Celebrity Obituaries

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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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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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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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Faythe M. Outcalt

May 1, 2017

Faythe M. Outcalt, 88, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017. Faythe was a member of First Missionary Church and an active member of Parents and Friends of the Developmentally Disabled. Surviving are her sons, Dennis J. Outcalt of Fort Wayne, and Mark A. Outcalt of Fort Wayne; brother, Rev. Virgil Bixler of Fort Wayne. Faythe was preceded in death by mother, Melvina R. Bixler, Spouse, Willis Outcalt,...
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Eugene Edward Cummins

April 23, 2017

Eugene Edward Cummins died at his home in Fort Wayne surrounded by his loving family early Sunday morning, April 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife Carol Ann, brothers Galen, Perry, Homer, sisters Rovene Rhinearson, Judy Syferd, sons, Phillip (Patty), Gary (Christy), Richard (Kathy), stepson Jeffrey Durnell (special friend Pat) step daughters Jennifer (Paul) Alexander, and Patricia Johnston ...
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Donald K. Gayer

April 19, 2017

Donald K. Gayer, 77, entered the arms of his Loving Savior on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia, Fort Wayne, IN, surrounded by his wife and all of his children, in a peaceful, sweet and joyful ending to an incredibly well lived life of grace, equanimity, compassion and dedication to serving God. He was born in 1939 in St. Louis, MO, to Andrew and Laura Gayer. Donald...
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John L. (Jack) Steinkamp

April 18, 2017

John L. "Jack" Steinkamp, 74, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Born in Seymour, Indiana, Jack was the son of the late Glenn and Jean Steinkamp. He graduated from Indiana University with a Doctorate in Law and began working at what is now Lincoln Financial Group. He retired 36 years later as Vice President and Associate General Council. He was a...
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Ronald F. (Ron) Carter

April 16, 2017

Ronald F. "Ron" Carter, 62, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017. Ron was the son of the late Floyd Carter and Nancy (Bennett) Kelley who survives. Surviving are his mother, Nancy Kelley of Fort Wayne; brothers, Jim (Kay) Carter of Fort Wayne, Bob Carter of Houston, TX; half brother, Eric (Russell) Carter; half sister, Tammy Carter; niece, Kim Carter; and nephews, Bennett and Lee Carter. Ron was...
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Donald Durnell

April 14, 2017

Donald Durnell, 64, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on September 6, 1952, the son of the late Gerald and Norma Jean Durnell. He was a devoted husband and loved spending time with his family. Don was a dedicated, hard-worker throughout his life. Don worked for Tokheim Corp. for 33 years until it closed. Don then worked at AVI where he filled the vending machines...
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Barbara K. Kasting

April 13, 2017

Barbara K. Kasting, 64, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Mchenry, IL, Barbara worked as a Customer Service Representative with Star Bank. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, the National Right to Life Organization as she had a passion for the unborn. Surviving are her husband, Thomas Kasting of Fort Wayne; son, Benjamin Kasting of Madison, WI;...
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George Craib

April 13, 2017

George Craib, 87, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was born September 10, 1929 in Anderson, IN, the son of the late George Edward and Chelsea Craib. George served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronic Technician 5 years. He then continued his work as an Electronic Technician for the FAA at Baer Field Airport in which he retired. Upon his retirement George and Mary moved to Florida where...
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Paul W. Liddy, Jr.

April 12, 2017

Paul W Liddy Jr, 69, passed away on April 12, 2017. The son of the late Paul W. Liddy Sr. and Erma Liddy, Paul was a simple man and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are his siblings; Paulette Serrani, and Phil (Debbie) Liddy; and 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Funeral service will take place at 11am on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood 4017 Maplecrest...
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James I Nichols

April 11, 2017

James I Nichols, 87, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The son of the late Harry and Edna Nickols. James served in the U.S. Navy from 1947 to 1952 on the USS FISKE. Surviving are his children; Virginia Caley, Carolyn Nichols, Timothy (Donna Lou) Nichols, Christine (Fred) Marsh; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Billie (Tally)...
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John Steigerwald

April 8, 2017

John A. (Jack) Steigerwald 75, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo-Cedarville. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Jack graduated from Central High School in 1959. Jack worked for the McComb family and D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral home for 40 years before retiring. He was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and the Lions Club, Cedar Creek. Jack loved the outdoors, fishing,...
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Scott Beaman

April 6, 2017

Scott Beaman, 64, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Scott worked as an Auto Body Technician. Arrangements by D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road.
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Kenneth Ross Davis, Jr.

