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Mark A. Miller

January 19, 2017

Mark A. Miller, 44, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 at home. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Mark was a graduate of Northop High School and ITT and worked as a parts sales rep with Don Ayers Honda for 10 years. Mark's nieces and nephew were his pride and joy. Surviving are his parents Charles R. and Linda A Miller; sister, Jennifer Linnemeier; nieces and nephew, Kirsten, Kyle and Heather. ...
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James (Jim) W. Midbon

January 18, 2017

James "Jim" W. Midbon, 57, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Surviving are his sister, Jennifer (Michael) Luce of Onalaska, WI; brother, Jeffrey Midbon of Brea, CA; his girlfriend, Jenny Godinez and her daughter Emma of Fort Wayne; step-father, Lee Thomas of Warsaw, MO; nieces, Courtney and Christine Luce; and nephews, Jeffrey and Danny Midbon. James was preceded in death by his...
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Robert (Bob) Braun

January 18, 2017

Robert "Bob" Braun , 50, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Bob was also an active member and officer of the American Legion Post 241 of Waynedale. Surviving are his loving wife of 22 years, Lisa A. Braun, sons Christopher and Nicholas Braun; siblings, Shirley (Tom) Stratton; Kathleen (Joseph) Dowling, Connie (Ron) Erck, Merri (James) Windmiller, Gail Talamantez, Matthew (Sherry Kruse)...
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Charles W. Humphries

January 18, 2017

Charles W. Humphries, 85, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Oak Grove, AL, Charles worked as the Director of Engineering Electronic Warfare with Magnavox for 40 years. While at Magnavox he made significant contributions to progressing the company in areas of threat recognition to the United States and how to destroy the threats. Some systems are still in service...
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Eric Shane Trout

January 16, 2017

Eric Shane Trout, 58, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017. Eric was the son of the late Gene and Lila Trout. Surviving are his brother, Michael Trout of San Francisco, CA; sister, Marcia (Patrick) Kohn of Fort Wayne; nephew, Nicholas Trout of Fort Wayne; niece, Lisa (Tony) Suelzer of Fort Wayne; great-nephew, Issiah Hissong of Fort Wayne; and great-niece, Lila K. Trout of Fort Wayne. Memorials...
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Eugene R. Lowden

January 16, 2017

Eugene R. Lowden, 96, passed away Jan. 16, 2017. Surviving is loving wife Anna (Lahrman) Lowden of 68 years; children Robert (Dorene) Lowden, Stephen (Barbara) Lowden, Sharon (David) White; grandchildren Michelle (Mark) Ross, Laura (Chris) Harrington, Susan (Jason) Kaiser, Stephen (Melissa) Lowden; step grandchildren John (Sherry) Mattingly, Laura Anglin, Beth (Gary) Toth; 6 great grandchildren ...
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Joan M. Bingley

January 16, 2017

Joan M. Bingley, 83, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Charles Bingley of Fort Wayne; daughters, Lorrie Smith, Diana Bruns; Vickie Gordon all of Fort Wayne; step-daughters, Charlotte Fletcher of New Haven, IN; and Shawn (Darin) Moore of Auburn, IN; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and sister, Gail Jackson of Fort Wayne. Joan was preceded...
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Charlotte A. (Webster) Rusher

January 16, 2017

Charlotte A. (Webster) Rusher, 92 Fort Wayne, formally of Connersville, passed away January 16, 2017. Charlotte was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Connersville, to Isabelle (Eddy) and Charles Webster. After graduating from high school, she was employed at Roots Blower in Connersville where she met Ernest E. "Bud" Rusher, whom she married July 28, 1950. They celebrated 59 years of marriage, prior to Bud's...
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James B. Garmire

January 15, 2017

James B. Garmire, 81, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 15, 2017. James was a professional and private driver for JJR for 16 years. He had a divine love for cars, especially Cadillac's, along with a heart for animals. Surviving are his close friends Charles Miller, Tom Cook, Kelly (James) Bulmahn, and Barbara Bonfield-DeLong. James was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Wilma ...
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Gloria A. Branning

January 15, 2017

Gloria A. Branning, 84, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017. Gloria is survived by her sister, Joyce (Louis) Lohrman; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Frieda and Rudolph Branning, and her siblings, Edna Doster, Jean Patterson, Larry Branning, and Wayne Branning. Memorials may be made to the World Wide Work of Jehovah's...
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Roy L. Demetre

January 15, 2017

ROY L. DEMETRE, passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Roy Louie Demetre was born April 30, 1922 near Valparaiso, Ind. He was the second of four children born to Constantine Demetre and Katherine (Serbinoff) Demetre. Early in Roy's childhood, the family moved to Fort Wayne where Roy grew up on Bar St. He was a proud member of the South Side High School class of 1940, and until...
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Mary Helen Dollarhite

January 15, 2017

Mary Helen Dollarhite , 94, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her son, David (Sharon) L. Dollarhite of Columbia City, daughter, Carol S. (Edward) Reader of Fort Wayne, daughter, Beth A (Douglas) Rodenberg of Cromwell, 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by parents, William Milton and Mary Redding Maack and husband, Gerald Dollarhite....
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Amy R. Allen

