Our Obituaries

Jean Howard White

October 14, 2014

Jean Howard White, 91, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages. Born in Brazil, IN, Jean was an engineer with ITT Aerospace for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He had been a member of Calvary Third Presbyterian Church and currently United Faith Presbyterian Church. Jean was a WWII Army veteran. Surviving are his sons, Michael (Donna) of Phoenix, AZ, Greg, Jeff (Carolyn), Brian...
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Anna Graner Colburn

October 13, 2014

Anna Graner Colburn, 94, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bill, sons Chriss of Avilla, Lance of Union, OR, Wayne (Karie) of Bossier City, LA, Glenn of Fort Wayne, and daughter Claire (Richard) White of Fort Wayne, 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Charles Graner, sister Betty Christensen, son...
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Gary D. Clinton

October 12, 2014

Gary D. Clinton, 71, passed away October 12, 2014. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Mary Lou Clinton of Fort Wayne, brother, Scott (Robin) Clinton of Hendersonville, NC, sisters, Sharon (Paul) Koehlinger, Sue (Victor Stringer) Clinton both of Livonia, MI, sister-in-laws, Catherine Lubking, Nancy Lubking, many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Shirley...
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Helen Louise VanCuren Blackledge

October 11, 2014

Helen Louise VanCuren Blackledge was born August 23, 1907, in Ft. Wayne, IN to the late Estella E. Shinabarger VanCuren and the late Leroy E. VanCuren. She died peacefully on October 11, 2014, at the age of 107 at Kingston Residence of Fort Wayne. Helen is survived by her two sons and their spouses, David William Blackledge (Diana Wiley) and Robert Donald Blackledge (Sally McCollum), seven...
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Matthew Alan Williams

August 16, 1985 - October 9, 2014

Matthew Alan Williams, 29, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Matthew was a student with Lada and a member of Bible Baptist Church. Matthew had a big heart, loved Jesus, enjoyed coloring and singing and had a special ministry of sending cards. If you were a recipient, you know what joy the card brought you; always signed Matt W. ...
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Percy E. Davies

September 30, 2014

Percy E. Davies, 95, was called home by his heavenly Father,Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at in Fort Wayne. Born in Franklin, IL, Percy was a US Air Force Veteran during WWII. He was a resident of Ft. Wayne most of his adult life. Percy worked as a Bottler with Old Crown Brewery for 29 years and Phelps Dodge , retiring in 1984. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and the American...
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Paula A. Simmons

September 30, 2014

Paula A. Simmons, 55, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Surviving are her husband, Robert Simmons of Fort Wayne; sons, Joe (Rachel) Wilhelm of Fort Wayne, and Quinn Simmons of San Diego, CA; and brother, Jeff Wilhelm of Las Vegas. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Avenue. Memorials may be made to...
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Phyllis L. Sitko

September 29, 2014

Phyllis L. Sitko, 89, passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Hoagland, Phyllis worked with Viking Fire Protection for 17 years, retiring in 2000. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church. Throughout the years, Phyllis enjoyed crossword puzzles, shuffleboard and spending time with her family. Surviving are her sons, Michael (Linda) Sitko of...
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Melvin W. Schrader

September 25, 2014

Melvin W. Schrader, 87, passed away September 25, 2014. Surviving are his daughter, Beth Schrader of Fort Wayne, sisters, Dorothy Parker of Fort Wayne, Thelma (Bob) Hamilton of Melbourne, FL, grandchildren, Kirstin (Josh) Taylor, Lae William Schrader, great-grandson, J.J. Taylor, foster-grandchildren, John and Caleb, many nieces and nephews and close friends and neighbors. Melvin was preceded...
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Anna Lee Fisher

September 24, 2014

Anna Lee Fisher, 77, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Born in Celina, OH, Anna worked in the childcare industry for 35 years before retiring. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Gamma Iota Chapter, and Red Hat Society. Anna had the privilege to sing with the Sweet Adelines. She enjoyed crochet, knitting, crossword puzzles and...
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Carol L. Thompson

September 21, 2014

Carol L. Thompson 90, passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014. Surviving are her daughters, Mary Thompson, Patricia Thompson, Judith (John) Post all of Fort Wayne, granddaughters, Holly and Robyn, great-grandsons, Tyler and Nathan, and niece, Jennifer Kelly. Carol was preceded in death by her parents Elmar and Delphina Petersen, husband, Arthur Thompson, brothers, Robert and Elmar Petersen, and...
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Michael L. VanRyn

September 10, 2014

Michael L. VanRyn, 66, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Michael graduated from North Side High School. He served overseas in the Army during Vietnam. Michael was a devoted Fort Wayne Police Officer and served for 32 years, retiring in 2004. He was a member, past president and commander of the American Veterans #33. We also was a past president of...
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Dolores Mae Scheiman