October 11, 1970 - April 5, 2017

Kenneth "Kenny" R. Davis Jr., 46, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Born in Neubrucke, Germany, Kenny was the son of the late Kenneth R. Davis, Sr. and Linda M. Davis who survives. Kenny graduated from Bellmont High School in Decatur, Indiana. He had been working as a heavy equipment operator with Brooks Construction for the past 27 years. He was a member of IUOE Local 103, and was part...
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Sue (Susie) (Buck) Cordle

April 2, 2017

Sue "Susie" (Buck) Cordle, 70, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, April 2, 2017, after her battle with Cancer. Surviving are her husband Richard Cordle; her daughter Julie Minch; her granddaughter Mia Minch; her two sisters Barbara (Donald) Banaszek; Mary Lynn Church; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sisters...
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Mary Catherine Mainord

April 2, 2017

Mary Catherine Mainord, 92, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017. Born in Anderson, IN, she was the only child of Rollie Wilbur and Ruth Hazel Lytle. Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Cynthia Mainord, and son-in-law Larry Wehnert both of Fort Wayne. Her four grandchildren are Tim (Julie) Wehnert, Amy Wehnert, Penny Wehnert Dunlap, Alison Mainord (Will) Hermann, and six great grandchildren, Sloan...
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Evelyn L. Houser

March 29, 2017

Evelyn L. Houser, 92, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Surviving are her sons, Larry (Barbara) Houser, Jim (Mary) Houser, and Ronald Houser all of Fort Wayne; 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Judy (Bill) Regadanz of Angola, IN; and several nieces and nephews. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Houser; parents, Levi and...
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Phyllis M. Wilkens

March 29, 2017

Phyllis M. Wilkens, 92, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Woodview Assisted Living in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Phyllis was the daughter of the late Herbert and Isabelle Kammeyer. She was a retail associate with L.S. Ayres during her working career until her retirement. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and the Fort Wayne Turners. Phyllis enjoyed sewing,...
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Larry Leroy Michael

March 29, 2017

Larry Leroy Michael, age 74, died March 29, 2017, after suffering a massive stroke. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and daughter, Cheryl (Michael Thurman) Michael, a son, Thomas, died at the age of sixteen. He also parented eight foster children. Larry received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Earlham College in 1965 and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University...
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Jerome J. Hoevel

March 27, 2017

Jerome J. Hoevel, 87, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jerome worked as a toolmaker with the Zollner Corporation for 45 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife, Theresa Hoevel of Fort Wayne; children, Morris (Barbara) Hoevel of Okemos, MI, Sharon Hoevel of Phoenix, AZ, Carolyn (Jeff) White of Fort...
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Dorothy LeFever

March 26, 2017

Dorothy LeFever, 93, passed away on March 26, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Rudolph Scherer and Louise Perry. She is survived by children; William (Helen) LeFever, Sharon (Victor) Siebeneck, Bonnie (James) Renicks, Dennis LeFever, Deborah (Kent) Garvin, and Jeanette (Art) Potts; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by ...
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John T. Harbes

March 21, 2017

John T. Harbes, 66, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Surviving are his children Suann (Justin Alyn) Walters of Churubusco, IN; Rachael Jean Harbes of Springfield, VA; Michael David Harbes of North Webster, IN; sisters, Diane (Edward) Harbes-Tedtmann of Boynton Beach, FL; Marianne (Scott) Matthews of Gainesboro, TN; sister, Eileen (David) Goodwin of Vincennes, IN; and 5 grandchildren . John...
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Marion Duane Hicks

March 21, 2017

Marion Duane Hicks, 86, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on July 7, 1930, the son of the late Marion and Thelma Hicks. Duane served in the Army, and during his service earned 3 purple hearts. At one time, he was also a member of The Masons, Eastern Star, Shiner's, Scottish Rite, and Moose Lodge. Duane was an outdoorsman, and enjoyed spending time with his...
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Martha H. Kendjerski

