Our Obituaries

Eleanor E. McMaken

December 16, 1924 - August 17, 2017

Eleanor E. McMaken, 92, of Harlan, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages- Pine Valley. Born on December 16, 1924, in rural Spencerville, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Izetta (McNabb) Chaney. A graduate of Harlan High School, she followed her High School sweetheart, the late Homer McMaken, to California while he was serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was...
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Irene W. Kruse

September 13, 1928 - August 15, 2017

Irene W. Kruse, 88, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Lutheran Life Villages- Pine Valley. Born on September 13, 1928, in Allen County, she was a daughter of the late Otto Sr. and Louise (Hitzeman) Bradtmueller. Irene was employed with White Swan and later with Concordia Lutheran High School. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church for over 67 years, having been...
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Robert John Falbe

June 2, 1940 - August 13, 2017

Robert John Falbe, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at his home. Born on June 2, 1940, in Muskegon, Mich., he was a son of the late Russell and Evelyn (Vanderstelt) Falbe. Robert was a chemical engineer with Dana for 37 years, retiring in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Dee (Graham) Falbe of Fort Wayne; daughters, Jamie (Erik) Thoreson of Dayton, Ohio, and Shannon ...
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Mary Virginia Beard

October 28, 1929 - August 10, 2017

Mary Beard, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away on August 10, 2017. Born on October 28, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late George G. and Mamie L. (Isley) Loehr. Mary loved to cook, crochet and read, but the most important thing in her life was taking care of her family. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ralph E. Beard; daughters, Susan (Charlie) Schoone and Patricia ...
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Betty L. Zimmermann

April 29, 1920 - August 10, 2017

Betty L. Zimmermann, 97, of Fort Wayne, passed away on August 10, 2017. Born on April 29, 1920, in Vallonia, she was a daughter of the late Rev. John G. and Elizabeth (Limbeck) Jeske. A member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, the Ladies Aid and the Lutheran Womens Missionary League. A graduate of Lawrence University, BS, she received her Master's Degree from Indiana University; and...
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Lucille F. Schumacher

July 7, 1930 - August 7, 2017

Lucille F. Schumacher, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away on August 7, 2017, at The Heritage of Fort Wayne. Born on July 7, 1930, in Salamanca, New York, she was a daughter of the late Lonnie and Florence Ewing; a member of First Missionary Church and was a piano teacher for many years.She is survived by her children, Tom (Gwen) Schumacher, of Plymouth, Deb (Nick) Tremblin, of Swindon, England, John ...
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Marva Dawson

April 21, 1935 - August 7, 2017

Marva Dawson, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away on August 7, 2017. She was a volunteer at Community Harvest Food Bank, she was a member of an exercise group at the Fort Wayne Community center and a breakfast club. She is survived by her best friend Donna; and her family and friends at Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana and Indiana Mentor. She was preceded in death by her parents Verle and...
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John Howard Krueckeberg

November 13, 1928 - August 4, 2017

JOHN HOWARD KRUECKEBERG died Friday, August 4, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne in 1928 to Ruth Vollmer Krueckeberg and Ferd Krueckeberg, he graduated from Mishawaka High School. John received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Indiana University, then earned a law degree from Valparaiso University in 1952. While he was in law school he rekindled a relationship with a Valparaiso...
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Alma Ali" Mae Simpson

January 31, 1938 - August 3, 2017

Alma "Ali" Mae Simpson, 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. Born on January 31, 1938, in Francesville, Ind., she was a daughter of the late Loren and Ellen (Marion) Ezra. A graduate of Francesville High School, Class of 1956, she pursued her education at Manchester College and IU- Bloomington earning her Master's Degree. Ali was a teacher at...
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Richard Paul Mueller

November 29, 1932 - August 2, 2017

Richard P. Mueller, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Kingston Care Center. Born on November 29, 1932, in Fort Wayne, he was the only son of the late Rudolph and Gertrude (Mertz) Mueller. Richard proudly served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army having been stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, for two years. He was a Journeyman Machine Rebuilder with International Harvester...
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Grace Michelle Banks

July 25, 2017 - July 25, 2017

IF EVER THERE IS A TOMORROWWHEN WE'RE NOT TOGETHERTHERE IS SOMETHING YOUMUST ALWAYS REMEMBERYOU ARE BRAVER THAN YOU BELIEVESTRONGER THAN YOU SEEMAND SMARTER THAN YOU THINKBUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ISEVEN IF WE ARE APARTI"LL ALWAYS BE WITH YOUWinnie the Pooh
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Eleanor M. Rippe

August 21, 1918 - July 24, 2017

Eleanor M Rippe, 98, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 24, 2017, at Woodview Nursing and Rehab. Born on August 21, 1918, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Gladys (Heitz) Parker. A member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne; she retired in 1982 from Central Soya after 31 years of service in sales. She was a member and Past Matron of the Trinity Chapter of the...
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Robert Gilpin Nutter