January 14, 2017

Amy R. Allen, 33, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017. Surviving are her husband Joshua Allen; daughter, Olivia Allen; parents William R and Janet K Slusher; sisters, Jennifer (Brad) Batesole; and Kelly (Devin) Muzzillo; Funeral Service is 10:00 am, Friday, January 20, 2017 at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road with calling one hour prior. Calling...
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JoAnne E. Bloom

August 31, 1923 - January 14, 2017

JoAnne E. Bloom, 93, died on January 14, 2017 at Harbour Assisted Living. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late William W. and Dollie (Hinkley) Shew, and was raised in Churubusco, Indiana. She had been an employee of Parkview Hospital and Fort Wayne Surgical Associates and retired from the office of J.E. Arata, M.D. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic...
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Roy Andrew Eaton

January 14, 2017

Roy Andrew Eaton passed away peacefully on Saturday January 14, 2017 at his home in Ft. Wayne, IN. He was 85. Roy was born on March 1, 1931 in Port Gibson, MS to Andrew Henry Eaton and Winnie Greer Eaton. He graduated from Port Gibson High School and Millsaps College in Mississippi, received his Divinity Degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta GA, and a Master...
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Paul (Buddy) D. Ladd

January 14, 2017

Paul "Buddy" D. Ladd, 84, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Allen County, IN, Paul began auto racing at the age of fifteen at various race tracks around Allen County. He began his career as an auto mechanic and later retired from Don R. Fruchey INC where he worked as an iron worker. He was a member of Michigan Antique Phonograph Society and devoted his time after...
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Anna Heidenreich

January 14, 2017

Anna Sue (Passino) Heidenreich, 85, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ft. Wayne, IN, Anna was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and worked at Fort Wayne Community Schools for 20 years. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family and her faith in God were the...
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Lawton Carter, Jr., II

January 12, 2017

Lawton Carter Jr. II, 39, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN. Surviving are his fiancee, Holly Atchison of Union, MI, children, Summer, Lawton, Mayson, and Lilyana, parents, Alta Carter and Lawton Carter, Jr. of Tippecanoe, brother, Brian (Jackie) Carter of New Haven, sister, Melinda (Dave) Beldon of Tippecanoe, IN. Lawton was...
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Delane Joyce (Coughlin) Mathieson

January 12, 2017

Delane Joyce (Coughlin) Mathieson , 72, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017. Surviving are her husband, Richard W. Mathieson; mother, Jessie Marie Coughlin of Chanhassen, MN, son, Richard C. (Shawntelle) Mathieson of Cookeville, TN, son, Christian D. Mathieson of Fort Wayne, grandchildren, Ashlynn M. & Kaitlyn E., sisters, Karen (Dick) Dee of Chaska, MN, and Patrice (Dale) Shores of Muncie,...
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Ervin Leitch

January 12, 2017

Ervin Eugene Leitch, 74, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Ervin was born March 4, 1942 in Fort Wayne to the late Delbert and Leona (Harrold) Leitch. On February 9, 1974, he married Eleanor Coleman, a love story that would span more than 4 decades. Arrangement by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Avenue.
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Bonnie Eileen Sherer

January 12, 2017

Bonnie Eileen Sherer, 90, passed away January 12, 2017 at home in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her daughter, Rene (Rick) Filkins; grandchilden, Luanna (John) Cunningham; Laurie Johnston; Heather (Kerry) Foster; Matthew (Bekah) Brooks; Hollie (Rob) Sutton; Nicolas Filkens; step sons, Larry (Deb) Sherer; Tom (Sue) Sherer; Roger Sherer; and Robert Sherer.
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Lauana I. Humbrecht

January 12, 2017

Lauana I. Humbrecht, 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, January 12, 2017. In addition to Jack, Lu's husband of 71 years, she is survived by two sons Kurt (Kathy) Humbrecht; and Brent (Phyllis) Humbrecht; grandchildren, Carrie (Troy) Pogue; Amanda, Becky, Meredith, and Joe Humbrecht,; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Marissa Pogue; as well as many nieces and nephews. Also...
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Helen Buschey

January 12, 2017

Helen Buschey, 88, of Fort Wayne died Thursday, January 12, 2017. Surviving are her children, Valerie (Catherine Knight) Buschey of Chicago, IL; Brent Buschey of Fort Wayne; and Lauren (Jeffrey) Widmann of Fort Wayne; 3 grandchildren, Clinton Jackson, Carrie (Brent) Svitak, and Audra Widmann; and nephew, Richard (Mitchell Untch) Lancaster. Helen was preceded in death by husband, Gilbert...
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Randy Lee King

January 11, 2017

Randy Lee King , 37, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Penny King, father, Randy Leon (Joann) King, children, Kylee M. King, Gabrielle King; Gavin Merryman, Bailey Merryman; step-son, Gage Workman, sister, Angela Kissinger; .brother, Travis Lepper; step-brothers, Darren Diaz, Glen Monday and lifetime friend and like a brother, Kurt Lehman. Randy...
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Robert Lechleidner

