Celebrity Obituaries

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Georgia Johnson Hicks

November 22, 2017

Georgia Johnson Hicks, 94, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in Fort Wayne. She was born on August, 3, 1923. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Surviving are her sons, David A. (Janice) Johnson, Eric G. (JoAnn) Johnson, and Eugene C. (Laura) Johnson all of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. Georgia was preceded in...
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Grace A. Colburn

March 28, 1910 - November 21, 2017

GRACE A. COLBURN, 107, passed peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Saint Anne Home. Born March 28, 1910, in Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Dr. Frank Abbett and Kathleen Bannon Abbett. Grace graduated from Tudor Hall, Indianapolis, Ind., and married Harry H. Colburn in 1938. In 1955, they moved to Fort Wayne where she managed the millinery department at Wolf & Dessauer,...
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Rita C. Childers

November 18, 2017

Rita C. Childers, 96, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Woodview Assisted Living in Fort Wayne. She was a native and liftetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN and born to the late Maurice and Eleanor Murchland. She graduated from South Side HS in 1939. She enjoyed music, playing the organ, tending to her flowers and house plants and caring for her pets. Rita was a devoted mother, grandmother...
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Barbara Jean (nee Harris) Larimer

April 18, 1931 - November 17, 2017

Barbara Jean Larimer nee Harris, 86, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 in Fort Wayne with her husband and daughters by her side. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Barbara worked with Parkview Hospital for 16 years. She was a member of First Wayne Street United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Jack Larimer of Fort Wayne; daughters, Claudia (William) Cappelli, and Laura (Doug...
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Manuel "Jungle JIm" Rivera

July 22, 1921 - November 14, 2017

Manuel Joseph "Jungle Jim" Rivera, 96, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Born in New York, NY, Jim was the son of the late Gregory and Mary (Veranco) Rivera. "Big Jim" or "Jungle Jim" were his nicknames given to him during his 10 year baseball career. He played for the Chicago White Sox from 52-61 and was a key part in the 1959 pennant winning team. He led the majors in triples in 1955...
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Pamela Kaye Smith

November 13, 2017

Pamela Kaye Smith, 62, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017. Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, Pamela is the daughter of Ronald and Evelyn Smith who survive. Pamela was in the banking industry throughout her career, which began while she was a senior in high school. She worked her way up to Senior Mortgage Underwriter. She attended Faith Baptist Church, and belong to Planet Fitness. She loved...
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Barbara A. Becker

November 12, 2017

Barbara A. Becker returned to her Heavenly Father November 12, 2017. She was born on October 26, 1934, in the living room of the home her grandfather built in Aboite Township. She was the daughter of Doris and Margaret (McMaken) VanHoozen, who preceded her in death. She grew up on a forty-acre family farm with her younger sister Joyce (Ken) Offord and brother Richard (Debbie) VanHoozen, who both...
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Iona Melchi

November 11, 2017

Iona Melchi , 92, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Berne, IN, Iona worked as a nurse with St. Joseph Hospital for 17 years. She was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Surviving are her 4 sons, Ned (Vicki) Melchi of Fishers, IN, Rex (Lisa) Melchi of Fort Wayne, Jay (Kerry) Melchi of Fort Wayne, and Max (Beth) Melchi of Fishers, IN; 11...
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Terry O. Peden

November 7, 2017

Terry O. Peden, 48, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Terry was the son of David and Barbara (Anspach) who survive. He was part of the second set of surviving triplets born at Parkview Hospital. Terry was a loving son, brother and uncle to his family. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, rock music and spending time with his family. He worked for BF Goodrich for...
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Ronny J. Powers

November 6, 2017

Ronny J. Powers, 71, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 at VA Northern IN Health Care System in Fort Wayne. Born in Carpenter, KY, Ronny was a Vietnam Veteran received a bronze star. Surviving are his sisters, Donna Crain, Sheila (Eric) Thompson, Phyllis Hoffmeyer, and Sandra Khalaf; brother, Robert Powers; children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ronny was preceded in death by sister...
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Martha Giant

December 22, 1931 - November 3, 2017

Martha Elizabeth Giant, 85, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017. She was born in Decatur, IN, the daughter of Joseph and Florence (Bremerkamp) Laurent. She married Don Giant May 24th, 1952. She was a woman of faith, had the gift of hospitality, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who cared endlessly for her loving family. Surviving are her children, Kevin (Suzy) Giant...
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James Mills

January 26, 1929 - November 3, 2017

James O. "Jim" Mills, 88, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, James was the son of the late Carl and Alma Mills. James was a farmer and worked with Dana for over 35 years prior to his retirement. Following his retirement from Dana he worked for Ivy Tech in their automotive field for 25 years. He was a member of St....
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Florence (Hadjieff) Spahiev