April 23, 1929 - July 22, 2017

Robert G. "Bob" Nutter, 88, passed away on July 22, 2017. Born on April 23, 1929, in Massillon, Ohio, he was a son of the late, Waldo E. and Helen I. (Huth) Nutter. He proudly served his country in the US Navy; and retired from Electric Motors, in Garrett, in 2003, after 15 years of service.He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Shirley Nutter; children, Valerie (Tom) Lyons, Vickie (John) Cook,...
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Elaine Lenore Crowder

October 8, 1925 - July 21, 2017

Elaine L. Crowder, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017 at The Cedars, Leo. Born on October 8, 1925, in Flushing, Mich., she was a daughter of the late Harold and Mary (Crist) Kent. Elaine was a homemaker and retired to Las Cruces, N.M. in 1986 with her husband, the late Richard Crowder. The delight of her life was volunteering at Dripping Springs National Park from 1999-2009....
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Stephen L. McCallister

September 19, 1955 - July 18, 2017

Stephen L. McCallister, USN (Ret.), 61, of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital surrounded by his beloved wife Mary and children at his side. Born September 19, 1955, in Charleston, West Virginia, he was the son of Julia (who survives) and the late, Romy McCallister. He was retired from the US Navy after twenty-one years of service. Steve loved telling...
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Myrtle L. Wildason

January 22, 1924 - July 15, 2017

Myrtle Lucille Wildason, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed from this life into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Heritage Park. Born on January, 22, 1924 in Clawson, Mich., she was a daughter of the late Emery and Bernice Dumas. A graduate of Central High School, class of 1944, she was a store keeper with ITT Aerospace Optical Division for 35 years, from which she retired....
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Archie L. Fisher

September 7, 1919 - July 15, 2017

Archie L. Fisher, 97, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 15, 2017. Born on September 7, 1919, in El Dorado, Kansas. He proudly served his country and retired from the Air Force after 22 years; then he retired from ITT as an electrical engineer after 27 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marjory Fisher; sons, Stephen (Linda) Fisher and Mark (Dixie) Fisher; grandchildren,...
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Sondra D. Potter

May 15, 1962 - July 13, 2017

Sondra D. (Dean) Potter, 55, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 13, 2017 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born on May 15, 1962, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Wallace and Patricia Dean. She was a member of Pine Hills Church, Fort Wayne, where she was very involved and was a homemaker. "Her life was dedicated to her husband, children, grandsons, nieces and nephews who...
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Alfred E. Snyder

December 4, 1936 - July 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Adam M. Sizen

April 12, 1933 - July 8, 2017

Adam Michael Sizen, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Heritage Park. Born on April, 12, 1933 in Detroit, Mich., he was a son of the late John and Aleksandra (Konarzerska) Sizen. Adam proudly served in the U.S. Army for nearly two years and graduated from the Lawrence Technological Institute with a Bachelor Degree in Business Management. He was a buyer with Edward C. Levy...
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Robert L. Simpson

August 25, 1955 - July 6, 2017

Robert L. Simpson, 61, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 6, 2017. Born on August 25, 1955, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Anna Mae (White) Simpson, and James E. Simpson, who survives. He was an avid Indiana Hoosiers, Baltimore Orioles and Dallas Cowboys Fan. He is also survived by his wife of 27 years, Kelly Simpson; children, Drew (Jena) Lancaster, Tyler Lancaster and Ashtyn (Aarron)...
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Lillian J. Osborn

November 2, 1928 - July 5, 2017

Lillian J. Osborn, 88, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Coldwater, Mich., passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at St. Anne Home. Born on November, 2, 1928 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late John and Julia (Byrczak) Sitko. A graduate of Central High School, Lillian was a homemaker and member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. She is survived by her daughters, Janell (Eddie)...
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Arnold C. Rock

March 20, 1960 - June 30, 2017

Arnold C. Rock, 57, of Fort Wayne, passed away on June 30, 2017. Born on March 20, 1960, in Lafayette, he was a son of the late Herbert and Margaret Rock; he attended Aboite Lutheran Church and worked at Anthony Wayne Services. He is survived by his family and friends at Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana, Life Inc, Leisure for Life and Indiana Mentor.Funeral service will be 10am, Monday,...
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James Bergan

February 13, 1952 - June 29, 2017

James Bergan, 65, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Born on February 13, 1952, in Danville, Ill., he was a son of Elizabeth (Wallace) Bergan and the late Thomas Bergan. James was employed with General Motors for over 37 years, currently employed with Carlex Glass in Auburn, and was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. He is also survived by his wife of 39 years, Keli (Foreman...
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June I. Kneller

January 29, 1928 - June 24, 2017

June I. Kneller, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on June 24, 2017. Born on January 29, 1928, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Lucile Brinkman. A member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, she worked as the cafeteria manager at St. Paul's Lutheran School.She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia K. Irie; sons, Thomas E. (Dianne) Kneller and Donald L. (Dianne) Kneller...
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Lillian Grace Garrett

