Our Obituaries

Billie F. Rykard

August 27, 1928 - August 9, 2017

BILLIE F. RYKARD, 88, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017. She was born in Kirkmansville, KY, on August 27, 1928. Billie retired from Parkview Memorial Hospital in 1993 after 21 years of service. She served well over 20 years as president of the Belle Vista / Allendale Neighborhood Association and was a member of the Waynedale United Methodist Church. Surviving are her daughters, Beryl Sue (Robert)...
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Mary Standish Dilgard NOLD

January 28, 1931 - August 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Geoffrey Stuart Riske

May 7, 1959 - July 29, 2017

Geoffrey Stuart "Jeff" Riske, 58, of Fort Wayne, passed away on July 29, 2017. He was born on May 7, 1959 to the late Roy M. and Ruth P. Riske. Jeff enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. He also enjoyed playing pool and he had a passionate heart for animals. Jeff was able to finish several things off his bucket list.Jeff is survived by his girlfriend, Belinda Romine; children,...
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Alan Lee VerPlanck

May 1, 1950 - July 27, 2017

Alan Lee VerPlanck, born May 1st, 1950, to Orpha and Charles "Chuck" VerPlanck, passed away at home July 27th. He was 67. He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife, Victoria, in November of 2016. Together they shared over 42 years of marriage and gave their three children, Carl, Anna, and Zoe a storied childhood. In high school Alan would meet his would be wife, Vicky. ...
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Joann M. Voelker

August 22, 1929 - July 22, 2017

JOANN M. VOELKER, 87, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017 peacefully at home. Born in Ossian Ind., she was the twelfth child of Gustav and Annetta Springer. Joann graduated as valedictorian of Ossian High School class of 1947. Kindness and the desire to serve others, is how Joann lived her life. For many years she served as secretary of the Southside Optimist Club. Her children and neighbors...
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Bradley Allen Rathburn

December 11, 1975 - July 19, 2017

Bradley Allen Rathburn, 41, of Berne, IN passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Bradley was nicknamed "Cowboy" by friends and family. You would often see him wearing his black cowboy hat.Bradley is survived by his parents, Larry (Nancy) Rathburn and Audrey Rathburn; sister, Jennifer Huber; and a host of relatives and friends.Services will be held privately with family.Memorial...
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Alphonse Ludwig Scheuerer

September 18, 1934 - July 19, 2017

Alphonse Ludwig "Archie" Scheuerer, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne on September 18, 1934 to the late Ludwig and Bertha Scheuerer. His parents were both born in Germany before coming to the Unites States. He proudly served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant and was an Armor Tank Mechanic. He was a jack-of-all trades from carpentry to being a...
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Erich John Kennerk

February 14, 1972 - July 16, 2017

Erich J. Kennerk, 45, went home to the Lord on Sunday, July 16, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne and was a graduate of Wayne High School. He also graduated from Newberry College in South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in sports management. He received his master of science degree from Delta State, Mississippi. He was employed by Riddell Sports. He enjoyed fishing, golf, the lake, friends,...
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Antonio Vasquez

July 16, 1964 - July 7, 2017

Antonio "Tony" Vasquez Jr., 52, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017. He was born on July 16, 1964, in Fort Wayne to Mary M. Lamb and the late Antonio Vasquez Sr.Tony is survived by his children, Autumn Rose Bowser and Antonio Vasquez III; mother, Mary M. (Larry L.) Lamb; brothers, Ernie Vasquez and Ruben (Juanita) Vasquez Sr.; sisters, Maria M. (Angel) Hernandez, Ana M. ...
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Anyliah Janae Jones

January 10, 2015 - July 6, 2017

Anyliah Janae Jones, 2.5 years of age, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at home. Born January 10, 2015, she was a daughter of Calvin Jones and Ida Goncalves, who survive. Other survivors include siblings, Serenity Rogers-Conwell, Ursula, Rose and Jakarious Goncalves, all of Fort Wayne; and grandparents, Sharon Johnson, Daniel Rogers and Hattie Dunbar, all of Fort Wayne. Also...
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Richard L. Beam

February 16, 1934 - July 6, 2017

RICHARD L. BEAM, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 6, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born in Roann, Indiana, in 1934 and graduated from Roann High School. He received an honorable discharge from the Army, then entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He received his B.S. from Manchester College in 1958 and M.A. from Ball State University in 1959. He later studied at...
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Sue A. Huffman Morgan