August 30, 2014

Dolores Mae Scheiman, 80, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 at her home in Fort Wayne. She was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN, and graduated from Bishop Luers HS. Dolores worked at Wayne Home Equipment from August 1973 until retirement in November 1998. She enjoyed being outdoors, camping with her husband and sitting on her back porch watching the squirrels. Burial in...
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Joan B. (Worthman) Flohr

August 26, 2014

Joan B. (Worthman) Flohr, 87, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Joan was the daughter of the late John R. and Alice L. Worthman. She was active in Jr. Women's Club, Past Matron of the Star of the East Chapter #514 OES and Grand Representative, member of the Daughters of the Nile. She was also a member of First Wayne Street United Methodist Church,...
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Helen L. Sievers

August 25, 2014

Helen L. Sievers, 94, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at Emeritus in Fort Wayne. Born in VanWert, OH, Helen was a graduate of Northside High School Class of 1937. She loved golf, bowling and watching sporting events. Her grandchildren lit up her life. She was kind and generous to all who needed her help, and she will be missed by many. Surviving are her sons, Robert T. (Barb) Sievers of...
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Violet A. Manes

August 21, 2014

Violet A. Manes, 92, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014 at home. Born in English, IN. Violet was a volunteer grandmother for at risk children, a member of the Allen County League for the Blind, and was a foster parent for many years. She loved her family and friends and was always just a phone call away with a sympathetic ear and a loving heart. Surviving are her son, William K. (Susan)...
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Robert R. Lohr

August 19, 2014

Robert R. Lohr, 76, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, Bob worked for I & M 20 years, retiring in 2001. He was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church and a US Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Nancy Lohr of Fort Wayne; daughter, Pam (Bob) Flory of New Haven; son, Rod Lohr of Fort Wayne; brother, Paul (Elayne) Lohr of Riverside, CA; sister, Virginia...
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Lewis Justin McCulloch

August 16, 2014

Lewis Justin McCulloch , 63, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at home. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Lewis worked at General Motors for 29 years. He was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses Waynedale Congregation. Surviving are his wife, Debbie McCulloch of Fort Wayne; children, Rachel (Michael Heastan) McCulloch, Crystal (Bob) Nicholson and Justin (Audrey Mast) McCulloch all of Fort Wayne; ...
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Sounthone (Sonny) Kenchanh

January 11, 1945 - August 7, 2014

Sounthone "Sonny" Kenchanh as he was known to many, passed away peacefully at home on August 7, 2014. He was born in Vientiane, Laos on January 11, 1945. Dangerously escaping communist oppression in Laos, and fleeing across the Mekong River to Thailand with his wife and three young boys is what eventually lead them to settle in Fort Wayne during the blizzard of 1978. He and his family became US...
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Shirley A. Wilhelm

August 1, 2014

Shirley A. Wilhelm, 81, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014. Born in Columbus, OH, Shirley was a Manager with N&W Credit Union for 32 years, retiring in 2004. Surviving are her daughter, Paula (Robert) Simmons of Fort Wayne; son, Jeffrey Wilhelm of Las Vegas, NV; ten grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by husband, Paul J. Wilhelm; daughter, Sheryl...
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John Burdette Charles, Sr.

July 28, 2014

John Burdette Charles, Sr., 95, a former public school teacher and minister, passed away on July 28, 2014. A graduate of Orland HS and Butler and Yale universities, he was a minister in Disciples of Christ and Unitarian churches in the Northeast. Later he taught in several schools in Fort Wayne. He also was a recreation director for many summers in Fort Wayne parks. No funeral or...
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Emma (Betty) Helmke

July 9, 2014

Emma "Betty" Helmke , 87, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Emma worked at Maloley's for 11 years. Surviving are son; John Henry (Sarah) Helmke of Roanoke, IN and James Robert (Debra) Helmke of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Rose Marie (Mike) Fultz of Fort Wayne, IN; five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; sister, Anna Emerich of Payne, OH. Emma was preceded in death by her parents...
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Terrance P. McCaffrey

July 3, 2014

Terrance P. McCaffrey, 55, died Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Terry was a graduate of South Side High School and Indiana University, Bloomington. Terry worked as the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana for 5 years. Terry was the president of the Arena Dinner Theatre board of directors, and a founding member of the Southside Garden...
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Jarrico Lee Wilms-Ridley

June 29, 2014

Infant, Jarrico Lee Wilms-Ridley, passed away June 29, 2014, at St Joseph Hospital. He is survived by his mother, Ja'Shell Wilms and father, Brandon Ridley. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave.
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Steven B. Smethers

June 18, 2014

Steven B. Smethers, 67, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at his home in Columbia City. Born in Fort Wayne, Steven was a minister and founder of United Christian Ministries International. Previously he was a contractor-carpenter and member of the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He enjoyed cooking, woodworking, and spending time at Loon Lake. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Smethers of Columbia...
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Bertha Ann Reber