March 18, 2017

Martha H. Kendjerski, 93, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Martha worked as a secretary with Lupke-Rice for 6 years, retiring in 1985. Surviving are her companion and caretaker, Richard Thornton of Fort Wayne; 1 niece and 4 nephews. Martha was preceded in death by her husband Leo Kendjerski; mother, Ruth Garrard; 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Memorials may be made to Parkview...
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Geraldine (Jerry) M. Walters

March 18, 2017

Geraldine "Jerry" M. Walters, 96, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her son, James (Sue) Marker; and daughter, Terry Putman both of Fort Wayne; 6 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Jerry was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Walters; parents, Ernest and Norene Gollnick; and sister, Evelyn Gollnick. Memorials may be made...
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William (Ed) Kimbel

March 17, 2017

William "Ed" Kimbel, 67, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Van Wert, Ohio, Ed was the son of the late Kenneth and Mary Jane (Dixon) Kimbel. Ed was a Vietnam War Army veteran. He was an electrician and journeyman with General Motors for 30 years prior to retirement in 2016. He was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, American Legion...
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John F. Gaughan

March 16, 2017

John F. Gaughan, 89, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017, at his home in Fort Wayne, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Evanston, IL, he graduated from St. Bede Academy in Peru, IL. John enlisted in the Marine Corp during WWII, directly out of high school, and served for 5 1/2 years -- 16 months in North China and 9 months on Guam. After serving our country, John graduated from Quincy...
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L. Kathryn Moore

March 14, 2017

After a friendship of many years, L. Kathryn Moore, 92, met Jesus in person Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Surviving are her husband, E. Keith Moore; her children, Kay Ostrander; Kristine (Steven) Holladay; Kent (Jodi) Moore; Konnie (Joseph) Barbieri; Kosette Evans; Kevin (Amy) Moore; and Kandus (Paul) Thompson. The Moores were married for 67 years and have 27 grandchildren and 15great...
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Ellen J. Crow

March 7, 2017

Ellen J. Crow, 81, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Richard Crow; children; Steve (Teresa) Crow, Brenda (Danny) Trahin, Kevin (SoYong) Crow, and Beth (Robert) Smead; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy (Dale) Glecker . Ellen was preceded in death by parents, Lawrence and Pearlie Schaadt; and brothers, Donald Schaadt, and Harold...
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Daniel E. Stewart

March 5, 2017

Daniel E. Stewart, 96, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Palm Harbor, FL. Surviving are his daughters, Diane (Tom) McShane of Ocala, FL, and Mary (Mark) Stewart-Wong of Safety Harbor, FL; son, Daniel Stewart, Jr. of St. Petersburg, FL; 4 granddaughters, Megan Hender, Hannah Wong, Amelia Wong, and Moriah Wong; and sister, Dene (Joe) Dahm of Fort Wayne. Daniel was preceded in death by his...
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Roger Justin Reuille

March 5, 2017

Roger Justin Reuille, 69, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN, on December 27, 1947, the son of the late Lawrence and Edna Reuille. Roger most recently worked at the Fort Wayne Turners, where he also enjoyed spending a lot of his downtime, and was also a member. Other joys in his life were golfing, and attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting activities. ...
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Marie Korte

March 4, 2017

Marie Delagrange Korte, 86, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017. She was born in Grabill, IN, on December 31, 1930. Marie was a member of Maplewood Mennonite Church, for some time she worked as the Food Service Director at Towne House Retirement Village. In her early life she was an excellent seamstress, and taught sewing and tailoring classes. She was a woman of strong Christian faith. Her main...
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Norma Jean Francis

March 2, 2017

Norma Jean Francis, 87, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017. Surviving are her loving husband of 67 years, James Francis; sons, James E. Francis; Frank Francis; daughter, Jill M. (Chris Bates) Diedring; grandchildren, Samuel Francis, Adam Slen, Benjamin Diedring; Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Charles C. and Minnie M. Bolinger, 6 sisters and 5 brothers. Memorials may be made...
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James Trentadue

March 1, 2017

James R. Trentadue, 67, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, he graduated from Monroeville High School and later earned his Bachelor's degree from Ball State University. James worked with Irmscher Suppliers, Inc for 40 years and most recently with Mrs. International, LLC. James was known in Fort Wayne as an avid golfer who loved to play in local...
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Mary Ann Ginder

