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Richard Smitty Schmitt

November 12, 2019

Richard F. (Smitty) Schmitt, 83, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in New Haven, IN to the late Linus and Cecelia (Ternet) Schmitt. Richard served honorably in the United States Army. He married Sally A. Ewing on July 22, 1961 and she preceded him in death on October 20, 2012. Richard proudly owned and managed Smitty's Bowling...
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Don Caudill

June 28, 1948 - November 8, 2019

Don Caudill, 71, of Fort Wayne, went Home to the Lord on Friday, November 8, 2019. He was born to Bettie (McBride) and the late James Caudill in Cincinnati, OH on June 28, 1948. He graduated from to the University of Cincinnati and worked as a mechanical engineer. He was on the Aboite Township Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter, where he was a charter member since 1982. Over the years for...
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Maxine E. (Hale) Peck

March 18, 1926 - November 7, 2019

Maxine E. (Hale) Peck, 93, of Ossian, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019. She was born to the late William and Elva (Beard) Murphy in Fort Wayne on March 18, 1926. She graduated from Arcola High School in 1943. Maxine worked for Indiana Michigan Power as an Accounting Clerk for over 31 years. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family...
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Evelyn E. Schrader

August 20, 1924 - November 4, 2019

Evelyn E. Schrader, 95, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Evelyn and Glenn McNutt. She enjoyed music and art and loved spending time with her family. Evelyn was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. She was co-owner of Schrader Financial Services. Surviving are her daughters, Julie (Brian Wood) Schrader and Susan Schrader;...
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Mary Kathryn Allmandinger

November 3, 2019

Mary Kathryn Allmandinger, 97, of Fort Wayne, went home to the Lord on Sunday, November 3, 2019. She was born January 18, 1922, to Walter and Eloise (Bower) Wetzel. She married the love of her life, Milton, on February 19, 1944. She graduated from South Side High School. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, where she was actively involved with quilting, flower planting, Bible study,...
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George Lalka

July 19, 1922 - November 3, 2019

George Lalka, 97, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, November 3, 2019. He was born in Peckville, PA on July 19, 1922, the son of the late John and Pauline Lalka. He resided in Fort Wayne since 1987 and is a member of First Assembly Christian Center, Washington Center Road. George was a veteran of World War II, served in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He received...
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Lawrence L. Niemi

November 2, 2019

Lawrence L. Niemi, 82, passed away November 2, 2019. He was born in Waukegan, Ill on April 23, 1937, the son of the late William and Beatrice Niemi. Larry was an avid golfer and enjoyed boating, playing the guitar and was teaching himself piano. He also loved his dogs, and enjoyed working on older cars. In his spare time he enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and spending time at the...
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Ardis R. Miller

November 1, 2019

Ardis R. Miller, 85, passed away Friday, November 1, 2019 at Westside Garden Plaza in Indianapolis. Ardis was born January 23, 1934 in Fort Wayne to the late David B. and Nellie B. (Hoaglin) Ramsey. She was the financial secretary for the Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church 18 years retiring in 1988. She was a current member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. She was...
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Margaret R. Hyde

October 31, 2019

Margaret R. Hyde, 94, peacefully passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Born in Clinton, Indiana and raised in the Catholic faith, she was the daughter of Constantino and Mary (Vargo) Berto. Throughout her career, she held various positions in banking and later was an administrative assistant. She attended St. Patrick Catholic Church, Arcola, and volunteered for Lutheran Hospital. Margaret...
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Don F. Goldner

October 25, 2019

Don F. Goldner died on October 25, surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. He literally did battle Parkinson's with daily exercise and by being an active participant in the Rock Steady Boxing program for many years. He was born October 4, 1934 to Fred and Alice (Eis) Goldner in Chicago, IL. Don graduated from Bradley University in 1956. He had a long and...
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Martha R. Siela

March 15, 1932 - October 16, 2019

Martha R. Siela, 87, passed away on October 16, 2019. She was born on March 15, 1932 in Wells Co., IN the daughter of the late Rollie and Stella Deam. Martha was a member of Markle Church of Christ, she enjoyed reading the bible and was passionate about her faith. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, crafts and singing. Martha enjoyed spending time with her husband and family, including spending...
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Kenneth E. Paige, Sr.

October 14, 2019

Kenneth E. Paige Sr., 81, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Johnstown, PA to the late August and Gertrude (Miller) Paige. Kenneth served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He attended University of Pittsburgh receiving his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. He married Barbara Paige in 1959 and she...
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Agnes "Tracy" Louise Williams

October 8, 2019

Agnes "Tracey" Louise Williams, 73, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. She was born on November 28, 1945 to the late Willie and Ruby (Lynn) Lyons in Fayette, AL. A mother's love stretches far and wide. This mom's as far as across the seas and bloodlines. Forever will be missed and admired for the seeds planted and the ones she loved. Her passions included garaging for the...
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Marcelyn "Marcie" J. Ponder