June 10, 2014

Bertha Ann Reber, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Born in Redkey, IN, Bertha worked for Franklin Electric. Surviving are her son Roger Reber of Warren, OH, grandchildren Kirk and Kregg Reber, five great-granddaughters, and one great-great-grandson. Bertha was preceded in death by parents Russell and Mamie Joseph, husband Roger Reber, son Carson Reber, daughter Melody Reber, sister...
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Andrew Richard Benevich

June 9, 2014

Andrew Richard Benevich , 26, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014. He was a native and lifetime resident of Ft. Wayne, IN, Andrew graduated from South Side HS 2005 and worked as a Auto Mechanic with G & J Family Auto. Surviving are his son, Kyler Benevich-Powell, parents Edward A. and Sharon Benevich of Fort Wayne, brother, Anthony "Tony" Benevich, grandparents, Jerome and Norma Batchelder of Ft....
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Gladys B. Walker

June 7, 2014

Gladys B. Walker, 92, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Mt. Etna, IN, Gladys worked as a Clerk with Sears for 25 years, retiring in 1984. She enjoyed gardening and fishing. Surviving are her daughter, Vicki L. Fox of Fort Wayne, IN; son, Timothy L. Walker of Whitesburg, TN; sister, Catherine Street of Huntington, IN; four grandchildren; seven great...
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Madonna C. Beck

June 3, 2014

Madonna C. Beck, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at her home. She retired from Stein Mart in the Lady's Boutique Department. Madonna had also worked for Nobsons and Paterson Fletcher. She was a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church. Surviving are her son Kent Beck of Fort Wayne, and sister Patricia Bollhoefer of Marion. Madonna was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert N. Beck in...
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Robert W. Zollinger

May 27, 2014

Robert W. Zollinger, 82, passed away May 27, 2014 at Hospice Home. Born in Fort Wayne, Robert worked for I & M Electric Power Company for 30 years, retiring in 1998. Surviving are his loving wife 46 years Barbara Zollinger. Robert was preceded in death by parents Walter and Mary Zollinger. Calling will be from 11am until 1pm Friday, May 30, 2014 at D.O. McComb and Sons Foster Park Funeral...
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Fred Norris

May 22, 2014

Fred Norris, 91, passed away peacefully early in the morning on May 22nd with his daughter and daughter-in-law at his side. He is survived by his immediate family; his elder son, John, his daughter Cynthia Giumarra and husband Sal, and his daughter-in-law, Wendy Norris; He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Nancy Hicks and husband Dave; Richard Vint and his wife Patricia; Bob Vint; and ...
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Robert G. Robinson

July 13, 1928 - May 10, 2014

Robert Gene Robinson , 85, passed away May 10, 2014 at Englewood Health and Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave.
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William (Bill) R. Hollman

May 8, 2014

William R. "Bill" Hollman, 73, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, Bill was the superintendent of water maintenance with the City of Fort Wayne for 42 years, retiring in 2000. He was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Water Works Association. Bill coached Little League at Harding for several years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting...
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Garneta Marie Dickmeyer

May 3, 2014

Garneta Marie Dickmeyer, 94, passed away May 3, 2014. Surviving are her son, David P. Dickmeyer; son, Michael J. (Patricia K.) Dickmeyer; son, Stephen L. Dickmeyer; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. Garneta was preceded in death by husband, Charles O. Dickmeyer; parents, Romey and Dessie (Wilkerson) Wass; brother, William Wass; brother, Milo Wass; sister,...
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Diana M. Scott

April 29, 2014

Diana M. Scott, 67, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, She married her beloved husband,now deceased, in 1966 to become an Air Force wife. She followed wherever the Air Force sent her family. Diana served in the Air National Guard in New Mexico and California for 8 years and was a member of the Girl Scouts of America. She was a family woman that cherished her...
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Quinley Monroe Drewery

April 27, 2014

Quinley Monroe Drewery, 8 months, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at St Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Quinley was the happiest and most vocal baby in the whole world. "She was so loved and we will miss her very much." She is survived by her parents, Onnie Miguel and Danielle Lea Drewery, of Fort Wayne; grandparents Bruce O. and Terry S. Gattshall of Van Wert, OH;...
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Omari Alonnah Sanders

April 26, 2014

Infant, Omari Alonnah Sanders, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born April 23, 2014. Surviving are her mother, Sherqunna Wells; father, OmarrDeshawn Sanders; sister, Samoni Hill; sister, Carlazaria Rowland; brother, Jerriuan Adams; grandmother, Miranda (Henry) Williams; grandfather, Michael Cummings. Omari was preceded in death by...
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James Michael Ryan

August 12, 1936 - April 24, 2014

James Michael Ryan, 77, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at his residence. Born in Fort Wayne, Mike graduated from Central Catholic High School and worked as a Photo Lithographer with Precision Litho Plate for 44 years, retiring in 2003. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Mike was a devoted husband, father, and a loyal companion to his dogs Pepe, Thunder, Panda and Riley. He was an avid...
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Karen Lea Pose

