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Mary Ann Mickelini

July 21, 2019

Mary Ann Mickelini, 90, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Signature Healthcare in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Decatur, IN to the late Joseph C. and Florence (Bremerkamp) Laurent. Mary Ann graduated from Decatur Catholic High School in 1946. She worked for Hutner's for 19 years, retiring in 1984. She married Lambert Mickelini on August 27, 1955 and he preceded her in death in 2012. She was...
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Helen Jane Harless

July 21, 2019

Helen Jane Harless, 99, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Signature Healthcare in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Elkhart, IN to the late John and Mabel (McLain) Reed. She married James Leon Harless on June 20, 1943 and he preceded her in death. Surviving is her son, Robert L. Harless; five grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Helen was also preceded in death by her granddaughter,...
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Annette Irene (Logan) Mains

July 20, 2019

Annette Irene (Logan) Mains passed away peacefully on July 20, 2019, after an extended illness. Born in Kendallville, IN on October 4, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Perry and Margaret Logan. She was a 1964 graduate of Kendallville High School. On September 3, 1966, she married her high school sweetheart, David Mains. Her entire life, Annette served as a mother to many, community leader,...
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Thomas Paul Sodano, Sr.

July 19, 2019

Thomas Paul Sodano Sr., 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 19, 2019 at North Woods Memory Care Assisted Living Facility. Born on September 6, 1933 in Niagara Falls, NY, to the late Lawrence and Mabel (Perry) Sodano. He attended Trott Vocational High School and fibbed about his age to join the National Guard of New York State in 1947. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving as an Electrician...
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Ezra Miller, Jr.

July 17, 2019

Ezra Miller,Jr., 66, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019. He was a self employed Amish Taxi driver. Ezra was a dependable driver and friend. He is survived by his fiance Barbara Graber, daughters Amanda (Craig) Mae Cassidy, Tammy Miller, Carolyn Miller, brother Amos Miller, Louis Miller, sister Mildred Miller, brother in-law Lavern Schwartz, step-sons John Graber, Christopher Gillingham,...
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Richard (Dick) Menefee

July 16, 2019

Richard "Dick" Menefee, 82, passed away at home on July 16, 2019. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 31, 1937, the son of the late Oscar and Lucille Menefee. Richard was a member of the Muncie North Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. He loved to help others learn about Jehovah God. He also enjoyed picking his guitar and...
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Richard (Dick) Menefee

July 16, 2019

Richard "Dick" Menefee, 82, passed away at home on July 16, 2019. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 31, 1937, the son of the late Oscar and Lucille Menefee. Richard was a member of the Muncie North Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses. He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He loved to help others learn about Jehovah God. He also enjoyed picking his guitar and watching the...
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Janice Joann Horine

July 16, 2019

Janice Joann Horine, 80, passed away on July 16, 2019. She was born in Dunkirk, IN on June 20, 1939, the daughter of the late William and Nancy Hatch. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and an active member and leader of Bible Study Fellowship for many years. Janice was in the banking industry for more than 25 years and was very involved with Jorgensen YMCA. Janice adored her...
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Joan Lynne (Johnson) Hartzog

July 16, 2019

Joan Lynne (Johnson) Hartzog, 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Born on July 23, 1946 in Fort Wayne to the late Forest and Mary (Eifert) Johnson. She was a graduate of Central Catholic HS. At an early age Joan was a talented tap and jazz dancer, later becoming an instructor. She worked as a Cafeteria Manager for FWCS, Black Hawk Middle School for 36 years. Was a member of...
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Maureen Alexandra Arata

July 15, 2019

Maureen Alexandra Arata, age 65, passed away of natural causes on July 15, 2019, at her home in North Hollywood, California. An Indiana native, Maureen graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Music-Piano Performance, and English. Her love of foreign films (and freely acknowledged fear of performing) led her to Los Angeles where she worked throughout her career as a Casting...
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Calvin Armstrong

July 15, 2019

Calvin Armstrong, 95, passed away on July 15, 2019. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 18, 1924, the son of the late Otis and Minnie Armstrong. Calvin worked as a lithographer at Fort Wayne Engraving Company for 30 years until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of Simpson United Methodist Church, a Chairman of the Administrative Board for 23 years, a member of Simpson Drama Club...
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Emma Lou Merkler

July 15, 2019

Emma Lou Merkler, 5 months old, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Emma was born on January 30, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. Emma was a fighter and very feisty. She spent her entire life in the NICU and endured surgery after surgery and fought through. Her middle name Lou means "Warrior" and she portrayed that meaning to the fullest. Emma was a great hand...
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Dolores J. Ruckman

May 16, 1932 - July 15, 2019

Dolores J. Ruckman, 87 passed away Monday, July 15, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born May 16, 1932 in Antwerp, Ohio to the late Harold J. and Dorothy M. Powell. She was the 1950 class valedictorian of Harlan High School. Dolores was an Avon representative for 10 years. She was a member of Harlan United Methodist Church and she was the church treasurer...
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Sylvia L. O'Connell