March 1, 2017

Mary Ann Ginder, 75, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Covington, KY, Mary worked as an LPN with various locations in Fort Wayne. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of New Haven, and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 330. She will be remembered by her husband as the best pit crew a person could ever have. Surviving are her husband, Phillip Ginder...
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Carl Kostoff

February 27, 2017

Carl Kostoff, 78, passed away Monday, February 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Olga Kostoff of Fort Wayne; daughter, Christina (Luke) Mast of Ossian, IN; son, Chris Kostoff of Fort Wayne; and 2 grandchildren, Ethan and Samantha. Carl was preceded in death by his parens Tanas and Luba Kostoff; siblings, Boris Kostoff, Vesta Hoffman, Jim Kostoff, and George Kostoff....
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Irene A. Ferrier

February 22, 2017

Irene A. Ferrier, 85, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Born in New Haven, Indiana, Irene was the daughter of the late Walter and Helen Schrader. During her working career she worked alongside the chefs at several restaurants until her retirement in 1993. The term "Prayer Warrior" describes Irene perfectly. Her unwavering faith in God, graceful personality which always carried a...
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Robert L. Frost

February 21, 2017

Robert L. Frost, died on Tuesday at Towne House Retirement Community. Robert served in the U.S. Navy Seabees while in the South Pacific Theater during WWII. Born in Coldwater, MI. and raised in Avilla, IN. Robert worked at International Harvester as an engineer for 35 years, retiring in 1982. He was a Captain in the Foot Patrol of the Mizpah Shrine, then later Colonel of the Units. Robert was an...
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Belinda Sue Crooks

February 21, 2017

Belinda Sue Crooks, 38, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Kentucky, Belinda worked as the office manager with X-Treme Automotive Detailing. She was a very loving and giving person and loved the beach and sitting by the camp fire with family and friends. Surviving are her husband Jason Crooks; children Kylie Beth Crooks and Jacob Joel Crooks...
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David E. Martin, Sr.

February 20, 2017

David E. Martin, Sr., 73, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017. He was born in LaPorte, IN, on September 23, 1943, the son of the late Edward and Pauline Martin. David was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He was an avid Notre Dame Fan and season ticket holder, in his spare time he enjoyed fishing. Surviving are his children, David E. Martin, Jr., Daniel (Christine) Martin,...
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Rose Marie Graft

February 20, 2017

Rose Marie Graft, 88, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017. She was born in Leigh Nebraska on June 5, 1928, the daughter of the late Emil and Rosalind Grotelueschen. Rose Marie was an RN and graduated from Lutheran Hospital in 1950. Gardening, working in the yard, and cooking were the things she enjoyed most. She always had a smile on her face and never said an unkind word about anybody....
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Christi Lane

November 9, 1984 - February 18, 2017

At 10pm Saturday, February 18th, Christi Mae, peacefully and without pain completed her transition to the other side where she is continuing her journey in the heavens beyond. She was born in Elkhart, Indiana @ 9:20pm November 9, 1984 weighing 1lb 7oz. Spending her first 18 months in the hospital, she developed a determination and fighting spirit of a warrior that only grew stronger and inspired...
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Kurt Fischer

February 18, 2017

Former Indiana resident, Kurt Fischer, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Vista, CA. Mr. Fischer was born June 11, 1932 in Deizisau, Germany to Johannes & Martha Fischer and grew up in Plochingen, Germany. He came to America in 1952 and lived in Ft. Wayne, IN. A year later he joined the U.S. Army and was eventually stationed in Germany. He graduated from IIT with a B.S. in...
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Nellie (Nell) M. Courtney

February 17, 2017

Nellie "Nell" M. Courtney, 86, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017. She was born in Ecru, MS. Surviving are her children, Lorri Courtney, and Catherine (David) C. Graham; grandchildren, Kevin (Anna) Graham, Elisa (Alex Bell) Graham, and Megan Graham. Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Courtney; 3 sisters; and 2 brothers. Funeral service is 1:00 pm, February 20, 2017 at...
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Jeremiah Porter

February 16, 2017

Jeremiah Porter , 26, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at home. Surviving are his mother, Valerie Lee, father, Earnest Porter, brothers, Isaiah Porter and Kevin Williams sister, Shyanne Porter, grandfather, Bobby Mims, niece, Kamiyah Powell, grandfather, Ronald Bynum, many cousins, aunts and uncles. Jeremiah was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elouise Bynum, Mildred and Eddie...
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Stacey Lynne Tschantz