November 13, 1949 - October 8, 2019

Marcelyn "Marcie" J. Ponder, 69, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at her residence. She was born on November 13, 1949 in Maine to Leroy and Adah Parkhurst. Marcie graduated from Southside High School in Fort Wayne. She was a mother and homemaker. Marcie worked in retail for Hook's Drugstore, Dollar General, and Value City Department Store. She loved her family and...
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Mary Lou (Harris) Jones

October 6, 2019

Mary Lou (Harris)Jones, 85, of Fort Wayne, died on Sunday October 6, 2019 at Ashton Creek surrounded by her loving family. Born in Coudersport, PA In 1934. Her family moved to St. Petersburg , FL in 1944. She received her RN Degree in 1955, from Mound Park School of Nursing. While doing her pediatric affiliation in Birmingham, Al, she met the love of her life, Robert Jones. They married on August...
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Jessica J. Line

October 4, 2019

Jessica J. Line, 36, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 in Fort Wayne, In. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN to Larry L. and Joyce Line. Jessica loved to crochet and absolutely loved animals, especially horses, her dogs, and her cats. Surviving is her mother, Joyce Line; siblings, Eric (Soila) Line, John (Jennifer) Mann, and Curtis Mann; uncle, Mike (Teresa) Fox; and cousins, Tracy (Steve) Kring,...
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Jessica J. Line

February 17, 1983 - October 4, 2019

Jessica J. Line, 36, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019 in Fort Wayne, In. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN to Larry L. and Joyce Line. Jessica loved to crochet and absolutely loved animals, especially horses, her dogs, and her cats. Surviving is her mother, Joyce Line; siblings, Eric (Soila) Line, John (Jennifer) Mann, and Curtis Mann; uncle, Mike (Teresa) Fox; and cousins, Tracy (Steve) Kring,...
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Daniel T. Harber

January 6, 1954 - October 1, 2019

Daniel T. Harber, 65, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at his residence in Columbia City, IN. Born January 6, 1954 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Norbert and Charlotte (Sally) Harber. Dan was a graduate of Homestead High School, class of 1972. He worked at BF Goodrich in Woodburn for 42 years, before retiring in 2015. He was a life-long member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in...
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June A. Jones-Lake

September 30, 2019

JUNE A. JONES-LAKE, 98, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. She was born May 12, 1921. She retired as a clothing buyer. June enjoyed fashion, gardening, and was an avid reader. Surviving are her daughter, Linda M. Zion; grandsons, Randall (Kathy) Zion, Rex (Linda) Zion, Jeff (Julie) Uetrecht, Matt (Nancy) Uetrecht, and Rob (Stephanie) Uetrecht; 10 great-grandchildren; nine...
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Timothy L. Woods

September 28, 2019

Timothy L. Woods, 65, passed from this life at 6: 26 am Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. He was born on September 9, 1954 in Fort Wayne, to the late Leonard R. Woods an Holly (Breece) Woods. Tim was a graduate of the North Side High School class of 1972 and was a proud Redskin supporting both the Alumni Association and the Athletic Hall of Fame. He...
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Beatrice "Bea" Dove

June 27, 1933 - September 28, 2019

Beatrice "Bea" Dove, 86, passed away on September 28, 2019. She was born on June 27, 1933. Bea retired from Magnavox after 35 years of employment. She was also a server at Hall's Hollywood and she enjoyed all the people she got to meet. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Burlage; grandchildren, Jeffrey Shoemaker and Jachobea Burlage; and dear friends, Tami (Bill) Corn and Bruce Helton. A...
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Margaret A. Faull

September 28, 2019

Margaret A. Faull, 93, of Fort Wayne, went home to the Lord on Saturday, September 28, 2019. She was born to the late Alfred and Frieda Biggs on January 1, 1926 in Fort Wayne. Margaret graduated from South Side High School in 1944. She retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools and enjoyed boating on the Great Lakes and in Florida during her retirement years. She is survived by her children,...
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Regina G. Ricketts

June 24, 1945 - September 27, 2019

Regina G. Ricketts, 74, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 27, 2019. She was born on June 24, 2019 in Bristol, Pennsylvania to the late George and Margaret Gleason. She is survived by her daughter, Regina (Gifford) Grobien; son, Lawrence, Jr. (Neilly) Ricketts; grandchildren, Alena (Andrew) Casey, Julianna, Kimberley, Brigitta, Amelia, Cillian, Makrina, and Felicity Grobien, Lawrence III,...
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Carol A. Balazs

September 25, 2019

Carol A. Balazs, 65, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. She was born to the late Joseph and Mary McAfee on January 13, 1954. Carol selflessly dedicated her life to being a mother, grandmother, and foster parent. She worked as an accountant at Lincoln Financial Group, and enjoyed simple pleasures while spending time with family. Carol is survived by her children, Emily...
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Anne Carol Stout

September 22, 2019

Anne Carol Stout, 82, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2019. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on February 19, 1937, the daughter of the late Paul and Helen Dickmeyer. Anne attended Lutheran Schools in Fort Wayne and graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School. She attended Valparaiso University where she met her husband, James E. Stout and raised a family with three children. She is...
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Rebecca M. Kuehner