February 12, 1926 - June 19, 2017

Lillian Grace (Watts) Garrett, formerly of Huntertown, passed away quietly on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the age of 91. Lilly, as most knew her, the youngest of seven sisters, was born in Poplar Bluff, MO to Thomas and Grace Watts. She was a gardener and loved all things outdoors, an accomplished seamstress, needlepoint crafter, and genealogist, having traced her mother's family for eleven...
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Curt Mitchell Stiles

April 4, 1964 - June 18, 2017

Curt Mitchell Stiles, 53, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017 due to a motorcycle accident. Born April 4, 1964 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Leonard "Len" Charles and Leila "Lee" Ruth (Snyder) Stiles. A 1982 graduate of R. Nelson Snider High School, Curt also served in the Air National Guard for nearly three years. Curt enjoyed riding /rebuilding motorcycles and being...
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Brian Edwin Reed

July 16, 1957 - June 18, 2017

Brian Edwin Reed, 59, of Fort Wayne, passed away after a valiant fight against cancer on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 4:02pm at Parkview Regional Medical Center surrounded by loved ones. Born on July, 16, 1957 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Howard and Jeraldine (Clem) Reed. Brian was a graduate of Northrop High School, class of 1975, and attended the business program at Indiana Institute of...
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Rebecca J. Laskowski

May 6, 1948 - June 17, 2017

REBECCA J. "BECKY" (McPHERSON) LASKOWSKI, age 69, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 in the Hospice Unit of Upper Valley Medical Center. She was born May 6, 1948 in Greenfield, IN to the late John Edward and Carolyn (Morton) McPherson. Becky married William "Bill" Laskowski on November 4, 1977 and he survives. She is also survived by her sister: Linda Butler; and her brother: John David...
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Gloria M. Hoffman

January 29, 1926 - June 16, 2017

Gloria M. Hoffman, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on June 16, 2017. Born on January 29, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Wayne and Elizabeth Reed. A graduate of North Side High School, she worked as a perfume sales associate for L.S. Ayres.She is survived by her sons, Tom (Rae Ann) Hoffman, James (Vicki) Hoffman and Mark (Vicki) Hoffman; seven grandchildren, 11 great...
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Ernest Roy Gaines

December 23, 1923 - June 7, 2017

Ernest Roy Gaines, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Greystone Health & Rehab. Born on December 23, 1923 in Sharon, Penn., he was a son of the late Roy and Carrie (Platt) Gaines. Ernest attended Olivet Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Butler University, and earned a Master's Degree in Education from St. Francis University. He was a teacher at...
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Reese Thomas Lauer

May 2, 2017 - June 6, 2017

Reese Thomas Lauer, 5 weeks old, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Riley Hospital for Children. Born on May, 2, 2017, he was the infant son of Jason and Nicole (Suarez) Lauer of Fort Wayne. He is also survived by his brothers, Jonathan and Skyler; and grandparents, Kenneth & Connie, Debra & Lynn, and Tanya & Thomas, all of Fort Wayne. Calling will be from 4-7pm on Thursday, June...
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Margie M. Liechty

May 7, 1923 - June 5, 2017

Margie May Liechty, 94, of Leo, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo, Ind. Born on May, 7, 1923 in Fisher, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Alvin and Elizabeth (Heiser) Birky. Margie was a wonderful homemaker for many years and attended Central Ministries. A selfless and gentle spirit, her passion was her family, her home and serving others. Margie enjoyed gardening,...
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Mary Ellen Bradtmiller

May 18, 1925 - June 3, 2017

Mary Bradtmiller, 92, went to her heavenly home on Saturday June 3, 2017. She was born in Hamilton, Indiana to the late Virgil and Artie (Beard) Baker. She loved to quilt baby blankets, was an avid cubs fan and she loved to go the grandkids ball games. She lived every day for her Lord and her family.She married Wallace Bradtmiller in 1947 and they enjoyed 40 years together before he passed in...
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Marjorie Mae Woodroof

July 2, 1926 - June 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Marjorie Mae Woodroof

July 2, 1926 - June 2, 2017

Marjorie Mae Woodroof, 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away on June 2, 2017, at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born on July 2, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Leroy and Esther (Scoles) Shoppell. A member of Trinity English Lutheran Church; she retired as a sales consultant from Meyers and McCarthy Men's Clothing Store.She is survived by her daughter, Deborah L. Woodroof,...
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Dorothea E. Scherzinger

April 19, 1922 - May 31, 2017

Dorothea Scherzinger, 95, of Fort Wayne, passed away on May 31, 2017. Born on April 19, 1922, in Hamilton, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Antoinette (Janke) Huelsebusch. A member of St. John United Church of Christ, she was a graduate of Hamilton High School, in 1940, attended Butler County Community College and worked for Cincinnati Bell as an operator. She married her husband,...
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Clara Bernice Ringquist