November 7, 1956 - July 15, 2019

Sylvia L. O'Connell, 62, passed Monday July 15, 2019, in Ft Wayne, Indiana. Sylvia was born November 7, 1956 in Ft Wayne, Indiana to the late Fredrick E. & Florence A. (Thomas) Hower. She married William O'Connell, who survives on October 10, 1998 at Trinity Lutheran Church Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She was Deli Manager for Kroger's on West State Blvd. for 30 plus years. Surviving with her husband...
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Mildred Ruth (Benninghoff) Nash

July 14, 2019

Mildred Ruth Nash (Benninghoff), age 102, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019. She is survived by sons; Charles, David, and Michael; and daughters; Janis, Karen, Jeanne and Sue. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 1-4pm at D.O McComb and Sons Funeral Home Lakeside Park, 1140 Lake...
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Patricia K. Thwaites

July 12, 2019

Patricia K Thwaites, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 12, 2019. Born on May 18, 1936, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late Raymond C and Theressa D Brown. She is survived by her daughter, Tracey S Thwaites; son, Gregory L Dhaene; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John A Thwaites; and four siblings. There...
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Diana R. Halter

July 11, 2019

Diana R. Halter, 86, died Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Ashton Creek Health and Rehab in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN to the late William Benjamin and Frances Alice (Alterkruse) Huber. Diana was a graduate of North Side High School. She married Robert G. Halter on June 20, 1953 and he preceded her in death in 2018. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. Diana enjoyed...
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Audie M. Smith

July 11, 2019

Audie M. Smith, 89, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Majestic Care in New Haven, IN. She was born in Madisonville, KY to the late Elvis and Evelyn Curneal. She married Thomas Smith on September 10, 1955 and he survives. Audie was a member of Maplecrest Kingdom Hall. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and loved her church. Surviving are her son, Jim Prowse; two grandchildren; three great...
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Jennifer Wilson

July 10, 2019

Jennifer Wilson, 46, went home Wednesday July 10, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of Gary (Dorene) Wilson and Judy (Al) Moore. Jen attended Indiana University "Go Big Red" and worked for 18 years as part of the SC&A family in Nashville, TN. Jen dedicated much of her life to serving in Haiti with International Allied Missions. She was a cherished member of New Hope Church...
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Clinton Bunch, Jr.

July 12, 1964 - July 9, 2019

Clinton Bunch, Jr. 54 of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away unexpectedly on July 9, 2019. He was born on July 12, 1964 here in Fort Wayne to the late Clinton and Eura Anne (Muncie) Bunch. Clinton had worked for C&B Machinery and United Equipment. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Clinton is survived by children, Cassie Lynn Weaver, Crysta Bradley, Clinton Michael Bunch Bradley, Hallie...
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Richard Lee (Dick) Zeigler

July 29, 1931 - July 9, 2019

Richard Lee "Dick" Zeigler passed away on July 9, 2019 at the Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born on July 29, 1931 to Alonzo and Edith (Crissler) Zeigler in rural Jay County. He was their third child and had one sister and one brother. He graduated from Gov. I P Gray High School in 1949 and married Loretta "Larry" Price in 1952. They were very happily married for...
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Samuel A. Hyde

July 9, 2019

Samuel A. Hyde, 71 passed away on July 09, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital. He was the son of the late Raymond and Francis Hyde. He was the owner of Hyde Brothers Books. He is survived by his wife: Marilyn, son: Jacob (Ciara) Hyde 0f Huntington, daughter: Victoria L. Jauregui Wysong of Ft. Wayne, brother: Joel H. Hyde of Ft. Wayne, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death...
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Eleanor Eichenauer

July 9, 2019

Eleanor Eichenauer, 62, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN to Guadalupe and Sylvestra Hernandez. She was a 1978 graduate of Wayne High School. Eleanor married Keith Eichenauer on May 10, 1980 and he survives. She worked at CK Products for 20 years. Eleanor enjoyed cooking and gardening. Above all she was a devoted wife and...
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Phyllis J. Blaugh

April 29, 1926 - July 8, 2019

Phyllis J Blaugh, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 8, 2019. Born on April 29, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Elsie (Hoke) Thompson; and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She is survived by her sons, Rick (Cheryl) Blaugh, Greg (Suz) Blaugh, and Mike (Terri) Blaugh; daughter-in-law, Susan Blaugh; grandchildren, Andrew, T.J., Zac, Nikki,...
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Jon Owen Bennett

July 7, 2019

Jon Owen Bennett, 60, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Bluffton, IN to the late Charles W. and Lucy Mae (Bunch) Bennett. He was a graduate of Indiana University and received his master's degree of science and education with a focus in school administration. Jon married Carol (Siener) Bennett in 1984 and she survives. He worked...
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Gary E. Yarger

July 5, 2019

Gary E. Yarger, 74, passed away on July 5, 2019. He was born in Hicksville, Ohio on February 6, 1945, the son of the late Eldean and Betty Yarger. Gary obtained his Bachelor's degree from Tri-State (Trine) University and worked at Indiana Michigan Power for 31 years retiring in 2000 as Regional Administrator. He also worked as the General Manager of Key III Candies after retirement. He served as...
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Adeline Lavera Coe