September 21, 2019

Rebecca M. Kuehner, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at her home. Born December 5, 1947 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Jose Jr. and Consuelo (Torrez) Gonzalez. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, Rebecca was employed with Coverall Rental for over 10 years and later Zollner Piston for 15 years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and...
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Patricia J. Rittenhouse

September 20, 2019

Patricia J. Rittenhouse, 69, of Fort Wayne passed away Friday, September 20, 2019 at her home. Patricia was born February 7, 1950 in Fort Wayne to the late Gene E. and Betty H. (Gladieux) Place. She retired as an administrative assistant with Kroger. Surviving is her son, Michael S. (Susan) Bolla of Indianapolis; sister, Susan Norton of Huntertown; brother, Mike (Kim) Place of Elkhart; and her...
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Clairus M. Dew

September 19, 2019

CLAIRUS M. DEW, 103, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. By his own words, he'd had "a full measure of life" and had been active and independent until the last month of his life. Born Aug. 10, 1916, in Monmouth, Ill., he was the youngest son of Wilmer Dew and Mary Margaret (Giffin) Dew. Clairus spent his early years helping with the family dairy business. He graduated from Monmouth, Ill. High...
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Gerald (Jerry) Hannah

September 12, 2019

Gerald "Jerry" Hannah, passed away on September 12, 2019 with his loved ones by his side. Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1949, he was the son of the late Gavin and Mary Hannah. Jerry graduated from Villanova University and worked in Human Resources for many years. Jerry loved the outdoors, had a passion for college basketball (Go Nova!) and enjoyed reading in his spare time. Music was a big part...
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Donald J. Moyer

September 3, 2019

Donald J. Moyer, 85, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Born in Fort Wayne on June 23, 1934, he was the son of the late Homer and Helen Moyer. He is survived by sons, James Moyer, Arthur Moyer; daughter, Gayle Rigsby; grandsons, Chris Carpenter, and Casey Carpenter; and great-granddaughter, Kirin Carpenter. Arrangements entrusted to D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325...
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Gary H. Billings

February 18, 1958 - August 28, 2019

Gary H. Billings, 61, of Angola, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis on August 28, 2019. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Sherry Billings and his children and grandchildren. Gary enjoyed living his life to the fullest, spending time with his wife and family. He was an avid fisherman, boater and cubs fan. Gary had a passion for his...
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Robert (Bob) A. Boesch

August 26, 2019

Robert "Bob" A. Boesch, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019. He was born to the late Robert Devon and Rosetta (Guysinger) Boesch on March 31, 1942 in Fort Wayne. Bob graduated from Antwerp High School. He married Susan Bieber on July 29, 1972 at Lake Ave Church of the Nazarene. Bob retired from GE as a QC Inspector. He attended church at The Chapel. Bob enjoyed painting,...
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Brody Mitchell McMillan

August 22, 2019

BRODY MITCHELL McMILLAN, 5 weeks and 1 day, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Born July 17, 2019, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of loving parents, Jason and Sarah (Walters) McMillan. Along with his parents, Brody is survived by his siblings, Jocelyn, Camden and Aliza. A celebration of sweet baby Brody's life is noon Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at The Chapel, 2505 W....
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Kathleen Elaine Hayes

August 20, 2019

KATHLEEN ELAINE HAYES, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Leavenworth, Kan., she was a daughter of the late Louis Henry and Mary Helen Parr. Kathleen enjoyed playing tennis, cards, going to the movies, having barbecue cookouts with family and friends, but her true life's passion was just spending time with her loving family. She...
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Pauline (Nahrwold) Baatz

August 20, 2019

Pauline (Nahrwold) Baatz, 93, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in New Haven, IN to the late John and Anna (Hartmann) Nahrwold. Pauline married Herman Baatz on July 29, 1962 and he preceded her in death on October 4, 2004. She was a faithful and lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. She was an active member of Allen County...
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Muriel L. Zisk

August 19, 2019

Muriel L. Zisk, 90, passed away on August 19, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland to the late Victor and Gladys (Billard) Meade. She worked as a switch board operator at the Harman U.S. Air Force base in Newfoundland and at Tilcon in Connecticut. After retiring and moving to Fort Wayne she volunteered extensively in the Lutheran Cancer Center. Muriel was a...
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Tony Lee Rumpel

May 13, 1956 - August 15, 2019

Tony Lee Rumpel, 63, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019. He was born on May 13, 1956 the son of Manfred and Hedwig (Piekarski) Rumpel. He married his wife Barbara (Finkhousen) Rumpel on March 18, 1989. Tony was an avid Cubs fan. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing, biking and antique cars. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed...
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Steven Paul Riethmiller

August 14, 2019

Steven Paul Riethmiller, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Born on April 21, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late William Paul and Jean (Oldach) Riethmiller. Steve earned an Undergraduate degree from Manchester College and a Master's degree from the University of Saint Francis. He then began his teaching career at Woodside...
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Elizabeth (Betsy) Waterfield Chapman