December 22, 1916 - May 26, 2017

Clara Bernice, "Bea," Ringquist, 100, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, at Parkview Memorial Hospital. Born on December, 22, 1916, in Woodford, Wisconsin, she was a daughter of the late Guy and Clara (Jackson) Poff. After graduating from Monroe High School, she worked as a telephone operator in Madison, Wisconsin, and in 1941 married Russell Ringquist. Together they lived in...
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Marvin H. Grudin

November 20, 1940 - May 25, 2017

Marvin H. Grudin, 76, of Fort Wayne, passed away on May 25, 2017. Born on November 20, 1940, in Brooklyn New York, he was a son of the late Milton and Bell Grudin. He is survived by his son, Donald Grudin; brother, Jeff (Melissa) Grudin; sister, Andrea (Felix) Kozodoy; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.Memorial service will be 1:30pm, Friday, June 2, at Hockemeyer & Miller...
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Donald E. Talbert

September 4, 1948 - May 22, 2017

Donald E. Talbert, 68, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born September 4, 1948 in Anderson, he was a son of the late Benjamin F. and Betty J. (Ellis) Talbert. Donald was a CPA with Deloitte Haskins and Sells along with Krouse, Kern & Co. for over 15 years combined. He was an activities director for various nursing homes in Fort Wayne...
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D. Elizabeth VanHorn

October 17, 1913 - May 22, 2017

D. Elizabeth VanHorn, 103, of Fort Wayne, passed away on May 22, 2017. Born on October 17, 1913, in Nashville, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late LeRoy and Mae Alice Smith; and was a member of Robinson Chapel United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, the United Methodist Women; she was also the first woman certified as a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church in Indiana. Elizabeth...
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Robert Brantley Norton

March 6, 1934 - May 21, 2017

Robert B. Norton Sr., 83, of Grabill, passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Born on March, 6, 1934 in Hartford City, he was a son of the late Arthur and Rosylean (Gunckel) Norton. Bob honorably served on active duty in the U.S. Navy earning his certificate as a pipefitter. He was married to Liz Norton on March 17, 1958 until her death in Feb. 2006. He coached Leo's Little League Baseball for many...
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Seven Karmyl Proctor

February 19, 2008 - May 20, 2017

Seven Karmyl Proctor, 9, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017, after a long and valiant fight with Cerebral Palsy. Memorial calling will be held from 2 to 4pm, Wednesday, May 24, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St Joe Road, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to the family c/o Stacy Proctor.
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Sheriland E. Smith

June 17, 1944 - May 13, 2017

Sheriland "Sherry" Eileen (Kammer) Smith, 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Born on June 17, 1944, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Roland and Alberta (Lipp) Kammer. She was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, where she served as the church secretary for many years, retiring in 2010. Before serving St. Paul's, she was the office...
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Dorothy Eleanor Carr

December 12, 1927 - May 11, 2017

Eleanor (Wohlert) Carr of Douglassville, PA and formerly of Fort Wayne, IN, died on May 11, 2017. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, December 12, 1927. Eleanor was a graduate of Denby High School in Detroit and of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois where she majored in Bible and minored in Music. She was frequently a church pianist and often a Sunday School teacher. She was a loving...
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Alice Selina Laub

April 1, 1916 - May 9, 2017

Alice S. Laub, 101, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Heritage Park Commons. Born on April 1, 1916 in Fulton County, she was a daughter of the late John and Ola (Zuck) Martin. A graduate of Kewanna High School, she was a wonderful homemaker and member of Grabill Missionary church for over 50 years. An avid sewer and gardener, she also enjoyed spending time with her family. She...
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Gerald Arthur Black

September 17, 1937 - May 9, 2017

Gerald A. Black, 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away on May 9, 2017, at Golden Years Homestead, Fort Wayne. Born on September 17, 1937, in Alma, Michigan, he was the son of Louise (Mitchell) Black and the late Arlo Black. Gerald proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years and retired from the State of Michigan as a Hazardous Materials Inspector after 15 years of service.He is survived by his...
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Dora Dean Linn

March 9, 1926 - May 6, 2017

Dora Dean Linn, 91, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City. She was born in South Bend, Indiana, lived in Bryant where she atended highschool. She moved to Portland, Indiana and raised one son Steven (Paula) Linn and her daughters Cindy (John) Houser and Malinda (David) Palmer. She then moved to Fort Wayne and retired from the Northrop High School dietary...
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Gordon L. Cole

January 23, 1930 - May 4, 2017

Gordon L. Cole, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away on May 4, 2017. Born on January 23, 1930, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Harry V. and Lillian M. (nee Kendig) Cole. A member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, where he was very active and a Sunday School Teacher; he proudly served his country in the Army, during the Korean War. He was a retired teacher from both Indiana...
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Kenneth Wade Bollman