April 18, 2014

Karen Lea Pose, 61, passed away on Good Friday, April 18th, at her home. She was born on Fathers' Day, 1952 in Connersville, IN. Karen attended Lafayette Central School and was a graduate of Elmhurst High School (1970) and of Ball State University, where she earned a BA (1974) and MA (1980) in Music Education. She retired from her career as an elementary music teacher for Fort Wayne Community...
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Larry J. White

April 6, 2014

Rev. Larry J. White, 64, entered heaven rejoicing, Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Elwood, IN, He received his masters degree in theology and family counseling. He was an evangelist for several years and became the Pastor of the First Pentecostal Church, and served there for 28 years. He was a member of The Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ. Surviving are his wife, Nadine of...
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Helen A. Doehrman-Schmieman

April 3, 2014

Helen A. Doehrman-Schmieman, 91, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Helen worked as a Secretary with Northeast Indiana Urology for 20 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church and their Rosary Society, The Marions, Daughters of Isabella, American Legion Auxillary #296, Red Hat Society, and RSVP. ...
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Shirley J. (Reade) Black

April 15, 1937 - March 29, 2014

Shirley J. (Reade) Black passed away in her home on Saturday March 29, 2014 in Ossian, Indiana. Born on April 15, 1937 in Plato, Indiana. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She served as a pastor's wife for 54 years and 36 of them were spent ministering and serving at Tillman Road Church of God in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Of those 54 years, she was a Sunday school teacher and...
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Edward E. Helmke

March 28, 2014

Edward E. Helmke, 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, March 28, 2014. Surviving are his sons Gary Helmke of Fort Wayne, Larry Helmke of Portland, OR, granddaughters, Alex Ann and Kylee Lee Helmke, brothers Robert Helmke of Fort Wayne, Howard Helmke of Columbia City, and sister Trudy Freeman of Fort Wayne. Ed was preceded in death by parents Otto and Alvina Helmke and wife Phyllis ...
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David A. McClure

March 5, 1963 - March 16, 2014

David A. McClure, 51, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at his home. Born in Hicksville, OH, David was a 20 year journeyman with multiple HVAC companies including JF Miller during his career. David enjoyed shooting pool, listening to country music, NASCAR and sitting around a bonfire. Surviving are his wife Teri McClure of Monroeville, mother Rosemarie Karlstadt of Bryan, OH, children David...
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Thomas J. Doyle

February 25, 2014

Thomas J. Doyle, 62, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Tom worked as a machinist with Paramount Tube for over 20 years. He was a long time member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. Surviving are his brother Ron (Anita) Doyle of Walls, MS; sister Linda Kindig of Fort Wayne; nieces and nephew Ashley, Andrew, and Caitlin. Tom was preceded in death by his parents Russell and...
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Steven M. Braun

February 18, 2014

Steven M. Braun, 64, passed away, surrounded by his family, Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Surviving are his wife, Anne; daughters, Stephanie Braun; Carol (Jeremiah) Deakins; Mary (Chad) Distelrath; grandchildren, Joel and Preston Deakins; Michael and Claire Distelrath; sisters, Shirley (Tom) Stratton; Kathy (Joe) Dowling; Connie (Ron) Erck; Merri (Jim) Windmiller; Gail Talamantez; Amy (Scott)...
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Eugene (Gene) Glosson

February 13, 2014

Eugene "Gene" A. Glosson was born December 18, 1922, the son of Joe and Clara Glosson in Waukegan, IL. He was owner and operator of Hobart/Glosson Food Equipment retiring Dec. 1988. He joined the U.S. Navy in Dec. of 1940 and served on the Battleship USS Nevada as a Gunners Mate 1st Class. He was aboard the Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. After Pearl Harbor, he joined the ...
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William E. (Bill) Davis

February 12, 2014

William E. "Bill" Davis, 84, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Hartford City, IN, Bill worked as the head grower with Sandpoint Greenhouse for 50 years, retiring in 2003. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, member and former president of the Indiana Flower Growers Association; former president of the N.E. Indiana Flower Growers...
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Guadalupe Trevino Guajardo

February 7, 2014

Guadalupe Trevino Guajardo, 81, passed away Friday, February 7, 2014. Surviving are her daughters: Elva (Jose) Ramirez of Fort Wayne, Guadalupe (Mark) Guajardo-Roach of Indianapolis, and Ofelia (Miguel) Martinez of South Bend; sons, Rene Garza and Leopoldo (Ana) Guajardo, both of Fort Wayne; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Guadalupe was preceded in death by...
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Morris A. Tiller

February 6, 2014

.Morris A. Tiller, 77, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2014 in Fort Wayne. Born in Tinsley, KY, Morris worked as an electrician with Phelps Dodge for 25 years, retiring in 1998. He proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion. Surviving are his daughter Vicki (Frank) Drummond and son Bruce (Laurie)...
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James Paul Fox

February 6, 2014

James Paul Fox, 61, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, James worked as a Lathe operator with P.H.D. He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran and a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Maumee Valley Lodge 725 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Mitzpah Shrine, American Legion, S W Conservation Club and very active in the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed golf and fishing and always helping...
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Dolores E. Myers