August 14, 2019

Elizabeth "Betsy" Waterfield Chapman. Betsy was the music and the flowers of life. On August 14, 2019, she departed this life and passed into the arms of God. Heaven has always had music and flowers; today, it has more. She was eighty four years old. She was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, attended South Side High School, graduating with honors, and was elected to National Honor...
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John M. Shappell

August 10, 2019

John M. Shappell, 85, of Palmetto, FL, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019. He was born to the late Fred and Vivian (Myers) Shappell on April 19, 1934 in Cheboygan, MI. He graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1952 and Fort Wayne Business College in 1954. John retired in 1999 from Georgia Pacific Lumber Company. He was a member of Hamilton United Methodist Church...
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Thomas (Tom) William Turflinger

August 3, 2019

Thomas (Tom) William Turflinger, 75, passed away on August 3, 2019. Tom was born in Ft. Wayne in 1944 to Thomas H. and Betty R. Prill Turflinger. Tom graduated from South Side High School in 1962. He then proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps as a Radar Repairman from 1963 to 1966. Tom received an honorable discharge as a Sergeant while in the 10th Marines, 2d Marine...
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Tamara J. White

July 31, 2019

Tamara J. White, 72, passed away on July 31, 2019. She was born in Wabash, IN on January 23, 1947, the daughter of the late Lorrin White Jr. and Bette White. Tamara worked at The Arc in Wabash. She loved little children and her dogs and cats. She is survived by her brother, Brad (Lisa) White; and niece and nephew, Ashli M. White and B.J. White; great-nieces and nephews; Zachary White, Kaila White...
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Susan Spence Cole

July 29, 2019

Susan Spence Cole, 66, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Newburgh, Indiana, passed away on July 29, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Robert Cole; daughters, Meg (Brian) Miller, of Fort Wayne, and Emily Rabel, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; mother, Marjorie (Loudermilk) Spence, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Plainfield, Indiana; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father,...
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Barbara L. Reber

July 29, 2019

Barbara L Reber, 69, passed away on July 29 2019. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on July 21, 1950, the daughter of the late Sterling and Betty Reber. She graduated High School from Central Catholic. She worked as a dispatcher for Frontier Communications until her retirement in 2018. Barbara was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. In her spare time she enjoyed fishing at the...
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William H. (Bill) Whitehouse, Jr.

July 27, 2019

William H. (Bill) Whitehouse, Jr., 64, passed away Saturday, July 27 in Imperial Beach, CA. He was born in Fort Wayne to the late William H. Whitehouse, Sr. and Nancy (Powell) Whitehouse. As a natural handyman with an incredible work ethic, he was always quick to lend a hand to others. Like his father, he retired from Dana Corp. after more than 30 years of service. He served in several...
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Chad W. Sours

July 27, 2019

Chad W. Sours, 50, passed away on July 27, 2019. He was born on October 31, 1968 in Muncie, Indiana, the son of John and Muriel Smithson, who survive. Chad graduated High School from Monroe Central. He joined the US Navy after High School and served as a Naval Intelligence, with the rank of E4 CTA3. He obtained the Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal...
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Phyllis M. Morkoetter

May 1, 1926 - July 23, 2019

Phyllis M. Morkoetter, 93, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on July 23, 2019 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. Phyllis was born on May 1, 1926, in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Wade Holman and Naomi D. Jackman. She graduated from North Side High School. In 1947, she married Merle Morkoetter. Phyllis enrolled at IPFW following retirement, and obtained an associate's degree in general studies...
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Thomas Paul Sodano, Sr.

July 19, 2019

Thomas Paul Sodano Sr., 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 19, 2019 at North Woods Memory Care Assisted Living Facility. Born on September 6, 1933 in Niagara Falls, NY, to the late Lawrence and Mabel (Perry) Sodano. He attended Trott Vocational High School and fibbed about his age to join the National Guard of New York State in 1947. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving as an Electrician...
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Janice Joann Horine

July 16, 2019

Janice Joann Horine, 80, passed away on July 16, 2019. She was born in Dunkirk, IN on June 20, 1939, the daughter of the late William and Nancy Hatch. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and an active member and leader of Bible Study Fellowship for many years. Janice was in the banking industry for more than 25 years and was very involved with Jorgensen YMCA. Janice adored her...
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Calvin Armstrong

July 15, 2019

Calvin Armstrong, 95, passed away on July 15, 2019. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 18, 1924, the son of the late Otis and Minnie Armstrong. Calvin worked as a lithographer at Fort Wayne Engraving Company for 30 years until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of Simpson United Methodist Church, a Chairman of the Administrative Board for 23 years, a member of Simpson Drama Club...
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Emma Lou Merkler

July 15, 2019

Emma Lou Merkler, 5 months old, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Emma was born on January 30, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. Emma was a fighter and very feisty. She spent her entire life in the NICU and endured surgery after surgery and fought through. Her middle name Lou means "Warrior" and she portrayed that meaning to the fullest. Emma was a great hand...
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Jon Owen Bennett

