. She also is survived by her dear friend Suzie Denney, who was a great help after Donna lost her eyesight
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rawland â€śJockâ€ť Kamp on July 23, 2006, her first husband Joe Everdon in November 2006, her parents, and by four brothers, Mason Ryan, James â€śJuniorâ€ť Ryan Jr, Raymond â€śBudâ€ť Ryan, Alfred â€śFredâ€ť Ryan, infant sister Betty and young half-sister Violet June.
Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 4 â€“ 8 p.m. at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on July 25, 2014 at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, with Rev. Dewey L. Miller Jr. of the Argos United Methodist Church with burial to follow at the New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Argos United Methodist Church, 570 N. Michigan St., Argos, IN 46501 or Argos American Legion Post #68, 120 N. First St., Argos, IN 46501.