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“To Mimi and the Arata family, So sorry for the passing of your father. In his honor, a donation was made to Bishop Dwenger High School by the...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Terry Conway - Corning, NY

“im sorry I missed your funeral, you and others performed 2nd and 3rd degree burn treatment on my sister and I in 1959 and were both very thankfull,...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: john zahm II - huntington, IN

“Barney was a fixture in Ft Wayne medical circles and Bishop Dwenger where he spent many hours with Saints football and devoted much time withSaints...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Paul Reszel - Ft Wayne, IN

“Pat, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May Our Heavenly Father welcome your father into his heavenly kingdom.Joe and Cheryl...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: Joe & Cheryl Harkenrider Ft Wayne

“Prayers are being said for the entire family. BJ and Barbara Mettler ”
5 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincerest condolences to the family of Dr. Arata. He was a great friend and generous supporter of my father. I know he will be missed by all that...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Jay Ahmad - Detroit, MI

“I am saddened by Barney's passing. I want to express my deep gratitude on behalf of my late companion Sufi Ahmad, for Barney's support and...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: Lenore DeFonso - Fort Wayne, IN

“So sorry to hear of your loss. So many wonderful memories growing up living next door to you all. I hope you find comfort in the wonderful life he...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Linda Schueler - Fry - Fort Wayne, IN

“My deepest sympathy to the Arata Family.While I have never crossed paths with Dr. Arata, I feel I've met him through the many stories told to us by...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Thea Johnson - New Iberia, LA

“Over the last 50 years I've had the privilege of getting to know Doc while working on his vehicles. He was a very kind-hearted soul who was an...Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: Wayne Basinger - Friend

“Uncle Barney an I had a special bond. He was very supportive and I loved him dearly. We had a lovely visit in July chatting with him, Nancy, Brian...Read More »
11 of 39 | Posted by: Patricia (Arata) Spear - IN

“What an accomplished life. You will be missed by all. ”
12 of 39 | Posted by: Dennis and Denise DeCicker - FL

“Our prayers are with your family Dr.Mike. Your dad must have been a great dad because look how great you turned out! ”
13 of 39 | Posted by: Elizabeth/Mike Furniss - IN

“We appreciated Barnett so much. He will be missed! Please accept our condolences. ”
14 of 39 | Posted by: Tom and Judy Hayhurst - IN

“Dr Jim and Dr Mike, I am sorry to hear of your brother and father's death. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 39 | Posted by: Ruth Durbin - Kendallville, IN

“How sad the passing of such an amazing human being. Many thanks to Barney for all the wonderful memories of rafting on wild rivers and fishing in...Read More »
16 of 39 | Posted by: Jeff Johnston - Floyds Knobs, IN

“So sorry to lose a family leader, uncle, storyteller. A life worth celebrating. ”
17 of 39 | Posted by: Rose Ann Thurston - Family

“Barney, you'll always be remembered thanks for the memories. Eternal light shine on you and may you rest in peace. ”
18 of 39 | Posted by: Bryson Braasch - Ft Wayne, IN

“Neal Schueler & Family ”
19 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“I will always be thankful for Dr. Arata for keeping my mother alive for so many years. She was referred to Dr. Arata by Dr. Thomas Hamilton in CC. Dr...Read More »
20 of 39 | Posted by: Elizabeth Kilgore Sponaugle - IN

“There has been a long friendship between the Arata and Ritchie families, beginning with Ed stopping to ask my grandfather about hunting along the...Read More »
21 of 39 | Posted by: Linda (Ritchie) Lulias - Buffalo, WY

“Dear Pat...so sorry for your loss, I will make an offering for him at the dojo (spiritual center). He must have been a great man to have such a great...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Dodi Junk McElmurry - WA

“Condolences for the loss of your father.Dr. Tom Jackson DPMAnd Sonya Friend ”
23 of 39 | Posted by: Richard Jackson - Fort Wayne, IN

“Though our paths have never crossed, we've recently been given the privilege to know Dr. Arata's son, Pat, and his lovely wife DeeAnn. They are...Read More »
24 of 39 | Posted by: John and Veronica Mertz - IN

“Condolences to the Arata family. I worked many surgeries with Dr. Arata and grew up with and went to school with some of his children. He led a...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: Mary Pequignot Burns - Acworth, GA

“My most sincere condolences to you and your family John. I'll keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
26 of 39 | Posted by: Rudy Olivo - Columbus, OH

“Such an awesome man! You will be missed Uncle Barney. ”
27 of 39 | Posted by: Lori and Doug Thurston - Family

“Barney and my father, Alex Lebamoff, were classmates, roommates and best friends beginning with IU Medical School. Barney was a pallbearer when my...Read More »
28 of 39 | Posted by: Mary Frances Lebamoff - Bowie, MD

“Dear Family,I am sadden to hear of Great Uncle Barneys passing. His remarkable life was of love for his family and honorable service to our country....Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Ernest Sandefur - Powder Springs, GA

“So very sorry to hear of Uncle Barney's passing. He was always so helpful to me. And I'm very glad he got "the book" done ...it contains so many...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: Virginia Tutterow - Shelbyville, IN