July 7, 2019

Jon Owen Bennett, 60, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Bluffton, IN to the late Charles W. and Lucy Mae (Bunch) Bennett. He was a graduate of Indiana University and received his master's degree of science and education with a focus in school administration. Jon married Carol (Siener) Bennett in 1984 and she survives. He worked...
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Paul J. Smith

September 24, 1942 - July 1, 2019

Paul J. Smith, 76, of Fort Wayne passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019. He was born on September 24, 1942 in Ogdensburg, New York to the late Robert and Joy (Shafer) Smith. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968. He worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators for 35 years, retiring in 2017. He was a member and elder of Christ's Community Church. He enjoyed being with family, serving...
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Harold Gibert Hart

June 9, 1944 - June 28, 2019

Harold Gilbert Hart, 75, of Ft. Wayne, IN passed away Friday, June 28, 2019. He was born on June 9, 1944 the son of Harry L. and Eva E. (Mann) Hart. He married Billie J. Hart on August 7, 1971. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed the outdoors. He also enjoyed his cars, especially his Chevy Malibu. Surviving relatives include his wife Billie J. Hart of Ft. Wayne, IN; step-daughter,...
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Ermal Lester Crabill, Jr.

June 27, 2019

Ermal Lester Crabill Jr., 81 , passed away Thursday June 27, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on August 3, 1937 in Rochester, IN to Ermal and Dorothy Crabill. Ermal has been a residence of Akron Indiana for 25 years... prior to that Rochester . He was a pattern maker at Shaw box in muskegon Michigan where he resided for 18 years before moving back to his home state of Indiana. Ermal enjoyed...
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Carol Kay Paxson

June 27, 2019

Carol Kay Paxson, 80, passed away peacefully at the Peabody Retirement Community of North Manchester, IN. She was born in North Manchester to the late Warren M. and Eloise (Peabody) Grossnickle. Carol graduated from Chester High School and earned her nursing diploma from Lutheran Hospital. Carol married James L Paxson July 27, 1963 in North Manchester, IN. She was a RN Surgical Nurse and worked...
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Gloria Mae Caine-Follis

June 27, 2019

Gloria Mae Caine-Follis, 93, passed away peacefully of June 27, 2019 surrounded by loving family. Mae was born June 24, 1926 in Rome, GA to George and Delia (Branson) York. She and her twin brother Stanley were the oldest of 10 children. She spent her childhood in Bell Co. Kentucky, moving to Ft. Wayne in 1955. Mae was employed as a waitress first with Azars and then various restaurants in...
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Gloria Mae Caine-Follis

June 24, 1926 - June 27, 2019

Gloria Mae Caine-Follis, 93, passed away peacefully of June 27, 2019 surrounded by loving family. Mae was born June 24, 1926 in Rome, GA to George and Delia (Branson) York. She and her twin brother Stanley were the oldest of 10 children. She spent her childhood in Bell Co. Kentucky, moving to Ft. Wayne in 1955. Mae was employed as a waitress first with Azars and then various restaurants in...
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Bridget Mary Moreno

November 7, 1941 - June 24, 2019

Bridget Mary Moreno, loving mother, grandmother, and spouse, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2019 at home after a long illness, where she has lived the past twenty seven years. Bridget was born in Cleveland Heights, OH to Jane and John Slattery on November 7, 1941. Bridget met her devoted husband, David J. Moreno and was married in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on May 21, 1966. Bridget graduated from...
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Robert E. Hill

June 24, 2019

Robert E. Hill, 78, passed away, Monday, June 24, 2019 at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Maryville, Tennessee to the late Roy A. and Frankie M. (Finley) Hill. He served honorably in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Robert married Mary "Jane" (Clem) Hill on August 3, 1968 and she survives. He was an industrial electrician for Dana Corporation for 33 years,...
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Mildred C. Koons

September 30, 1925 - June 22, 2019

MILDRED C. KOONS, 93, Fort Wayne resident passed away Saturday, June 22 at 7:01 PM at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She now resides in Heaven with Jesus and is currently enjoying being reunited with loved ones who passed before. She was born on September 30, 1925 in Mt. Summit, Indiana, a daughter of the late Herman and Crystal Harry. She graduated from Mt. Summit High School and...
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Kelly Christine (Knarr) Rich

January 20, 1975 - June 21, 2019

Kelly Christine (Knarr) Rich, 44, went home to be with the Lord on June 21, 2019, after her 17 year battle with cancer. She was born in Lincoln, NE on January 20, 1975, the daughter of John and Bea Knarr. Kelly was a 1993 graduate of Manchester High School and obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Anderson University in 1997. She was active in sports, including cross country, track, softball, and...
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Vernon A. (Papa) Hurley