February 16, 2017

Stacey Lynne Tschantz, 50, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Stacey graduated from Wayne High School class of 1985. Stacey was a very special little daughter and sister to her family. During her life, Stacey enjoyed taking car rides, collecting bottles and Happy Meal toys, listening to music, spending time at the ARC...
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Denise A. Witte

February 14, 2017

Denise A. Witte, 53, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in DeKalb, IL. Surviving are her mother, Sue Ann Witte of Melbourne, FL; brother, Dean Witte of Fort Wayne. and Craig Witte of Melbourne, FL; 2 nephews; and a niece. Denise was preceded in death by her father, Rolland Witte; brothers, Eric and Neal Witte. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bethesda Lutheran...
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Patricia (Pat) R. (Brickel) Hart Gumbert

February 13, 2017

PATRICIA "PAT" R. (BRICKEL) HART GUMBERT, 83, of New Haven, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Born July 22, 1933, in Hicksville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late James W. Brickel and Mildred M (Easterday) Herrick. She was first married to James E Hart on Jul. 24, 1954. She then married Jerry M Gumbert on Dec. 27, 1975 until his passing on Feb. 26, 2004. She was the office manager for Dr....
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Thomas Vogt

February 10, 2017

Thomas R. "Big T" Vogt, 72, went in peace to be with our Lord and Savior, Friday, February 10, 2017 in Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Kokomo, IN, Tom graduated in 1963 from Kokomo HS and earned his Bachelors in Business from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN in 1968. He enjoyed a successful career as an insurance agent with Allstate, retiring after 34 years in 2005. During his career, Tom won many...
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Waneta Bennett

February 9, 2017

Waneta Bennett, 93, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017. Surviving are her son, Phillip (Sharon) Bennett of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter-in-law, Sandy Bennett of New Haven, IN; siblings Gerald Lucas of Warsaw, IN; Carl Junior Lucas of Colon, MI; Cora Barger of Decatur, IN; Pearl Fisher of Bluffton, IN; Wilma Terhune of Decatur, IN; grandchildren, Jody (Jim) McGrath, Amy (Pete) Klinker, Stacey ...
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Janice I. Faux

February 5, 2017

Janice I. Faux, 79, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017. Janice graduated from Garrett H.S in 1955. Surviving are her husband Clair D. Faux; children, Audra A. (Rick) Brooks of Cincinnati, OH;, L. Douglas (Jennifer) Faux of FL; Jon A. Faux of Fort Wayne, IN; Susan M. (Jeffrey) Bradtmiller of Fort Wayne, IN; sister, Jacqueline J. Malone of Burr Oak, MI; and 4 grandchildren . Janice was preceded...
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Sabrina Ann Ferratusco

February 5, 2017

Sabrina Ann Ferratusco, 43, passed away February 5, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd.
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Mildred L. Leonard

February 4, 2017

Mildred L. Leonard, 89, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her children Thomas (Mary Lou) Leonard, Daniel (Cathy) Leonard, Andrew Leonard, Laura Leonard all of Fort Wayne, IN; John (Dr. Karen) Leonard of Little Rock, AR. daughters-in-law, Kayleen Leonard of Auburn, IN; Judy Leonard of Fort Wayne, IN; Terri Leonard of Fort Wayne, IN; 8...
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Joshua Borum

February 3, 2017

Joshua Borum , 22, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017. Born in Decatur, IN. Joshua was a graduate of Snider High School. He was a member of the Army National Guard. Surviving are his mother, Melana Roussey of Fort Wayne, father, Vincent Closson of Fort Wayne, brothers, Luke Hurst of Decatur, Jonathan Rupel of Fort Benjamin Harrison, Caleb Rupel of Ossian, Andy Rupel of Bluffton, sister,...
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Richard Turner

February 3, 2017

Richard J. Turner, 88, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Chicago, IL, but he lived his entire life in Indiana and Ohio. Richard graduated from Purdue University in 1951 earning his Bachelor's degree, and later graduated from University of Toledo earning his MBA in 1972. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road.
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Thomas N. Decker

