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“I just heard of John's passing. I will miss you old friend. ”
1 of 33 | Posted by: Kevin Macy - converse, IN

“My heart breaks for his family. I am so very sorry. Johnny always had a smile, a hug & a story or two. He was a good friend to me and I will miss...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Sabrina Gulick - Fort Wayne, IN

“So sorry, Crystal, for the loss of your father (children's grandfather). ”
3 of 33 | Posted by: Diana Rogan - Fort Wayne, IN

“A warm & friendly smile sitting at the end of the bar. Running around the golf outing taking picture of all the foursomes and the sponsor signs and...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Kathryn Smith - Fort Wayne, IN

“I am so sorry to hear this, my heart breaks for the Bendele family and frinds, John has always been a kind loving man you will be missed dearly. My...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Phadrien (Phay) Bohnstedt (Baker) - IN

“JOHN, WAS A STRANGER TO NO ONE . AND A GOOD FRIEND. ”
6 of 33 | Posted by: BILL PETGEN - FT. WAYNE, IN

“I am sad to hear about John's passing. He was a very good friend and we enjoyed many things together. R.I.P. my friend!! Sympathies to the Bendele...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Joe Horacek - Fort Myers, FL

“John was a very good and long time friend to us. We go back to 1983 when he managed Shortys Country. Good ole 'Vito' as we called him, never had a...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Whitey and Chrissy Burdett - IN

“Sorry to hear of Johns passing. As a good friend ”
9 of 33 | Posted by: Bill Zurbrugg - Fort Wayne, IN

“Rip John..prayers to family.. ”
10 of 33 | Posted by: Pam Phillips - Lake Wales, FL

“Will be missed dearly so sorry for your loss. Part of my life thru the years 45 years of friendship. He gave me the nickname of Sam lol to this day...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Anita Howard -Howard - Ft.wayne, IN

“my good friend ”
12 of 33 | Posted by: jim baldwin - fremont, IN

“Johnny I've known you for years I miss you and love you forever I'm sorry I cannot make it I'm in the hospital myself you will be dearly missed by...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Don and Tammy brecht Fort Wayne Indiana - IN

“Will forever hold you in my heart. One of the kindest and sweetest man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Rest in peace John. My condolences to...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Emily Walker - Littleton, CO

“Mr John Bendele was a sweet and considerate man. I worked for him in the past and present. I was blessed that I had the experience of knowing such a...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Cheryl Lang - Fort Wayne, IN

“When I was in Fort Wayne, and thrust into the fast lane at a young age, John was an anchor. He helped me grow up. I appreciate his watchful eye and...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Jay Ferguson - Indianapolis, IN

“John, we can not believe you are gone. We remember the good ole days of pool, drinking and good fun. We will miss you very much. To John's family we...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: DJ Sickley - FtWayne, IN

“John Vito was my dear friend for more than 35 years and Godfather to my daughter. I will miss our chats. Much love to his family, he will be greatly...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Patty Parrish - Fort Wayne, IN

“Johnny you stole my heart 50 years ago, Today my heart is breaking. I will love you always. ”
19 of 33 | Posted by: Carmalita Shafer - Fort Wayne, IN

“On behalf of the Horacek Family we offer our sympathy to John's family. John was such a good person and there are so many happy memories made when...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Linda (Horacek)Bogner - Nokomis, FL

“John was truely one of the good guys. I don't think he had a mean bone in his body. He will be missed. ”
21 of 33 | Posted by: Dave "Burly" Burleson - IN

“So sad to see this. John was always smiling, and always made EVERY woman he came in contact with feel very beautiful and good about herself. I am...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Stacey Sherman - Columbia City, IN

“Deepest Sympathy to all John was a great person im glad i got to know he will be missed deeply ”
23 of 33 | Posted by: Sandy Deininger - Odessa, FL

“At Central Catholic I was in class of 1967 with Patty Bendele I offer my sympathies and prayers to all of you in the loss of John, your brother....Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Patricia Neil - Fort Wayne, IN

“You had a heart of gold! You will be greatly missed, Rest in peace my friend until we meet again! ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Janeen Parrish - Fort wayne, IN

“John will be missed dearly. Just know that he will be looking down and smiling with that big smile that he always had on his face. Prayers to his...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Marlene Beitler - New Haven, IN

“My heart and prayers are with you all. I knew John from many years ago. He was a great man he will be missed. May he Rip! ”
27 of 33 | Posted by: Judy Rivera - Ft Wayne, IN

“We have lost one of the sweetest, kindest souls, ever. I worked for John 30 years ago, he never met anyone he didn't know and love. Always had a...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Jeri Childers - Ft. Wayne, IN

“God Bless John...you left us way to soon and will be greatly missed! ”
29 of 33 | Posted by: Laurie Theetge - New Haven, IN

“RIP John. Met you through the Juno days. Alot of good times. ”
30 of 33 | Posted by: Merri Hettinger - Fort Wayne, IN

“My heart is breaking.. it's been a few years since I've seen you John, but we shared a great friendship back in the day and I have always held you...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Julie Krinn (Carboni) - IN

“I don't have the words to express the feelings of surprise and loss at John's passing. I'm proud to have called John a team mate in pool league but...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: RICK TOMLINSON - FORT WAYNE, IN

“When we returned home to Ft Wayne we always would go to AJ's and Johnny always had a " Welcome hug and kiss " for us . He will truly be missed by...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Barbara Bradford - Lake Wales, FL


John W. Bendele, 66, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, John was the founder and co-owner of AJ's Bar and Grille. He served his country as a member of the US Army 82nd Airborne Unit. Surviving are his son, John Bendele II of Fort Pierce, FL; daughters, Crystal (Jeremy) High of Fort Wayne; and Annalizia Alberson-Bendele of Fort Wayne; 3 grandchildren, Jacob, Noah, and Anna; three sisters, Mary Rose (Wally) Figura of Hayesville, NC, Patricia (Bill) Jones of Mayfield, KY, Georgia (Larry) Florea of Mount Airy, GA; many nieces and nephews; and the AJ's family. John was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Bendele and Mary K. Collins. Service is 2:00 pm, Sunday, February 25, 2018 at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave with calling one hour prior. Calling also Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Riley Hospital for Children. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.