January 11, 2017

Robert E. Lechleidner, 60, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Angola, IN, Robert served in the U.S. Marines for four years. Robert was a lifelong trucker. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road.
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Stephania M. Bartlett

August 26, 1986 - January 11, 2017

Stephania M. Bartlett, 30, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Born in Hicksville, OH, Stephania graduated from Antwerp High School and earned her bachelors degree from IPFW. She served our great country as a U.S. Army veteran. She enjoyed reading, gardening, camping, decorating cakes, trivia, board games and spending time with her family. Surviving are her husband Jeffrey Bartlett of...
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Julian D. Houtz

January 11, 2017

Julian D. Houtz, 78, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, January 11, 2017 . Born in Huntington, Indiana, Julian was the son of the late Harold and Loveta Houtz. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He worked with Geyer Instructional Aids for many years prior to his retirement. Julian was a man of strong faith, devotion, and prayer to his Lord. He was a loving and devoted husband,...
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Duane M. Eby

February 1, 1951 - January 10, 2017

Duane M. Eby, 65, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, he graduated from Northside HS in 1969 and earned his BFA from the John Herron School of Art. Duane's first artistic talent came in the form of drawing. He spent many years working as a graphic designer but retired from Sweetwater Sound as a guitar technician. As much...
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Madison Rose Gase

January 10, 2017

Infant, Madison Rose Gase , passed away, January 10, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She is survived by her parents, Nicole and Scott Gase; and brother, Noah Gase. Private family services will be held. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Erika Renae Sell

January 10, 2017

Erika Renae Sell , 17, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Surviving are her parents, Candice Sell and Amy Kupcik; Brian and April Sell; brothers; Devin Sell; Jedd Kupcik; sisters, Chrystal Carey; Anna Rhoten; Izabelle Kupcik; grandmother, Jeanette Ritenour; grandparents, Debbie and Cary Sell; Millie and Cash Cook; James and Judy Carey; Cheryl and Gary Liston; niece, Jadelynn...
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Charlene (Cricket) C. Lochner

January 10, 2017

Charlene "Cricket" C. Lochner, 86, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Surviving are her daughters, Sandy Klopfenstein; and Carol (Paul) Havers; 8 grandchildren, Laurie Springer, Amy Albert, Becky Stamper, Meagan Butcher, BilliJo Harris, Abby Buis, Ty Steury, and Jason Steury; 17 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Irwin...
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Margaret E. Baker

January 10, 2017

Margaret E. Baker, 80, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Richard E. Baker of Fort Wayne, IN; son, Glenn E. (Tiara) Baker of Lockport, IL; daughter, Christine M. (Paul) Stevens of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan and Jadyn Stevens and Curtis Baker; sisters, Mary Ann Smith of Auburn, IN. and Patricia O'Brien of Lewisville, TX. Memorials may...
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Richard A. Bussen

January 10, 2017

Richard A. Bussen, 74, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Barbara Bussen, sons Timothy (Pamela) Bussen, Terry (Joyce) Bussen, Tom (Beth) Bussen, Ted (Jennifer) Bussen, Todd (companion Dona) Bussen, Troy (Mindy) Bussen, Trent Bussen. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father...
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James Alfred Haw, phD

January 9, 2017

James Alfred Haw PhD, 71, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at home. Born in Cape Girardeau, MO, James received his doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1972. He was a Professor of American history from the colonial era to the Civil War, with Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne for 39 years. Surviving are many cousins. James was preceded in death by his parents James M....
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Donald Harvey

January 9, 2017

Donald Harvey, 56, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017. Surviving are his Spouse, Joy Harvey; children, Josie Gonzales, Marilyn Harvey, Donato (Sara) Harvey, Monica (Jeff) Sanford, Roberta (Matthew) Phillips, and JD Harvey; siblings, Russell (Debbie) Harvey, and Deb Julliett; 16 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Donald was always proud of his service in the Marine Corps, he was also...
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Marilyn E. Trahin

February 10, 1932 - January 9, 2017

Marilyn E. Trahin, 84, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Marilyn was the daughter of the late Walter and Opal Bilcer. She graduated from North Side High School. She worked with United Technology in Columbia City for 18 years prior to retiring. Marilyn was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Arcola, Moose Lodge and...
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Helen L. Rash

January 9, 1936 - January 8, 2017

Helen L. Rash, 80, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Helen was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Kathryn Rudolph Sr. Helen was a comptroller with the Allen County Police Department for 22 years, retiring in 2002. She and her husband enjoyed square dancing for many years together. Helen also had a talent for woodworking...
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Mary L. Dellinger

January 8, 2017

Mary L. Dellinger, 92, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her children, Mark (Cherry) Dellinger; Jan L, (Robert) Woltz; Barton (Karen) Dellinger; sister, Louise Hammersmith; 11 grandchildren., 27 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, Mary was preceded in death by her parents Forrest G. and G. Edna Carlson, husband, John A....
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Willard A. Minnick

January 8, 2017

Willard A. Minnick 73, passed away Sunday January 8, 2017 at his home in Ft Wayne. Willard was a mental health counselor (Healing House), owner of Quality Critter Pet Shop, Author and Musician. Willard is survived by fiancé' Lucinda Tesch, Sisters Suzanne (Steve) Junk , Rhonda (Dave) Peconge ; brother Linn (Amber) Minnick. There are no services scheduled at this time. D. O. McComb & Sons...
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Charlene A. Collins