February 1, 2017

Thomas N. Decker , 80, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Surviving are his wife, Sharon Decker of Fort Wayne, IN: daughter, Denise ( Sid) Shipley of Hawaii; son, Kurt (Dana) Decker of Fort Wayne, IN: 5 grandchildren, siblings, Kathy, Mary, Chuck and Frank . Thomas was preceded in death by a granddaughter and a sister, Sue. Memorials may be made to the Fort Wayne Community Harvest Food...
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William E. (Bill) Cline

January 31, 2017

William E. "Bill" Cline, 92, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages. He retired in 1984 from Pepsi Cola as a Route Salesman. He was a member of St Charles Catholic Church. He is survived by a brother John Cline Kauai, HI. and Several Nieces & Nephews He was preceded in death by his parents John and Agnes (Hittel) Cline; sisters Dorothy L. Pequignot and Helen Bieber....
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Eileen Stanton

January 29, 2017

Eileen Stanton, 90, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017. Surviving are her sister, Bernadette Slattery of Neagh Co Ireland; niece, Debbie Wenk of Fort Wayne, IN; friends Tim (Joanne) Fox of Fort Wayne, IN. Eileen was preceded in death by father, Joseph Hayes, mother, Sabina Hayes, husband, Richard Stanton, sister, Lillian Gilmartin. Memorials may be made to the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic...
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Carol Lou Blake

January 28, 2017

Carol Lou Blake, 85, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at The Towne House Retirement Center. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, Carol Lou was the daughter of the late Rodney and Louise Hughes. She earned her bachelors degree from Colorado State University and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. During her career she was a teacher, worked with Fort Wayne National Bank, and owned her...
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Barbara A. Mills

June 10, 1928 - January 27, 2017

Barbara A. Mills, 88, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at Woodview Health Care Center. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Barbara was the daughter of the late Homer and Leona Widdifield. She graduated from North Side High School and graduated from the Methodist School of Nursing. She was an Registered Nurse with Parkview Hospital for many years before retiring in 1984. She was a member of...
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Donald R. Voglewede

January 27, 2017

Donald R. Voglewede , 87, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Decatur, IN, Donald graduated from Decatur Catholic High School in 1948. He served his country and was a Korean War Army Veteran. Donald worked as a dispatcher for 30 years with various local trucking companies and as a Security Guard at University of St. Francis for 13 years,...
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Edward Lee (Yankowiak) Roberts

January 26, 2017

Edward Lee (Yankowiak) Roberts, 57, passed away on Thursday Jan. 26, 2017. He was survived by his three children, Amy Roberts; Steven (Meagan) Roberts; and Staci (Bradley) Metcalf; grandson, Brantley Roberts, and step-granddaughters, Gianna and Milani Johnson,; his mother, Therese Yankowiak , and brothers, William (Maureen) Yankowiak and Joe Yankowiak. He was proceeded in death by his father,...
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Diane Y. Langin

January 22, 2017

Diane Y. Langin, 74, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, on December 22, 1942, the daughter of the late Ervin and Nadyne Recht. Diane was proud of her service in the US Navy where she served as a Chaplain's assistant. It was during her time in the military that she met her spouse Patrick Langin, and spent a wonderful...
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Arlene W. Domer

January 22, 2017

Arlene W. Domer , 88, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne. Born in Duluth, MN, Arlene graduated from South Side High School. She worked at the Cinderella Shop and the San Francisco Music Box Company. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Beta Sigma Phi of the Percepted Aeta Gamma Chapter, Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department...
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Mark A. Miller

January 19, 2017

Mark A. Miller, 44, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 at home. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Mark was a graduate of Northop High School and ITT and worked as a parts sales rep with Don Ayers Honda for 10 years. Mark's nieces and nephew were his pride and joy. Surviving are his parents Charles R. and Linda A Miller; sister, Jennifer Linnemeier; nieces and nephew, Kirsten, Kyle and Heather. ...
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Victoria Ann Gillespie

January 18, 2017

Victoria Ann Gillespie, 69, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Surviving are her mother, Helen Miller; children, Blake (Maria) Gillespie, and Tracy (Fred) Gillespie; grandchildren, Trista, Breauna, and Blake Gillespie II, Christian and Kristin Raab; great-grandchildren, Ja'Shon, Janae, and Jeremiah Gillespie; half siblings, Michael R. Jackson, Linda S. Jackson, Kathy Gibson, Andy R. Jackson...
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Amy R. Allen