July 23, 1951 - July 3, 2017

SUE A. (HUFFMAN) MORGAN, 65, of Fort Wayne, departed this life Monday, July 3, 2017. She was born on July 23, 1951, in Bluffton, Indiana. She graduated from Huntington North High School class of 1969. She attended Huntington College and then went on to fulfill a life-long career at Lincoln Financial Group where she worked for the past 46 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Matthew...
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Shirley Ann Hamilton

February 7, 1928 - June 25, 2017

Shirley A. Hamilton, 89, of Fort Wayne passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017. She is survived by her children, Bruce (Sonya) Hamilton and Barbara Hamilton; and 6 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale B. Hamilton and daughter, Rebecca Recht.Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home (6424 Winchester Road,...
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Michael Jay Flennery

August 2, 1949 - June 25, 2017

Michael "Mike" Flennery, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Mike is survived by his wife, Terri; son, Jeff Flennery; daughter, Amy Thompson (Ty); and grandson, Mason Thompson. He is also survived by four siblings, Nancy Flennery, Dennis Flennery, Pat Flennery, and Hugh Flennery.Visitation will be on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home...
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Thomas Nicholas Douglas

February 2, 1942 - June 16, 2017

Thomas N. Douglas, 75, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1960 and retired from the Allen County Print Shop after 23 years of service. He enjoyed wood working, spending time with his grandkids and fishing.Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Rita, sons Scott (Tammie) Douglas and Matt (Trisha) Douglas; 11 grandchildren; brothers Gary (Chris) and...
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Venita Roberta Blake

October 3, 1927 - June 13, 2017

Venita Blake, 89, of Fort Wayne, died on Tuesday June 13, 2017. She was born on October 3, 1927 in Metropolis, IL. a daughter of the late John and Venita Stinnett.Surviving are her daughter, Diane (Rich) Dunifon; grandchildren, Chris and CJ; daughter-in-laws, Aubrae and Cecilia; great-grandchildren, Westley, Hazel, Chloe, Violet, Blake and Scarlett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar...
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Ann Elizabeth Yager

February 23, 1948 - June 12, 2017

Ann E. Yager, 69, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017. Born on February 23, 1948 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Margaret A. (Watson) Gallatin. Ann graduated from South Side High School in 1965, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and selected as the DAR Best Citizen. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Elementary...
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Paul J. Nicholls

September 12, 1945 - June 12, 2017

Paul J. Nicholls, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away on June 12th, 2017. He attended Messiah's New Life Tabernacle Church in Avilla and his home based fellowship Fort Wayne Torah Keepers. Paul proudly served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from I.U. with multiple degrees and with a BSN from the University of New York. Paul enjoyed riding his Harley and loved his dogs, Harli and Daphani.He is survived...
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Arthur Carl Keck

July 20, 1931 - June 10, 2017

Arthur Carl Keck, 85, of Fort Wayne died Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Kingston Residence. A native of Alhambra, CA, Art was a graduate of Maple Heights High School, Maple Heights, OH, and of Valparaiso University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked 44 years as a design engineer for Jack & Heintz, Bendix, Bowmar, and GE and was awarded 13 patents...
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Vincent D. Muntzinger

July 19, 1920 - June 6, 2017

Vincent D. Muntzinger, 96, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on June 6, 2017. He was born on July 19, 1920 in Convoy, OH to the late Arthur and Alma (Ohlendorf) Muntzinger. Vincent graduated from Convoy High School and attended Purdue Tech School and International Business College. He worked for 45 years for Essex Wire and United Tech. He served 3 ½ years in WWII as Master Sergeant Chief Check....
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Max Laverne Anthony

November 4, 1938 - May 28, 2017

MAX L. ANTHONY, 78, went home to the Lord Sunday, May 28, 2017. Born Nov. 4, 1938, in Marion, Ind., where he was raised with his brother and two sisters by his mother on the family farm. He entered the Air Force in 1956. He served eight years active duty in the states, Okinawa, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. He retired as a Master Sergeant from the Air National Guard after serving 37 years. His...
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Amelia Auman

July 28, 1917 - May 27, 2017

AMELIA AUMAN, 99, of Fort Wayne, died Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Lutheran Life Villages. Born July 28, 1917, in Fort Wayne, IN. She was the daughter of Henry and Emilie (Shurr) Hugenell. She was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church, and a volunteer of over 30 years at Lutheran Hospital. Survivors include sons, Richard Auman of Tucson and David Auman of Fort Wayne; daughter, Carol Auman-Bemis of...
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Thomas L. Bueter

June 1, 1931 - May 22, 2017

THOMAS L. BUETER, 85, peacefully passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 surrounded by his family. A life-long resident of Fort Wayne, he graduated from Central Catholic High School and Xavier University and attended St. Louis University. After working at General Electric for 38 years as a chemical engineer, he volunteered in his retirement for Matthew 25 and St. Vincent de Paul. He was a member of the...
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Jeanette Lelja

