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Thomas G. (Jim) (Smitty) (Big Wobble) Smith

November 21, 2017

Thomas G. "Jim" "Smitty" "Big Wobble" Smith, 86, went to be with the love of his life Eleanor peacefully on, Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Born in Lisbon, OH, Smitty worked as a plant manager with Zollner Pistons for 40 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of The Chapel and downtown YMCA 42 years. Smitty was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing racquetball at the YMCA. Smitty enjoyed fishing on...
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Stephan Craig " Steve" Burton

November 18, 2017

Stephan Craig "Steve" Burton, 75, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Steve was the son of the late Clyde and Marie (Calcoff) Burton. Steve graduated from South Side High School, class of 1961 where he was active in basketball, football, and track. During the summers he played baseball where he competed in the Pony League World Series in Williamsburg, PA in...
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Ryan Matthew Kelly

November 16, 2017

Ryan Matthew Kelly, 24, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ryan is the son of Matthew and Debra (Heckman) Kelly. Ryan attended Homestead High School and Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. He had been working at Kelly Box and Kelly Advertising. Ryan had so many gifts, one being his abilities in art. He enjoyed drawing, creating sculptures, and surrounding...
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Robert W. (Bob) Mock

November 13, 2017

Robert W. "Bob" Mock, 80, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bob was the son of the late George and Matilda (Heberle) Mock. He graduated from Central High School and served our country as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Bob worked for Paramount Paper Tube then later retired from GTE after 24 years of service. He then worked for Kelley Auto Services for...
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Virginia Waltemath

November 11, 2017

Virginia Waltemath, 103, passed away on November 11, 2017. She was born on December 28, 1913 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of the late John and Bertha Orr. When Virginia worked she was a beautician for 43 years. Surviving are her children, John Waltemath, and Sally (Steven) Beard; as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years,...
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Melvin Krel

November 10, 2017

Melvin Krel, 89 died on Friday November 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Born in Poland, he was the son of Simon and Hannah Crell (both deceased). After surviving the holocaust, he met Margot Kaufman(Dec) and were married on July 12, 1951. During his time in Ft. Wayne, he owned Indiana Rolling Mill Baling Corp. He is survived by one brother Marvin Crell(Harriett) of Naples, FL; son Silvan Krel of Ft....
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Franklin (Frank) Meehan

November 6, 2017

Franklin "Frank" Meehan, 19, joined his loved ones and the Lord in Heaven on November 6, 2017. He was born on June 10, 1998 in Fort Wayne, IN. Franklin attended Homestead High School, and completed the Auto Collision program through Anthis Career Center his senior year. He was passionate about many things, the beach and the water being one of them, including jumping off the 30 foot platform at...
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Mary E. Libbing

November 6, 2017

Mary E. Libbing, 51, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Mary lived in Fort Wayne most of her life. She graduated Bishop Luers High School ('84) and Indiana University ('91). With a Fine Arts degree, she shared her talent for design and color at Carmel Design and Ream Steckbeck Design for ten years before going back to school for her teaching degree. Mary worked at Homestead High...
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Donald C. Lambert

November 4, 2017

Donald C. Lambert, 78, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Lebanon, NJ, Donald retired from East Amwell Township School in 2004 where he worked as a maintenance supervisor. He was an active volunteer at the YMCA Camp Carr Campground of Hunterdon County, NJ. Donald enjoyed deer hunting, fresh water fishing, woodworking, and fixing anything he could. He was an avid...
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Donald E. Rasp

November 1, 2017

Donald E. Rasp, 83, of Largo, FL and formerly of Fort Wayne, IN and Adams Lake passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Coventry Meadows. He was born August 14, 1934, to the late Edwin and Margaret Rasp. Donald proudly served his country as a member of the US Army. He retired from NIPSCO after 36 years of service. Surviving are his three sons, Steven Sprunger and Chris Sprunger of Fort...
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Melinda Lane

October 30, 2017

Melinda Lane, 42, went home to be with Jesus, Monday, October 30, 2017 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN, on February 15, 1975. Melinda was a graduate of North Side High School. In her spare time she enjoyed watching movies of all types. Her greatest role and accomplishment was being a loving and caring mother. She was a kind and generous woman, who made...
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Carol L. Ellis

October 29, 2017

Carol L. Ellis, 80, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at St. Anne's Home from a long harrowing struggle with Alzheimer's. She was born June 2, 1937 in Roanoke IN, the daughter of the late Alton and Mildred Lesh. Carol worked with Ellison Bakery for 15 years before her retirement. She was a member of The Chapel, and the American Legion Post in Waynedale. Surviving are her husband of 63...
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Rose M. Wallace