October 31, 2017

Florence (Hadjieff) Spahiev, 92, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Heritage Park Health Care Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Florence was the daughter of the late Damian and Maria Hadjieff. She was a teachers assistant with Fort Wayne Community Schools for 18 years, prior to her retirement. She was a member of St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church and their Women's...
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Scot Hays Corn

October 27, 2017

Scot Hays Corn, 51, passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Born in West Point, NY, Scot grew up in Deerfield, IL and fell in love with the outdoors on boyhood canoe trips in the Minnesota Boundary Waters. He graduated from the University of Colorado where he became passionate about hiking, snowboarding, and cycling, especially racing on his mountain bike. He was a loving...
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Marsena (Marcy) L. Bobay

October 25, 2017

Marsena "Marcy" L. Bobay, 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at her home in Fort Wayne. Born in Marion, IN, Marsena worked as an accountant with several local companies. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. Surviving are her daughter, Karen (Frank) Utsch of Canton, GA; step-son, Donald Bobay of Fort Wayne; 2 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren...
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Mona J. Chambers

October 25, 2017

Mona J. Chambers, 77, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Huntington Co., IN, Mona retired as a system analyst with Lincoln Life. She was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Surviving are children, Randy Chambers, Lisa (Brandon) Brizendine, and Stacy Chambers; 2 grandchildren, Alaina Gulish and Alison Gulish; 3 great-grandchildren, Kalea, Kiri, and Isla; ...
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Richard C. Wick

October 21, 2017

Richard C. Wick, 94, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Towne House Retirement Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Peoria, IL, Richard worked as an Optician with Dr. Maurice Rothberg & Dr. Samuel Thompson, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, City Senior Men's Golf Association, Bethlehem's Men's Bowling League, and served on the maintenance and building board at...
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Richard L. Dolby

October 19, 2017

Richard L Dolby, 74, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at his home in New Haven. Born in Huntington, IN, to the late Charles E and Loretta K. Dolby. Richard was a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as an Electrician with General Electric, Local 305 IBEW and General Motors before retiring in 2000. He was a member of The Ridge Church, VFW, American Legion Post 330. He enjoyed...
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Victor J. "Vic" Sockrider

November 23, 1949 - October 17, 2017

Victor J. "Vic" Sockrider, 67, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Born in Auburn, Indiana, Vic was the son of the late George and Margaret Sockrider. Vic graduated from DeKalb High School and attended Ball State University prior to getting drafted in the U.S. Army. Vic was the General Manager of Georgetown Bowl for 38 years, and was currently employed by Qubica AMF. During his career, he was...
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Sharon Colbert

October 13, 2017

Sharon Colbert, 71, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sharon was the daughter of the late Henry Verseput and Nelva Verseput who survives. She worked for Concordia Theological Seminary for several years prior to her retirement. Sharon enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, spending time with her family and going to their school activities. She also loved animals. ...
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R. Dean Hall

October 13, 2017

R. Dean Hall died late in the early morning of October 13th. He was 91. Dean was born in May of 1926, in Daleville, Indiana, a prototypical Hoosier small town very near Anderson. Dean was raised in Daleville, but moved to Anderson where he attended Anderson High School. His father was Linly Hall and mother Pansy Hall. He had two sisters, Delores and Wilmetta, both younger than he. Wilmetta is...
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Ronald L. Rhodes

October 13, 2017

Ronald L. Rhodes, 57, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 after a long battle with progressive MS. He was born in Fort Wayne, on September 5, 1960, the son of Donald and Dorothy Rhodes. He was a 1978 graduate of Snider High School. Ron was a graduate of Tokheim apprentice program, and also had a degree from Purdue University and Indiana Wesleyan University. He worked with Tokheim for 24 years...
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Joan M. Early

September 30, 2017

Joan M. Early, 85, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017. She was born in Indianapolis, IN, on March 5, 1932. The daughter of the late Joseph and Alma Megel. Joan worked as a secretary for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis and owned her own business, Joan's Hallmark Card and Gift Center on East State Boulevard in Fort Wayne, IN, for a number of years. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing golf, poker...
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Emma Louise (Lou) Ahr

February 19, 1925 - September 27, 2017

Emma Louise "Lou" Ahr, 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. She was born in Berne, IN on February 19, 1925, the daughter of the late Robert and Zulpha (Allspaw) Riesen. Surviving are her children, Christine (Edmond) Schaefer of Tucson AZ; Sandra (Ronald) Willard of Fortville IN, and Steven (Sue) Ahr of Florence KY; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 5...
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Nancy J. Potter

September 27, 2017

Nancy J. Potter, 85, of Fort Wayne IN passed away on Wednesday, September 27 at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Home. She was born October 4, 1931 in Lafayette, IN of Francis and Bernice (Sayers) Parker. She grew up in West Lafayette, IN. She graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1950 and married Walter Potter in 1952. Nancy worked for Indiana Bank for many years. During retirement Walt and...
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Richard R. Monn