May 13, 1923 - May 18, 2017

Jeanette Lelja, 94, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on May 18, 2017. She was born in Hicksville, OH on May 13, 1923 to the late Albert and Celeste Chester. She graduated from Garrett High School in 1941. Jeanette married Wayne Lelja in 1947 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. Throughout her life her worked at the Allen County Recorder's Office, Gas's Dress Shop, and Sears. She was a...
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Karl Joseph Klingler

March 28, 1919 - May 17, 2017

Karl Joseph Klingler, Jr., 98, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Karl and Daisy Klingler. Karl served in the U.S. Navy during World War II stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. He then learned the watch repair trade from his father in 1938, and continued his trade as owner of Klingler Jewelers. He retired in...
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Nancy Jane Butler

July 11, 1940 - May 14, 2017

NANCY J. BUTLER, 76, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Mary Keck.Nancy retired from Parkview Hospital in 2002 after 25 years service in the finance department.Surviving are her husband, Danny; children, Roberta (James) Sexton and Paul (April) Gumbert, Beverly Zuber, Greg Butler, Scott Butler,and Steve Butler; grandchildren and great...
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Kathleen Fuhrman

October 8, 1927 - May 12, 2017

Kathleen Fuhrman, 89, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on May 12, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Edward Fuhrman; children, Marla (Jeff) Sherfick and Keith Beeching; step-children, Tim Fuhrman, Cheryl (Dan) Porter, Beth (Jeff) Schoel, and Christine Biltz; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Beeching.Her...
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Angelita Z. VALADEZ

August 16, 1929 - May 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Richard Paul Hire

July 1, 1944 - May 4, 2017

Father Richard Hire, 72, of Syracuse, died on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 1:05 p.m., at his residence. Born July 1, 1944, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Richard and Lucille A. (Ueber) Hire. He was a Catholic priest. Surviving are his sisters, Pamela (Skip) Sandels of Fort Wayne and Dr. Cheryl (Gary) Putnam of Tucson, AZ; James (Maricela) Hire of Herford, AZ; sister, Dr. Mary Lou Hire of...
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Steve Tibor Nagy

November 13, 1941 - May 2, 2017

Steve Tibor Nagy, 75, passed away Tuesday May 2, 2017, peacefully at home. He is preceded in death by his parents Maria (Molnar) Blasko and Joseph Blasko. Steve was born in Hajduboszormeny, Hungary. He and his mother were forced to flee Hungary after the Revolution of 1956. They then lived in a displaced persons camp in Austria until coming to Fort Wayne as refugees in 1959. Steve learned English...
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Margareta Marie Slogar

July 8, 1928 - April 28, 2017

MARGARETA MARIE SLOGAR, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Covington Meadows Nursing Home at 11:21 a.m. Born July 8, 1928, in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Paul W. and Margareta Zunner Lichtenberg. She was a librarian. Survivors are sons, Raymond J. Slogar Jr. of Columbus, OH, Joseph Slogar of Schofield, WI, and Richard Slogar of Mountainview, CA; daughter,...
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Jean Erskine Anthony

August 8, 1940 - April 25, 2017

JEAN E. ANTHONY, 76, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Born August 8, 1940, in New York City, she was raised by her grandparents in Richmond, VA. In 1956, she moved to Marion, IN, and graduated from Marion High School in 1959.Jean's creative talents landed her in Fort Wayne where she began a career in Advertising for some 30 years. In the 1980's, she became Advertising...
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Ruth Hulda Lillian Jordan

August 18, 1940 - April 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Mildred L. Franke

November 6, 1922 - April 14, 2017

Mildred (Keltsch) Franke, 94, of Fort Wayne passed away surrounded by her family on April 14, 2017. Mildred was born on November 6, 1922. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Ida Keltsch. Mildred was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She worked at Fort Wayne Ice Delivery and Protective Electric. She married Robert "Bob" Franke and spent 69 years together. Mildred was a proud...
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Roberta Joann Mattax

April 28, 1930 - April 13, 2017

Roberta "Bobbie" Joann Mattax, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 13, 2017. Bobbie volunteered for the Genealogy Department at the Allen Co. Library, Carewear, Crochet Club/ Festival of Trees, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, PTA, leader of Cub Scouts, Webelos, Brownies, and Girl Scouts. She retired after 28 years from Fort Wayne Community Schools. Bobbie was preceded in death by...
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Sam Stanford Hall