October 18, 2017

Rose M. Wallace, 79, went to be with the Lord on October 18, 2017. Rose was born February 10, 1938 in Telluride, Colorado to John Sheldon and Ruth Chitwood Sheldon. Rose grew up in Columbus, KS and Miami, OK. She married James Newton in 1960 who preceded her in death in 2011. During her lifetime Rose was dedicated to the work of her church wherever she lived, recently serving many years as choir...
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Frederick "Fred" H. Fritcha

October 17, 2017

Frederick "Fred" H. Fritcha, 64, passed away on October 17, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN of February 11, 1953, the son of the late Orville and Patricia Fritcha. Fred was a 1971 graduate of Concordia High School, and went on to serve in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged as a Sargent. He worked for the United States Postal Service for 22 years before retiring....
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Nancy L. Pommer

September 6, 1935 - October 16, 2017

Nancy L. Pommer, 82, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at her home in Fort Wayne. Born in Edgerton, OH, to the late Chester A and Marie Metz.. Nancy attended Edgerton HS and later earn a nursing degree. She retired from Parkview Memorial Hospital with 20 years of service. Surviving are her sons, Randal E Pommer, Scott M Pommer, Todd M Pommer all of Fort Wayne, IN 8 grandchildren, 12 great...
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Bernadine (Beanie) Guebard

October 16, 2017

Bernadine "Beanie" Guebard, 94, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at Coventry Meadows LLC in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Beanie worked as a secretary with The City of Fort Wayne for 34 years. She was a member of South Wayne United Methodist Church and Calvary United Methodist Church. She volunteered at Covington Manor for 25 years. Beanie enjoyed gardening and loved flowers. Surviving are...
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Jason A. Sekulovski

October 13, 2017

Jason A. Sekulovski, 35, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne, IN. Born September 6, 1982 in Fort Wayne, Jason worked as a car salesman with several local car dealers. He was a member of St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church. Surviving are his parents, Risto and Gordana Sekulovski of Fort Wayne; brother, Richard Sekulovski of Chicago, IL; sister, Jennifer Sekulovski of Fort...
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Virginia (Ginny) Jacobs

October 13, 2017

Virginia "Ginny" Jacobs, 92, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Virginia worked with Magnavox for18 years, retiring in 1983. She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. Surviving are her three daughters, Judy (Leo) Herendeen of Fort Wayne; Janet (Martin Scott) Yager of Fort Wayne, and Joan Scott of Milford, IN; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great...
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Carolyn Jones-Browning

October 8, 2017

Carolyn Jones-Browning, 79, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017 in Decatur, IN. Born in Van Wert, OH she was a longtime resident of Fort Wayne. Carolyn worked as a beautician for 50 years and was the owner and operator of Carolyn's Beauty Corner in Rockford, OH and most recently she worked for Fantasy Beauty Salon in Fort Wayne. Carolyn had a love for animals, and enjoyed going to the casino. ...
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Charles A. Wilson, SCB

October 8, 2017

Dr. Charles A. Wilson, SCB, 79, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Bronx, NY, Charles completed his undergraduate work at Long Island University and later earned his Doctorate from the London School of Business. His early experience as a management consultant led him to relocate the family to Fort Wayne, where he owned and operated several small...
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James (Jim) Hall

October 2, 2017

James "Jim" Hall, 85, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Evansport , OH, Jim worked as a design engineer with Dana for 28 years, retiring in 1991. He was a long time member of St. Therese Catholic Church and presently a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Having been born on April 1, Jim had a great sense of humor and was a jokester. He was great at telling...
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Mary Kay Doepker

October 2, 2017

Mary Kay Doepker, 73, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Mary Kay was a member of the fist graduating class of Bishop Luers High School. She worked as a teacher in Fort Wayne for many years, until her retirement. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Mary Kay taught at St. Joseph Hessen Castle, St. Vincent DePaul,...
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Jean Ellis

September 29, 2017

Jean Ellis, 86, passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on December 6, 1930, the daughter of the late Irven and Esther Harnish. Jean was a 1948 graduate of North Side Highschool. Surviving are her husband of 68 years, William Ellis; children, David (Sue) Ellis and Thomas (Susan) Ellis; 5 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Janice Standiford...
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Joan A. Harris

September 28, 2017

Joan A. Harris, 90, passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at her home in Fort Wayne. Born in South Bend, Joan worked in customer service with K & K Insurance for10 years, and most recently with American Specialty Insurance for 4yrs years, retiring in 1993. Surviving are her son, David (Shirley) Harris of Carmel, IN; daughter, Dr. Brenda (Brian) O'Hara of Fort Wayne; 6 grandchildren, Robert...
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Judith (Judy) A. Evans