November 25, 1926 - July 4, 2019

Adeline Lavera Coe, 92 of Bradenton, Florida, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019. She was born on November 25, 1926, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to the late Claude and Sadie (Steele) Corts. She was a Captain in the Army National Guard. Adeline went to Ball State University, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education, Followed by attending Butler University getting her Media...
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Judith Anne (Bash) Lee

July 4, 2019

Judith Anne (Bash) Lee passed away at home on July 4, 2019 after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family. Judy was born in Fort Wayne on June 2, 1937. Her parents were David W. and Florence (Kendrick) Bash. She lived almost all of her life on the north side of Fort Wayne. She attended the Franklin School and North Side High School where she graduated in 1955 and was an honors student....
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Ruby W. Walker

July 3, 2019

Ruby W. Walker, 79, passed away on July 3, 2019. She was born in Columbia, Miss. on July 13, 1939, the daughter of the late Willey and Gaylushia Womack. Ruby was a teacher for 30 plus years before her retirement. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Oscar Walker; children, Debbie and Rosalind Walker; grandchildren, Miles and Maegan Walker and Alicea Pulinairo; sisters, Mary, Martha,...
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Dorothy J. Ward

December 2, 1928 - July 3, 2019

DOROTHY J. WARD, 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Ashton Creek. Born Dec. 2, 1928 in Van Wert, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Thomas O. and Marcile E. (Thomas) Reese. She was involved in Marketing Diversified Services. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed bowling, crafts including ceramics and macrame and was a national award winner in macrame....
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Daryl M. Benson

July 3, 2019

Daryl M. Benson, 89, passed away on July 3, 2019. He was born on November 27, 1929 in Huntington, IN, the son of the late Ralph and Erma Benson. Daryl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. He owned an asphalt company, API Construction for 20 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the American Legion and Saint Joseph United...
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Velma Jane Crabill

July 2, 2019

Velma Jane Crabill, 92, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Lincolnshire Place in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Ossian, Indiana to the late Benjamin and Alta Jane Ruhl. She was a 1945 graduate of Hoagland High School. Velma married Merlyn Crabill and he preceded her in death after 72 years of marriage. She was a member of Leo United Methodist church and enjoyed gardening, puzzles, cooking, and...
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Paul J. Smith

September 24, 1942 - July 1, 2019

Paul J. Smith, 76, of Fort Wayne passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019. He was born on September 24, 1942 in Ogdensburg, New York to the late Robert and Joy (Shafer) Smith. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968. He worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators for 35 years, retiring in 2017. He was a member and elder of Christ's Community Church. He enjoyed being with family, serving...
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Laura M. Nelson

June 30, 2019

Laura M. Nelson, 96, departed this life on Sunday, June 30th in Stuart Florida. Born June 26th , 1923 in Dayton, Ohio, she was the only child of the late Hobart E. and Rocile E. Andrews (Jones). Laura worked in the Circulation Department of the Fort Wayne Newspapers for 42 years. She was a 50 year member of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne before moving to Florida in 2002. She was a member...
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Virgil Allen Lanning, Sr.

September 4, 1925 - June 29, 2019

Virgil Allen Lanning Sr., 93, passed away on June 29, 2019. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 4, 1925, the son of the late Otto and Edna Lanning. Virgil served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as gunner mate on the USS Concord and was a charter member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Virgil worked at International Harvester for 38 years before his retirement. He was an avid...
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Stanley R. Koehlinger

November 16, 1927 - June 28, 2019

Stanley R. Koehlinger, 91, entered his heavenly home Friday, June 28, 2019 at Lutheran Life Villages, Pine Valley, Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Fort Wayne, IN. on November 16, 1927, Stanley was son of the late Harold E. and Erna D. Koehlinger. Surviving are his daughter Sara (Rev. Joseph) Cunningham of Valparaiso; son Mark (Michelle) Koehlinger, Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren and five great-grand...
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Harold Gibert Hart

June 9, 1944 - June 28, 2019

Harold Gilbert Hart, 75, of Ft. Wayne, IN passed away Friday, June 28, 2019. He was born on June 9, 1944 the son of Harry L. and Eva E. (Mann) Hart. He married Billie J. Hart on August 7, 1971. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed the outdoors. He also enjoyed his cars, especially his Chevy Malibu. Surviving relatives include his wife Billie J. Hart of Ft. Wayne, IN; step-daughter,...
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Ermal Lester Crabill, Jr.