January 4, 1949 - April 8, 2017

SAM "TEX" HALL, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The summation of such an extravagant life is difficult in 300 or so words, but here goes Sam liked to work and when he wasn't working, he might have been doing something at work. He enjoyed the finer things in life like Miller High Life, a fine fifty-cent cigar, and braun-schweiger if he was really feeling...
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Cynthia A. Becker

September 1, 1946 - April 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Michael Allen Stiffler

May 7, 1953 - April 6, 2017

Michael Allen Stiffler, 63, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away on April 6, 2017. He enjoyed gardening, golf, baseball and football. Michael was employed by his father's business, C.D. Stiffler Plastering and Drywalling of Fort Wayne. Michael was born in Fort Wayne, IN, on May 7, 1953, to Vera Patricia Stiffler and the late C.D. Stiffler.Along with his mother, Michael is survived by his wife of 36...
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Jonathon George Ember

June 13, 1945 - April 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Kelly Sue Anderson

March 2, 1975 - April 3, 2017

Kelly Sue Anderson, 42, of Huntington, passed away on April 3, 2017. Born on March 2, 1975, in Indianapolis; she was a 1994 graduate of New Haven High School. She was a resident and a member of the Pathfinders Services family in Huntington for over 22 years. She is survived by her father William (Diane) Anderson; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her...
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Alexandra Wisnioch

November 12, 1921 - March 29, 2017

Alexandra Wisnioch, 95, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 29, 2017. She was born in the Ukraine on November 12, 1921. She was a homemaker all her life. Alexandra is survived by her children, Ann (David Sr.) Lynch, Lydia Sample, and Mike (Cheryl) Wisnioch; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-granchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Piotr Wisnioch, and her son, Joseph Wisnioch. Visitation...
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Robert E. DOELLING

December 6, 1927 - March 23, 2017

Robert E. "Bob" Doelling Sr., 89, of Fort Wayne, Ind. died Thursday, March 23, 2017. He was the son of the late Ernest H. and Anna B. Doelling. He graduated from North Side High School in 1946 and then attended Purdue Extension in Fort Wayne. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the early stages of the war with the Third Infantry Division from 1950 through 1952. Returning from the...
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Barbara Jean Rysman

September 7, 1938 - March 23, 2017

Barbara Jean Rysman, 78, of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday March 23, 2017. She was born to the late Anthony and Cecilia Miskowski on September 7, 1938 in Duluth MN. She is survived by her loving husband Duane Rysman of 62 years; daughters Lorrie (Kerry) Cayot, Vicki (Phil) Fike and Valerie (Bill) Fairbanks; sons Alan Rysman and Eric Rysman; sister Janice Slaviero; 8 grandchildren and 6 great...
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Marceil V. Kimmel

May 27, 1945 - March 22, 2017

Marceil "Marsha" Kimmel, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home. Born May 25, 1945 in Lake Township, Allen County, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Fritz and Pearl (Ditmars) Fritz. She was lead operator in the machine shop at Wayne Combustion Systems for 45 years, retiring in 2016. She was a member of Moose Lodge 1700, New Haven...
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Edwin Richard Hall

March 27, 1926 - March 20, 2017

Edwin Richard Hall, 90, passed away peacefully at the Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home on March 20, 2017. He was born in Chicago IL. He graduated from Elmhurst High School and joined the Navy at 17 years. Serving in the Pacific area during W.W. ll. He was a Field-Superintendent and Estimating Engineer for over 50 years in the sheet metal trade. He was an avid golfer, made golf clubs for family...
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William Oswald Stamm

October 21, 1926 - March 19, 2017

William O. Stamm, 90, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Lakeland Nursing Home in Angola. He was born in Columbia City, and was theson of the late Rev. O.A. and Ottilie E. (Mannerow) Stamm. After graduating from Columbia City High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army and servedduring WWII. He then graduated from Eastman School of Music and went on to teach music in the Minneapolis, Minn., school...
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George Arthur Marquart

March 31, 1951 - March 18, 2017

George Arthur Marquart, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 345p.m. at Coventry Meadows. Born March 31, 1951 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was the son of the late Warren G. Marquart and Ruth E. Barnett. He was a construction carpenter working in the housing market. He was a member of the Valley 8 Ball Pool Leagues and past member of Southwest Conservation Club. Survivors include: daughter,...
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Laura A. Rundio

October 31, 1919 - March 18, 2017

Laura Adelle (Shedd) Rundio, 97, died on March 18, 2017, in Huntington, IN, surrounded by loved ones. Born in 1919 in Galesburg, MI, she graduated from Galesburg High School in 1937 and Western State Teachers College in Kalamazoo, MI, in June 1941. Mrs. Rundio went on to teach business classes at Oak Hill High School, Converse, IN, while partnering with her husband, Wesley Rundio, who owned...
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Adele Ann Strubel