September 26, 2017

Richard R. Monn, 88, passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Richard worked at Fort Wayne National Bank 45 years serving in many different roles, most recently as a Vice President. He was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Richard was a Delegate to the Lutheran Social Services and the Lutheran Foundation, a Salvation Army Board Member, a chairman...
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Betty G. Campbell

September 25, 2017

Betty G. Campbell, 92, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Betty was a resident of both Fort Wayne and Fremont, IN, where she lived on Long Beach Lake. She worked with General Electric for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and Messiah Lutheran Church. Betty was a recipient of the G.E. Quarter Century Club. Surviving are...
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Margaret Sue (Wheeler) Adams

September 22, 2017

Margaret Sue (Wheeler) Adams, 67, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Margaret was the daughter of the late Ollie Wheeler and Minnie Poore. She was a graduate of Central High School. She was a loving wife, mom, and grandma to her family. Margaret worked at GFS for over ten years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed working in her yard gardening, and cooking. ...
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Thomas E. Bolton

September 22, 2017

Thomas E. Bolton, 82, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in East Chicago, IN, Thomas worked as a engineer with Inland Steel of Gary, IN. He was a member of the local Elks Club. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling, and playing bridge. Surviving are his nephew, Thomas (Ann) Havens of Fort Wayne; niece, Jan (Paul) Farber of Fishers, IN; niece, Susi (Dave) Bezaire of...
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Estelle C. Widenhoefer Wick

September 20, 2017

Estelle C. Widenhoefer Wick, 93, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at The Towne House Retirement Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Crookston, MN, Estelle worked as a secretary with Lincoln Life. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8th Grade Club, Shoaff Park golf league, where she earned her hole in one on the18th hole. Estelle was a golf enthusiast, enjoyed playing board games...
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Bernard D. (Barney) Kimes

September 16, 2017

Bernard D. "Barney" Kimes, 96, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 16, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia. He was born March 31, 1921 in Zanesville, Ohio, the son of the late Charles L. and Viola (Hay) Kimes. He lived most of his life in Spencerville, Indiana prior to joining the Army. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII as a Staff Sergeant from 1942 to 1945 as a...
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Adele M. Koontz

September 14, 2017

Adele M. Koontz, 78, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Columbia City, IN, Adele was an executive secretary for various companies and the Veterans Administration for 26 years, along with being co-owner, with her husband Robert, of the Washboard Coin Laundry for 30 years, She also worked at Meijers as a Starbucks Barista for 5 years. She was an avid reader and an...
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Richard T. Wiley

September 12, 2017

Richard T. Wiley, 89, peacefully passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne IN, the son of the late John and Rose Wiley. After graduating from high school, Richard proudly served with the U.S. Marine Corp. He worked in sales and engineering and retired from Whitley Products in 1990. Surviving are his wife, Jo Ellen Wiley; children Mike (Kathy) Wiley, Janet (Tom)...
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Norman R. Myers

September 11, 2017

Norman R. Myers, 71, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017. He was born in Decatur, IN on February 20, 1946, the son of the late William and E. Lucile Myers. Norman attended the Ohio State University where he graduated from with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. Norman was the owner of Myers CPA Group in Fort Wayne for over 30 years. He was very involved at the County Line Church of God and was...
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Demaris (Dee) L. Schebig

September 9, 2017

Demaris "Dee" L. Schebig, 96, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in North Webster, IN, Dee was a professional hairdresser for many years. She was proud to be a WWII Veteran. During WWII she was a chauffeur for the four star general, General White. She was a member of Grace Point Church of the Nazarene and was a prayer warrior and strong in her faith. She was also a member...
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Thomas (Bogie) E. Bogenschutz

September 5, 2017

Thomas "Bogie" E. Bogenschutz, 92, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Thomas was a 1943 graduate of Central Catholic High School. He worked for Fruehauf Trailer Corp for 39 years, retiring in 1985. Thomas proudly served his country as a member of Army Air Corp during World War II in the China, Burma, and India theater of operations and also served in the...
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Jason G. (Jay) Blaker

September 4, 2017

Jason G. "Jay" Blaker, 43, passed away Monday, September 4, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jay graduated from Snider High School and earned his associates degree in criminal justice from Vincennes University. Jay had a brilliant mind and enjoyed reading, learning all he could, and spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are his mother, Vicki Blaker of Fort Wayne, grandmother,...
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Marjorie J. Moorhead

September 1, 2017

MARJORIE J. MOORHEAD, (92), passed away Friday, September 1, 2017, at Heritage Park, in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Marjorie was a talented watercolor artist and an accomplished cross-stitcher, who held a special compassion for her loving dog-companion, Toby. Marjorie worked as a medical transcriptionist with Dr. Scott A. Miller, Dr. Lawrence Mueller, and Dr. Norman Kempler, and several...
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Sara J. Moeller

August 30, 2017

Sara J. Moeller, 54, lost her battle with cancer on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, IN. She was born in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Dave and Leoba Stratton. Sara graduated from North Side High School and IPFW. She worked as a registered nurse with Parkview Hospital and formerly taught at St. Jude School. In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband...
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Walter J. Langley, Sr.