January 8, 2017

Charlene A. Collins, 86, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017. Surviving are her children; Thomas F. (Pam) Collins III; Daniel F. (Colleen) Collins, Catherine Bolick, Patty (David) Seybert, and Nancy Berghoff; grandchildren, Ehren Seybert, Nick Berghoff, Andy Seybert, Erica (Berghoff) Smith, Jon Seybert, Jordan (Collins) Majeed, Blake Collins, Tom Collins, Allie Collins, and Maura Collins; and 2...
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Helen I. Shepler

January 8, 2017

Helen I. Shepler, 89, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017. Surviving are her son, Frank (Diana) Shepler; daughter, Janice Dennis; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; brothers Darl Hull; Clarence Hull; and Norval Hull; sister, Janice Southern. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Pearl Hull, husband, John Shepler, Sr.,sons, Mark and John...
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Imogene A. (nee Brooks) James

January 8, 2017

Imogene A. James (ney Brooks) 87, passed away peacefully the morning of January 8th. Surviving is her beloved husband of sixty-four years Archie J. James, her Son Archie F. (Susan) James, and Betsy (Michael) Motter, five grandchildren Benjamin and Paul James, James, Elizabeth, and Thomas Motter, and two great-grandchildren Joshua Williams and Simon Motter and numerous nieces and nephews. She...
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Michael L. Frane

January 8, 2017

Michael L. Frane , 73, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017. Michael had a heart of gold and loved spending time with his family. Surviving are his loving wife, Sharon K. Frane; children, Mike Frane Jr, Cindy L. (John) Eastman, Michelle A Frane, Kristine K. Alkhuzaie Frane, Julie K. (Jeff) Harris, Joan D (Tommy) Smith, sister-in-law, Sue Frane, 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
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Victoria Lee (Hillenburg) Woehnker

January 7, 2017

Victoria Lee (Hillenburg) Woehnker, 58, passed away January 7, 2017. Surviving are her husband; Richard; her beloved dogs Lexi and Laine; parents Richard and Arlene Hillenburg; siblings Lynn (Steve) Zahorik and David (Ashley) Hillenburg and Cheryl (Stan) Hillenburg; mother-in-law, Elaine Woehnker; brothers-in-law, Joe (Shelley) Woehnker and David Woehnker; sisters-in-law, Diane (Joe)...
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Robert E. Lutter

January 7, 2017

Robert E. Lutter, 86, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017. Surviving are his wife, Sharon Lutter of Fort Wayne, daughters, Debbie (Rick) Livesay of Rio Rancho, NM, and Robin Bryant of Tempe, AZ, grandson, Dean Bryant of Tempe, AZ, brothers, Bill Lutter of Huntertown and Ralph Lutter of Laotto. Robert was preceded in death by parents, William and Fredona Lutter, brothers, Clarence and Jim...
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Logan Robert Blaising

January 7, 2017

Logan Robert Blaising, 23, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, January, 7, 2017. Logan was born in Fort Wayne and graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in 2011. He was currently enrolled full time at Ivy Tech, pursuing a degree in animal science. Since his recent illness and amputation, he had been spending time mentoring Holy Cross Confirmands and learning new workout routines at AWP....
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John R. (Jack) Donovan

January 7, 2017

John R. "Jack" Donovan, 86, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Fort Wayne. He was passionate about family, his faith, friends, golf, and his Purdue Boilermakers. Born in Bedford, IN, Jack was a 1948 graduate of Central Catholic High School, he then completed his Bachelor's degree from Purdue University. He was the proud founder, owner, and operator of Donovan Engineering for 27 years. ...
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Matthew Preston Lambert

January 6, 2017

Matthew Preston Lambert, 34, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017. Surviving are his children James and Amanda Lambert of Fort Wayne; parents, Gary and Cathy Lambert of Fort Wayne; biological father, Benny Caudil of New Haven; brother, Andy (Crista Gordon) Lambert of Golden, CO; sister, Janice Capps of IN, and a couple of nieces and nephews. Matthew was preceded in death by his best K-9 friend...
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Albert (Grumpy) Franklin Robinson

January 6, 2017

Albert "Grumpy" Franklin Robinson, 73, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Robinson; daughter, Sherie (Tim) Humphrey; son, Tim (Julie) Robinson; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; brother, Wayne (Kathy) Robinson and several nieces and nephews . Albert was preceded in death by his parents Vernon A. and Hattie Mae Robinson,...
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Dorothy J. Frary

January 6, 2017

Dorothy J. Frary, 95, died January 6, 2017, at River Terrace Retirement Community, Bluffton. Dorothy was born January 24, 1921, in Fort Wayne, daughter of Jesse and Nellie (Muhl) Neff, and retired in 1983 after working as a long distance telephone operator with GTE and Bell. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Frank D. Frary, Bluffton, and a grand nephew, James McOmber, Arlington, Virginia....
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Dorothy S. Scott