January 27, 2014

Dolores E. Myers, 90, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014. Surviving are her grandchildren, Michael (Beth) Savieo; Michelle (Loren Stein) Savieo; Misty (Dave) Volmerding; Christopher Irwinl; Lisa Irwin; Lori Irwin of Decatur; 14 great-grandchildren. Dolores was preceded in death by husband, Jack D. Myers; daughter, Susan Laughlin; step-daughter, Janice Calhoun; parents, Charles A. Mildred...
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Roberta (Bobbie) A. Zimmerlee

January 26, 2014

Roberta "Bobbie" A. Zimmerlee , 64, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014. Surviving are her, husband, Stephen Zimmerlee, son, Joe (Tonia Fox) Cramer,daughter, Lisa Cramer all of Ft. Wayne, IN; step-daughter, Jennifer (Mike) Burgei of Fort Jennings, OH; grandchildren, Hailey Cramer, William and Victoria Burgei, Andrea Fox and Tristen Tackett, brothers, Dave (Sheila) Troxel of Longview, TX; Dan...
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Carl C. Biesiada

January 26, 2014

Carl C. Biesiada, 87, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 at home. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Carl worked at International Harvester for 21 years, retiring in 1983. He was a U S Navy WW II veteran, A member of St. Therese Catholic Church, American Legion post 241, VFW Post 1421, AMVets Post 33 40&8, Voitare Local 37. . Surviving are his daughters, Leslie K. Biesiada, Elizabeth J. Shank and...
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Helen M. (Mohr) Doctor

January 16, 2014

Helen M. (Mohr) Doctor, 83, of Hoagland passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014. Born in Dixon, OH, Helen was a homemaker and department manager at Kmart for 26 years, retiring in 1997 and had worked at JC Penney and US Rubber Co. Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Clinton Doctor; son, Allan (Carol) Doctor; both of Hoagland, daughters, Sharon (Alan) Thompson of Huntington, Charlene (Don)...
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Charlotte Louise Mulles

December 27, 2013

Charlotte Louise Mulles, 85, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013. Surviving are her son, Dr. Richard G. (Valerie) Mulles of Batavia, IL; daughter, Rebecca A. Freese of El Cajon, CA; sister, Patricia Hartman of Huntertown; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and 1 step great grandchild. Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents Robert M. and Louise W. Ramsey and husband, Gale Mulles. ...
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Dolores M. Bock

January 3, 1925 - December 27, 2013

Dolores M. Bock, 88, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Dolores was an Owner and President of United Refuse Inc for 20 years, retiring in 1989. and also owned Anthony Wayne Surplus. She was a member of St Therese Catholic Church and volunteered at Camp Scott POW camp during WW II. Surviving are her sons, Michael (Lana) Bock of Chicago, IL. and...
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Louis A. Mencer

March 6, 1930 - December 27, 2013

Louis A. Mencer, 83, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Louis worked as a Crane Operator with Slater Steel for 41 years, retiring on March 1, 1997. He served in the US Navy and was a member of the Steel Workers Union. Louis loved to play with his kids and grandkids. He was always a happy and joyous guy who was quick to give a...
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Robert A. Lengerich

December 25, 2013

Robert A. Lengerich, 88, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013 in Fort Wayne. Born in Decatur, IN, Robert retired as a technician with Rea Magnet Wire. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Fort Wayne, he proudly served in the US Navy during WWII, was a member of the St. Vincent dePaul Society, and volunteered at the Literacy Alliance. Surviving are his wife of 64 years...
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Patricia R. Bean

December 22, 2013

Patricia R. Bean, 74, passed away December 22, 2013. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave.
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Robert (Bobby) Baxter

December 12, 2013

Robert "Bobby" Baxter, 52, died December 12, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital. He is survived by his parents, a brother, Jefferson D. (Tami) Baxter and their children Seth (Staci) Baxter, Jessica Baxter, Sam Baxter, Melissa (Shane) Styhl, and Brian (Cami) Snyder. He also left a host of great-nieces and nephews whom he totally adored. Also surviving are his parrot Max and his dog Joey. Honoring his...
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Kenneth (Ken) L. Eberle

December 11, 2013

Kenneth "Ken" L. Eberle, 52, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, Ken had been a truck driver with Shambaugh and Son for the last 17 years. He was a member of Zanesville United Methodist Church and the Historical Truckers Society. Ken loved watching his two boys and all their sporting activities and was active in Upward Sports. He enjoyed HO Scale...
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Leland (Lee) Kauffman

December 9, 2013

Leland "Lee" Kauffman, 87, passed away Monday, December 9, 2013. Surviving are his sons, Daryl (Cheryl) Kauffman, Lyle Kauffman and Gregory (Theresa) Bigler; daughters, Phyllis (Robert Meeks) Philpot and Linnea (Ron) Hamilton; 16 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife, Madeline J. Kauffman, 2 brothers and daughter in law,...
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John (Jack) H. Deitche