March 21, 1938 - June 18, 2019

Vernon A "Papa" Hurley, 81, passed away on June 18, 2019 surrounded by family. He was born on March 21, 1938 in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of the late Ross and Lucille Hurley. Vern served the greater Indiana community in the construction industry for over 60 years. He found joy spending time with family, enjoying morning donuts with the gang, and strolling the beach in Fort Myers, Florida. He dealt...
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Don E. Lahrman, DDS, MSD

March 12, 1932 - June 10, 2019

Dr. Don E. Lahrman, DDS, MSD, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 surrounded by family at his residence in Fort Wayne, IN. Dr. Lahrman was 87 years old, born March 12, 1932 to the late Clarence and Orpha (Krauter) Lahrman. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Steinbacher) to whom he was married over 65 years. Dr. Lahrman practiced general dentistry for six years and orthodontics for 45 years,...
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Betty J. Shipman

December 29, 1921 - June 9, 2019

Betty J. Shipman, 97, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Towne House Retirement Community. Mrs. Shipman was born on December 29, 1921 in Indianapolis, IN to the late Joseph M. and Freda A. (Lubking) Totten. In 1940, she graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. On December 29, 1945 she married Charles F. Shipman in Indianapolis. He preceded her in...
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Eleanor Louise Hiatt

September 9, 1928 - June 4, 2019

Eleanor Louise Hiatt, 90, passed away at home on June 4, 2019. She was born on September 9, 1928 in Ossian, Indiana, the daughter of the late Oscar and Amalie Werling. Eleanor was a 1946 graduate of Ossian High School. She played the accordion in the Zuercher Accordion Band in Berne, IN. Eleanor worked at International Harvester for five years before becoming a stay at home mom. In her retirement...
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Robert C. Nern

June 2, 2019

Robert C. Nern, 83, of Fort Wayne, died peacefully on Sunday, June 2, 2019. He was the son of the late William and Laura (Jamison) Nern. Bob was a proud "Southside Archer", class of 1953. After graduation, he attended Wabash College, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He later transferred to and graduated from Ball State University with a BA in English. Bob fulfilled his...
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Timothy J. Russell

June 1, 2019

Timothy J. Russell, age 61 passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 1, 2019 at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Timothy was born January 10, 1958 in Goshen, Indiana to the late Grover McKeel "Mack" and Marguerite "Geri" Russell. Tim grew up in Goshen and in Hinsdale, IL and lived most of his adult life in northern CA, moving to Fort Wayne in 2012. Tim was a graduate of University of...
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Shirley (Ash) Graham

May 23, 1932 - May 31, 2019

At the age of 87, Shirley (Ash) Graham went to be with the Lord and savior on the morning of May 31, 2019. Shirley was born to Homer and Mausaleme Ash on May 23, 1932. She was a graduate of Twelve Mile High School and received her BS and MA from Ball State University. She was a member of the Sigma, Sigma, Sigma Sorority. She taught school in Peru and Fort Wayne Community Schools. As a member of...
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Kimberly Bastian

May 31, 2019

Kimberly Bastian, 50, passed away Friday, May 31 at SSM Health DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, MO. She was born in Huntington County to the late Tommy Rodgers and Karen Cook. She was a graduate of Huntington North High School. Kimberly worked for General Motors for ten years. She was a member of the American Legion in Roanoke and the UAW at General Motors. Kimberly was very social and enjoyed being...
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Hubert Harrison Ashcraft

May 29, 2019

Hubert Harrison Ashcraft, age 73, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on May 29, 2019. Hubie "Senior" as he was known, was born on May 13, 1946 and raised in Seymour, Indiana. He was the son of Hubert Kenneth Ashcraft and Daisy Bell (Collingsworth) Ashcraft. He earned his Master of Arts Degree in Business Education from Ball State University in 1975. He was a Secondary School Teacher at Garrett...
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Alice L. Gallmeyer

May 25, 2019

Alice L. Gallmeyer, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019. She was born on March 1, 1928 in Fort Wayne, IN. She and her late husband, Joseph, were founding members of Faith Lutheran Church. She enjoyed raising her family and being a homemaker. After Joe's retirement, they enjoyed every winter in Florida. Alice is survived by her children, Debbie (David) Hodges, Mark...
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Lula Jo DeFord

May 25, 2019

Lula Jo DeFord, 87, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2019. Born to Curtis & Ola Anna (Craft-Hughes) Willen on April 18, 1932 in Albany, KY. An active member of Seminary United Methodist church, she served on the church board and co-founded the Children's Closet and Country Store ministries, and served as the wedding coordinator for many years. Jo held offices in the Order of the...
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Carolyn L. Hannah

May 25, 2019

Carolyn L. Hannah 97, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019. She was born on March, 24, 1922 in Fairmont, Indiana to the late Courtney and Ivy (Stephens) Crandall. She delivered newspapers for many years and taught Sunday School at the Calvary Temple Church. Carolyn liked listening to karaoke, watching her grandchildren's sporting events, and traveling. She is survived by her son,...
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Nancy Carol Rogers