January 6, 2017

Dorothy S. Scott, 92, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017. Surviving are her daughter, Sandra K. Parker of Hamilton, daughter, Pamela S. Diedrich of Fort Wayne, son, Rick L. (Melrose) Scott of Oak Harbor, WA, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by husband, Ervin E. Scott, parents, Charles and Elizabeth Schoenemann, 1 brother, 3 sisters, a son-in-law and a...
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MIchael Arnold Collins

January 6, 2017

Michael Arnold Collins, 69, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at home Friday, January 6, 2017. Mike is survived by his half-sister and caregiver Donna (Jim) Geary of Fort Wayne, his niece Stacy (Kevin) Haskins of Fishers and family, his nephew Cory (Jessica) Lawson of Lafayette and family, plus his newly found half-brother Michael W. Turner of Connecticut. Memorials may be made to the...
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Helen W. Krisher

January 6, 2017

HELEN W KRISHER, 88, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Helen retired from Lincoln Life after 25 years as an Administrator. Helen married Gaylord L. Krisher on May 25, 1946, and enjoyed 68 years of marriage. Gaylord passed away on Sept 5, 2014. Helen enjoyed her home, tending her flowers, gardening, breakfast out at Joanna's and...
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James Ryder

January 5, 2017

. James Ryder, 84, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. on September 12 1932, the son of the late George and Mary Ryder. James graduated from South Side High School. Upon graduating he joined the US Air Force and served as a Jet Mechanic. James worked as a Firefighter with Fort Wayne Fire Department for 27 years, retiring in 1987. James enjoyed spending time with...
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Regina West

January 5, 2017

Regina West , 87, passed away January 5, 2017. Born in Westfield, MA, Regina came to Fort Wayne in 1954. She worked at Howard's downtown in the framing department for many years. Surviving are daughters, Sarah (Jeffrey) West-Kimber and Kathryn West. Regina was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Stephania Suchocki, husband, Walter H. West, son, Charles Michael West. Memorials may be...
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Michael J. Huhn

January 4, 2017

Michael J. Huhn, 66, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He was born in Chicago, IL, on May 30, 1950. Michael was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Surviving are his father, Donald J. Huhn; brothers, Chris J. (Peggy) Huhn, Larry J. (Barb) Huhn, Tony J. (Cindy) Huhn, Dan J. (Sandy) Huhn, and Randy J. (Mindy) Huhn. Michael was preceded in death by mother, Lorraine M. Huhn. ...
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Blakely Rains Jones

January 3, 2017

Blakely Rains Jones, born, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her parents Raymond II and Holly L Jones of Fort Wayne, IN; brother, Trey Jones; grandparents Raymond (Gina) Jones of New Haven, IN and Michael (Tara) Vogel of North Manchester, IN.
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Richard Edward Finefrock

January 3, 2017

Richard Edward Finefrock 2nd, 68, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, January 3, 2017. He was born in York, PA, on September 25, 1948, son to the late Richard and Myrtle Finefrock. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth (Craig) Finefrock; sons, Michael (Angela) Finefrock, and Ryan (Melissa) Finefrock; grandchildren, Kayne Forrest, Meagan Finefrock, Hayden Finefrock, Elayna Finefrock,...
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Kenneth M. Zimmerman

January 2, 2017

Kenneth M. Zimmerman, 81, passed away Monday, January 2, 2017. Born in Fairberry, IL, Kenneth was the son of the late Michael Zimmerman and Ida Gerber. Kenneth was a U.S. Army veteran. He owned and operated Village Pools, Inc. for over 30 years, prior to retirement. Kenneth enjoyed fishing, basketball, hockey and being at the Lakes. He loved his family and cherished his grandchildren. ...
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Delores (Dodie) Peck

January 2, 2017

Delores "Dodie" L. Peck, 85, passed away Monday, January 2, 2017 at her home. Surviving are her children, Catherine Friedman of Fort Wayne; Brian Peck of Fort Wayne; Kimberly Clore of Fort Wayne; and Tracy Kreig of Warsaw, IN; 7 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Delores was preceded in death by her son, Kevin Peck; infant son, Randy Peck; parents, Raymond and Anna Krieg; and 5 siblings.
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Sharon L. Perkins

January 2, 2017

Sharon L. Perkins, 80, passed away Monday, January 2, 2017. Surviving are her children, Frank (Laura) Perkins, Tammy (Ken) Harrold and Tara Ault ; 8 grandchildren; siblings Joyce (Dick) Apple; Kent (Marilyn) Burkhead; Janet (Joe) Goff; Becky Fischer; Randy (Debra) Frederick; and Doug (Claudia) Frederick. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Vern E. and Wanda E. Frederick,...
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Martha Berghoff Ryan

January 2, 2017

Martha Berghoff Ryan 78 passed away at home surrounded by her loving family. Marty was born in Fort Wayne on November 7, 1938. Marty was the daughter of the late Norbert G. and Betty Noll Berghoff. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in South Bend, IN and attended Barat College in Lake Forest, IL. Marty had an unwavering faith in God and devout love for her family and friends. She created...
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Jeremy J. Hartman