December 9, 2013

John H. "Jack" Deitche, Ph.D., 84, passed away Monday, December 9, 2013. Surviving are his son, Gary (Heidi) Deitche; son, Gerry Deitche; daughter, Kendra (Brook Hukill) Deitche; brother, Ralph Deitche; grandchildren, Kayla, Emilee, and Tyler; best friend and beloved dog, Chip. John was preceded in death by wife, Carol Deitche; parents, Carl and Caroline (Stukofski) Deitche. Memorials may...
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Ruth E Siepert

September 5, 1920 - December 6, 2013

Ruth E. Siepert, 93, passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 at her home in Fort Wayne. Born in Rockford, OH, Ruth enjoyed serving her family as a homemaker. Surviving are her son Philip Siepert of San Francisco, CA; daughter Blix Fredrick of Fort Wayne; 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Edmund Siepert; parents J. Bryan and Orpha...
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Weldon A. Steiner

December 2, 2013

Weldon A. Steiner, 92, passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, December 2, 2013, at his home. Born September 15, 1921 to the late Oscar and Amanda (Baumgartner) Steiner on a farm near Berne, IN, he was known affectionately as Arvine in his youth. Weldon graduated from Monroe High School in 1940 and served in the Army Medical Corp. in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during WWII. On June 29, 1947...
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Alice M. Zimmerman

November 25, 2013

Alice M. Zimmerman, 105, passed away November 25, 2013. Surviving are her grandchildren, Tamra (David) Combs; Debra (Ron) Gaham; Carolyn (Jack) Young; five great grandchildren. Alice was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Emil Zimmerman; daughter, Mary Lou Anderson; parents, John and Amelia(Bothenberger) Immel; brother, Fred Immel. Funeral Service is 2:00 pm, Wednesday,...
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Theresa (Teri) (Vaughn) Benz

November 18, 2013

Theresa "Teri" (Vaughn) Benz, 52, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed quietly on November 18, 2013 at home. She spent her last days, surrounded by her loving family after an extended illness. Born August 13, 1961 in Pittsburgh, PA, she was the daughter of John and Charlene Vaughn. Teri is survived by her mother, Charlene Vaughn of Fort Wayne. Also surviving are daughter, Megan Benz, and son, Cory Benz,...
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Albert H. Bojrab

November 16, 2013

Albert H. Bojrab, 96, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2013 at in Fort Wayne. Born in Bryan, OH, Albert served our country in the U S Army during WW II. He was a Past Master of Wayne Lodge F& AM and a member of the Scottish Rite and Mitzpah Shrine. Albert was the owner of Franks Lunch Tavern for many years. Surviving are his daughters, Candace Maugherman of Indianapolis, IN and Cecelia...
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Glen E. Nine

November 12, 2013

Glen E. Nine, 93, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Monticello, Glen was a WWII Navy Veteran. He worked with Magnavox for 40 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of the Magnavox Quarter Century Club and the Magnavox Over the Hill Gang. Glen was very active throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, refinishing furniture, making...
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Fredrick (Fritz) Groh

November 11, 2013

Fredrick "Fritz" Groh, 80, passed away on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013. Surviving are his children William (Toni Heiney ) Groh; Kevin (Anita) Groh; Denise (David) Harmeyer, Susan (Jerry) Archer, Stacey (Jason) Varney, Vickie Cartwright; 19 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren, along with his special cousin, Patricia Parnin. Fritz was preceded in death by wife Coleen "Coke" Groh,...
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Tamula M. Slack

October 28, 2013

Tamula M. Slack, 53, passed away Monday, October 28, 2013. She was a loving companion, daughter, mother, sister, and grandmother. Surviving are her mother Charlene Staats; loving companion of 18 years Larry McCague, sons Robert (Danielle) Walls, Nicholas (Andrea) Walls; sister Peggy Hackley; brother Garry Hayden; step-brother Shawn (Tami) Atkinson and six grandchildren. Tamula was preceded in...
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Helen L. Larry

October 27, 2013

Helen L. Larry , 77, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Helen was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. She wished to be remembered for her strong faith in God. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 am, November 4, 2013 at St. Peter Catholic Church with calling one hour prior.Burial in Highland Park...
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Retha E. (Ames) Christlieb

October 13, 2013

Retha E. (Ames) Christlieb, 70, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Newberry, SC, Retha worked for Lutheran Hospital for 17 years, retiring in 2003. She was a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church. Retha enjoyed going on traveling vacations with her husband. She was an amazing cook and was a wonderful hostess for family gatherings. She...
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Dorothy J. Inman

October 7, 2013

Dorothy J. Inman, 87, passed away Monday, October 7, 2013. Born in Valparaiso, Dorothy was a ZMT operator with the US Postal Service for 21 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of East Allen County Church of Christ., enjoyed reading and loved her family. Surviving are her daughters, Joan (Khalil) Jahshan of Fairfax, VA; and Joyce (Edward) McGiffin of Fort Wayne; son, Curtis Inman of Brooklyn...
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Frances R. Shisler