September 25, 2017

Judith "Judy" A. Evans, 77, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Judy enjoyed caring for her family as a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Surviving are her husband, Gary Evans of Fort Wayne; son, Thomas (Robbi) Evans of Garrett, IN; 3 grandchildren, Daniel, Elizabeth, and Brittany; and 4 great-grandchildren. Judy was...
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Cynthia Cande Vaughn

April 24, 1953 - September 23, 2017

Cynthia "Cande" Vaughn, 64, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017. Born in Winchester, Indiana, Cande was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Ellen Thomas. Cande earned her bachelors degree in human resources from Harrison College. She was the owner of Hartford City Medical Transportation for many years. Cande loved making beautiful crochet items. Her greatest joy in life was the adoption...
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Janet M. Long

September 22, 2017

Janet M. Long, 86, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Janet was the daughter of the late George Long and Marguerite Tarr. She was a legal secretary for 20 years, prior to her becoming an elderly care provider which she loved. She faithfully attended church at Roanoke Baptist Church. Janet was an avid walker, and loved her cats. Surviving are her sister-in-law,...
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Nathan W Boothby

March 9, 1979 - September 22, 2017

Nathan "Nate" W. Boothby, 38, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 after a four year battle with cancer. Born in Kokomo, Indiana, Nate was the son of Jack and Ruthanne Boothby. He graduated from Western High School and earned his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineer Technology from Purdue University and his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. He worked with Navistar for 11 years prior to...
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Shawn D. Ambrose, Ph.D.

September 16, 2017

Shawn D. Ambrose, PhD, age 52, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, September 16, 2017 at La Porte Hospital in La Porte, IN. Born and raised in Rochester, PA, Shawn graduated from Rochester High School. He married Melinda LaFollette in 1990, and raised seven children with his sweetheart. He earned 9 years restaurant and retail management experience. Shawn earned a BA in Communications and...
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Freda M. Shull

September 16, 2017

Freda M. Shull, 96, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Middle Point, OH, Freda worked as a clerk with International Harvester for 30 years, retiring in 1981. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Surviving are her children, Reginald (Diana) Shull, Jr. of Woodburn, IN, Cassandra Hebermehl, and Regina Hahn both of Fort Wayne; daughter-in-law, Laura Shull of...
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Diane Kaye (Pelz) Waldrop

September 13, 2017

Diane Kaye (Pelz) Waldrop, 73, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Diane was gifted to this world by her Lord on December 26, 1943. She lived out her faithful service among the people of God at Southwest Lutheran and St. Michael Lutheran churches. The Lord strengthened her trust in His promise through Bible Study fellowship and her service in various small...
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Stephen H. Leacock

September 11, 2017

Stephen H. Leacock , 74, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in St. Paul, MN, Stephen worked as a Systems Engineer with Magnavox which later became Raytheon for 40 years. He retired from Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ. Stephen served his country as a member of the US Navy. Stephen enjoyed animals, fishing, canoeing, gardening, photography, and...
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Rodger P. Rang

September 9, 2017

Rodger P. Rang, 59, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Rodger was a graduate of Bishop Luers High School and later completed his Bachelor of Science Degree from IPFW. He spent his entire career as a Medical Technologist in the laboratory at Lutheran Hospital. An avid birder, Rodger could often be found at Eagle Marsh or Fox Island, binoculars up, looking...
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Mark Richard Roberts

September 8, 2017

Mark Richard Roberts, 65, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, August 29, 1952 to the late Francis and Rita Roberts. Mark graduated from Bishop Luers HS in 1971. He was owner of Robco Engineering and Rubber Products of Columbia City. Mark was a generous and compassionate man that loved his family, and would lend a hand...
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Stephen Charles Royer

September 6, 2017

Stephen Charles Royer , 65, passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Born in Kenton, Ohio on December 6, 1951, Stephen was the son of the late Paul and Virginia Royer. He worked with Manchester Metals LLC for 20 years prior to his retirement. Stephen was a loving husband, dad, and grandpa to his family. He was an avid NASCAR, Dallas Cowboy, and Willie Nelson fan. He was a very active in his...
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Mary Hoffman-Farrant

September 2, 2017

Mary (McMinn) Hoffman-Farrant, 64, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Born Feb. 6, 1953 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Allan Clair "Mac" McMinn and Gloria Parker. She was a 1971 graduate of Elmhurst High School and attended Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She was a designer and creator of fashion jewelry and she and...
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Harold Frasure

September 1, 2017

Harold Frasure, 97, passed away on September 1, 2017. He was born on November 27, 1919 and grew up in Lancaster, Ohio, the son of the late Nelson Frasure and Rosa Frasure Enders. Harold attended the Ohio State University obtaining 2 bachelor's degrees before serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII for 16 years. Harold worked in Chemical Sales for BF Goodrich Chemical Company until his retirement in...
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Peggy Duvall

