Robert C. Nern

  • Died: June 2, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert C. Nern, 83, of Fort Wayne, died peacefully on Sunday, June 2, 2019. He was the son of the late William and Laura (Jamison) Nern. Bob was a proud "Southside Archer", class of 1953. After graduation, he attended Wabash College, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He later transferred to and graduated from Ball State University with a BA in English. Bob fulfilled his military service in the weather flight of the Indiana Air National Guard with Bear Field's 122nd Tactical Fighter Wing, stationed at Chambley Air Base, France. Upon his return to the United States, he taught English/Language Arts at Harlan High School. Bob determined to pursue a career in finance, and returned to IPFW to earn a MSBA. He worked in commercial and retail banking, beginning with Lincoln Bank, and then moving to Indiana Bank, staying with the corporation through its many name changes: Peoples Bank and Trust; SummCorps; Bank One, and NBD, for over 30 years, until his retirement in 1999, as First Vice President, Retail Banking Division. At this time, Bob decided to return to his roots in education to begin a second career. He earned a MA in English Literature, and taught writing for a year at IPFW. He then switched to Economics, and subsequently taught Management and Marketing courses. Bob was active in civic and arts organizations of Fort Wayne: He was a graduate of the charter class of Leadership Fort Wayne; he served an appointment on the board of Lutheran Hospital; he served 12 years on the board of Arts United; he served 1 year as interim director of the History Center, and continued to serve another 12 years as community and program coordinator - business and development manager. In his free time, Bob was an ardent IU fan; he loved to travel; was a prolific reader of all genres; he enjoyed listening to music; playing golf, and watching the Cubs and Colts. Bob is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Luke Nern; son, Douglas Robert Nern; granddaughter, Cassidy Marie Nern; and step daughter, Elizabeth Ellen (Aaron) Gilman. Memorial service is 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 450 W. Washington Blvd. with calling one hour before. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Arthritis Foundation of Indiana, or to Trinity English Lutheran Church


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr Nern was my English teacher at Woodlan High School in the late 60s. I have always remembered him as a very special man. We were an all girl class that he allowed to have some fun as we studied English. He was my favorite teacher and I was sad to see him leave teaching.

Posted by Sandie Smead Anderson - Woodburn, IN - student   June 25, 2019

Bob and I shared an office at the History Center from 2014 until he retired. In in a kind and supportive way, Bob helped me acclimate to my position when I was newly hired. Over time, we had many memorable conversations about books (Bob was an avid reader!) and life in general. I was blessed to know him, missed him when he retired, and will always appreciate the time spent. From our conversations, I could tell Bob was a good husband and father. I extend my sympathies to his family. Debbie Hickman

Posted by Debbie Hickman - Fort Wayne, IN - Coworker   June 24, 2019

Remembering Bob and thinking Bob's wife and family during this difficult time. I worked with Bob while I was serving on the History Center Board. He was a joy to work with on the Finance Committee. I know he will be deeply missed. Sending thoughts and prayers.

Jenny King

Posted by Jennifer King - Fort Wayne, IN - Acquaintance   June 17, 2019

We would like to send you all of our condolences and will be praying for your family. Dr. Bussick & Staff

Posted by Timothy Bussick    June 17, 2019

Bob was such a kind, loving, gentle soul. I have spent many happy times with Bob and Liddy and feel grateful to have called Bob a good friend.

Posted by Joanie Pauwels - The Villages, FL   June 16, 2019

I came to know Bob well during our years in banking. He was a gentleman and one of the nicest people I've ever known. His contributions to his community are countless. We've lost one of the good guys. Rest in peace, Bob.

Posted by Sid Baker - Fishers, IN   June 16, 2019

Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. May your memories of happy times give you a feeling of peace.
On our minds and in our hearts.
Linda and Mariah

Posted by Linda Jordan - Fort Wayne, IN   June 12, 2019

Mrs. Elizabeth Nern and Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Robert C. Nern.

God's Blessings to the Nern Family.


William C. Phillips, Sr

Posted by William C. Phillips, Sr. - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   June 11, 2019

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