August 28, 2017

Walter J. Langley Sr., went to his heavenly home on August 28, 2017. Walter began his journey in Fort Wayne, Indiana, being born at home on Wheelock Rd., February 10, 1920. He was the second of three children born to Bill and Lillie Langley. His Parents had Walter baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, and there he was a member for over 90 years. Walter was a member of the...
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Robert L. Elmer

August 26, 2017

Robert L. Elmer, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away on August 26, 2017 at the Cedars Nursing Home in Leo, IN. He was born on September 11, 1930 in Lincoln, WI, the son of the late Frederick and Maria Elmer. He graduated from Tomah High School, University of Wisconsin (Madison) and completed his Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Iowa (Iowa City.) Mr. Elmer honorably served his...
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Marilyn Finkhousen

August 26, 2017

Marilyn Finkhousen, 92, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Marilyn was a Domestic Goddess. She loved swimming, playing cards, and board games. Marilyn enjoyed baking and adored her family, being at home with her children was her joy. Marilyn liked being at the beach, particularly traveling to Florida. Surviving are her daughters, Kim (Stevan) Lamley of...
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William "Bill" Kerbel

August 25, 2017

William "Bill" Kerbel, 73, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Sheridan, WY, July 2, 1944 to the late William and Ruth Kerbel Sr. Bill was raised on a 300 acre dairy farm in Wyoming, graduated from and played football for Concordia College in Seward, NE, and moved to Fort Wayne where he began his teaching and coaching career at Trinity...
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Michael B. Bloom

August 16, 2017

Michael B. Bloom, 93, died on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Born in Noble County, Indiana, Michael was the son of the late Stephen J. and Margaret (Oakes) Bloom. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, and he was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, and a lifetime member of the DAV. He is survived by his...
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Annette E. Jones

August 16, 2017

Annette E. Jones, 78, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Milwaukee, WI, Annette loved caring for her family as a homemaker and recently worked as a teacher's assistant with Fort Wayne Community Schools. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and was an active volunteer with various local organizations. Annette always enjoyed caring for the needs of...
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R. Joseph Williams

August 15, 2017

R. Joseph Williams, 81, peacefully passed away on August 15, 2017. He was born in Sidney, MT on December, 11, 1935, the son of the late Roger and Mildred Williams. He married Elizabeth on April 15, 1955 in Minneapolis, their years of marriage took them many places throughout the U.S., including, La Salle, IL, Cedar Rapids, IA, Salt Lake City, UT, Louisville, KY, and for the past 45 years, Fort...
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Dixie M. Stouder

August 13, 2017

Dixie M. Stouder, 83, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Dixie worked with Seyferts and most recently with Plastics Composites Co. where she retired. She was a member of Community of Christ Church, and an active volunteer at Parkview Randallia. Surviving are her son, Jeff Laymon of Jacksonville, FL; step-son, David (Brenda) Stouder of Columbia City; step...
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Loretta K Gayer

November 16, 1936 - August 10, 2017

Loretta K. Gayer, 80, entered the arms of her Loving Savior on Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Fort Wayne, IN, in the presence of her loving daughter in a peaceful, quiet ending to a life full of generosity of love, and caring compassion for others. Loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend, musician, artist, committed volunteer, incredible hostess and humorist, she lived her life in service to...
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James K. Boomer

August 8, 2017

James K. Boomer, 86, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, James was the son of the late Lowell and Gladys Boomer. James graduated from Lincoln High School and earned his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska. James served our country as a First Lt. in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a product manager with the Raytheon...
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Noah J. Swartz, Jr.

August 7, 2017

Noah J. Swartz Jr., 92, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017 at Sage Bluff Nursing and Rehab in Fort Wayne. Born in Springfield, OH, Noah worked as a Industrial Engineer with International Harvester until his retirement. He was a member of Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church and was a WWII Army Veteran. Noah loved to fly small planes and enjoyed hot rods. He had a great sense of humor. Noah loved...
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Marian D. Yaggy

July 31, 2017

Marian D. Yaggy, 98, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at Adams Heritage in Monroeville. Born in, OH, Marian worked as a teacher for many years. Surviving are her brother-in-law, Leon Yaggy; niece, Nina (Eric) Boe; one great niece; and two great-nephews; many cousins-in-law which include Tom and Norma Yaggy, Ruth Ann Sprunger, and Dave and Barb Eicher. Marian was preceded in death by husband,...
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Barbara Ann Brock Buell