June 27, 2019

Ermal Lester Crabill Jr., 81 , passed away Thursday June 27, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on August 3, 1937 in Rochester, IN to Ermal and Dorothy Crabill. Ermal has been a residence of Akron Indiana for 25 years... prior to that Rochester . He was a pattern maker at Shaw box in muskegon Michigan where he resided for 18 years before moving back to his home state of Indiana. Ermal enjoyed...
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Carol Kay Paxson

June 27, 2019

Carol Kay Paxson, 80, passed away peacefully at the Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester, IN. She was born in North Manchester to the late Warren M. and Eloise (Peabody) Grossnickle. Carol graduated from Chester High School and earned her nursing diploma from Lutheran Hospital. Carol married James L Paxson July 27, 1963 in North Manchester, IN. She was a RN Surgical Nurse and worked...
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Gloria Mae Caine-Follis

June 27, 2019

Gloria Mae Caine-Follis, 93, passed away peacefully of June 27, 2019 surrounded by loving family. Mae was born June 24, 1926 in Rome, GA to George and Delia (Branson) York. She and her twin brother Stanley were the oldest of 10 children. She spent her childhood in Bell Co. Kentucky, moving to Ft. Wayne in 1955. Mae was employed as a waitress first with Azars and then various restaurants in...
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Mary Frances Brickner

May 4, 1947 - June 27, 2019

Mary Frances Bricker, 72, of Ft. Wayne, IN passed away Thursday, June 26, 2019. She was born on May 4, 1947 the daughter of Jimmie Lou and Virginia Mae (Newvine) Fowler. She married Kevin Bricker on August 1, 1981. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, scrapbooking and photos. Surviving relatives include her husband, Kevin Bricker; daughters, Kelsie Bricker; Kimberly Bricker; grandchildren,...
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Gloria Mae Caine-Follis

June 24, 1926 - June 27, 2019

Gloria Mae Caine-Follis, 93, passed away peacefully of June 27, 2019 surrounded by loving family. Mae was born June 24, 1926 in Rome, GA to George and Delia (Branson) York. She and her twin brother Stanley were the oldest of 10 children. She spent her childhood in Bell Co. Kentucky, moving to Ft. Wayne in 1955. Mae was employed as a waitress first with Azars and then various restaurants in...
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Joyce K Arnett-Schaefer

June 27, 2019

Joyce K. Arnett-Schaefer, 92, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Fort Wayne to the late Adolf and Margaret (Patton) Pentz. She was a graduate of North Side High School and Interior Business College. She married Lawrence Schaefer in 1962 and preceded her in death. She married Glenn Arnett and he survives. Joyce was a...
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Andrew T. Minick

November 5, 1970 - June 27, 2019

Andrew T. Minick, passed away on June 27, 2019 after a short battle with colon cancer. He was born on November 5, 1970 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Andy enjoyed music of all types, but specifically Rock and Roll. In his spare time he enjoyed cooking out on the grill and spending time with his family. He worked at Steve Miller Construction, and most recently Ralph Bean and Sons Painting. Andy was a man...
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Charlene E. Bauman

June 26, 2019

Charlene E. Bauman, 91 of Fort Wayne passed away Wednesday June 26, 2019 She was the daughter of the late Charles and Carrie (Foss) Rondot. She retired from Troy Laundry as a shirt presser. She is survived by three daughters. Services will be Friday July 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m with visitation from 1-2. At D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home 1140 Lake Ave. Ft. Wayne, IN She was preceded...
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Mary Frances Bricker

May 4, 1947 - June 26, 2019

Mary Frances Bricker, 72, of Ft. Wayne, IN passed away Thursday, June 26, 2019. She was born on May 4, 1947 the daughter of Jimmie Lou and Virginia Mae (Newvine) Fowler. She married Kevin Bricker on August 1, 1981. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, scrapbooking and photos. Surviving relatives include her husband, Kevin Bricker; daughters, Kelsie Bricker; Kimberly Bricker; grandchildren, Khia and...
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John Paul Harris

June 26, 2019

John Paul Harris, 69, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at his residence in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Fort Wayne to the late Jack and Helen (Tritch) Harris. He married the love of his life, Betty Mattingly on August 9, 1975 and she survives. John worked for GM and was a skilled carpenter for over 25 years. He enjoyed auto racing, traveling, camping, and reading. He liked working around...
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David T Hinkle , lll

June 26, 2019

David T. Hinkle III, 66, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Decatur to the late David T. Hinkle Jr. and Maxine (Dubach) Hinkle Coak. David enjoyed going to auctions and spending time with friends. Surviving are his children, David T. Hinkle IV and Amy (Jeff) Block; two grandchildren, Decker Block and Hayden Block; siblings,...
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Marcine B. Gatchell

January 9, 1928 - June 25, 2019

Marcine B. Gatchell, 91, passed away quietly in her home on June 25, 2019. She was born on January 9, 1928, in Garrett, IN, the daughter of the late Germaine and Ruth Weaver. She worked at Lincoln National Corporation retiring in 1990 as the Director of Investment Accounts. She was also a member of Lincoln National Social Club. Marcine enjoyed being outdoors, flowers, cooking holiday meals, and...
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Howard Alan Hisey

June 25, 2019

Howard Alan Hisey, 86, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the Towne House Retirement Community in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Stafford, KS to the late Harold B. and Vera Edith (Schenkel) Hisey. He was in the United States Navy Seabees for 28 years, retiring as CEC Lieutenant. He was selected as a volunteer on the wintering over party at McMurdo Sound, Antarctic (1955 – 57). In 1956, he...
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Linda (Henry) Moreno

August 27, 1947 - June 24, 2019

Linda (Henry) Moreno, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital. Born August 27, 1947 in Tipton, Okla., she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Maria (Medrano) Henry and attended Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene. She was employed with Tokheim, Fort Wayne, and also drove truck with her husband for seven years. A beautiful soul, she cared for everyone and was very...
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Harold F. Williams, Sr.

