Ernest Roy Gaines
Ernest Roy Gaines
  • December 23, 1923 - June 7, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Ernest Roy Gaines, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Greystone Health & Rehab. Born on December 23, 1923 in Sharon, Penn., he was a son of the late Roy and Carrie (Platt) Gaines. Ernest attended Olivet Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Butler University, and earned a Master's Degree in Education from St. Francis University. He was a teacher at Lincoln and St. Joe Elementary for over 31 years, from which he retired and was a mentor to many students. A man of deep faith, Ernest shared God's word with others and attended Grace Point Church of the Nazarene for over 50 years. An avid reader, he also enjoyed watching basketball and playing golf. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Norma J. (Graves) Gaines of Fort Wayne; daughter, Vickie (Larry) Burton of Fort Wayne; granddaughters, Tiffany Arruza of Leo, Shana Cook and Lori Tindall, both of Grabill; and 8 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Mason, Leo, Miles, Ivy, Julian, Stella, and Rowen. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, Robert, and Eddie Graves. Funeral Service will be at 1:00pm on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Dr. Rex Person officiating. Burial at Eel River Cemetery, Churubusco. Memorials may be made to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission or to Grace Point Church of the Nazarene. For online condolences, please visit