October 7, 2013

Frances R. Shisler, 94, passed away Monday, October 7, 2013 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her son, Paul J. (Judi) Shisler; daughter, Elaine L. (Ron) Stauss; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy I. Shaffer. Fran was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Shisler, son, Timothy Shisler, parents, Joseph Guindon and Zoa (Gilbert) Standing,...
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Robert W. Pyle

October 6, 2013

Robert W. Pyle, 81, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Bluffton, IN, Robert worked as a Warehouse supervisor with Chem-Rex ZBrick for 20 years, retiring in 1994. He was a U S Army Korean War veteran and loved spending time with family and enjoyed traveling. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Carol Pyle of Decatur, IN; sons, Jack (Jan) Pyle, ...
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Helena Surfus

October 3, 2013

Helena Surfus, 96, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Helena enjoyed bowling, spending time with all of her children and grandchildren, and spent much of her time making cancer pads. She also volunteered at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Surviving are her son, Greg (Anita) Surfus of Fort Wayne; daughter, Suzanne (Arthur) Newton...
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Barbara L. Murrey

September 22, 2013

.Barbara L. Murrey, 85, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013, at her residence in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her daughter, Susan Roberts of Orlando, FL; daughter, Julie (Doug) Jacobs of Bloomington; son, Michael Murrey of Fort Wayne; granddaughter, Rebecca Jacobs; grandson, Aaron Jacobs; brothers, Gerald Rose, Will Rose and Alden Rose; sister, Martha Cliff. Barbara was preceded in death by...
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Carmen L. Cano

September 19, 2013

Carmen L. Cano , 71, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013, in Fort Wayne. Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Carmen was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, and gardening. Her favorite radio station to listen to was called The River. Surviving are her husband, Victor M. Cano; sons, John and Danny Cano; Daughter-in-law, Jami Cano;...
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Kimberly A. Parrott

September 18, 2013

Kimberly A. Parrott, 51, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, Kimberly was Head Chaplain at the Baltimore Prison. She worked in the Administrative Assistant for Conferences and Pryzbyla Management at Catholic University of America, having taught there and at Howard University for several years. She was active in the Girl Scouts, Ronald McDonald...
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Lillian Mae Bercot

September 15, 2013

Lillian Mae Bercot, 85, passed away peacefully September 15, 2013. She enjoyed her family vacations and sponsoring Tubberware parties. Surviving are her daughter, Vikki Holloway; son, Joe (Lynn) Bercot; brother, Don (Marilyn) Alvather all of Fort Wayne; sisters, Eleanor Rider of Fort Wayne; and Jean (Ted) Decker of Roan Mountain, TN; grandsons, Michael Holloway and Shannon Bercot. Lillian was...
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Barbara J. Dillon

September 12, 2013

Barbara J. Dillon, 84, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2013, at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Born in Terre Haute, IN, Barbara worked in the sales department at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 15 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 4500 South Fairfield Avenue, and was very active in the church choir and seniors...
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Noreen M. Kolkman

September 9, 2013

Noreen M. Kolkman, 84, passed away, September 9, 2013. Surviving are her husband, Damon; son, Douglas; daughters, Carol Best and Deborah Chaparro, all of Fort Wayne; sister, Vera Burns of Romeoville, IL; grandchildren, Jamie and Dustin; and 2 great grandchildren. Private service will be held at Lindenwood Cemetery.
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Highla Ellen Kiessling

September 3, 2013

Highla Ellen Kiessling, 95, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Highla was a prim and proper lady who loved flowers, music and getting her hair done every Thursday. Surviving are her special friend, Gaylord Conrad of Fort Wayne; close friends, Harold (Naomi) Jewett of Fort Wayne, and many nieces and nephews. Highla was preceded in death by parents,...
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Milo E. Wass

August 27, 2013

Milo E. Wass , 92, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at DeKalb Health in Auburn. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Milo worked as an Assembler with Navistar for 34 years, retiring in 1981. Milo was a WWII Army Veteran. He enjoyed spending time with his family and nephews and was a fun guy to be around. Milo was always tinkering in his shop building mechanical devices and inventing new machines. ...
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Rosemary C. Davies

August 25, 2013

Rosemary C. Davies, 91, departed this life for her heavenly home Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Monroeville, IN, Rosemary worked as a Secretary with Knights of Columbus and Catherines, retiring in 1983. She married the love of her life, Harry L. Davies in November of 1960 . She was a dedicated supporter of the St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Parish and community...
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Jimmie D. Shelton

August 18, 2013

Jimmie D. Shelton, 82, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, at his Kingston Residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Ripley, MS, Jimmie was a Korean War Air Force veteran. He worked as a customer service agent with Delta Airlines for 37 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Zanesville United Methodist Church, and was a 25 year member of Zanesville Lions Club. Jimmie loved attending his...
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Malcolm Eugene Jarrell