June 24, 2019

Harold F. Williams Sr. 90 of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday June 24, 2019 at Parkview Hospital. He was an U.S. Army Veteran and retired from Franklin Electric. He is survived by two sons, Harold F. (Judith) William Jr of Ft. Wayne , Hila E. Williams of Huntington, IN, two daughters, Florence Morgan of Huntington, IN, Laura Williams of Tulsa, OK, a brother James Williams and six Grandchildren...
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Bridget Mary Moreno

November 7, 1941 - June 24, 2019

Bridget Mary Moreno, loving mother, grandmother, and spouse, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2019 at home after a long illness, where she has lived the past twenty seven years. Bridget was born in Cleveland Heights, OH to Jane and John Slattery on November 7, 1941. Bridget met her devoted husband, David J. Moreno and was married in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on May 21, 1966. Bridget graduated from...
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Robert E. Hill

June 24, 2019

Robert E. Hill, 78, passed away, Monday, June 24, 2019 at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Maryville, Tennessee to the late Roy A. and Frankie M. (Finley) Hill. He served honorably in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Robert married Mary "Jane" (Clem) Hill on August 3, 1968 and she survives. He was an industrial electrician for Dana Corporation for 33 years,...
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Tracy Dawn Gambler

June 18, 1978 - June 23, 2019

Tracy Dawn Gambler, 41 of New Haven, Indiana passed away on June 23, 2019. She was born June 18, 1978 in Phoenix, Arizona to Richard Pirtle and Peggy Lewis. She is survived by her son, Wayne Pirtle, her mother, Peggy Lewis, Sister, Tina Pirtle, a host of extended family members and a special friend Barbara Burgo. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Pirtle, and her brother, Richard...
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John W. Wiening

June 23, 2019

John W. Wiening, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019. He was born to the late Edward and Kathleen (Waldron) Wiening in Hammond, IN on December 26, 1936. He was a Machinist for 30 years at LTV Steel and then went on as a Quality Control Manager at Production Tool. John enjoyed gardening, bowling, running, traveling, and the Chicago Cubs. The family would like to thank Kingston...
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Julia Mildred (Shaw) Nash

August 22, 1923 - June 22, 2019

Julia Mildred (Shaw) Nash, 95, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Parkview Randallia. Mrs. Nash was born on August 22, 1923 in Elbert County, Georgia to John William and Essie Mildred (Mann) Shaw. On April 26, 1940, she married Charlie Nash in Georgia. Julia worked as a press operator for Coverall Rental for 40 years before retiring She enjoyed gardening, tending to...
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Rosanna J. (Stamm) Showalter

April 24, 1928 - June 22, 2019

Rosanna J (Stamm) Showalter, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on June 22, 2019. Born on April 24, 1928, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Charles H and Kaythryn I (Carr) Stamm. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, and sang in the choir for more than 50 years. Rosanna attended Olivet University, majoring in music, and was a featured soloist with the Tokheim...
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Mildred C. Koons

September 30, 1925 - June 22, 2019

MILDRED C. KOONS, 93, Fort Wayne resident passed away Saturday, June 22 at 7:01 PM at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She now resides in Heaven with Jesus and is currently enjoying being reunited with loved ones who passed before. She was born on September 30, 1925 in Mt. Summit, Indiana, a daughter of the late Herman and Crystal Harry. She graduated from Mt. Summit High School and...
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Paul Repine

February 9, 1927 - June 22, 2019

Paul Repine, 92, passed away on June 22, 2019 at The Cedars. He was born on February 9, 1927 in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of the late Melvin Earl and Edith Repine. Paul served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. He worked for Pennsylvania/Conrail as a rail car inspector for 43 years retiring in 1987. Paul was a member of Leo United Methodist Church, the VFW and...
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Joseph Hill Richardson

June 21, 2019

Dr. Joseph Hill Richardson, 91, passed away June 21, 2019. Joe was married to Joan Grace Richardson, who preceded him in death. He is survived by three children and six grandsons. Aside from his private practice in internal medicine, Joe was a pilot and scuba diver who possessed a lifelong love of learning, teaching, and the great outdoors. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral...
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Amy L. Young

June 21, 2019

Amy L. Young, 31 passed away on Friday June 21, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Ctr. Amy was a mother and a homemaker. She is survived by her children Vincent Smith- Young and Lilliana Young both at Home. Also by her Mother Deborah(Dain) Young -Christensen of Ft. Wayne, Father Donald T. Young of Rockford, MI., Sisters, Jennifer Gomes, Lauren Gomes, Erica Howell and Siri Lent all of Ft. Wayne. ...
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Stella Mae Capps Mason-Sgourakis

June 21, 2019

Stella Mae Capps Mason-Sgourakis, 78, passed away peacefully at her earthly home on June 21, 2019 and is now in her Heavenly home walking the streets of pure gold. Stella was born on July 17, 1940 in Middlesboro Kentucky; she was a 1958 Graduate of Bell County High School in Pineville, Kentucky. She married Raymond Mason on July 9, 1959, and they moved to Fort Wayne, IN in 1966. Jesus has...
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Linda Lou (Nini) Frank

