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“I'm going to miss you dad! ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Rob Durling - Greensboro, NC

“My sympathy to Elane and the entire Durling family on Pete's passing.. I had the pleasure of both working with and for Pete during my career at...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: James Thiesing - Auburn, IN

“I would like to express my sincerest condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you his peace at this very difficult time. Php 4:6,7 ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Our deepest condolences and prayers for all of the Durlings.Owen & Gail Toomey ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Owen Toomey - Rapid City, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. Cherish all of the wonderful times, trips and love that you...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Dave, Barb & Heather Maher - IN

“So sorry for your loss Elane. Hope you find a little comfort in your memories in the coming days. The class of '68 is thinking about you with love....Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Kathi Hosford-Heineman - IN

“Sending my condolences to the Durling family. I have many fond memories of fishing trips to Canada and other areas. RIP my friend. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Gail Meyer - SPRINGFIELD, OH

“Elaine and family, Condolences on the passing on Pete ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Catanzaro - FOrt Wayne, IN

“My late husband, Mike enjoyed many rounds of golf with Pete and we shared great times at dinner, cookouts and movies. Pete was a gentleman, quiet...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Janie Mote Modica - Fort Wayne, IN


Perrin (Pete) Durling, 77, passed away at home on February 18, 2019 after a long, valiant struggle with cancer. He was born and raised in Michigan, the son of the late Howard and Marion Durling.
In his younger days, he enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting, and in his retirement he loved golf.
Pete was a graduate of Michigan State University, and obtained a Master's Degree from Indiana University. He was employed by Navistar for 40 years, and retired as a product manager. After retiring, he enjoyed working at Lakeside Golf Course.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Elane Gerding Thomas; children, Rob (Heather), Cheryl (Paul); step-daughter, Molly (Matt); 6 grandchildren; siblings, Howard (Sue) and Harold (Vivian) Durling.
Pete will be remembered as a "gentle giant" with winking blue eyes. He cherished his beloved dogs, Two-Two and Teddy. He was a man of few, but wise words.
In lieu of funeral services, a private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana or the Allen County SPCA.
Arrangements entrusted to D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home.