May 20, 2019

NANCY CAROL ROGERS, of Saint James City, Fla., passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019, at her home. Born Oct. 16, 1931, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Wendell and Elsie Mae Keating Robinson. She graduated from South Side High School in 1949. She worked in administration at Wolf & Dessauer Department store in Fort Wayne until her marriage to John A. Rogers. Nancy was very active...
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Judith C. Detwiler

May 20, 2019

Judith C. Detwiler passed away peacefully on May 20, 2019 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. She was born on May 20, 1937 to Franklin and June Harris. She wed the love of her life Phillip Detwiler on May 16, 1957. Judith enjoyed many things in life including cooking for her family, a good cup of coffee, reading, bowling with her friends and most of all enjoying time with her family. "She was...
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M. Joan Brandt

May 16, 2019

M. Joan Brandt, 87, of Fort Wayne, went Home to the Lord on Thursday, May 16, 2019. She was born to the late Robert R. Smith and Mary Catherine (Grow) Smith in Versailles, OH on August 9, 1931. Joan started as an RN and became a caring mother to her four children. She was a gourmet cook and enjoyed her food and wine. She loved socializing with friends, traveling, Clear Lake, antique and gourmet...
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Kenneth John Gigli

May 4, 2019

Kenneth John Gigli, 78, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 at his home in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in Fort Wayne to the late John Gigli and Helen Neal. He was a 1958 graduate of Central Catholic High School. Ken then attended Indiana University and received his bachelor's degree in European History and his master's degree in Public Affairs. He married Carol (Simmons) Gigli in November of 1999...
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Dennis L. Haupert

May 2, 2019

Dennis L. Haupert, 78, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born in Urbana Indiana to the late Ralph and Violet Haupert. He is survived by his wife Beverly (George) Haupert whom he married on June 22, 1968. He served honorably in the Indiana National Guard. Dennis worked as a technical writer for ITT for 11 years, retiring in 2000. He...
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Dhanush Kurra

April 26, 2019

Dhanush Kurra, 4Y, of Chicago, IL, passed away on April 26, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on August 14, 2014 in Repalle, India, Son of Sreedhar and Aparna Kurra. If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane. We would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken, No time to say "Goodbye". You were gone before we knew it, and only god knows...
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Glenn A. Auer

April 21, 2019

Glenn A. Auer, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Adolph and Elenora (Luecke) Auer in Fort Wayne on June 19, 1934. He was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church. Glenn proudly served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Dana Corp after over 34 years as a machinist. He loved spending his summers at the lake with his family...
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Sidney (Sid) Lee Veazey

April 18, 2019

Sidney "Sid" Lee Veazey, 63, passed away April 18, 2019. He was born in Memphis, TN on February 20, 1956, the son of Henry and Leora (Kizer) Veazey. Sid enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking, motorcycles, shooting pool, and building computers. Surviving family members include four children, Yolawnda Veazey; Lakashia Sims (Sam);...
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Honor W. Bade

April 16, 2019

Honor W. Bade, 73 of Huntington, IN passed away April 16, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born January 31, 1946 in Harlington, Texas to the late Tom and Emma (Tracy) Wells. Honor is the widow of Les Bade. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. Honor is survived by her children, Rocky Riley, Katie Elsten, Jim Riley, Diane Riley, 16 grandchildren, several great...
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Darwin J. Wright

April 15, 2019

Darwin J Wright, 75, passed away at home in Fort Wayne on April 15, 2019. He was born in Fort Wayne on March 4th 1944 to Ferrell and Valette Wright. Darwin was a graduate of Elmhurst High School. He worked as a communications technician at G.T.E for 33 years until his retirement in 1996. He was preceded in death by his parents Ferrell and Valette (Klopfenstein) Wright. He is survived by...
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Paul H. Floyd

April 14, 2019

Paul H. Floyd, 73, went home to the Lord on April 14, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital. He was born September 15, 1945 in Sioux City, Iowa to Herbert and Velma Floyd. He was a partner in Chicago with McGladrey and Pullen CPA firm. He enjoyed golf and sailing in the Chicago Yacht Club races. Paul is survived by his wife, Karen, son Mark (Nadine), daughter Dawn Novak (Michael) and five grandchildren. A...
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Grace Ella Jenkins

April 14, 2019

Grace Ella Jenkins, 85, of Fort Wayne, IN formerly of Michigan City, IN passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born on March 30, 1934 in Beatrice, Nebraska to the late Lebert L. and Dorothy P. (Clark) Littell. She graduated from Beatrice High School in Nebraska. On March 6, 1954, she married Darrell J. Jenkins in Beatrice, Nebraska. Grace was a...
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Pearl I. Sollberger

April 12, 2019

Pearl I Sollberger, 98, passed away on April 12, 2019. She was born in Mendon, Ohio on July 16, 1920, the daughter of the late Joseph Ickes and Gladene Royer. Pearl was a 1939 graduate of Ridge High School in Ridge Township, Ohio. Pearl and her husband, Don moved frequently to accommodate Don's career. Pearl enjoyed all of the places they lived, including New York and Alabama. They retired in...
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Dolores C. Schuhler