November 24, 1941 - June 21, 2019

Linda Lou "Nini" Frank, 77, passed away on June 21, 2019. She was born on November 24, 1941 in Columbia City, IN, the daughter of the late Leroy and Dortha Putnam. Linda graduated with the first class from Columbia City High School. She raised her family, then went to work at the Yellow Pages for a time before retiring and continuing to care for her mother, husband, and son. She enjoyed spending...
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Kelly Christine (Knarr) Rich

January 20, 1975 - June 21, 2019

Kelly Christine (Knarr) Rich, 44, went home to be with the Lord on June 21, 2019, after her 17 year battle with cancer. She was born in Lincoln, NE on January 20, 1975, the daughter of John and Bea Knarr. Kelly was a 1993 graduate of Manchester High School and obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Anderson University in 1997. She was active in sports, including cross country, track, softball, and...
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Lois Marie Bright

August 12, 1933 - June 20, 2019

Lois Marie Bright, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away on June 20th. She was born on August 12th, 1933 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to the late Albert and Marian Morrison. She was a faithful member of Shiloh Baptist Church for many years, serving on the trustee board. An avid sports fan, she enjoyed watching basketball, football and Tiger Woods. Having developed an affinity for fashion at a young age...
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Russell Lee Neat

May 3, 1931 - June 20, 2019

Russell Lee Neat, 88, of Fort Wayne passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019. He was born on May 3, 1931 in Fort Wayne to the late William and Blanche (Miller) Neat. Russell served in the U.S. Airforce in Germany and Korea. He was a Deacon and member for many years at the New Beginnings Church. Enjoyed playing in his band Brand X., riding motorcycles, wood working and animals. Surviving him are his...
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Sharon E. (Shari) Cox

July 7, 1945 - June 20, 2019

Sharon E. "Shari" Cox, 73, passed away on June 20, 2019. She was born on July 7, 1945 in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of the late Elson and Virginia Erler. Shari graduated from North Side High School in 1963. She was an active member of The Red Hat Society for a number of years. Shari enjoyed being with her family, especially playing cards and the game liverpool. She is survived by her children,...
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Elmer J. Evard

January 28, 1924 - June 19, 2019

Elmer J. Evard, 95, of Fort Wayne, went home to the Lord and was reunited with the love of his life, Grace, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. He was born on January 28, 1924 in Fort Wayne to the late Charles and Catherine (Zuber) Evard. Elmer went to Central Catholic High School. He proudly served during World War II and flew 51 missions. After the war, Elmer worked at Berghoff Brewery before joining...
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Everleigh Elizabeth Applegate

June 19, 2019

Everleigh Elizabeth Applegate, infant daughter of Cole M and Abby G (Henline) Applegate, passed away on June 19, 2019. She is also survived by her grandparents, Tammy and Darrell Henline, Kevin and Erin Applegate, and Andrea Applegate; great-grandparents, Howard and Janice Ridings, and Dennis and Jo Hostetter; aunts and uncles, Rachel and Richard Igney, Sydney, Preston, and Sophia Applegate,...
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Dorothy E. Nolan

December 11, 1924 - June 18, 2019

Dorothy E Nolan, 94, passed away on June 18, 2019. She was born December 11, 1924 in Johnstown, PA, the daughter of the late James and Gertrude Staman. She is survived by her children; Sandra Michael, Barbara (Charles) Cole, Terri Worth, R.Scott (Deb) Nolan, 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, S. Ted Nolan; brother,...
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Vernon A. (Papa) Hurley

March 21, 1938 - June 18, 2019

Vernon A "Papa" Hurley, 81, passed away on June 18, 2019 surrounded by family. He was born on March 21, 1938 in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of the late Ross and Lucille Hurley. Vern served the greater Indiana community in the construction industry for over 60 years. He found joy spending time with family, enjoying morning donuts with the gang, and strolling the beach in Fort Myers, Florida. He dealt...
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Ann (Stengren) Alcenius

December 15, 1928 - June 16, 2019

Ann (Stengren) Alcenius of Hartford Dr, Fort Wayne, IN, entered her heavenly home on June 16, 2019. She was greeted with open arms by her husband, Richard Alcenius, and her parents Sten & Marie (Grauer) Stengren. Ann was born on December 15, 1928 and enjoyed a long life. Her love of dogs kept her busy in between her activities with the Gad About Club, Encore, and the Hummel Club. Her son Tim...
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Alexis deWeese

December 4, 1958 - June 16, 2019

Alexis deWeese, 60, passed away on June 16, 2019. He was born in Flora, IL on December 4, 1958, the son of the late Carmon and Dorothy deWeese. Alexis started working with ITT Aerospace (now known as Harris) for 34 years. Family, grandchildren, traveling with his beautiful wife, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball were among his favorite things. Alexis was well respected and loved by his family, co...
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Catherine (Kate) J. Luke