August 5, 2013

Malcolm Eugene Jarrell, 76, passed away Monday, August 5, 2013. Born in Bim, WV, Eugene was a truck driver with Kenosha Auto Transport for 35 years, retiring in 2000. He was a Teamster and U.S. Air Force Veteran. Eugene enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and NASCAR. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Judy Jarrell, sons, Mark (Julie) Jarrell, and Dave (Karen) Jarrell, all of Fort Wayne, brother,...
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Delores R. Miller

July 31, 2013

Delores R. Miller, 83, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Delores worked as a housekeeper with Lutheran Home for 11 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and the VFW #10006 Auxiliary. She enjoyed her grandchildren and was an avid bowler. Surviving are her son, Gary (Robin); daughter, Pam (Jim) Patterson; son, Eugene (Carol); son, Ron ...
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Donald C. Davis

July 21, 1928 - July 25, 2013

Donald C. Davis , 85, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Donald worked as an Auditor with Kroger and as a Manager with Maloley Brothers Grocery for many years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and enjoyed photography and traveling. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Schwartz Davis of Fort Wayne, step-son, Paul ...
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Desiree L. Sheets

July 18, 2013

Desiree L. Sheets, 19, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Desiree graduated from South Side High School and was studying to be a Nurse at Ivy Tech. She enjoyed doing others hair, riding motorcycles, family gatherings, and her two dogs. One thing is for sure, Desiree lived life to its fullest. Surviving are her mother, Crystal Sheets of Indianapolis, sisters,...
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Ashton J. Bradtmueller

July 14, 2013

Ashton J. Bradtmueller passed away July 14, 2013. Ashton was a very alert, happy baby and loved being part of the party. Surviving are his father, Frank Niemeyer, mother, Merisha Bradtmueller, brothers Alyas and Athyn Niemeyer, all of Fort Wayne, grandmother, Brenda Bradtmueller and great grandmother, Paula Bradtmueller, both of Hoagland, IN. Ashton was preceded in death by his great...
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Gary E. Grimes, Jr.

July 12, 2013

Gary E. Grimes Jr., 51, passed away Friday, July 12, 2013 at home in Fort Wayne. Born in Valparaiso, IN, Gary worked as a Coordinator of Maintenance with Mullinex Packages for 17 years. He enjoyed playing golf and watching movies with family and playing with his grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Alija Grimes of Fort Wayne, IN; sons, Travis (Ashley) Grimes of Fort Wayne and Seth Grimes...
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Edward E. Scott

July 11, 2013

Edward E. Scott , 70, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Sycamore, IL, Edward worked as a Lab Technician with Lutheran Medical Group for many years. He was a member of Toastmaster's, American Legion Post #0777, Air Force Sergeants Association, and Girl Scouts of America. Ed was a family man who had a heart of gold and a great passion for his wife,...
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David S. Sapp

June 30, 2013

David S. Sapp, 60, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013. Born in Fort Wayne, David was a supervisor with Parker Hannifin for 28 years, retiring in 2006. He was a US Army Veteran that enjoyed fishing, bowling, and loved his family. Surviving are his daughters, Windy (Keith) Vredenburg, Amanda Sapp, and Angel (George) Asher all of Fort Wayne, brothers, Dick Miller of LaOtto, Butch Sapp of GA, and...
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Joseph Roman

June 26, 2013

Joseph Roman, 91, finished his race Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City. Surviving are his son, Keith Michael (Kathi) Roman of Columbia City; 2 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; and 2 step-great grandchildren. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife Etoile (Star) Roman; parents Michael and Mary Roman; and step-son, Clifford Conover. Memorials may be made to the...
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Kathryn W. VanZant

June 9, 2013

Kathryn W. Van Zant, 98, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013. Surviving are her nieces, Glenda (Albert) Bragalone of Ft. Wayne, Myralene Tunis of Lancaster, PA, Dorie Sitko, Colleen (Jay) Powell both of Ft. Wayne, many loved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Kathryn was preceded in death by 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and niece, Helen Panter. Memorials may be made to the United Faith...
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Georgiann Oswald

June 5, 2013

Georgiann Oswald, 85, ascended to heaven at 2 am on June 5th with family by her side. Daughter of George and Amelia (Hallfeldt) Rohrbach, she grew up on the family farm with her brother Eldred and sister, Berneda. A graduate of New Haven High School in 1946 she went on to marry Walter Oswald in 1948. She was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. After retiring from Freuhauf Credit...
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Mary Davison Sery

June 1, 2013

Mary Davison Sery, 84, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013. Surviving are her husband, Daniel Sery; daughter, Shelley A. (Joe) Woehnker; sons, Scott D. (Anita) Sery and Dan M. (Char) Sery, Kurt L. (Ann) Sery; sister, Nancy J. Booth; and grandchildren, Heather Aguirre, Lindsay Hackett, Halley Woehnker, Drew & Emily Sery, Cameron & Wesley Sery and Temujin Sery; 6 great-grandchildren. Mary was...
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