April 11, 2019

Dolores C. Schuhler, 76, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born on April 13, 1942, the daughter of August and Teresa (Roberts) Uecker. She married Edward H. Schuhler on March 3, 1962, who preceded her in death in 2009. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1960. She worked for Lutheran Hospital for many years. She was a...
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Nancy F. Melvin

April 7, 2019

Nancy F. Melvin, 58, of Fort Wayne passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019. She was born on December 11, 1960 in Jamaica, New York, a daughter of the late Chester and Marian (Hoagland) Mrozowski. She worked from home raising her family. She was a member at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Fort Wayne and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking. Surviving family include her husband of...
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Walter (Walry) Lee Mock

April 6, 2019

Walter "Walry" Lee Mock, 77, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at his residence. Mr. Mock was born on October 23, 1941 in Natchez, MS to Walter Logan Senior and Josephine (Bell) Dixon. In 1961, he graduated from Sadie D. Thompson High School. He served his country honorably with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from 1961-1966. On July 22, 1967, he married...
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Ray Harris

April 5, 2019

Ray Harris Sr., 81, passed away Friday, April 5, 2019 at his residence in Fort Wayne. He was born in Elwood, TX to the late H. Ray and Pauline Harris. He married Judy Schulze and she survives. Ray served honorably in the United States Air Force, the U.S. Postal Service, was a contractor for the United States Army, and was a founding member of The Pointe Church. He was a Golden Gloves Boxing...
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Ray Harris, Sr.

April 4, 2019

Ray Harris Sr., 81, passed away Friday, April 5, 2019 at his residence in Fort Wayne. He was born in Elwood, TX to the late H. Ray and Pauline Harris. He married Judy Schulze and she survives. Ray served honorably in the United States Air Force, the U.S. Postal Service, was a contractor for the United States Army, and was a founding member of The Pointe Church. He was a Golden Gloves Boxing...
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Daniel Paul Squatrito

April 2, 2019

Daniel Paul Squatrito, 72, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne. He was born on August 13, 1946 in San Jose, CA to the late Salvatore and Bernice (Logston) Squatrito. Daniel served honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked as a designer, engineer and department manager for ELS, Sunnyvale, CA; Magnavox, Navistar, Fort Wayne, IN; and...
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Edna L. Vaughn

April 2, 2019

Edna L. Vaughn, 79, of Fort Wayne, went Home to the Lord on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born to the late Sherman and Elthian Wise on July 13, 1939 in Fort Wayne. Edna was a member of Huntertown United Methodist Church. She retired from K-Mart after 17 years. Edna enjoyed her family, doll collecting, antique tractors, books, and her dogs, Molly and Coco. Edna is...
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Donald F. Wood

March 28, 2019

Donald F. Wood, 86, died peacefully March 28, 2019, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born November 15, 1932, to John R. and Anah F. (Heskett) Wood in Des Moines, IA. He attended college at Drake University and eventually received an Honorary Degree from Ivy Tech Community College. Don served as a Corporal during the Korean War, and upon honorable discharge, he felt a yearning to "get after it"...
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Majetta Jean Muhler

March 25, 2019

Majetta Jean Muhler, 94, passed away Monday March 25, 2019 at Covington Meadows Assisted Living, Ft Wayne. She was born March 8, 1925, in Lebanon, Indiana to the late Ernest and Margaret (Flaningham) Stewart. She graduated from Lebanon High School and received a Bachelor's Degree in business from Indiana University in 1947. She married Dr. Joseph C. Muhler I, on February 2, 1949, he preceded her...
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Richard H. (Dick) Shriner

March 23, 2019

Richard H. "Dick" Shriner, 93, of Fort Wayne went to heaven to be with his beloved wife, daughter, family and friends, on Saturday, March 23, 2019. He was born on April 4, 1925, a son of the late Richard E. and Erma (Harden) Shriner. He graduated from South Side High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army with the 254th Infantry Regiment during World War II. He later received a B.S. in...
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Alvin B. Berry

March 23, 2019

Alvin B. Berry, 99, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Lutheran Life Villages in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne to the late Rolland and Edith Berry. He married Rhea Elouise (Housel) Berry on June 29, 1946 and she preceded him in death in 1993. He served honorably in the United States Army, stationed in Europe, as a military policeman during World War II. Alvin worked as an...
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Gordon Richardson

March 21, 2019

Gordon Richardson, 69, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019 at his residence in Fort Wayne. He was born in Garden City, MI to the late Gordon Sr. and Dorothy Wilkins. He graduated from Wayne High in Michigan and then received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University. He married Debra Richardson on November 4, 1978 and she survives. He served honorably in the United States Marine...
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Joan Kathleen Whiting

March 20, 2019

Joan Kathleen Whiting, age 86, passed away peacefully on the evening of March 20, 2019. Joan was born April 27, 1932 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to John and Velma Hagan who preceded her in death. Joan attended St John the Baptist School, was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and Marymount College. A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, she was active in the community with the Junior League of...
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