January 18, 1916 - August 23, 2017

Peggy Duvall, 101, passed away on August 23, 2017 at Coventry Meadows Nursing Facility in Fort Wayne, IN. Peggy was born on January 18, 1916 in Globe, Arizona, the daughter of the late Edwin and Jessica Mitchell Head. She graduated from Redford Township High School in Redford, Michigan in 1935. She started her career as the lead trombonist in the all-women's orchestra, the "Coquettes," and was a...
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Mary Louise Grace (Metzinger) Dischner

August 22, 2017

Mary Louise Grace (Metzinger) Dischner, 88, joined hands with her blessed Lord on August 22 surrounded by family in her home in Fort Wayne Indiana. Born in Buffalo New York on February 28, 1929 she was the daughter of Eugene and Kathryn Metzinger. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Carl, sons, David (Elizabeth) Dischner of Newport News, Va, and Tim (Gina) Dischner of San Diego,...
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Miriam Elizabeth Stoner Mendenhall

August 18, 2017

Miriam Elizabeth Stoner Mendenhall passed away peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2017. She was born June 9, 1927, to Edward Norris and Florence Burkett Stoner in Ladoga, Indiana. She was the fifth of seven children who remained close for all their lives even though geographical distances kept them apart. Miriam graduated from Tipton High School, Tipton, IN, in 1945 and then graduated from...
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Winifred (Freddie) Jorgensen

August 12, 2017

Winifred "Freddie" Jorgensen died peacefully at her Maravilla home in Santa Barbara, California on August 12, 2017. She was 103 years, 8 months, and 19 days old. Born on November 24, 1913 in Minot, North Dakota, her birth name was Winifred Mae Bakeman. Freddie's family had long roots in North America. Her great, great, great, great grandfather, Daniel Frederick Bakeman, was the last surviving...
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Keith D. Davis

August 8, 2017

Keith D. Davis, 48, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at his home, in Ft Wayne. He was born to the late Charles William and Bobbie Jean Davis, and was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN. Keith graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1988. He worked in marketing and retail displays with Premier Concepts of Bentonville, AR. Keith enjoyed going to concerts, hiking and spending time...
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Eugene (Gene) Welch

August 7, 2017

Eugene "Gene" Welch, 66, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Gene graduated from North Side High School. Gene had been working in the grocery industry since 1968 with Kroger, Rogers, and Scotts. The number one priority in his life was his family. He also enjoyed going on Disney Castaway Cay Cruises with his wife, and woodworking. Surviving are his loving wife of...
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Donald C. Peters

August 5, 2017

Donald C. Peters, 70, passed away on August 5, 2017. He was born on September 26, 1946 in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of the late Carlton and Evelyn Peters. Don graduated from North Side High School in 1964. He worked for Tetra Pak for 37 years before his retirement. He married Barbara Little on June 3, 1972 in Fort Wayne, IN. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, going to Canada, camping at the...
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Jesus "Jesse" Morales Jr.

July 11, 1964 - August 3, 2017

Jesus "Jesse" Morales, Jr., 53, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Apple Valley, CA, Jesse worked as a Surgical Tech with Parkview Hospital. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and an avid Cowboys fan. He enjoyed watching boxing, adored his nieces and nephews and loved to joke around and make other's laugh. He was a gentle giant and defended...
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Charles K. Crowder

August 3, 2017

Charles K. Crowder, 83, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Wabash, IN, Charley worked in car sales and management, and later with D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Marlene Crowder of Fort Wayne; his children, Charles (Tana) Crowder of Upland, IN, Ernest (Beth) Crowder of Fort...
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Alice L. Thrun

August 3, 2017

Alice L. Thrun, 84, went peacefully to heaven to be with her husband, Melvin, and brothers and sisters on August 3, 2017. Alice was a teacher for all of her working life until her retirement. She enjoyed crafts, fishing, spending time with people, and playing and listening to music. She is survived by her daughter, Kim (Dave) Kaverman; grandchildren, Steve (Rebecca) Kaverman and Kristen Kaverman;...
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Ray F. Zell

December 14, 1919 - August 2, 2017

Ray F. Zell, 97, passed away Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Ray served as store manager for G.C. Murphy Co. in Galion, OH, Owosso, MI, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne. He was past president of the Rotary Club in Galion and the Chamber of Commerce in Owosso. Ray was a member of Christ's Church at Georgetowne, started the Voyagers...
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Barbara Ann Odier