January 1, 2017

Jeremy J. Hartman, 25, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017. Surviving are father, Ron Hartman of Fort Wayne; mother, Michelle Demayo of Huntertown, IN; grandmother, Reva Hartman of Fort Wayne; grandmother, Marlene March of Zephyr Hills, FL; grandfather, Frank (Gloria) Demayo of Fort Wayne, IN; aunt, Debbie (Steve); uncles, Matt (Sandy), Rod, Dan, Mark (Debbie), Bob (Lori), Mark Demayo, Mike ...
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Alma M. Bahde

January 1, 2017

Alma M. Bahde, 96, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 at in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her son, Richard (Elaine) Bahde, daughter, Roselyn (Richard) Crewse, daughter, Elizabeth (Steve) Pomeroy, sister, Ruth Neuman, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren & 2 great great grandchildren. Alma was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Helen "Nellie" Brown, husband, Donald R. Bahde, brothers,...
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Dorothy E. Franks

January 1, 2017

Dorothy E. Franks, 85, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband Paul C. Franks; step daughter, Judy Pohler; step daughter-in-law, Marsha Franks; 3 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Dorothy Moody, step son, Perry Franks, a step grandson, Sister, Evelyn Kim....
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Karin L. Cramer

January 1, 2017

Karin L. Cramer, 74, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family, Sunday, January 1, 2017. Surviving are her loving husband of 52 years, Jerry Cramer; children, Stephani Cramer (Ken) Clouser, Sean (Cassie) Cramer, and Sara (Lonnie) Fowler; grandchildren, Kendall Cramer, Isabel Cramer, Coyle Fowler, Miles Fowler, Zoey Clouser, and Jayden Clouser; step-grandchildren, Seth Clouser, and...
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David L. Boon

January 1, 2017

David L. Boon, 59, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 1, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, David was the founder of Vision Lighting Corporation. Surviving are his son, Adam Boon, daughter, Sarah (Jonathon) Gonzalez, daughter, Marissa Boon, all of Fort Wayne 3 grandchildren; Alexis, Malik, and Callie, mother, Beverly York of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, brother, Michael (Kristine) Boon of Fort Wayne,...
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Richard West

December 31, 2016

Richard West, 59, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016. Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Kathy West; children, Jessica Bauman, Angela Gast, and Robert (Amber) West; step-children, Vicki Mabee, and Kevin Hardesty; 12 grandchildren; sister, Carol (Jay) McPherson. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Robert C and Margaret West; brother, Joe West; sister, Linda Mosley; and...
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Nelson G. Crider

December 31, 2016

Nelson G. Crider, of Fort Wayne passed away on December 31st . Survived by brothers Stan and Robert (La Rhue) Crider. Nelson was preceded in death by brothers William and Terry Crider. Nelson was an Army Veteran. He attended Grace Point Church of the Nazarene. Arrangemets handled by D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park.
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Denise A. Thornton

June 23, 1953 - December 31, 2016

Denise A. Thornton, 63, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Denise was the daughter of the late Don and Delores Miller. She graduated from Central Catholic High School and earned multiple degrees including her masters from Indiana University and Ball State University. She was a social worker in the dialysis department at...
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Lowell E. Madden

December 30, 2016

Dr. Lowell E. Madden was called to eternal life with his Triune God on Friday, December 30, 2016. He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and a resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was a graduate of South Side High School from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned the B.A. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University Bloomington and the doctoral degree from...
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Harold Fraser

December 30, 2016

Harold Eugene Fraser, 70, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Springfield, MO, Harold graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. He worked at Consumer's Market from 1962-1972 and then was a Store Manager and buyer with Kmart (Sears Holdings) for 36 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of Kiwanis International. Harold...
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Mary F. Riedel

December 23, 1930 - December 30, 2016

Mary F. Riedel, 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Visiting Nurse surrounded by her family. Born on December 23, 1930 in Tipton, IA, Mary was the daughter of the late Donald and Frances Hegarty. She lived her life in devotion to her faith, her family and her community. She married Jerry Riedel on September 19, 1953 and were blessed with five children. ...
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Milton L. Gerber

January 14, 1929 - December 30, 2016

Milton L. Gerber, 87, of Fort Wayne, peacefully was placed in the arms of his savior for his final journey home, on December 30, 2016. He was a former resident of Craigville and Ossian, Indiana and Cedarville, Michigan. He was born on January 14, 1929 in Adams County to Reuben and Dulla (Aschliman) Gerber. He married Patricia Titus on October 1, 1950, in Bluffton, Indiana. He attended...
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Gerald (Rocky) Roberts

December 29, 2016

Gerald "Rocky" Roberts , 59, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016. Surviving are his wife, Julie Roberts; daughter, Lindsay (Roberts) Gardiner son, Nic Roberts; son, Philip Roberts; son, Tyler Roberts; grandchildren; William and Addison Gardiner, brother, Kevin (Cynthia) Roberts; brother, Randy (Hettie) Roberts; and sister, Joan DiSaboto. Gerald was preceded in death by parents, Robert...
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Lois Joy Arnold

