John Edward Waltke
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John Edward Waltke
  • October 21, 1925 - March 21, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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John Edward "Jack" Waltke, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at his residence. He was born October 21, 1925 in Fort Wayne to the late Ernest and Mary M. (Romary) Waltke. He retired in 1991 from Super Food Services as a sales representative. He had previously worked as a supervisor for People's Dairy and owned Hep's Dairy Stores. After retirement he enjoyed helping to care for and maintain Brookwood Golf Club. He enjoyed sports and worked as a referee in the IHSAA for 30 years. He was a U. S. Marine Veteran, serving in WWII, receiving a Purple Heart. He was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Patricia Waltke of Fort Wayne; children, Jim (Tara) Waltke, Jane (William) DeVinney, and Mary Sue (Chris) Lauer, all of Fort Wayne; daughter in law, Linda Waltke of Greenville, OH; sister, Judy (Carl) Jenkins, of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Jeff, Jason, Joe, Tony, Heather, and Abbey; and great grandchildren, Jordyn, Jaxson, Justen, and Paxton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Waltke; and brother, Robert Waltke. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819 with visitation 1 hour prior. Visitation will also be on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. Entombment will be at Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church or Heartland Hospice.