August 2, 2017

Barbara Ann (Willen) Odier passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. She was born in Albany, KY, the daughter of the late Curtis and Ola Anna (Craft) Willen. Raised in Ft Wayne, IN, she was a graduate of Central High in 1957. Two years later Barbara married Lynn Odier, her husband of 58 years. After several years in Fort Wayne, they moved to Bloomington, IN, where they lived for nearly...
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Peyton Timothy Philpot

August 1, 2017

Peyton Timothy Philpot, age 21, from Dayton, Ohio and growing up for the last five years in Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away August 1, 2017. Peyton was a student at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, studying psychology and was active in the drama club. He graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School in 2015 where he was a star football player. He loved movies and loved Batman from the...
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Ronald W. Brand

July 27, 2017

Ronald W. Brand, 65, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Calling is Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd. To view the online obituary, go to www.domccombandsons.com.
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Rnald W. Brand

July 27, 2017

Ronald W. Brand, 65, passed away July 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd.
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Harriet F. Robinson

July 25, 2017

Harriet F. Robinson, 91, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia. Born in Harlan, Indiana, Harriet was the daughter of the late Jake and Irene Gonser. During her youth, Harriet managed her family's business Robbie's Western Store and her families apartments. Harriet's number one priority in her life was her family. She loved taking care of them and spending time with...
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Larry J. Neely

July 24, 2017

Larry J. Neely, 70, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Larry worked as a welder/fabricator with Wayne Metals, retiring in 2009. He was a 1965 North Webster High graduate. He was a member of Elmhurst Church of the Nazarene. Larry enjoyed fishing and camping. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a story-teller and kept...
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Amiya Goldsby

July 21, 2017

Amiya Goldsby, 5, earned her wings Friday, July 21, 2017 at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Amiya loved playing with shopkins. She was a little princess and loved wearing dresses and twirling in them. She was so smart. Surviving are her mother, Rashaunda (Robert Wade) Wallace; father, Aaron Goldsby; grandmothers, Coretta Harris of FL and Betty...
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Helen B. Juricak

July 19, 2017

Helen B. Juricak, 90, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. She was born on July 26, 1926 in Ithaca, MI, the daughter of the late Frank and Annastasia Chvojka. Helen worked at Magnavox for 26 years until her retirement in 1987. She is survived by her son, David (Cathy) Juricak; and 5 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Frank Juricak; son, James "Jim" Juricak;...
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Gene L. Ruse

July 18, 2017

Gene L. Ruse, 75, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in a Fort Wayne Hospital. He was born in Wabash County Hospital on March 4, 1942, to Wayne and Kathleen (Briner) Ruse of North Manchester, IN. He graduated from Manchester High School, and International Business College in Fort Wayne. He worked for International Harvester, Phelps Dodge, Midwestern United Life in Fort Wayne and was currently co...
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Wilma Secaur

July 17, 2017

Wilma Secaur, 90, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017. She was born on September 21, 1926 in Morgan Co., IN, the daughter of the late Gordon and Winnie Brown. She graduated from Chili High School, and was a member of Eastern Star. Wilma loved spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Surviving her children; Carol (Larry) Minns, and James Fouts; 4...
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Brian Kennedy

July 16, 2017

Brian Kennedy, 60, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 16, 2017 surrounded by his family. A resident of Fort Wayne, Brian was employed as a real estate agent, and later was the president of Kennedy Rayl Homes and owner of Kennedy Building Corporation. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Brian was a bright star in the lives of many people. "Dance with the Angels, Brian." Surviving are...
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Frederick A. Beckman

February 23, 1923 - July 16, 2017

FREDERICK A. BECKMAN, 94, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, at St. Anne Home. Born on February 23, 1923, in Fort Wayne, Ind., Fred was the son of the late Adam and Cornelia (Schnitker) Beckman. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1941, he worked for General Electric, the News-Sentinel and the IRS until he entered St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Ind., the fall of 1942. He left...
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Addilynn Grace Binns

July 15, 2017

Infant, Addilynn Grace Binns , was stillborn, July 15, 2017 at Dupont Hospital. She is survived by her mother, Marissa Pearson and father, Joshua Binns. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd.
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Joan Detwiler

July 14, 2017

Joan L Detwiler. 86, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 and is now reunited with a lifetime of precious family and friends. She was born in Three Rivers, MI, to the late Arthur and Odessa Pickens. Joan lived in Fort Wayne, IN most of her life. She worked as the Director of Day Care with North Christian Church for many years and taught nursery school at Crescent Ave Church. Joan had lived and...
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Virginia Vera (Ginny) Hollister

July 6, 2017

Virginia Vera "Ginny" Hollister, 98, passed from this life into her heavenly home on July 6, 2017. She was born on April 17, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout her life she enjoyed many roles. She was above all a mother first, but was involved as a secretary in the family business, and in her later years was a volunteer at Lutheran Hospital and proceeded to become a paid employee for total...
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Jerome Mays