June 17, 1940 - March 12, 2017

Adele Ann Strubel passed away March 12, 2017, in Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she grew up in Brooklyn and Centerport where she had a love of art and family. She met the love of her life, Edward, on the ice of the Mill Pond 54 years ago. After a short courtship they were married and moved to Florida. Having graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a degree in art education, she taught...
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Krishna A. Gupta

June 28, 1936 - March 12, 2017

Krishna Gupta, 80, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017. Born in Dibai, India, she emigrated to the United States in 1968 to join her husband initially in Erie, PA, and then for the last 22 years in Ft. Wayne. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bhagwati; her three children, Nilakshi, Nishi, and Samir; her brother, Rama Shankar; her sister, Indu; and her four...
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Mary Anna Martin Wyall

January 24, 1922 - March 9, 2017

MARY ANNA MARTIN "MARTY" WYALL, 95, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017, at home with her family after a battle with brain cancer. Born January 24, 1922, in Liberty, IN, Marty was a daughter of the late Reverend Sumner L. and Bernice (Smith) Martin. In 1939 Marty graduated from Shields High School, Seymour, IN, and in 1943 graduated from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, with a...
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Edythe Marie Gordon

November 27, 1925 - March 5, 2017

EDYTHE M. GORDON, 91, of Florence, KY, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Villaspring Long-term Care, Erlanger, Ky. Born In Kosciusko County, IN, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Grace Lentz. She retired from McKesson in Fort Wayne as a bookkeeper. She was a 67 year member of the Fort Wayne Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron twice...
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Elizabeth M. Reuille

January 13, 1925 - March 5, 2017

Elizabeth M. "Betty" Reuille, 92, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Saint Anne Home. Born January 13, 1925, in Sandusky, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Earl and Ruth Riedy. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1942 and St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1945. She did post graduate studies in pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Washington D.C. In 1952,...
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Richard Eugene Beck

October 14, 1927 - February 28, 2017

Richard Eugene Beck Sr. of Fort Wayne died Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Hearth at Sycamore Village. He was the son of Gerald S. and Ruth (Wilson) Beck. He was born October 14, 1927, in Columbia City, IN.Richard was a retired sales manager at Anthony Motor Parts Corporation. He was a Lutheran Hospital volunteer for 15 years. He was a member of the Northridge Baptist Church. Richard proudly...
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Jeri Linn Zabolotney

March 25, 1954 - February 27, 2017

Jeri Linn Zabolotney, 62, passed away Monday Feb. 27, 2017. She was a graduate of the University of Alabama. She was a member of The Chapel, F.O.E. Riders Group and volunteered for CASA. She most enjoyed working with people and animals. She loved being a grandmother and spending time with family.Surviving are her daughter Kira (Vincent) Mckinley; step daughter Wendy (Stuart) Myers; grandchildren...
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Eugene F. Hoagburg

September 18, 1930 - February 19, 2017

Eugene F. Hoagburg, 86, passed away on Sunday evening, February 19, 2017. Born September 18, 1930, in Fort Wayne Indiana, Gene was the son of the late Gustav and Edith (Conahan) Hoagburg. After serving in the United States Army from 1951 - 1953, Gene continued his career in theater management, working at various local theaters including the Eastern, Paramount, Hillcrest Drive-In, the Clyde at...
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Vera M. Schmidt

May 27, 1922 - February 18, 2017

VERA MAXINE (SCHNEPP) SCHMIDT, 94, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Born May 27, 1922, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Adrian and Hermena Schnepp. She is survived by her sisters, Delores Ruby and Dottie Rohrbach; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Schmidt; sister, Betty Lorenz; and niece, Carole Klaehn. Funeral service is...
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Nora Jean Anderson

November 13, 1928 - February 18, 2017

NORA J. ANDERSON, 88, of Fort Wayne, went to her Lord on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Ossian Health & Rehabilitation Center. She graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1946 and Madonna College, Livonia, MI, in 1982. She was married to Vergil C. Anderson Jr. for 61 years; he preceded her in death on February 10, 2009. She was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, retired from F.W.C.S...
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Oscar Quintero

April 18, 1922 - February 13, 2017

OSCAR QUINTERO SR., of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Woodview Manor Nursing Home. Born April 18, 1922 in Eagle Pass, Texas, he was the son of the late Matias and Maria Barrera Quintero. He was a mattress maker at Wolfe Corp. for 37 years. Survivors include four daughters, Carolina Vasquez of Fort Wayne, Maria (Raul) Soto, Elena York, Gracie (Doug) Matteson; son, Oscar Quintero...
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Mary Helen Burrow