January 14, 2017

Amy R. Allen, 33, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017. Surviving are her husband Joshua Allen; daughter, Olivia Allen; parents William R and Janet K Slusher; sisters, Jennifer (Brad) Batesole; and Kelly (Devin) Muzzillo; Funeral Service is 10:00 am, Friday, January 20, 2017 at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road with calling one hour prior. Calling...
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JoAnne E. Bloom

August 31, 1923 - January 14, 2017

JoAnne E. Bloom, 93, died on January 14, 2017 at Harbour Assisted Living. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late William W. and Dollie (Hinkley) Shew, and was raised in Churubusco, Indiana. She had been an employee of Parkview Hospital and Fort Wayne Surgical Associates and retired from the office of J.E. Arata, M.D. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic...
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Lawton Carter, Jr., II

January 12, 2017

Lawton Carter Jr. II, 39, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN. Surviving are his fiancee, Holly Atchison of Union, MI, children, Summer, Lawton, Mayson, and Lilyana, parents, Alta Carter and Lawton Carter, Jr. of Tippecanoe, brother, Brian (Jackie) Carter of New Haven, sister, Melinda (Dave) Beldon of Tippecanoe, IN. Lawton was...
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Delane Joyce (Coughlin) Mathieson

January 12, 2017

Delane Joyce (Coughlin) Mathieson , 72, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017. Surviving are her husband, Richard W. Mathieson; mother, Jessie Marie Coughlin of Chanhassen, MN, son, Richard C. (Shawntelle) Mathieson of Cookeville, TN, son, Christian D. Mathieson of Fort Wayne, grandchildren, Ashlynn M. & Kaitlyn E., sisters, Karen (Dick) Dee of Chaska, MN, and Patrice (Dale) Shores of Muncie,...
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Bonnie Eileen Sherer

January 12, 2017

Bonnie Eileen Sherer, 90, passed away January 12, 2017 at home in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her daughter, Rene (Rick) Filkins; grandchilden, Luanna (John) Cunningham; Laurie Johnston; Heather (Kerry) Foster; Matthew (Bekah) Brooks; Hollie (Rob) Sutton; Nicolas Filkens; step sons, Larry (Deb) Sherer; Tom (Sue) Sherer; Roger Sherer; and Robert Sherer.
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Stephania M. Bartlett

August 26, 1986 - January 11, 2017

Stephania M. Bartlett, 30, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Born in Hicksville, OH, Stephania graduated from Antwerp High School and earned her bachelors degree from IPFW. She served our great country as a U.S. Army veteran. She enjoyed reading, gardening, camping, decorating cakes, trivia, board games and spending time with her family. Surviving are her husband Jeffrey Bartlett of...
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James Alfred Haw, phD

January 9, 2017

James Alfred Haw PhD, 71, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at home. Born in Cape Girardeau, MO, James received his doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1972. He was a Professor of American history from the colonial era to the Civil War, with Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne for 39 years. Surviving are many cousins. James was preceded in death by his parents James M....
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Donald Harvey

January 9, 2017

Donald Harvey, 56, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017. Surviving are his Spouse, Joy Harvey; children, Josie Gonzales, Marilyn Harvey, Donato (Sara) Harvey, Monica (Jeff) Sanford, Roberta (Matthew) Phillips, and JD Harvey; siblings, Russell (Debbie) Harvey, and Deb Julliett; 16 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Donald was always proud of his service in the Marine Corps, he was also...
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Helen I. Shepler

January 8, 2017

Helen I. Shepler, 89, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017. Surviving are her son, Frank (Diana) Shepler; daughter, Janice Dennis; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; brothers Darl Hull; Clarence Hull; and Norval Hull; sister, Janice Southern. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Pearl Hull, husband, John Shepler, Sr.,sons, Mark and John...
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Robert E. Lutter

January 7, 2017

Robert E. Lutter, 86, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017. Surviving are his wife, Sharon Lutter of Fort Wayne, daughters, Debbie (Rick) Livesay of Rio Rancho, NM, and Robin Bryant of Tempe, AZ, grandson, Dean Bryant of Tempe, AZ, brothers, Bill Lutter of Huntertown and Ralph Lutter of Laotto. Robert was preceded in death by parents, William and Fredona Lutter, brothers, Clarence and Jim...
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John R. (Jack) Donovan