July 2, 2017

Jerome "Jerry" K. Mays, 71, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his home in Pleasant Lake. Born in Bradford, PA, Jerry worked at the Experior Corporation, Lincoln National Corporation, and most recently as a engagement manager with Sun Microsystems. Jerry also served as the project manager for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. ...
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Larry Edward Mast

December 9, 1938 - July 2, 2017

Larry Edward Mast, 78, passed away on July 2, 2017, surrounded by his family, after a three-year battle with cancer. Larry was born on Dec 9, 1938, in Wabash County, Indiana, to the late Orville and Catherine Mast. He graduated from Urbana High School in 1956 and Manchester College in 1960 with a Bachelor's Degree in chemistry. Larry began his career at General Tire in Akron, Ohio. He was...
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Ann Perry Wintrode

October 12, 1919 - June 30, 2017

Ann Perry Wintrode, 97, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017. She was born in Ashland, AL, the daughter of the late James W. and Ida Jane (Schoggins) Perry. Ann graduated from Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, Ca at age 18, and obtained a Master's Degree from the Peabody School of Library Science. Her career in librarianship took her to a number of places including Baltimore, MD, The Menninger...
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Dorman G. Keller

January 10, 1924 - June 27, 2017

Dorman G. Keller, 93, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Covington Meadows in Fort Wayne. Born in South Bend, IN, Dorman worked as a Printer with Fort Wayne Type for 26 years, retiring in 1989. Dorman was a WWII Army Veteran. He was an original member of Calvary-Third United Presbyterian Church and presently a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his daughters, Linda S. Knepple...
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Benjamin James Bowdon

June 27, 2017

Benjamin James Bowdon, 93, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Ben was born on April 4, 1924 in Sheridan, Wyoming, the son of the late Dewey and Agnes Bowdon. Ben served as a Radioman Second Class in the Navy during World War II in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, seeing action in North Africa, Italy and Normandy. Ben graduated from St. Louis University in 1948. Ben married Becky...
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Lourine Pequignot

June 26, 2017

Lourine Pequignot , 76, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Hazard, KY, Lourine worked as a Machinist with Essex Wire in Columbia City for 30 years. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Surviving are her son, Ed (Cheryll) Palmer of Columbia City, IN; daughter, Debra Hamilton of Tucson, AZ; step-daughters, Michelle Judd and Marla (Judge...
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Trent Charles Heinemeyer

June 24, 2017

Trent Charles Heinemeyer, 60, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Trent was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and was the son of the late Ray Heinemeyer and Marilyn Heinemeyer who survives. He attended Bismarck High School, Bismarck Junior College, and received a B.S. degree in business from the University of North Dakota. He graduated from UND School of Law in 1982, and...
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Vicki Lynn Brubaker

June 23, 2017

Vicki Lynn Brubaker, 64, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, June 23, 2017. She was born on October 7, 1952 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of the late Joe and Carol Golembiewski. Vicki graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1971. During her senior year of High School she began working at Maloley's Deli, where she worked for several years. She then went on to work...
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Vicki Brubaker

October 7, 1952 - June 23, 2017

Vicki Lynn Brubaker, 64, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, June 23, 2017. She was born on October 7, 1952 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of the late Joe and Carol Golembiewski. Vicki graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1971. During her senior year of High School she began working at Maloley's Deli, where she worked for several years. She then went on to work...
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JoAnn Marie Powers

March 2, 1962 - June 23, 2017

JoAnn Marie Powers, 55, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 2, 1962 she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Crimmins Powers. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and very passionate about the Lord. JoAnn attended Easter Seals ARC for over 40 years and she enjoyed listening to music of all types. Surviving...
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Norma Jean Fincher

June 21, 2017

Norma Jean Fincher, 90, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. She was born in Peru, IN on March 30, 1927 to the late James H. and Ruby Fincher. She was a member of Indiana University Alumni, Purdue University Xi Nu at large, Sigma Theta International Nursing Honor Society, Northeast Region Nursing, ISNA, and ANA. She also volunteered at St. Charles school. Her hobbies included reading, playing...
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Gus (Dennis) M. Trahin

June 20, 2017

Gus Dennis M. Trahin, 71, a faithful, loving, and giving servant for the Lord left this earth on Tuesday, June 20th 2017. Gus was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to his many loved ones. Gus attended grade school at St. Patrick's Arcola, and graduated from Arcola High School in 1965. Starting as a young boy he volunteered with his dad and family at St. Pat's, his...
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Lois J. Fisher