July 20, 2017

BARBARA ANN BROCK BUELL, 66, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Born Feb. 11, 1951 in Pineville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Golden Brock and Chesney Brock, who survives. She graduated from Bell County High School in 1969 and was a graduate of I.T.T. in Fort Wayne. She retired from Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire after 27 years of service and retired from Vera Bradley...
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Sam Filippou

July 18, 2017

Sam Filippou died peacefully July 18, 2017 at Parkview Supportive Care Unit. Born December 14, 1941 in Polipotamos, Florina, Greece, he migrated to America in 1955. He joined the US Army and was a Green Beret, which was one of his proudest accomplishments. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor Degree in Microbiology. He went to work with his father Von at The Rib Room and he was...
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David Dean Thompson

December 19, 1941 - July 15, 2017

David Dean Thompson, 75, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dave was the son of the late Harold and Mary Thompson. Dave graduated from Central High School class of 1960. He was an inspector with General Electric for 39 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the GE Quarter Century and Elex Club and got together with friends that grew up in the East End...
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Juan (Johnny) Brown-Rodriguez

July 14, 2017

Juan "Johnny" Brown -Rodriguez, 75 went home to Jesus on Friday, July 14, 2017. He was born in San Juan Puerto Rico October 8, 1941. Juan was the only son of the late Juan and Angela Brown. As a child, he was brilliant skipping several grades at a time and learned to speak four languages along the way. He was an entrepreneur. From the beginning making money building chicken cages, repairing...
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David L. Paul

July 12, 2017

David L. Paul, 78, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, David was the son of the late Lawrence and Leone (Kortokrax) Paul. David graduated from Central Catholic High School. He served our country in the Army National Guard. David worked in the automotive industry as a service manager and sales associate for Hefner Chevrolet and Collins Oldsmobile. He was also a...
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Norma J. Gick

July 12, 2017

Norma J. Gick, 70, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at her home in Fort Wayne surrounded by her family. Born in Detroit, MI, to the late Carmelo and Belva Liuzzo. Norma was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Surviving are her husband of 47 years , Robert Alan Gick of Fort Wayne, IN; son, Robert C (Kelley) Gick of Fort Wayne, IN;...
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Jerome (Jerry) Relue

July 9, 2017

Jerome "Jerry" Relue, 71, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at his home. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jerry was the son of the late Gilbert and Bernice Relue. Jerry was a Vietnam War Army veteran. He was a computer consultant with several organizations during his career before his retirement in 2014. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church where he served as an usher. Jerry...
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Rosellen M. Oberlin

July 8, 2017

Rosellen M. Oberlin, 92 passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Golden Years Homestead, Fort Wayne. Rosie was born on October 15, 1924 and the daughter of the late Harry and Ruth (Altimus) LaPradd. She graduated from Central High School; was a member of Good Shepherd Church and American Business Women's Association for several years. As a young girl, Rosie enjoyed playing the accordion and was a...
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Jennie McGovern

July 8, 2017

Jennie McGovern, 89, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Anton and Stella Damek. After graduation of high school she attended Hunter College in Manhattan she studied voice at the Metropolitan Opera House. For a short time after college she worked for a telephone company in New York. She married Edward in 1950. They moved to Indiana in...
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Judy E. Bergman

July 5, 2017

Judy E. Bergman, 74, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at her home in Fort Wayne. Born in Athens, OH, Judy worked as a real estate agent with Century 21 Bradley for over 20 years. She was a member of American Legion Post 47 and 409, and Old Fort Mustanger Car Club. Judy enjoyed singing karaoke to Patsy Kline, line dancing, and most of all spending time with her seven grandsons. Surviving...
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Nova DeWitt

June 30, 2017

Nova E. "Ed" DeWitt, 94, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017. Born in Eckerty, Indiana, Ed was the son of the late Roy and Fern DeWitt. He worked at International Harvester for over 40 years, before his retirement. Ed enjoyed fishing, reading, and spending time with his family. Surviving are his daughter, Pamela DeWitt of Fort Wayne; son, Edward (Diane) DeWitt; and grandsons, Adam and Jacob DeWitt....
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James Howard

June 27, 2017

James Howard, 65, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne. James was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN. He worked as a crane operator with Fort Wayne Structural Steel for several years. He was a member of, Community of Christ Church. He loved music, spending time at the lake water skiing and was a car enthusiast. Surviving...
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Norman Joseph Gerardot

November 12, 1929 - June 26, 2017

Norman Joseph Gerardot, 87, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in New Haven, IN, Norman graduated from Central Catholic High School. He was a machinist with General Electric for 22 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church. Norman loved to fish, play euchre, and square dance. He was an avid IU and...
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Jeff Ray Holt