November 29, 1927 - June 16, 2019

Catherine "Kate" J. Luke, 91, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Kendallville, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019 with her husband, Bob, at her side. She was born to the late Alva and Elsie (Hills) Acker in Kendallville on November 29, 1927. Kate is survived by the love of her life of 71 years, Robert "Bob" D. Luke Sr.; children, Robert D. Luke Jr., Dennis E. Luke, Sarah A. (Jaime) Hanna, and...
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Ronald Wayne Stoller

June 8, 1934 - June 16, 2019

Ronald Wayne Stoller went home to be with his Lord on June 16. 2019. Ron was born in Fort Wayne, IN on June 8, 1934 and was married to Joanne Woerner in Tremont, IL on April 24, 1955. A man of deep faith and commitment, he was a long-time member of The Chapel. Ron was an entrepreneur and businessman throughout his adult life. He was both a commercial real estate developer as well as the founder...
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Doris A. Schmidt-Bradtmueller

June 15, 2019

Doris A Schmidt-Bradtmueller, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away on June 15, 2019. Born on November 20, 1937, in Amberg, Wisconsin, she was a daughter of the late, Harvey and Henrietta (Beach) Bright. She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Bradtmueller; daughter, Sherrie (Doug) Reynolds; son, Steven (Deb) Schmidt; step-children, Gary (Christine) Bradtmueller, Beth (Mike) Saveio, and Carl (Carrie)...
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Crystal Lynn Nicholson

July 16, 1987 - June 15, 2019

Crystal Lynn Nicholson, 31, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born July 16, 1987 in Auburn, Ind., she attended Woodlan Jr. /Sr. High School and was previously employed with R3 Composites. A fun-loving girl, she loved her family and children and enjoyed spending time with them. She is survived by her father, William Carl (Rita) Nicholson of...
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Steven C. Stellhorn

June 13, 2019

Steven C. Stellhorn, 59, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away June 13, 2019. He was born March 25, 1960 in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Robert R. & Jean Ann (Gerding) Stellhorn. Steven worked as a Warehouse Manager and was very dedicated to his work. He was loved by all and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia McEwan. Services and visitation will be private. Mungovan...
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David L. Ruoff

June 30, 1930 - June 13, 2019

David L. Ruoff, 88 passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fort Wayne, IN. He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN., born to the late Frederic L. and Gladys Ruoff. David graduated from North Side High School and earned his Bachelors from Indiana University. He proudly served his country in the US Army and was a 1st Lieutenant. David's memberships...
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Russel R. Sorgen

June 13, 2019

Russel R. Sorgen, 87, A life long resident of Fort Wayne, Russell Sorgen passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning June 13, 2019. He was much beloved by all who were fortunate enough to know him. Born In 1931, He went to Precious Blood Church & School, then on to Catholic and Central Catholic High School, where he was a football and basketball star. At Central, some of his football...
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Joshua David Beck

March 23, 1978 - June 12, 2019

On Wednesday June 12, 2019, Joshua David Beck, loyal son and brother, suddenly passed away in his home at age 41. Joshua was born March 23, 1978 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and grew up in and around Fort Wayne. He graduated from South Side High School in 1996. He enjoyed working hard and spent most of his working career in service for the construction industry, and for local sports teams, the...
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Maria M. Renteria

March 16, 1929 - June 12, 2019

Maria M. Renteria, 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2019. She was born to the late Jose C. and Lorenza Martinez Mendoza on March 16, 1929 in Eagle Pass, TX. Maria loved to dance with her late husband, Nick. She enjoyed cooking, needlepoint, sewing, and her family. Maria is survived by her sons, Rodolfo "Rudy", Ricardo "Rick", and Reynaldo "Rey" Renteria; 6 grandchildren; 10...
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Joseph Robinson

July 27, 1927 - June 12, 2019

Joseph Robinson, 91, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Mr. Robinson was born on July 27, 1927 in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Edgar and Mary (Denner) Robinson. He graduated from Central High School in Fort Wayne. Joe served his country honorably with the United States Marines during World War II. On September 21, 1947, he married the...
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Richard Lee Clauss

August 12, 1939 - June 12, 2019

Richard Lee Clauss, 79, of Garrett, IN, passed away at home on June 12, 2019. He was born on August 12, 1939 in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Phil and Emma Clauss. He spent the majority of his younger years as owner of the Hobby House Inn before retirement in 1985. During his retirement, he fell in love with woodworking and gunsmithing and became a nationally recognized craftsman. He attended church...
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Vivian (Maxine) Nelson

June 12, 2019

Vivian "Maxine" Nelson, 95, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Colonial Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center in Marion, IN. Maxine was born in Portland, Indiana to the late Holmes and Veda (Ickes) Warnock. She married Paul Nelson in 1948 and he preceded her in death in 1984. She was an active member of New Hope Baptist Church and was a woman strong in her faith. Maxine enjoyed knitting and...
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Thomas A. Watt

March 26, 1948 - June 11, 2019

Thomas A Watt, 71, passed away on June 11, 2019. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 26, 1948, the son of the late Richard and Gwendolyn Cavinder. Tom graduated from North Side High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Master's degree from Associate Mennonite Seminary and also attended IPFW for a short time. Tom served in the U.S. Army...
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Walter (Tom) McMahon