November 28, 1931 - April 29, 2017

Kenneth Wade Bollman, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Born on November 28, 1931, in Nappanee, Indiana, he was a son of the late Roy A. and Mabel V. Bollman. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Oleta Bollman; children, Myron (Josie) Bollman, Gerry (Pam) Bollman, Rick (Marj) Bollman and Michele Bollman; grandchildren, Emily (Joe) Buller, Jill (Dan) Cassidy, Andrew...
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JoAnn Sue Brindle

September 10, 1957 - April 28, 2017

JoAnn Brindle, 59, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 10, 1957 in Fort Wayne and graduated from Leo High School. She was employed for over 14 years with both K & K Insurance and Brotherhood Mutual. Formerly a member of Harvester Avenue Missionary Church, she now was a member of Wallen Baptist Church, Fort Wayne. JoAnn...
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Donna Dale Hanson

November 23, 1945 - April 18, 2017

Donna D. Hanson, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 18, 2017. Born on November 23, 1945, in Maywood, California, she was a daughter of the late Dale and Mildred Fisher, and was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Russ Hanson; sons, Jason (Melanie) Hanson and Darin Hanson; grandchildren, Aidan, Karsten and Bria Hanson; sister, Marilyn ...
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Bonita M. Bernard

April 2, 1937 - April 17, 2017

Bonita M. Bernard, 80, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 17, 2017. Born on April 2, 1937, in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late John S. and Viva M. Greenisen. A member of St. Joseph United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, she worked as a secretary for State Farm Insurance, WKJG and the Council on Aging before her retirement.She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William...
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Jack F. Krach

September 23, 1933 - April 17, 2017

Dr. John F. "Jack" Krach, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 17, 2017. Jack was born in Evansville and is the son of the late Fred and Marie Krach. He was raised in Evansville, was educated at Xavier University and Indiana University Dental School, and had a dental practice for 30 years. Jack was a very prayerful man. He was a dedicated husband and loving father and grandfather....
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Patricia Kay Carlisle

August 10, 1945 - April 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Louise Jeanne Clark

September 9, 1947 - April 13, 2017

Louise Jeanne Clark, 69, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born on September 9, 1947, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Eugene and Alda (nee Porter) Beatty. A 1965 graduate of North Side High School, Louise also attended Purdue University and graduated from Parkview School of Nursing in 1968. She was a Registered Nurse for ICU...
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Steven McDowell

May 4, 1950 - April 11, 2017

Steven A. McDowell, 67, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at his home in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne. He retired from Group Decko in Garrett. Steven proudly served his country in the US Army; he was a Green Beret in Special Forces. He served two tours in the Vietnam War where he earned the Purple Heart medal; the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/3BSS, Vietnam...
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James William Anderson

November 16, 1946 - March 31, 2017

James W. Anderson, 70, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017. Born November, 16, 1946 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late George and Pauline (Menefee) Anderson. James proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for three years during the Vietnam Era and was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post 47. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Eva (Ramirez Tapia) Anderson...
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Joan Zent

December 20, 1924 - March 30, 2017

Joan Zent, 92, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 30, 2017 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. Born on December 20, 1924, in Hartford City, she was a daughter of the late Marion and Alma (nee Markin) Cooper. A 1943 graduate of Hartford City High School, Joan was a wonderful homemaker and a member of Blackhawk Ministries for over 45 years. Her family and grandchildren were the center of her whole life...
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Sarah Crouch Tidwell

September 4, 1926 - March 29, 2017

Sarah C. Tidwell, 90, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Clarksville, Tenn., passed away on Wednesday, March, 29, 2017 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. Born in Clarksville, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Cleveland and Lottie (Vaden) Crouch. Sarah was an accountant, working alongside her husband, at Filter Queen Vacuum and Service Center. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins....
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Ruth Patricia Shearer

July 21, 1950 - March 27, 2017

Ruth Patricia Shearer, 66, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, March, 27, 2017 at Grey Stone Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Sophie (Jones) Ramage. Ruth was a waitress having been employed with several local restaurants around Fort Wayne. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, bird-watching from the porch, and tending...
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Marcia Ann Albany

January 18, 1953 - March 25, 2017

Marcia Ann Albany, 64, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, March, 25, 2017. Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Phyllis (Gullett) Magers. Marcia graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing. She was a nurse at Lutheran Hospital and DeKalb Memorial Hospital prior to being a nursing instructor at Brown Mackie College. Marcia...
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Bud Woods

August 27, 1930 - March 25, 2017

Bud Woods, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 25, 2017. Born on August 27, 1930, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Arthur and Margaret Woods. He proudly served his country in the Air Force; and retired in 1992 from Zollner Corp after more than 39 years of service as a piston maker.He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Woods; son, David (Kim) Woods, grandchildren, Ashley and Luke Woods...
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Gloria J. Simmerman

December 19, 1932 - March 25, 2017

Gloria J. Simmerman, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 25, 2017. Born on December 19, 1932, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Helen Dager. She retired from Seyferts Food's in 1992 after many years of service.She is survived by her daughter, Naoma (Wendell) Sparks; sons, Edgar (Tonnya) Simmerman, and Daniel Simmerman; caretaker, Sandra Kelley; nine grandchildren, and 16...
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Mary M. Hout