June 23, 2017

Jeff Ray Holt, 55, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born July 29,1961 in Fort Wayne, he graduated from Northrop High School in 1979 and attended Glen Oaks Community College in Sturgis, MI. Jeff was employed by Phelps Dodge and Anthony Wayne Vending until 2004. He enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball and basketball. Jeff was an avid Colts, Pacers, and Pittsburgh Pirates...
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Melissa Ann Henderson

June 22, 2017

Melissa Ann Henderson, 49, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Omaha, NE, Melissa worked as a manager in fine dining at several locations around Fort Wayne. She most recently worked as a teacher's assistant where she enjoyed working with children. Surviving are her daughters, Megan (Jeffe Sheppard) Henderson, Madison Clegg, and Mackenzie Clegg all of Fort Wayne; father,...
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Kay B. McKenney

June 20, 2017

Kay B. McKenney, 78, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born August 15, 1938 in Pyrites, NY, she was the daughter of the late Neil and Irene Backus. Kay had a full scholarship to St. Lawrence University, NY. After college she worked at St. Lawrence County Lab for 2 years before starting at Bristol Meyer as a research scientist for 11 years. In 1979,...
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Donald L. Stroup

June 19, 2017

Donald L. Stroup, 76, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at Fort Wayne. He proudly served his country member of the U.S. Air Force. Surviving are his wife, Rebecca "Becky" Stroup of Fort Wayne; daughter, Donna (John) Ferguson of Chicago, IL; 2 granddaughters, Jennifer and Natalie. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Mabel Stroup. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Services...
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Donald L. Warnock

June 19, 2017

Donald L. Warnock, 70, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne surrounded by his family. Born in Portland, IN, Donald worked as a Molding Engineer with Teleflex for 38 years. He was a member of St. Joseph United Methodist Church. Donald served his country as a member of the US Army. He was an avid Sprint Car race fan and golfer. Surviving are his wife of 42 years,...
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Kristi Ann (Ward) Wahl

April 27, 1964 - June 14, 2017

Kristi Ann "Ward" Wahl, 53 years old, passed on peacefully, Wednesday June 14th at 1:40 a.m., surrounded by her loved ones, after a valiant battle with cancer. Born on April 27, 1964 in Terre Haute, Indiana, she moved to Woodburn, Indiana in 1968, graduated from Woodlan High School in 1982 and attended Indiana Tech, obtaining a Certificate in Computer Programming. Kristi worked as an office...
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Joseph Dayberry

June 13, 2017

Joseph Dayberry, 60, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Joseph was born in Montgomery, AL, Surviving are his Spouse, Leawna Dayberry; of Fort Wayne; mother, Betty Dayberry; brothers, John (Linda) Dayberry of Logansport and Gene (Shirley) Dayberry of Wichita Falls, TX; sister, Loraine Dayberry of Logansport, IN; and many nieces and nephews . Joseph was preceded in death by father,...
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Thomas Charles Merkler

June 13, 2017

Thomas Charles Merkler, 68, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Thomas worked with Merkler Machine Works for 40 years. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army. Thomas loved working on cars, watching Nascar, woodworking, and making his yard look beautiful. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Shelley Merkler of Fort Wayne; son, Thomas George...
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Donald F Kline, Jr.

April 6, 1937 - June 11, 2017

Donald F. "Don" Kline Jr., 80, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, June 11, 2017. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Don was the son of the late Donald F. and Mabel Kline Sr. Don worked for Tokheim for over 40 years prior to his retirement. During his working years, Don had multiple jobs. Whether it was painting, or running Don's Root Beer Stand he loved to stay busy. One thing was...
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Carroll Corky Runnion

March 5, 1937 - June 11, 2017

Carroll "Corky" L. Runnion, 80, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Corky was the son of the late Harry Runnion and Maxine Korn. Corky served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958. He worked as an electrician with City Lights for 16 years and I&M for 22 years prior to his retirement in 1997. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Corky enjoyed euchre, camping,...
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James Momper

June 11, 2017

James M. Momper, 84, passed away Sunday, June 11th at Parkview Regional Medical Center. He was a son of the late John George and Ruth (Kuyoth) Momper. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and Arizona State University. James worked for Saga Foods in California before moving back to Fort Wayne. He then retired from Burkhart Advertising. He was a Qtr Master 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy and...
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Easter Radford Lunney

June 10, 2017

Easter Radford Lunney , 94, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017. Born in Ellison, WV, Easter worked with Eagle Pitcher for 23 years. Surviving are her children, Jerry (Gloria) Meadows of Shelbyville, TN, Joyce (Don) Kring of New Haven, Joseph (Deborah) Radford of Fort Wayne, Jaunita (John) Overmyer of Payne, OH, James (Dori) Radford of Woodburn, IN, half siblings, Fred Meadows, Ray Meadows,...
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Marjorie F. Schuhler Belcher