June 20, 2017

Lois J. Fisher, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Born in Monroeville, Indiana, Lois was the daughter of the late Cleo and Alma Gilbert. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her family. During her working years she was a sales clerk for several company's before her retirement in 1980. Lois enjoyed bowling, fishing, going to fairs, festivals, concerts, being at the lakes,...
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Suzanne Spindler

June 15, 2017

Suzanne Spindler, 79, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Suzanne was the daughter of the late Emmett and Helen Spindler. She graduated from South Side High School class of 1956. Suzanne was an accountant with Wayne Chemical Company and Gelco Trucking during her working career, retiring in 1997. She was a member of the National Association for...
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Marjorie A. Henschen

June 15, 2017

Marjorie A. Henschen, 93, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Tipton Place in Huntington. Born in Napoleon, OH, Marjorie worked as a Sales Clerk with House of Golden for 15yrs years, retiring in 1962. She was a talented seamstress and business woman most of her life. Surviving are her son, Kent (Lisa) Henschen of Big Bend, WI; brother, James (Sharon) Bruns of Angola; sisters, Jean Krinn of...
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Frank Robinson, Sr.

June 12, 2017

Frank Robinson, Sr., 82, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 in Bluffton. Born in Middlesboro, KY, Frank worked with General Electric for 34 years, retiring in 1996. He was a steadfast and devout caretaker of his wife for10 years who battled Alzheimer's. Surviving are his son, Frank (Amy) Robinson, Jr.of Ossian, IN; 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchild; brothers, Carl Robinson of Corbin, KY, Jim...
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Helen Joan Saxton

June 11, 2017

Helen Joan Saxton, 91, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Renaissance Village in Fort Wayne. Born in Portland, IN, Helen worked as a Legal Assistant for several law firms, for over 48 years, retiring in 1997. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church, Legal Secretary's Association and past president, American Legion Post 296, VFW Aux 10006, and Mississinewa Chapter of D.A.R. She was...
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Stanley W. Miller

June 10, 2017

Stanley W. Miller, 86, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Fort Wayne with his loving wife by his side. Born in Fort Wayne, Stanley was the founder of CMS Roofing. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Joanne Miller of Fort Wayne; daughter, Catherine (Frederick) Peterson of Fort Wayne; sons, Scott (Kevin Heck) Miller of...
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Joseph Andrew Tweedy

June 9, 2017

Joseph Andrew Tweedy,53, went home to our Lord on June 9, 2017 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home Ft. Wayne, IN after a long battle with cancer. Joseph was a 1987 Graduate of the University of Iowa. He served ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Corp Officer. He worked for nearly twenty years in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, most recently for Dometic Corp in LaGrange, IN. He was a...
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Thoburn (Toby) D. Hatch

June 7, 2017

Thoburn "Toby" D. Hatch, 73, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Toby was the son of the late William and Jeanette Hatch. He graduated from North Side High School class of 1962. Toby was in the printing industry throughout his working career which included being president of Indigo Printing and Graphics. Toby was an active member of...
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Marlene (Bean) F. Douglas

June 5, 2017

Marlene "Bean" F. Douglas, 48, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday June 5, 2017. She was born June 12, 1968 in Anderson, IN. She was selfless by nature and loved with her whole heart. She was an amazing grandmother, not only to her own, but to the few (nonbiological) grand babies she loved just the same. She was many people's personal advisor on life's ups and downs, but never judged. Marlene will...
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Terri L. Taylor

June 5, 2017

Terri L. Taylor, 58, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne on May 26, 1959. Terri graduated from Northrop High School. She worked at Patriot Group Inc. for 20 years, and most recently has been working at Shambaugh and Sons. Terri loved to cook and entertain, and certainly loved her book club friends. She was an avid reader and animal lover, and a bee keeper. She also...
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Elizabeth "Bette" M. Fuess

July 19, 1925 - June 4, 2017

Elizabeth "Bette" M. Fuess, 91, passed away on Sunday June 4, 2017. She was born on July 19, 1925 in Theresa, NY, the daughter of the late Forest and Elizabeth Bellinger. Bette was married to Robert Fuess for 52 years until his passing in 1998. Bette owned The Wig Shop, in Fort Wayne, for 10 years, and worked in various floral shops throughout her career. Her hobbies included writing poetry,...
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MaryEllen Dolby

June 3, 2017

MaryEllen Dolby, 76, passed away on June 3, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on March 9, 1941, the daughter of the late Charles and Genevieve Fritz. She was married to Leon Dolby in 1972 and they spent 43 years of wonderful marriage together, until his passing in 2015. MaryEllen worked as a secretary for Dolby Insurance until her retirement in 1998. MaryEllen and Leon spent 15 years in...
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Roberto "Vic" Villajuan

