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“Colter was my first friend, from the age of 3 all the way up to seventh grade. We had so many adventures together, that our imaginations made it feel...Read More »
1 of 48 | Posted by: Nathan Williams - Garrett, IN

“Words cannot express my sadness for your family. I had the pleasure of being Colter's 5th grade teacher. He was a bright young man. My prayers are...Read More »
2 of 48 | Posted by: Shannon Harris - Fort Wayne, IN

“Topher and Lori, No words can express how very sorry I was to see this. My heartfelt compassion and prayers are being sent your way. ”
3 of 48 | Posted by: Brenda Betley - Churubusco, IN

“It's been almost a week and I still have no words. Heartbroken for Colter, his parents, his family, & friends. I loved his spirit, his smile, his...Read More »
4 of 48 | Posted by: Beverley Pape - Fort Wayne, IN

“Colter will always be a part of our family.He had a wonderful sense of humor a contageous smile and a scream that will scare the bejeesus out of you....Read More »
5 of 48 | Posted by: Staker/Schumacher Family - IN

“I knew Colter from TaeKwonDo. He was very friendly and always did his best. He will be missed. ”
6 of 48 | Posted by: Paul Epperson - Fort Wayne, IN

“I never had the opportunity to meet Colter, but I knew him through my parents. As a lover of the arts, my heart goes out to his fellow band members...Read More »
7 of 48 | Posted by: Alexis Hathaway - Markle, IN


8 of 48 | Posted by: Alexis Hathaway - Markle, IN

“Colter was a great friend. The world is truly lesser without such an amazing friend in it. ”
9 of 48 | Posted by: Hunter Foos - Flatwoods, KY

“Lori,I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy for you.Kathy Ryan ”
10 of 48 | Posted by: Kathy Ryan - Coworker

“Please know I am deeply sorry for your loss of your son. My heart and prayers to you at this most difficult time. Praying for an overwhelming warmth...Read More »
11 of 48 | Posted by: Janelle Franks - Fort Wayne, IN

“Please know I am deeply sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time. Praying for an overwhelming warmth of...Read More »
12 of 48 | Posted by: Janelle Franks - Fort Wayne, IN

“We are so sorry for your loss. God be with you. ”
13 of 48 | Posted by: Keith & Gerri Brown - Fort Wayne, IN

“Lori My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this very difficult time. ”
14 of 48 | Posted by: Mary Weiks - Fort Wayne, IN

“Tom & Jean Biggs We a so sorry to hear about your grandson.Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless. The Pillings...Read More »
15 of 48 | Posted by: Gary&Becky Pilling - Fort Wayne, IN

“It was an honor to have someone as kind as Colter in our class. I will never forget his effort at taekwondo and how great he was. Very sorry to hear...Read More »
16 of 48 | Posted by: Declan Bowles - Fort Wayne, IN

“I'm so sorry to hear about Colter's passing! Be assured of our prayers and love for you and your family at this sad time. I wish I could have met...Read More »
17 of 48 | Posted by: Pamela Fox - St. Charles, IL

“Topher, I'm beyond words. Thank you so much for sharing Colter with me. I'm sorry. ”
18 of 48 | Posted by: Forrest Cunningham - Fort Wayne, IN

“Our thought and prayers are with you at this time. Colter was our dog sitter in the neighborhood and was always so friendly. May God Bless you at...Read More »
19 of 48 | Posted by: Anne Ehinger - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Lori and Topher,We want to send our deepest sympathy for the loss of precious Colter. We know you will have wonderful memories of his life with...Read More »
20 of 48 | Posted by: A friend

“I am sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you, praying that you and your family experience peace and comfort. ”
21 of 48 | Posted by: Sandra Thomas

“"There are things we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but...Read More »
22 of 48 | Posted by: Janice Richards - Fort Wayne, IN

“Lori & Topher,You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We love you both as we loved Colter. There are many great memories to...Read More »
23 of 48 | Posted by: Jeff, Beth, Jasper & Wyatt Schroeder - IN

“It grieves us deeply the pains of you loss. But heaven is so much fun... ”
24 of 48 | Posted by: Bonnie & Ketah Mcalister - Schlatter

“Jean, Tom & family - our prayers and thoughts are with you now & in the days ahead, may all the good memories prevail. Patti & Beverly Mozena ”
25 of 48 | Posted by: Beverly Mozena - Orland, IN

“My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. ”
26 of 48 | Posted by: Paul, Ashley & Isabeau Schipper

“WE ARE PRAYING FOR COMFORT AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME. OUR LORD AND SAVIOR IS WITH YOU.MUCH LOVE AND PRAYER,MARTY AND PAUL HARTMAN ”
27 of 48 | Posted by: MARTA AND PAUL HARTMAN - IN