December 24, 1930 - December 29, 2016

Lois Joy Arnold, 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Eleanor Zuercher. She graduated from Concordia High School and Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1952. She worked as a registered nurse at Lutheran Hospital for 40 years prior to her retirement in 1992. She was a...
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Teresa M. Welsh

December 29, 2016

Teresa M. Welsh, 60, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Warner Robins, GA, Teresa enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, and photography. She was a longtime supporter of Child Fund International. Surviving are her husband, Gregory Welsh; daughter, Carol Dailey; step-daughter, Julie (Brian) Worthing; parents Vance and Myrna Pyle; granddaughter, Rebekah Miller; and sister,...
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Elouise (Weezie) Pearl Thomas

December 29, 2016

Elouise "Weezie" Pearl Thomas, 78, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016. Born in Hamilton, IN, Weezie worked with Scotts Grocery in the deli department. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Floyd Thomas of Fort Wayne; daughters, Debra (Jay) Lahrman of Hoagland, IN, and Dawn (Dan) Esterline of Fort Wayne; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandsons. Weezie was preceded in death by her son,...
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Janet Klas Eggleston

December 29, 2016

Janet Klas Eggleston, 92, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016 at The Towne House Retirement Center in Fort Wayne. Janet and her husband Don Klas were founding members of Covenant United Methodist Church. She enjoyed participating in the church choir, golfing, and traveling. Surviving are her daughter, Katherine (Ted) Rolf of Angola, IN; daughter, Ann (Gary) Forsyth of Cave Creek, AZ; 5...
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Eleanor McKibben

December 26, 2016

Eleanor McKibben, 94, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016. Surviving are her children; Dennis (Jan) McKibben, David McKibben Douglas (Christine) McKibben; son-in-law, Ken Herold; grandchild, Dennis (Melissa) McKibben, Drew (Tina) McKibben, Alisa McKibben, Ken Herold Jr., Todd (Melissa) Herold, Michelle (Tony) Straessle, Megan (Ryan) Campbell, Mark McKibben, and Matthew McKibben; 20 great...
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Robert C. Appel

December 26, 2016

Robert C. Appel, 74, longtime resident of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016. Surviving are his wife, Judy Appel; children, Jeri (Eric) Gann, Christina (Brent) Diegel, Juliet Diegel, Kenneth Diegel; grandchildren, Hailey (Robert) Marciniak, Alexandra (Adam) Gaff, Timothy Robert Moore; brother, William Christian (Sue) Appel; sisters-in-laws, Mary Fether, Cleo Kay (Tom) Jeffrey,...
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Steven J. Brumbaugh

December 26, 2016

Steven J. Brumbaugh, 35, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, Steven graduated from North Side High School and earned his bachelors degree from IPFW. He had been working with Shambaugh and Son. Steven loved to remodel homes, and spend time with his nephew Austin Bangert. Surviving are his father, Steven D. Brumbaugh of Ruskin, FL; mother, Dawn Lee of Fort Wayne;...
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Larry A. McCague

December 26, 2016

Larry A. McCague, 64, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016 at his home in Fort Wayne. A lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, he graduated from Central High School in 1971. He was with the Indiana Air National Guard for 35 years, enjoyed working at Walmart in the Toy Department. Surviving are his sons, Larry (Anita) McCague, Jr., Philip (Shannon) McCague both of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Mandy ...
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Leanne M. Spurr

December 26, 2016

Leanne M. Spurr, 70, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN. Leanne retired from Pinnacle Credit Union. She was a member of Brookside Community Church and charter member of Grace Brethren Church. Leanne loved camping, music, and above all her family. Surviving are her husband of 51 years, William "Paul" Spurr, daughter,...
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Patricia Ann (Cotter) Chichester

December 25, 2016

Patricia Ann (Jack) Cotter Chichester,R.N.,B.S. went to her rest in God's arms on Sunday, December 25, 2016. She married Jack Richard Chichester in Chicago, IL May 28, 1960. He preceded her in death on November 18, 2008. She is survived by her nephew Joseph Dan (Cheryl) Astroski and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Helen Marie Cotter...
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Edna (Patrick) Thacker

December 25, 2016

Edna (Patrick) Thacker, 91, passed away December 25, 2016 at Lutheran Life Villages at Pine Valley. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Rd.
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Phyllus J. Miser

December 25, 2016

Phyllus J. Miser, 84, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Phyllus retired from General Electric. Surviving are her daughter, Debbie (Dallas) Stansbery, son, Melvin (Kimberly) Miser, Jr., son, Kevin Miser, son, Kirk Miser, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Phyllus was preceded in death by husband Melvin Miser Sr., son, Michael Miser, parents Arthur and...
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Lou Ann Merkler

July 5, 1952 - December 25, 2016

Lou Ann Merkler, 64, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016 at her home in Warsaw. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lou Ann was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Beaver. Lou Ann earned her associated degree in business from IPFW. She worked for Lincoln Life for 41 years prior to her retirement. Lou Ann absolutely loved "Lake Life." She enjoyed spending time with her close friend Kay Schoeff...
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Charles E. Foltz