January 29, 1930 - June 3, 2017

Roberto "Vic" Villajuan, 87, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 surrounded by his family. Born in Pantabangan, Philippines, Vic was the son of the late Pedro and Andrea Villajuan. Vic was a teacher in the Philippines for over 20 years prior to his retirement in 1985. Vic was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He was a loving husband, tatay, and lolo...
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Marjorie E. Kauffman

May 25, 2017

Marjorie E. Kauffman, 96, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Golden Years Homestead in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Marjorie graduated from South Side High School in 1940. She worked as an accounting clerk with GTE for 20 years, retiring in 1983. Marjorie was a member of Christ's Church at Georgetown, former past President of the Jane Adams Society, the GTE Retirement Club, Voyagers,...
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Robert G. Claypool

May 23, 2017

Robert G. Claypool, 91, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Bethlehem Woods Rehab Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Whitesville, KY, Robert had a deep faith and unwavering integrity. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, and retired as a Postmaster following his military career. He was a member of Northridge Baptist Church and enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Surviving are his son, Stephen...
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Richard F. Pulse

May 19, 2017

Richard F Pulse, 68, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 in Fort Wayne. The first born of 6 to his parents in New Castle, IN, Richard was a lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN. Richard was in the first graduating class at Bishop Dwenger High School in 1967. He served in the US Air Force and was a Vietnam combat veteran. Professionally, he was the president and CEO of several businesses, including...
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James E. Williams, D.D.S., M.S.

May 18, 2017

James E. Williams, D.D.S., M.S., 69 died on Thursday, May 18, 2017. He was born on June 3, 1947 in Newport, AR and lived most of his childhood in Memphis, TN. In 1960 he moved with his family to the Chicago suburbs and then again in 1963 to Fort Wayne. He graduated from Northside High School in 1965 and then enrolled in a predental curriculum at IPFW. The following year he met Diane Simancek, a...
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Meredith D. Wamsley

May 16, 2017

Meredith D. Wamsley, 98, (three weeks short of reaching his 99th birthday,) passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 16, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in 1918 in Huntington, IN. He was the only child of Lloyd L. and May P. Wamsley. He served in WWII as a Motor Pool Mechanic. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He spent his career in both...
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Ruby N. Shoemaker

May 15, 2017

Ruby N. Shoemaker, 77, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017. Ruby was born on August 17, 1939, the daughter of the late Cecil Gerald "Johnny" and Edna Johnson. A graduate of the class of 1957 from Portland H.S. Ruby was the co-owner of Shoemaker Inc. where she worked actively with her husband for 30 years. She was always very involved with numerous church organizations, including the Women's...
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Anthony (Tony) Scatena III

May 14, 2017

Anthony "Tony" Scatena III, 53, passed away May 14, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Anthony "Tony" worked as a Police Officer with Fort Wayne Police Department for 13 years. He adored his family and friends, loved fishing and hunting. Surviving are his Spouse, Sofia Scatena; mother, Katharine Scatena; son, Anthony Scatena, IV; daughter, Cheyennea; sisters, Laura and Angela Scatena; nieces and...
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William Albert Keim

September 24, 1939 - May 14, 2017

William "Bill" Albert Keim, 77, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bill was the son of the late Raymond and Margaret Keim. He graduated from Central High School in 1957. He graduated in 1961 from Wabash College with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. While there, he was a member of the Lambda Chi...
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Michele Lee McCulloch Gaskill

May 11, 2017

Michele Lee McCulloch Gaskill, 47, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, May 11, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on February 6, 1970. Michele worked as a nurse for the past 20 years, and most recently acted as a traveling nurse. While traveling, her dog, Thor would always accompany her. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, and crocheting. She was a loving daughter,...
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Joseph Stemen

May 8, 2017

Joseph Stemen, age 72, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. He was born on January 28, 1945 in Van Wert, OH the son of the late Clayton and Grace Stemen. Joe enjoyed archery, cars, and biking. Being with his family was the most important thing in his life. He will always be remembered as a good man compassionate man. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Carolyn Stemen; step-daughter, Aimee ...
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Willem A. De Villiers

May 8, 2017

Willem A. De Villiers, 68, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Harrysmith, South Africa, Willem moved to the United States where he attended Southern Baptist University earning his Master's degree. He was an ordained pastor serving at several churches in Campbellsburg, IN and Kendallville, IN. Willem also worked as a communications attache at the National Press...
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Mary Ann Braun

May 8, 2017

Mary Ann Braun, 81, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Bryant, IN, Mary Ann worked for Pro Bowl West for 15 years, and later retired from Spangle Fasteners. She enjoyed bowling on numerous teams and participating in several local leagues. Surviving are her daughter, Hope Harris of Fort Wayne; son, Bruce Braun of Huntertown, IN; 2 grandchildren,...
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