June 9, 2017

Marjorie F. Schuhler Belcher, 77, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017. She was born on January 18, 1940 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was the daughter of the late John and Marie Schuhler. Marjorie was a devoted mother, and loving grandmother, that loved God with all her heart. Surviving are her children; Paul (Laura) Belcher, Karen (Larry) Love, Kathy (Arlie) Ritchie, Louise (Frank) LeMay, Roy Belcher,...
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Jack A. Fox

June 9, 2017

Jack A. Fox, 88, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017. He was born on January 14, 1929 in South Whitley, IN, the son of the late Harold and Imogene Fox. Jack retired from the Post Office after 42 years, he always loved his job. He loved his woodworking shop, making and finishing such beautiful furniture, which fills his home today. Jack loved his family and the many trips to the beach in Florida...
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Dennis C. Hipskind

June 8, 2017

Dennis C. Hipskind, 66, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Dennis graduated from the University of Dayton with his Bachelor's degree in business management. He was the founder and CEO of Three Rivers Barricade and Equipment Co., Inc. where "Excellence in Traffic Control" was continually practiced for 37 years. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church where...
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Claudia Harnish

June 2, 2017

Claudia J. Harnish, 79, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road.
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Ruth J York

October 26, 1939 - June 2, 2017

Ruth J. York, 77, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, June 2, 2017. Born in Georgetown, Illinois, Ruth was the daughter of the late James and Naomi Bixby. She earned her bachelors degree from Olivet Nazarene University and her masters degree from St. Francis University. Ruth was a teacher with EACS for over 30 years prior to her retirement. She was an active member of Grace Point...
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Maxwell M. Baker

May 28, 2017

Maxwell M. Baker, 83, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Maxwell managed the truck garage and was head mechanic with General Electric for 31 years, retiring in 1996. He was a founding member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church and served on the Vicars' committee. Maxwell was a musician, playing several instruments, and he loved to...
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Joseph Michael Green

May 25, 2017

Joseph Michael Green, 28, passed away May 25, 2017. Surviving are his parents, Michael and Kathleen Green of Fort Wayne; sisters, Cara Green, and Katie Green both of Fort Wayne; and his brother Matt Green of New Haven, IN; grandfather, Fred Hemsath of St. Joseph, MI; nieces, Mylee Green, Allie Green, and Ashlynn Green; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. In lieu of flowers memorials may be...
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Helen Beatrice (Beatie) Welch

May 25, 2017

Helen Beatrice "Beatie" Welch, 91 died May 25, 2017, in Fort Wayne. Beatie was a native of Payne, Ohio. She worked at Wayne Pump, Bishop Luers Cafeteria and as a homemaker. Beatie was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. She enjoyed family life and playing cards. She is survived by two daughters, Sue E. (Jeffrey) Stone and Dianna K. (Dennis) Thelen; and three sons, David L. Welch; Gregory A....
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Glenn E. Pettit

May 24, 2017

Glenn E. Pettit, 82, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Glenn was the son of the late Ralph and Lucinda Pettit (Burry). He was a Police Officer of Fort Wayne for 37 years prior to his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Pettit of Fort Wayne; son, Dennis Pettit (Judy) of Morris, IL; daughter, Barbara Pettit of Fort Wayne; and daughter, Susan Budzon (Dan) of Fort Wayne. Glenn was...
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Robert F. Brinker

May 23, 2017

Robert F. Brinker, 83, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife Nancy, oldest son Scott, youngest son Ron and daughter-in-law Bonita, Boston, Massachusetts; daughters Linda Brinker, Chicago. Illinois, Laura Kent, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lisa Maxwell and David Almire, Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren Phillip Kent and Jackson Brinker; sister Margaret...
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Rex A. Winebrenner

May 21, 2017

Rex A. Winebrenner, 59, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Rex worked as a service manager with Bridgetone Firestone for 14 years. He was a member of Pathway Community Church and the Northeastern Indiana Sports Car Club. Surviving are his wife, Suzanne Winebrenner of Fort Wayne; brothers, Max (Sue) Winebrenner of Westfield, and Len (Kelly) Winebrenner of...
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Dale L Gerber

April 3, 1938 - May 20, 2017

Dale L. Gerber, 79, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Decatur, Indiana, Dale was the son of the late Fred and Kathryn Gerber. Dale served our country in the U.S. Army. He worked for Eckrich Meats and the Indiana State Developmental Center prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Living Church of God. He enjoyed riding his bike, exercising, playing...
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Harold R. (Rick) Childers

May 19, 2017

Harold R. "Rick" Childers, 71, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017. Surviving are his mother, Rita Childers of Fort Wayne, IN brother, Steven L (Belinda "Sissy") Childers of Fort Wayne, IN; sister, Linda (Roger) Childers-Hill of Columbus, OH; sister-in-law, Linda L Childers of Angola, IN; sister-in-law, Kathy Childers of Fort Wayne, IN and several nieces and nephews . Harold was preceded in death...
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Michael Dean Kranzman