July 9, 1919 - February 11, 2017

Helen Burrow passed away February 11, 2017 in Avon, IN. A graveside burial service is planned for March 9, 2017 at 2 PM at the Old Concordia Cemetery in Fort Wayne.Helen Burrow was born on July 9, 1919 to Theodore and Esther Mertz in Fort Wayne, IN. She graduated from Fort Wayne Central High School and worked at Lincoln Life prior to marrying Clarence Burrow April 15, 1944. They lived in various...
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Donald Eugene Monce

September 25, 1929 - February 10, 2017

DONALD E. MONCE, 87, of Fort Wayne, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 10, 2017. Born in Urbana, IN, he was a son of the late Rupert and Bonnie Monce. Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart medal. He was a manager for the Canteen Corp., retiring after 35 years of service. He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. He enjoyed...
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Angela Claire Rectanus

December 28, 1969 - February 7, 2017

Angela "Angie" C. (Steinacker) Rectanus, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister & friend. Angie passed away Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017 at age 47 in our Saviors arms. She always put others ahead of herself, making her one of God's special gifts to us all. She is survived by her loving husband, Michael and their three children, Amanda, Jonathon and Benjamin. At Angela's passing, she leaves behind...
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John G. Hornberger

April 1, 1922 - February 5, 2017

JOHN "JACK" G. HORNBERGER, 94, passed away Sunday Feb. 5, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, he graduated from South Side High School, attended Illinois Wesleyan University and married his college sweetheart, Jean, prior to being deployed overseas serving in the Army during World War II. After returning from the war, he played semi-pro baseball and was inducted into the Fort Wayne Baseball...
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Charles Edward Wyss

October 25, 1938 - February 2, 2017

Charles E. Wyss, 78, died Thursday February 2, 2017. He retired from Dana Corp in 1999.He enjoyed fishing and playing cards with his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.He is survived by his wife, Veronica of 58 years; children Chris (Angela) Wyss, Laurie (Matt) Feipel, Ned (Vicki) Wyss, Tony (Barb) Wyss, Bryan (Jean) Wyss and Karla Saalfrank;...
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Mary Anna Brookhart

July 5, 1922 - January 24, 2017

Mary Anna (Johnson) Brookhart, 94, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017. She was born in Adams County and a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. She was a loving mother of four, grandmother of nine and great grandmother of 14. Mary was employed by K-Mart for 25 years, retiring in 1985 to Crooked Lake, where she enjoyed lake life, fishing, but most of all her family.Surviving are her children Jim ...
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Mary Horne RUSSELL

March 5, 1946 - January 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Arthur L. Voelker

July 9, 1924 - January 21, 2017

Arthur L. "Art" Voelker, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Louis and Frieda Voelker. Art graduated from North Side High School class of 1942. He served two tours of duty in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Arthur worked for General Electric for 45 years retiring in 1987 and was a member of the GE Quarter Century...
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George Edgar OBERLIN

October 8, 1930 - January 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Mildred E. Wagner

June 7, 1920 - January 19, 2017

Mildred E. Wagner, 96, died peacefully on Thursday, January 19, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Herman and Isabel (Ehrman) Gerhardstein. She attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for 40 years.She is survived by her children Yvonne M. (Ron) Stanski of Fort Wayne and Timothy J. (Mary Lou) Wagner of Greenfield, IN; 4 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters Mary Gebhard,...
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Mary Ann Sadenwater

August 21, 1939 - January 14, 2017

Mary Ann Sadenwater, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at her home with her family by her side. She was a daughter of the late Philip Sr. and Minerva (Piper) Hubbuch. A beloved Mother and Grandmother, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and will be greatly missed.She is survived by her children, Bob (Christy) Sadenwater Jr., Beth (Jeff) Krudop, Karen...
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Janet Irene Shawler

November 29, 1932 - January 12, 2017

Janet Irene Shawler, 84, of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday, January 12, 2017. She was born to the late Ralph and Ruth Cramer on November 29, 1932, in Delphos, OH. She graduated from the Lima Senior High in 1950 and the Marian School of Nursing in 1953. She was a nurse at Lima Memorial Hospital and retired from Marion General Hospital. She was a wonderful sister, mother and grandmother. She was...
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Michael Wayne Baker

May 5, 1987 - January 12, 2017

MICHAEL W. BAKER, 29, went home to the Lord on Thursday, January 12, 2017. Michael enjoyed being outdoors with motorcycles, ATV's, remote control vehicles and spending time with friends. He was employed by Summit City Electric for 13 years. He is survived by his parents, Kent and Karen; sister, Krisanne (Josh) Clinkenbeard; niece, Olivia; nephew, Jase; grandmother, Melba Baker; his best...
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Michael Henry Kinder