“John, I was surprised and sad to hear of the passing of your father. I loved to hear the stories and memories that you shared with me. You and your...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Lisa Bacon - Columbus, OH

“Dear Nancy and Family,We always enjoyed visiting with your Dad. We have many fond memories of time spent together with interesting conversations. He...Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: Terri & Charlie Berg - Hudson, IN

“Mike-So sorry for your loss ”
33 of 39 | Posted by: Dave Burns - Fort Wayne, IN

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. All my prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Dianne Tropea-Neyen ”
34 of 39 | Posted by: Dianne Tropea-neyen - Coworker

“John, I'm sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You, Jane and Julie are in our prayers. ”
35 of 39 | Posted by: Susan Schwind - Columbus, OH

“We are so very sorry for your loss. Your dad lived a good, long life. We hope you are comforted by your many wonderful memories of all of the times...Read More »
36 of 39 | Posted by: Patrice & Mike Sposeep - AZ

“Dr. Michael sorry to hear loss of your father I heard a lot about him back in the days when my sister work with them at the Hicks community Memorial...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: Mary jane Kreakie - Hicksville, OH

“It was an honor to work for you for 12 years - the knowledge I gained from you is priceless and because of you I have a huge extended "Arata Medical...Read More »
38 of 39 | Posted by: Cindy Murphy - Fort Wayne, IN

“So sorry for your loss Arata family. Prayers for all and remembering all the special times with the Bazali family. ”
39 of 39 | Posted by: Kristina Bazali - Kalamazoo, MI


Justin E. (Barney) Arata, MD, 96 of Fort Wayne, passed away on November 27, 2017. He was born in Mishawaka, IN on October 31, 1921 and was the son of Alphonsus P. and Mary Geneva (Schroeder) Arata. Dr. Arata graduated from St. Monica Elementary School and Mishawaka High School, where he lettered in football. He completed his undergraduate work at Indiana University, in Bloomington, where he was awarded Phi Beta Kappa for scholarship. He then entered Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was class president and earned the Alpha Omega Alpha scholastic award. After completing medical school, he entered the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. He interned at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California and then joined the Pacific Fleet as a medical officer. He participated in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini in 1946. After his discharge as a Lieutenant, junior grade, he returned to Fort Wayne where he completed fifteen months of postgraduate education at St. Joseph Hospital. He then moved to Gregory, South Dakota, where he worked as a locum tenens physician in general practice, for nine months. This was followed by his surgical fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He returned to Fort Wayne and joined the surgical practice of Dr. C.G. McEachern. He was called back to military duty during the Korean War and was assigned to the U.S. Air Force as a surgeon, on the island of Bermuda. In 1954, he returned to private surgical practice in Fort Wayne where he continued practicing until his retirement in 1991. Dr. Arata was Board Certified in General Surgery, a member of the Fort Wayne Medical Society and the American College of Surgeons. He and his partner, Dr. Alan Perry, founded the Arata Medical Group as well as the first Health Maintenance Organization in Indiana, Summit Health. Dr. Arata was a past President of the Indiana chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He was a staff member of all three Fort Wayne hospitals and served as President and Director of Medical Education at Parkview Hospital. He was a past board member at Bishop Dwenger High School and was inducted into the Bishop Dwenger Hall of Fame. He served as a team physician for Bishop Dwenger for thirty years. He and his late wife, Mary I. Arata were founding members of the Doctors Mayo Society, a Laureate of the Mayo Alumni Association and a founding member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Arata, along with Dr. Dave Schleuter and Carol Burns, RN, established the organ donation program in Fort Wayne. At one time, the program supplied over fifty percent of all donated kidneys for transplant in the state of Indiana. He was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Arata was a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul Boy Scout Troop. He volunteered at Matthew 25 Clinic for many years. He and his late wife, Mary I. Arata, funded several bronze sculptures created by Professor Sufi Ahmad, in both Mishawaka and Fort Wayne, and donated to the communities. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Lincoln Post #82 and was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Upon his retirement, Dr. Arata was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana. He was also presented the Kentucky Colonel award by the Governor of Kentucky. He was Board Chairman of EMS Summit Circuits in Logansport, Indiana and was involved with several other businesses in Colorado and Wyoming. Dr. Arata was predeceased by his wife of sixty-two years, Mary Imelda Welsch Arata. He is survived by their seven children, Catherine Schlesinger of Charlotte, NC, Nancy Teagarden of Wolcottville, IN, Dr. Michael (Jane) Arata of Fort Wayne, Patrick Arata (DeeAnn) of Fort Wayne, James E. (Maureen) Arata of New Haven, IN, Mimi (Dr. Michael) Conway of Tucson, AZ and John (Jane) Arata of Gahanna, OH, his wife, Patricia Semple Arata, three step-children, fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Adelaide Caleal and Agnes Laux and a brother, Dr. James A. Arata. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 am, December 1, 2017 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1502 E. Wallen Road with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road. Burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are requested to the Mayo Clinic Foundation or to Bishop Dwenger High School. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.