December 24, 2016

Charles E. Foltz, 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, December 24, 2016. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Charles worked as an Assembler with Kunkle Valve Industries for 35 years, retiring in 1992. Surviving are his wife, Betty L. (Parsley) Foltz; children; Brian Foltz and Darcie Foltz; and 1 grandson. Charles was preceded in death by his parents; Ray and Augusta S. Foltz; and son, Larry...
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Lisa M. Reed

December 24, 2016

Lisa M. Reed, 56, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016. Surviving are her daughters, Erin (Paul) Bell and Ali Reed; grandchildren, Adysyn Bell and Carter Longwell; former spouse, Tim Reed; mother, Kathryn Neddeff all of Fort Wayne; brothers, Shib (Stacy) Neddeff of Fort Wayne, IN and David Neddeff of Deerfield Beach, FL; sister, Julie Neddeff-Wilson of Coconut Creek, FL and several nieces...
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Ronnie Baker

December 23, 2016

Ronnie Baker, 65, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. Surviving are his wife, Raelene Baker; children, Ronnie Allen (Amy Merz) Baker, and Christina (Jeff) Lengrich; step-daughter, Kelly Mayhew; 6 grandchildren; brothers, Carl, Bob, David, and Vernon Baker; and sister, Carolyn Deckard . Ronnie was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Watson; and sisters, Zella Phlipot, and Dorothy Payne...
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Chadrick James Davis

December 23, 2016

Infant Chadrick James Davis passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. Chadrick loved to hear the voices of his favorite people. Surviving are his mother, Jackie Davis; siblings Victoria and Audio Deutsch, Dakota Jane, Elias Alexander, Arya Rose; grandparents, Anthony (Diann) Deutsch, Tara (Jose) Ruiz; grandmother, Linda (John) Heeter; great-grandparents, Vernon and Delores Deutsch, and great...
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Dale Erwin

December 23, 2016

Dale Erwin, 61, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. Surviving are his wife of 11 years, Kathleen (Freiburger) Erwin; children; Angela (Timothy) Stickler, Melissa Erwin, and Jessica (Blake) Pond; grandchildren; Paige Kiser, Bailey Kiser, Gunnar Psurny, Madison Erwin, and Bryson Pond; mother, Dorothy Erwin; siblings, Tamy Persons, and Tim (Karen) Erwin. Dale was preceded in death by his father...
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Carol L. Varney

December 23, 2016

Carol L. Varney, 77, passed away December 23, 2016. She was born in Varney, WV on July 8, 1939, the daughter of the late Arthur and Arizona Varney. Carol was a hard worker. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, and watching the hallmark channel. Surviving are her daughter, Jennifer (Cal Halsey Jr.) Varney; grandchildren, Ivy Catalan, Stacey Hendryx, and Annette Halsey; sisters, Betty Maynard,...
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Sally Jane Stanley

January 3, 1936 - December 23, 2016

Sally Jane Stanley, 80, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. She was born in Detroit, MI on January 3, 1936. The daughter of the late William and Ella Williams. Sally graduated from Southside High School in 1954. She went on to be one of the first female Real Estate Agents in the Fort Wayne area. Surviving are her husband of 61 years, William Stanley; children; Jennifer Mae (Jeffery I....
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Richard Rodemeyer

December 23, 2016

Richard A Rodemeyer, 90, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, on April 27, 1926, the son of late W. Arthur and Selma Rodemeyer. Richard worked as a Building Superintendent with the Scottish Rite for 25 years, retiring in 1988. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804.
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Samuel James Snyder

December 22, 2016

Samuel James Snyder , 36, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016. Surviving are his wife Kathryn Snyder; Parents Judith (William A. Snyder) Panoch; son, Casimir Snyder at home, sisters, Sarah (Andy) Doctor; Stella (Matthew Snodgrass) Snyder; brother, Scott Snyder; Father/Mother In Law, John (Rachel) Uryga; brother-in-law, Michael (Jade) Uryga; Nieces, Sierra, Calli, Alli, Sammi. A...
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Edward M. Dahm

March 21, 1930 - December 22, 2016

Edward M. Dahm, 86, Co-Founder of Mike's Carwash, died December 22, 2016. He was born in Fort Wayne, March 21, 1930, the son of Albert ("Bert") and Catherine (Michel) Dahm. "Ed was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. A man of simple, unwavering faith in God and others." Ed graduated from St. Jude Catholic School in 1944, attended two years at St. Joseph's High School in...
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Andrew Russell Butler

March 13, 1927 - December 22, 2016

Andrew Russell Butler, age 89, died peacefully on December 22, 2016. Andy began life in Owensboro, KY on March 13, 1927, born to parents Grace Thomas (Renfrow) Butler, a school teacher, and Charles Kelly Butler, a railroad engineer. An only child, he grew up on a farm in Central Kentucky and eventually Evansville, IN where he graduated from Reitz High School. Immediately after graduation, he...
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Joan Marquette Haefling

December 21, 2016

Joan (Marquette) Haefling, 93, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Surviving are her sister, Julane (Marquette) Achenbach of Fort Wayne, along with many nieces and nephews. Joan was preceded in death by her husband Richard Haefling. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 am, Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with calling one hour prior, Fr. Daniel Durkin officiating. ...
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