February 25, 1928 - March 18, 2017

Mary M. Hout, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 18, 2017. Born on February 25, 1928, in Rockford, Ohio, she was a daughter of late Harry and Ethel Templar. She is survived by her children, Marty Olson, Jean Talley, David Hout, Karen (Paul) Anglin, Larry (Joyce) Hout, Carol (Carlos) Matias and James (Jennifer) Hout; 19 grandchildren and dozens of great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in...
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Carolyn Jo Johnson

March 19, 1943 - March 17, 2017

Carolyn Jo Johnson, 73, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, March, 17, 2017 at home. Born in Bluffton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Virginia (Inskeep) Lieurance. A woman of strong faith, she loved the Lord, her family, and her pets. She was an independent woman and free spirit who enjoyed gardening, nature, and the simple things in life. She is survived by her children, Angela ...
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Eva M. Bates

April 19, 1948 - March 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Rhonda Diane Pugh

October 6, 1971 - March 9, 2017

Rhonda D. Pugh, 45, of Waterloo, passed away on March 9, 2017. Born on October 6, 1971, in Woodburn, she was a daughter of the late Ronald C. Hanefeld and Joyce D. (Hunter) Amweg. She is survived by her husband, John Pugh; children, Zach Hanefeld, Tyler Hanefeld and Megen Pugh; grandsons, Cameron and Dante; siblings, Ron, Jill and Dustin. She was also preceded in death by her son Jason;...
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Geraldine L. Burns

October 23, 1930 - March 9, 2017

Geraldine L. "Geri" Burns, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 9, 2017. Born on October 23, 1930, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Elmer R. and Audra O. (nee Counterman) Moss and a member of Countryside Church of Christ, Grabill. She is survived by her children, Susan (Martin) Krause, Debra Duda, Richard (Melissa) Burns and Teri (Jamie) Boyden; five grandchildren, 12 great...
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Mary Margaret Dye

April 26, 1931 - March 5, 2017

Mary Margaret Morris Dye (Haugen, San Pietro), 85, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on March 4, 2017. Mary was born in Huntington, IN on April 26, 1931. She was lovingly raised by Ronald and Mary Katherine Hegel along with her "sisters" Lynn Clabaugh and Vicki Cart. Mary worked as a part-time professor teaching medical terminology at Ivy Tech Community College and IPFW. She also worked at Parkview...
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Robert J. Liechty

March 13, 1921 - March 5, 2017

Robert J Liechty, 95, of Grabill, passed away on Sunday March 5, 2017, at his home. Born on Sunday, March 13, 1921, in Allen County, he was a son of the late, Jonas and Addie (Nichols) Liechty. He married Helen Kehr, April 1943 who died July 1993.He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ruth (Kehr) Liechty; children, Naomi (Jim) Johnson, Kenneth (Marvina), Jeanne (Ron) Vance, Jay (Ann), Harold ...
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Sharon M. Doyle

July 24, 1972 - March 3, 2017

Sharon M. Doyle, 44, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 3, 2017. Born on July 24, 1972, in Flint, Michigan. She is survived by her mother, Kay Andis; daughters, Chelsea Doyle, Brittany Ringley and Vanessa Doyle; grandson, Braiden Ringley; siblings, Shelia Peterson, Jimmy Peterson, Melinda (Chuck) Trowsse, Carolyn (Chris) LaBerge and Susan (Matt) Woodbury; grandmother, Geraldine Cox; special...
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John M. Conway

February 9, 1926 - March 3, 2017

John M. Conway, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, March, 3, 2017 at Presence Sacred Heart Home, Avilla. Born in Orlando, Fla., he was a son of the late Clarence and Frances (Stephenson) Conway. John was a veteran of WWII, proudly having served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 and graduated from the University of Florida in 1950. On April 11, 1953 he married his wife of 60 years, the late...
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Daniel Matthew Baliles

March 28, 1968 - March 2, 2017

Daniel M. Baliles, 48, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Norma J. (Secrist) Batchelder and the late Daniel L. Baliles. Daniel was a graduate of Carroll High School and a volunteer at Lutheran Hospital. A sports fanatic, he was a fan of Notre Dame, the Colts, and the Cubs. He is also survived by his step-father, Jerome Batchelder, his sister...
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Kenneth A. Hill

June 13, 1953 - February 26, 2017

Kenneth A. Hill, 63, of Kendallville, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at home with his family by his side. Born on June 13, 1953 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Lois (Amstutz) Hill and the late Ralph Hill. Kenneth retired from Kendallville Manor and previously employed by Hill Plumbing and Heating. He was Past Master of the Leo Masonic Lodge #224 and an Eagle Scout. He loved spending time...
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Dolores E. Kruse