August 25, 1938 - December 31, 2016

Michael Henry Kinder, Jr.August 25, 1938 - December 31, 2016Michael (Mike) Henry Kinder, Jr., 78, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2016 at home. He was born on August 25, 1938 to the late Josephine and Michael H. Kinder in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and from Purdue University, where he attended in both West Lafayette and Fort Wayne. He spent his...
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Mildred E. Mabee

July 17, 1928 - December 30, 2016

MILDRED E. MABEE, 88, passed away Friday Dec. 30, 2016. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her sons, Daniel (Barb) Mabee, Kenneth (Pat) Mabee, James Mabee, and Duane (Karla) Mabee; grandchildren; step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and brother, Lester Sheets. She is preceded in death by her husband, Louis, and brother, Donald Sheets. Service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan...
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Carol R. Smith

April 16, 1919 - December 28, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Rosemary E. Fahl Hardt

December 20, 1920 - December 26, 2016

ROSEMARY E. FAHL HARDT, 96, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 at her residence at 3 a.m. Born Dec. 20, 1920 in Denver, Ind., she was a daughter of the late Clinton T. and Jettie Harper Murphy. She was self-employed as a beautician and retired in 1985 after 45 years. Survivors include a son, Stanley (Carol) Fahl of Fort Wayne; son-in-law , James Smith of Indianapolis; sister,...
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Anthony Shell KELLEY

June 13, 1975 - December 24, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Jean Joan Volker

July 5, 1930 - December 19, 2016

Jean Joan Volker of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. Born July 5, 1930 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Charles Byron Garver and Marvel Blodgett. Survivors include four daughters, Kathy A Donaldson of Fort Wayne, Jeri L. Zabolotney, Kitty L. Conkling, and Deanna K. Klein; two sons, John C. Thompson and Donald R. Thompson; nine...
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Charles Arthur TIPTON

November 26, 1930 - December 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Stephen Richard Petrisko

June 13, 1950 - December 13, 2016

Stephen Richard PETRISKO(1950-2016)Stephen R. Petrisko, 66, was called home to the Lord, Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016, after a long summer of illness. Stephen was a US Navy Veteran of eight years, serving during the Vietnam conflict on board the USS Voge (DE-1047) as a Sonar Technician. After separating from the U.S Navy, he worked in the Steel Industry, melting stainless steel. He was most recently...
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John Louis Sosenheimer

March 2, 1923 - December 6, 2016

JOHN LOUIS "JACK" SOSENHEIMER, of Fort Wayne, died on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at his residence. Born March 2, 1923, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Della (Witte) and George Sosenheimer. He serviced in the Army during World War II and was an architect at Mox Pohlmeyer & Associates/J.L. Sosenheimer, which he owned. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, 100% Club, Past...
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Frances Marie YANKOSKY

June 15, 1928 - December 4, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Ruth Arlene JANSEN

February 26, 1944 - December 2, 2016

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Carl Robert Banks

June 10, 1919 - December 2, 2016

CARL BANKS, 97, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran stationed in the Philippines. Carl retired from General Electric after 43 years as an electrician. He was an avid Purdue Basketball and Indianapolis Colts fan. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Surviving are his loving wife of 36 years, Mary Lou; children, Jane Banks...
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Roseann Smiley

December 23, 1958 - November 29, 2016

ROSEANN (DUNN) SMILEY, 57, of Fort Wayne, went to meet her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Born December 23, 1958, she was the daughter of Lois and Ronald Dunn of Fort Wayne. She was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and cousin. She was a friend to all who were blessed to meet her. She was known as "Grandma Flower" to her four young...
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Paul Fred Schoenemann

July 15, 1931 - November 25, 2016

PAUL FRED SCHOENEMANN, 85, of Roanoke, Indiana, died on Friday, November 25, 2016, at Ossian Health Care. Born Wednesday, July 15, 1931, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Ruth L. (Meyer) and William E . Schoenemann. He was a self-employed farmer and member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lions Club, and Tractor Club. Surviving are his daughter, LuAnn (Gary) Ambriole of...
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Herman Handy

January 22, 1924 - November 24, 2016

HERMAN G. HANDY, 92, died on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. He was born Jan. 22, 1924. He was a lifelong traveling salesman. He is survived by his son, Kenneth Handy, MD of Kankakee, Ill.; daughters, Diane Handy of Ohio and Judy Handy of Florida. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Handy; second wife, Lucille Chester-Handy; and daughter Linda Handy. For service information see Lucille...
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Donald E. Crumpacker