June 10, 2019

Walter "Tom" McMahon 88, of Fort Wayne died June 10, 2019. Tom was born to the late Walter Thomas and Margaret Mary (McEvoy) McMahon. Tom proudly served in the United States Navy, and is a Korean War Veteran. Tom worked for Montgomery Wards for 25 years, and Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 20 years. He was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus #451. ...
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Don E. Lahrman, DDS, MSD

March 12, 1932 - June 10, 2019

Dr. Don E. Lahrman, DDS, MSD, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 surrounded by family at his residence in Fort Wayne, IN. Dr. Lahrman was 87 years old, born March 12, 1932 to the late Clarence and Orpha (Krauter) Lahrman. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Steinbacher) to whom he was married over 65 years. Dr. Lahrman practiced general dentistry for six years and orthodontics for 45 years,...
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Sally Puff

June 10, 2019

Fort Wayne, IN - Sally Puff, age 64, loving wife, mother, Nana, and sister, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019, surrounded by family. Sally graduated North Side High School and then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Ultrasound Technology from Butler University. In her later years, she enjoyed working as a teaching assistant at Price Elementary. She loved supporting her local Church, singing music...
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Mary Joan Allen

June 9, 2019

Mary Joan Allen, 89, passed away in Fort Wayne, Indiana surrounded by her family, on June 9, 2019. She was born in Bedford, Indiana on March 29, 1930, the daughter of the late David and Fannie (Cezar) Allen. She is survived by her brother, Donald Allen of Butler, Indiana; nieces, Sara Allen of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Jennifer (John) Sargent of New Haven, Indiana; nephew, David (Bobbi Jo) Allen,...
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F. Ruth (Osborn) Priest

June 9, 2019

F. Ruth Osborn Priest, 74, of Fort Wayne, IN, formerly of Archbold, OH, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019. She was born to the late F. Lyle and Catherine (Dorsheimer) Osborn on July 31, 1944 in Wauseon, OH. Ruth worked for the Allen County Sherriff Department then retired from the Allen County Government. Her greatest joy was in caring and giving to others. Ruth leaves behind many beloved...
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Nathan Allen Sutton

June 9, 2019

Nathan Allen Sutton, 34, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 in Gas City, IN. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN to John Sutton and Bonnie (Scott) Saylor. He attended Wawasee High School. He worked for Warner Electric and enjoyed river boat fishing and boating. Nate also loved music. Surviving are his children, Victoria Mahoney, Colton Sutton, Sidney Brooks, and Brandon Sutton; siblings, Nicole Sutton,...
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Wesley Gerig

June 9, 2019

Dr. Wesley Gerig, 88, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Ashton Creek Health & Rehabilitation Center. Wes graduated from South Side High School in 1948 and Fort Wayne Bible College in 1951. He received advanced degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Iowa. From 1957 until 2008, Dr. Wes taught Bible, theology, and biblical languages at Fort Wayne Bible College, which...
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Betty J. Shipman

December 29, 1921 - June 9, 2019

Betty J. Shipman, 97, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Towne House Retirement Community. Mrs. Shipman was born on December 29, 1921 in Indianapolis, IN to the late Joseph M. and Freda A. (Lubking) Totten. In 1940, she graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. On December 29, 1945 she married Charles F. Shipman in Indianapolis. He preceded her in...
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Katie Ann Bennett

June 8, 2019

Katie Ann Bennett, 77 of New Haven, Indiana passed away on June 8, 2019. She was born to the late Charles L. & Anna R. (McElroy) Whitlock in Johnson County, Indiana on December 5, 1941. Katie served as a Caregiver for many years and many people. She enjoyed sitting in her chair and watching TV, especially wrestling, cooking, going to church, her family, shopping at Goodwill, loved her animals,...
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Wyatt Jensen Parrish

June 7, 2019

Wyatt Jensen Parrish, infant son of Brianna Norman and Daniel Parrish, passed away on June 7, 2019. Graveside service will be 1:30pm, Wednesday, June 12, at Highland Park Cemetery, 2403 East Wallen Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825. Arrangements by DO McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne.
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Jim (Lavon James) Miller

June 6, 2019

Jim Miller (Lavon James Miller), 74, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, previously of Leo, Indiana passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at home. Surviving are his son, Ryan Miller and (Kaci, Josiah, Avya & Linda Miller) of Leo; sister, Debra Miller of Fort Wayne; wife, Lu Miller from China & Lu's son, Tony (Michelle & Terry) from Los Angeles, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Irene...
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Deloris Jackson

November 18, 1950 - June 5, 2019

Deloris Jackson, 68, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at her home. Born November 18, 1950 in Marion, Ala., she was a daughter of the late James and Augusta (Boone) Jackson. She was a supervisor with Lincoln Life for nearly 10 years and later started her own daycare, Peach Palace, which she operated for 35 years and raised many children. She was a lifelong member of Jehovah's...
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Heather E. Bender

June 4, 2019

Heather E. Bender, 43 of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away June 4, 2019. She worked for many years as a telemarketer. She is survived by her two sons. Services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 2 PM at Mungovan Simple Cremations and Funerals 2114 S. Calhoun Street Fort Wayne, IN .
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