December 19, 1929 - February 25, 2017

Dolores E. Kruse, 87, died Saturday Feb. 25, 2017 at Miller's Merry Manor in Garrett IN. She was born December 19, 1929 in Fort Wayne. As a member of First Assembly of God Church, she was a woman of faith and loved the Bible. Survivors include nieces Janet Spinner, Gwen Butler, Cheryl West and nephews Keith Kruse, Thomas Kruse, and John (Jack) Kruse. She was preceded in death by her parents,...
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Raymond F. Pasche

February 25, 1930 - February 22, 2017

Raymond F. Pasche, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 22, 2017. Born on February 25, 1930, in Pasco, Washington, he was a son of the late Paul and Christine Pasche. He retired as Media Director at Concordia Lutheran High School after 29 years of service. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois E. Pasche; children, Daniel ...
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Lewis Richard Deputy

April 11, 1934 - February 21, 2017

Lewis Richard "Dick" Deputy (82) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Ashton Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born April 11, 1934 in Crothersville, IN and was the son of the late Marietta and Ferris Deputy. After graduating from Crothersville High School, Dick attended Franklin College where he received his bachelor's degree in Education. While there, he was a...
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Melvin W. Bradtmiller

May 2, 1932 - February 19, 2017

Melvin W. Bradtmiller, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at North Woods Village, of Fort Wayne. He was the son of the late Wilbert and Luella Bradtmiller, of New Haven, and husband of two wonderful ladies, Leona Schmidt, and later in life Dorothy Schorey, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a US Army veteran and worked at International Harvester for 30 years...
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Sharon Elaine Pyle

August 1, 1941 - February 19, 2017

Sharon Elaine Pyle, 75, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Coventry Meadows. Born on August 1, 1941 in Portland, Ind., she was a daughter of the late Floyd and Catherine (Rockwell) Brinkerhoff. On September 15, 1960, she married her husband of 31 years, the late Jerry J. Pyle. She was employed with Tri-State Instrument Service for over 15 years, from which she retired. She...
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Paul H. Stein

February 24, 1924 - February 16, 2017

Paul H. Stein, 92, of Fort Wayne, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday February 16, 2017 at Woodview Assisted Living, Fort Wayne. Born on February 24, 1924, in Ravenna, Nebraska, he was a son of the late Herman and Ida (Ruff) Stein. He was a graduate of Purdue University in 1948. He was a longtime member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne; served as elder and on...
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ArParris Thomas Johnson

February 15, 2017 - February 15, 2017

Ar'Monie La'Parris Thomas Johnson, infant son of Lawan Hall and Leondra Johnson, passed away on February 15, 2017. Funeral service will be 11am, Friday, March 3, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior to service.
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Gertrude L. Smock

June 16, 1925 - February 14, 2017

Gertrude L. Smock, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Park Place Senior Living. Born on June 16, 1925 in Shenandoah, Penn., she was a daughter of the late Anthony Nielubowicz and Veronica (Petrosky) Wolfe. On November 28, 1942, she married her husband of 49 years, the late Robert Smock. She was employed with Fort Wayne Community Schools for over 30 years from which...
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Daniel A. Johnston

September 1, 1941 - February 13, 2017

Daniel A. Johnston, 75, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. Born on September 1, 1941 in New Haven, he was a son of the late Glenn and Louise (Nahrwald) Johnston. Daniel was employed with Allen County Motors for many years and also held other various positions at other used car lots. An avid Komet hockey fan, Daniel never knew a stranger and...
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Martin Ludwig Horn

February 6, 1952 - February 7, 2017

Martin L. Horn, 65, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 7, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, raised in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Marty Horn was an Eagle Scout then spent 20 years in the Army as a Military Policeman. After retiring in 1993, he got into internet technologies. Together with his wife, they worked on the concept of Any Soldier, with their son, Sergeant Brian Horn, when he was in...
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Francis J. LaPlante

October 2, 1929 - February 7, 2017

Francis J. LaPlante Sr, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 7, 2017, at the Towne House Retirement Center, Fort Wayne. Born on October 2, 1929, in Toledo, Ohio, he was a son of the late Louis and Sarah LaPlante. A member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, he served his country and retired from the Navy after 20 years of service, later retiring from General Electric after...
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Dennis L. Griebel

February 16, 1948 - February 7, 2017

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Robert W. Murphy

November 23, 1927 - February 5, 2017

Robert W. Murphy, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Heritage Park. Born on November 23, 1927 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Frank and Dollie (Fisher) Murphy. Bob attended Valparaiso University, IU, and graduated with a Bachelor Degree from the University of St. Francis. He was employed as an Engineer with GE, Franklin Electric, and most recently with DANA,...
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Barry R. Hettinger

December 11, 1962 - February 3, 2017

Barry R. "HuckleBarry" Hettinger, 54, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017. Born on December 11, 1962 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late William Jr. and Doris L. (Minton) Hettinger. He is survived by his son, Marcus of New Haven; daughter, Aleeonna of Fort Wayne; sister, Pamela Prugh of Fort Wayne; girlfriend, Tammy Deems of Fort Wayne; sisters-in-law, Kitty...
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Fred Clem Mathews