July 15, 1934 - November 22, 2016

DONALD E. CRUMPACKER, 82, of Fort Wayne, died, with hope in his heart on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at his residence. Born July 15,1934, in Columbia City, he was a son of the late Dora E.(Hile) and Herman J. Crumpacker. He was a retired Sgt Major having served in the regular U.S. Army and the active Army Reserves for 30 years. He retired after 28 years as an assistant vice president from Lincoln...
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Leonard John Deininger

June 30, 1925 - November 20, 2016

LEONARD JOHN DEININGER, 91, of Fort Wayne, died on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, 6:13 a.m., at Parkview Hospital - Randallia. Born Tuesday, June 30-1925, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Dorothy (Fischer) and Edward B. Deininger.He was an engineer for N & S Railroad. He was the S.P.C.A. "Can Man". He enjoyed the outdoors, going to the lake, the pool, and taking walks. Surviving are his...
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Paul Donald Spuller

June 13, 1920 - November 20, 2016

Paul D. Spuller, 96, of Fort Wayne, died on Sunday November 20, 2016. He was born to the late James and Leona Spuller on June 13, 1920, in Fort Wayne, IN. He was a farmer for most of his life. Paul retired from K-Mart Distribution Center after several years of employment. Paul also served in the U.S. Army participating in the Pacific Theater during WWII and was a member of the American Legion...
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Victoria VerPlanck

January 26, 1949 - November 19, 2016

Victoria R. VerPlanck, 67, passed away Saturday November 19, 2016.In life you may come across that rare person who does not merit a death notice; not for want of virtue but because obituary etiquette arches toward paying obeisance to the beginnings and endings of things and these very rare people genuinely transcend that. Vicky (Evanoff) VerPlanck was one such rare person as everyone who met her...
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James H. Gumm

August 17, 1924 - November 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Justine L. Coudret-Kramer

May 15, 1923 - November 1, 2016

JUSTINE L. COUDRET-KRAMER "AUNT DEDE", of Fort Wayne, died on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at her residence. Born May 15, 1923, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late Harry Coudret and Lucina (White). She was an accountant for General Electric Co. She served on the Board of Midwest Federal Credit Union. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran where she served on the Altar Guild. She...
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Betty Suzanne Pugh Henning

June 8, 1920 - October 27, 2016

BETTY S. PUGH HENNING, 96, of Fort Wayne, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Lutheran Life Villages. Born June 8, 1920, in Kendall ville, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Herbert D. Pugh and Anna (Williams) Pugh. She was the head librarian at in the Young Adult Department at Allen County Public Library, where she worked for 30 years. She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church,...
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Charles Junior Lehner

October 15, 1928 - October 27, 2016

Charles J. Lehner, 88, passed away Thursday Oct. 27, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Rita Perrey- Lehner; children Ann Badger of New Haven, Karen Fitch, John P. (Kris) Lehner of Ft. Wayne and Eric (Tami) Lehner of Columbia City; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and siblings Norma Mask, Donald (Barb) Lehner and Lois (Charles) Myers.Funeral Services will be 11:00 Saturday Oct....
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Randolph Reichert

November 5, 1951 - October 24, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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Harley Clifford Jones

January 21, 1921 - October 21, 2016

Harley Clifford Jones, 95, of Fort Wayne, passed away on October 21, 2016. Born on January 21, 1921, in Wells County, he was the son of the late Elva Samuel and Rose Jones. A member of Christ Church at Georgetown, he proudly served his country in the Army during WWII. A 51-year member of the Sheet Metal Union Local #20 and its Retirement Club, he retired in 1983.He is survived by his sons, Robert...
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Gordon W. Sarrazin

October 26, 1931 - October 19, 2016

GORDON W. SARRAZIN, 84, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016. He was a carpet installer for many years, and belonged to Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church.He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Gardner. Also surviving are two brothers Ray Sarrazin, Roger (Irene) Sarrazin;; a sister Marilyn Rickman; two grandsons Jason (Nicki) Headlee , Travis (Alesia) Royer; 6 great-grandsons; 1 great...
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Robert Foster Brooks

February 7, 1923 - October 18, 2016

Robert F. Brooks passed away on October 18, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born three seconds before his brother, Jim, on February 7, 1923, to John and Emma Brooks, Bob was in a hurry to explore the world from the onset. A graduate of South Side High School and Carleton College, Bob served with the Navy Amphibious unit in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After returning home,...
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Bartlett J. Pond

September 27, 1926 - October 14, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
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