May 17, 2017

Michael Dean Kranzman , 51, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Robert Henry Thomas and Martha Rose Kranzman. Surviving are his children, Justin (Esther Jah Johnson) Kranzman; Simone (Timothy) Patterson, Cheree Kranzman; sister, Laura (Mark) Lampe; brother, Robert (Sharon) Kranzman.; 4 grandchildren . Michael was also preceded in death by his...
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Benjamin (Ben) Arinzechukwu Ndubuisi

May 15, 2017

Benjamin (Ben) Arinzechukwu Ndubuisi, 60, passed away on Monday May 15 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Born in Nigeria on March 11 1957, Ben was the fifth son of the late Godfrey and Violet Ndubuisi Odogbo - both of Nnewi, Nigeria. Ben had his primary and high school education in Nigeria before proceeding to the USA for further education. He graduated from the Indiana University...
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Ralph Dwayne R.D. Baker

May 15, 2017

Ralph Dwayne "R.D." Baker, 85 of Fort Wayne, died on May 15, 2017, 6:40 p.m. He was the husband of the late Linda (Arnold) Baker and the son of the late Ralph and Grace (Sponhower) Baker. Surviving are his five children Phil (Janie) Baker; Andy (Tracy) Baker; Dan (Karen) Baker; Amy (Scott) Davis; and Annette Baker; and sister, Bette Way. He had many grand and great-grandchildren. Ralph...
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Tyler A. Travis

May 15, 2017

Tyler A. Travis, 37, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his mother, Lorita Travis, father, Gary L Travis, brother, Sam (Linda) Parker, maternal grandmother, Margie Guinn, aunt and uncle, Mary and Ron Roberts, cousins, Angie (Matt) Manes, Stacy Roberts. Tyler was preceded in death by his Grandfather Russell Guinn Jr, and Grandparents Mardell and Rupert...
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Jeanette Donovan

May 14, 2017

Jeanette Donovan, 53, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Fort Wayne. She was passionate about family, her faith, teaching and her students, and Purdue University. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., Jeanette was a 1981 graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School, completed her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University, and two Master's degrees from IPFW. She was a proud educator in the Fort Wayne South...
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Ned P. Osborn

May 9, 2017

Ned P. Osborn, 74, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne after a brief illness. Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Kathy J. Osborn; daughter, Katie (John) Osborn-Horne; 2 granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Kilie Horne; sister-in-law, Becky Osborn; and nieces, Chris Cuffle and Kimberly Osborn. Ned was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Susie Osborn; and his brother,...
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Thomas R. Townsend

May 9, 2017

Thomas R. Townsend, 77, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Fort Wayne. He worked at the Zollner Corporation and later he was the co-owner and operator of Townsend & Pratt Auto Sales for 25 years. Surviving are his daughter, Diane Townsend; son, Brian Townsend; brother, William (Carolyn) Townsend all of Fort Wayne; brother-in-law, Mike (Debbie) Judy of New Haven, IN; and many nieces and...
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Madeleine D. Thompson

May 4, 2017

Madeleine D. Thompson, 98, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Grand River, IA, Madeleine attended St. Mary's College from 1936 to 1940, worked as a teacher with Fort Wayne Community Schools. Surviving are her sons, John Thompson and Joseph Mark (Amie) Thompson; and daughter, Cora Marie Thompson. Madeleine was preceded in death by husband, John Lewis Thompson; brother,...
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Martha (Ruth) Murphy

May 3, 2017

Martha "Ruth" Murphy, 102, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Surviving are her three sons, Michael (Susan) Murphy of Cicero, IN, Dennis (Connie) Murphy of Fort Wayne, and Jeff (Maureen) Murphy of Fairhope, AL; 6 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren . Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Murphy; parents, Grover and Nellie Montgomery; and her sister, Betty Montgomery....
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Donald Mark Hutchins

May 2, 2017

Donald Mark Hutchins, 49, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Huntertown. Surviving are his adoring children, Alexandra Hutchins and twin sons, Kurt Hutchins, and Sean Hutchins all of New Haven; high school sweetheart and wife for 19 years, Rebecca (Nussbaum) Hutchins; sister, Tammy Jo (Michael) Ritz of Piqua, OH; beloved mother-in-law, Carolyn Nussbaum; 5 nieces and nephews and many aunts and...
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Sandra Kay Goeglein

May 1, 2017

Sandra Kay Goeglein, 76, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sandra was the daughter of the late Stanley and Daisy Hartzell. Surviving are her daughter, Christine (Stephen) Gulizia of Largo, FL; son, Stanley Goeglein of Fort Wayne; granddaughters, Stephanie and Nicole Gulizia; and sister, Carol (Will) Ford. Sandra was...
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