September 6, 1944 - February 2, 2017

Fred C. Mathews Jr., 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away on February 2, 2017 in Yuma, Arizona. Born on September 6, 1944, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Fred C. and Edna M. Mathews Sr. He proudly served his country in the Air Force. Fred was an entrepreneur and was involved in many businesses, the latest of which was Aristoline Cabinets. He retired in 2000, and spent his winters in Yuma,...
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Inez J. Brownfield

January 24, 1947 - January 24, 2017

On her 70th birthday, Inez Brownfield was set free from her unresponsive body and went to a happier place. In her final days, Inez was tended by her husband of 49 years, Michael, and the caring personnel from Heartland Hospice and passed away in the early morning of January 24th, 2017 at home. Inez Jane Hardesty was born in Beech Grove, Indiana in 1947, attended Beech Grove High School and went...
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Jennifer Lyn Davidson

November 11, 1979 - January 22, 2017

Jennifer Lyn DavidsonLoving mother, daughter, sister, aunt; 37 LITTLETON -- Jennifer Lyn Davidson, 37, of Littleton, MA, died on Sunday, January 22, 2017, in Fort Wayne, IN. She was the loving daughter of John and Janet (Boyson) Davidson of Littleton. She is survived by her 2 children, Taylor (13) and Colin (8) Donaghy; sister, Erin Bolton, her husband, Tom Bolton and their son, Declan Bolton, of...
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Steven K. Altekruse

October 30, 1955 - January 22, 2017

Steven K. Altekruse, 61, of Fort Wayne, passed away on January 22, 2017. Born on October 30, 1955, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Budd and Joan Altekruse. He enjoyed reading, music and singing karaoke with his friends. He is survived by his siblings, Susan (Kim) Spielman and John (Karen) Altekruse; and several nieces and nephews.Memorial calling will be held from 5 to 8pm, Friday,...
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Barrett Michael Mossbarger

May 30, 2015 - January 22, 2017

Barrett Michael Mossbarger, 20 months, earned his angel wings on January 22, 2017 peacefully at home in his loving father's arms surrounded by family. Born on May 30, 2015, in Ft. Wayne, though Barrett's time here on earth was far too short and bittersweet he will stay in our hearts forever. He will be remembered for his sparkling blues, winning smile and his contagious laugh. Barrett will be...
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Thomas Edward Gauger

November 18, 1951 - January 21, 2017

Thomas E. Gauger, 65, of Grabill, passed away on January 21, 2017, at his home. Born on November 18, 1951, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late Marvin E. and Ila Mae G. Gauger. He retired from General Motors in 2008 after more than 32 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Debra Prokop; daughter, Bobbi (Aric Krayer) Gauger; step-daughters, Deena (Mike Conner) Martin and Alexa ...
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Ned C. Schaeffer

December 23, 1915 - January 20, 2017

Ned C. Schaeffer, 101, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 20, 2017at the Towne House Retirement Center. Born December 23, 1915 in Fremont, Ind., he was a son of the late Lewis and Mazie (Mountz) Schaeffer. Ned was a graduate of Fremont High School and the Founder of Midwest Tile and Concrete Products, Inc. He is survived by his daughter, Jane (Terry) Hamlin of Sarasota, Fla....
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Rick Ray Silkworth

January 7, 1950 - January 20, 2017

Rick Silkworth, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 20, 2017 after prolonged illness surrounded by family. Born January 7, 1950 in Chicago, he was a son of the late Fred and Anita (Hood) Silkworth. Rick proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals and served with distinction. He was an avid collector and a passionate fan of Hockey...
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Peggy Susan Fuhrmann

December 25, 1953 - January 19, 2017

Peggy S. Fuhrmann, 63, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Born December 25, 1953 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Phyllis (Bobay) Ackels. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church for over 40 years. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Jerry Fuhrmann of Fort Wayne; daughters, Heidi Reichard of Fort Wayne and Abbey (Chad) Davis...
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Joseph L. Emmerson

July 10, 1943 - January 16, 2017

Joseph L. Emmerson, 73, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Heritage Park. He was born on July, 10, 1943 in Fort Wayne. A graduate of North Side High School, Joseph also attended College of the Sequoias, Hanover College, and graduated from International Business College where he earned an Associate Degree in Accounting. Since 1982, he was employed with Menu Meats, M & L...
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Norman O. Hesterman

March 25, 1928 - January 15, 2017

Norman O. Hesterman of Fort Wayne passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Sunday morning, Jan. 15 at The Heritage of Fort Wayne after a 2-year battle with ALS. Born March 25, 1928 in Ridgeville Corners, OH as the eldest child of Ernest and Marie Hesterman, Norm graduated from Ridgeville HS and attended Bowling Green University. After serving in the U.S....
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