Robert W. Haller
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Robert W. Haller
  • October 9, 1928 - September 16, 2016
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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ROBERT W. (BOB) HALLER, 87, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 in Fort Wayne, where he was a life-long resident. Born Oct. 9, 1928, he was a son of the late Harry W. and E. Louise (Spake) Haller. He attended Harrison Hill Elementary School, South Side High School and Indiana University where he obtained his LLB degree in1954. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1948. He served in Korea as a radar observer with the 319th Fighter-Inceptor Squadron, receiving the distinguished flying cross and an air medal, among other citations. After active service, he continued serving in the Air National Guard in the 122nd Tactical Squadron at Baer Field as a judge advocate where he retired as a Colonel in 1980. Bob married Celia (Cecy) Hartmann on a three-day leave from the service in 1951. Bob's work ethic started young when he helped out in the family grocery store complete with butcher shop. Upon graduating from law school, Bob worked first at Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, then for Ralph L. Shirmeyer, Inc.

Bob joined the firm of Hogg and Snouffer, which eventually became Haller and Colvin. He retired from the practice of law in 2010. He specialized in real estate, business law, estate planning and represented other pilots in FAA administrative matters. He was active in his community serving on many boards, including the Limberlost Girl Scout Council, Indiana and American Lung Associations and the Metropolitan YMCA. Bob belonged to Trinity English Lutheran Church where he served in many capacities as a lay leader of the church. Bob and Cecy spent winters in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. where they attended Peace Lutheran Church. Bob spent summers at Lake George, Michigan.

He is survived by three children, Bob (Beth), Paul (Judy), and Carol Haller; grandchildren, Julia Haller, Christoff Haller, Rachel Haller, Jonathan Haller, Meaghan Shaha; and special grandchild, Kate Colcord. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Celia; his brother, George; his son-in-law, Bryan Shaha; and his parents.

Service is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at Trinity English Lutheran Church. Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Memorials to Trinity English Lutheran Church, Lake George Conservancy or Concordia Lutheran High School Educational Foundation. www.klaehnfahlmelton.com