“We love you Uncle Topher and Aunt Lo. We thank you so much for for our wonderful memories we have made with you both and Colter. Colter is and always...Read More »
28 of 48 | Posted by: Amy Bradley - Bridgeville, PA

“My heart keeps breaking over and over for you both . Know that God will see you through this someway somehow even though it seems impossible in...Read More »
29 of 48 | Posted by: Diana Pierce - Fort Wayne, IN

“Lifting you up in prayer, Lori- asking God to hold you close in your pain and sorrow. Thinking of you. ”
30 of 48 | Posted by: Danielle Peterson - Fort Wayne, IN

“Topher and Lo and family, We send our love, our prayers, and our deepest sympathy. We wish we were close enough to be there, but we are there in our...Read More »
31 of 48 | Posted by: Katherine and George Smith - TN

“So sorry for your loss ”
32 of 48 | Posted by: Natt Craig

“May God wrap you all in his arms and give you strength for each day! So sad for your loss and thoughts and prayers for your family!! ”
33 of 48 | Posted by: Regina Cybulski ( Edwards) - VA

“My heart is broken. I cant imagine your pain. God bless and help heal this tremendous loss. ”
34 of 48 | Posted by: Steve Ryan

“You will never be forgotten Colter. Your absence is a big sadness in our lives and our hearts. ”
35 of 48 | Posted by: Cathy n Jason Crozier - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Dear Mr.& Mrs. Schlatter and Family,Words at this time are difficult to express, but I send my sincere condolences on the passing of Colter. What a...Read More »
36 of 48 | Posted by: Jane Zwienink - Fort Wayne, IN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. We are so so sorry for your loss. Wish we were closer but please know you are continually on our minds...Read More »
37 of 48 | Posted by: Sandy Henemyer - Las vegas, NV

“I lov & miss u buddy..life will never b the same but I will alwaz take w me ur smile, wit & sassy humor! Lov u...your Aunt Sissy ”
38 of 48 | Posted by: maddie weimer - ft wayne, IN

“My heart just broke when I saw this announcement on FB. I can only imagine the pain you're going thru. I'm praying for God to undergird you and...Read More »
39 of 48 | Posted by: Bonnie vom Cleff - Folsom, CA

“Topher and Lori, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers, are with you and family. ”
40 of 48 | Posted by: Bob Davis - Fort Wayne, IN

“Words are hard to find right now. We cannot imagine your pain. Praying GOD'S love and peace surround you and hold you tight. ”
41 of 48 | Posted by: Terri Ballard - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Lori and Topher, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.Jeanne Franken, Gwen Harding, Mary Henemyer and Conny Franken ”
42 of 48 | Posted by: conny Franken - Fort Wayne, IN

“Oh Lori, my heart breaks for you and your family. I can only image your heartache. Praying for you all. ”
43 of 48 | Posted by: Beth (Hottman) Bertram - Dickson, TN

“I am so shocked & saddened to read about this. I know how loved he was & how very much he'll be missed. So sorry for all of his family. ”
44 of 48 | Posted by: Monice Leeuw - Indianapolis

“Topher and Lo, I'm so sorry for your loss. Wade ”
45 of 48 | Posted by: Wade Riedinger - Des Moines, IA

“Oh my friend, oh my friend. I am with you. ”
46 of 48 | Posted by: Timothy Havens - Richmond Hill, GA

“Topher and family....My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and guide you to peace and understanding. You...Read More »
47 of 48 | Posted by: Kathy Nehus-Draper - Minerva, OH

“Topher my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your wife are in my thoughts and prayers ”
48 of 48 | Posted by: Roseann Coomet - Fort Wayne, IN


Colter Elijah Schlatter, 17, passed away on March 2, 2017. Colter was born on May 25, 1999, a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. Colter was a senior at Northrop High School. He was academically outstanding and was active in orchestra, jazz band, concert band, and wind ensemble, primarily playing the alto and "bari" saxophone, but also the viola. Spending time outdoors, reading, studying history and other cultures, and playing with his dogs, Layla and Stevie were just a few of his favorite activities. He truly loved spending time with his brothers and sister. Colter is survived by his parents; Topher and Lori Schlatter; birth mother, Monica (Kurt) Biggs-Shively; siblings, Spencer, Eleanore, and Marshall; grandparents, Delores Henemyer, and Thomas and Jean Biggs; and all of his numerous other beloved family members. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Major General Noble F. Schlatter and M. Joyce Schlatter, and Leonard F. Henemyer. Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:30pm at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park 1320 E. Dupont Rd. Ft. Wayne, IN 46825 with calling 2 hours prior. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Allen County SPCA or Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.