Dr. Duane A. Widdifield


89 years, was co-founder and president of the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis, Inc., which was the first full-time facility for Hypnoanalysis in the state of Indiana. He died at home on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, following kidney failure.

He was married to Marlene LaVonne Brown in 1958 at the 49th Street Christian Church.

He graduated from Howe High School in 1952. He attended Butler University, Indiana University, and Lincoln Chiropractic College. He received degrees from the University of New York, California Western University, Blackstone School of Law, Ridgedale Theological Seminary, and completed continuing education at Harvard School of Medicine and Indiana School of Medicine. Dr. Duane Widdifield served with the Seventh Surgical Hospital in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Psychotherapy Association, National Association of Marriage Counselors, and was listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Mensa, Intertel, and the Triple-nine Society.

He practiced psychotherapy on the Southside of Indianapolis from 1972 to 20074.

Duane was a member of Faith Assembly Church of God, where he served two terms on the Board, chaired the Constitution Revision Committee, and taught Sunday School. He was a published author and poet, an award winning artist.

Duane is survived by his son Mark; son Erik and his wife, Molly; daughters Susan Cherry and her husband Jeff, and Janice Whittemore and her husband David; five grandchildren, Marina Eakle, and her husband Dan, David Young Jr., Shane Ping, Erin Marlene Widdifield, great grandson Lucas Eagle, and one great granddaughter Maya Eakle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; his brothers Garth and William, and his sister, Phyllis Widdifield Brown.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in Duane’s honor.