January 7, 2017

John R. "Jack" Donovan, 86, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Fort Wayne. He was passionate about family, his faith, friends, golf, and his Purdue Boilermakers. Born in Bedford, IN, Jack was a 1948 graduate of Central Catholic High School, he then completed his Bachelor's degree from Purdue University. He was the proud founder, owner, and operator of Donovan Engineering for 27 years. ...
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Regina West

January 5, 2017

Regina West , 87, passed away January 5, 2017. Born in Westfield, MA, Regina came to Fort Wayne in 1954. She worked at Howard's downtown in the framing department for many years. Surviving are daughters, Sarah (Jeffrey) West-Kimber and Kathryn West. Regina was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Stephania Suchocki, husband, Walter H. West, son, Charles Michael West. Memorials may be...
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Elouise (Weezie) Pearl Thomas

December 29, 2016

Elouise "Weezie" Pearl Thomas, 78, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016. Born in Hamilton, IN, Weezie worked with Scotts Grocery in the deli department. Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Floyd Thomas of Fort Wayne; daughters, Debra (Jay) Lahrman of Hoagland, IN, and Dawn (Dan) Esterline of Fort Wayne; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandsons. Weezie was preceded in death by her son,...
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Robert C. Appel

December 26, 2016

Robert C. Appel, 74, longtime resident of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016. Surviving are his wife, Judy Appel; children, Jeri (Eric) Gann, Christina (Brent) Diegel, Juliet Diegel, Kenneth Diegel; grandchildren, Hailey (Robert) Marciniak, Alexandra (Adam) Gaff, Timothy Robert Moore; brother, William Christian (Sue) Appel; sisters-in-laws, Mary Fether, Cleo Kay (Tom) Jeffrey,...
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Leanne M. Spurr

December 26, 2016

Leanne M. Spurr, 70, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN. Leanne retired from Pinnacle Credit Union. She was a member of Brookside Community Church and charter member of Grace Brethren Church. Leanne loved camping, music, and above all her family. Surviving are her husband of 51 years, William "Paul" Spurr, daughter,...
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Lisa M. Reed

December 24, 2016

Lisa M. Reed, 56, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016. Surviving are her daughters, Erin (Paul) Bell and Ali Reed; grandchildren, Adysyn Bell and Carter Longwell; former spouse, Tim Reed; mother, Kathryn Neddeff all of Fort Wayne; brothers, Shib (Stacy) Neddeff of Fort Wayne, IN and David Neddeff of Deerfield Beach, FL; sister, Julie Neddeff-Wilson of Coconut Creek, FL and several nieces...
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Earl A. Bansback

December 20, 2016

Earl A. Bansback, 85, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Chicago, IL, Earl worked as a sales manager with Magnovox for over 20 years, most recently he worked for Custom Video, and volunteered for the United Way. Earl served his country as a member of the US Army. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church where he loved singing in the choir. Earl will be remembered...
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Kathleen Miller-Thomas

April 24, 1917 - December 19, 2016

Kathleen Miller-Thomas, 99, passed away Monday, December 19, 2016. Born in Grabill, IN. Kathleen was salutatorian graduate from Harlan High School. She worked in accounting with King Specialty Company for many years. Kathleen was a member of Christ Church at Georgetown. She volunteered her time with the Christian Business and Professional Women Organization. Kathleen also enjoyed leading bible...
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Glatha Dee Neff

June 13, 1925 - December 18, 2016

Glatha Dee (Ware) Neff, 91, passed peacefully to her eternal home Sunday, December 18, 2016, at Parkview Memorial Regional Hospital. She was born in Huntington, IN, on June 13, 1925, the daughter of the late Elmer and Blanche Ware. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Harold Duane Neff; and brother, Max Ware. Glatha was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great...
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Mary Genny Koehler

November 6, 1925 - December 18, 2016

Mary Genevieve "Genny" Koehler, 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne. She was born to the late John and Mary Hughes in Akron, Ohio. She was a secretary at St. Charles Borromeo Church for 17 years and retired in 1996. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Rosary Sodality, and the DCCW. Other activities included the Newcomers Club,...
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