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George T. Mangos

April 27, 2017

George T. Mangos, 87, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Born in 1930 in Polikerasos, Greece to Thoma and Maria Mangos, George was the youngest of four boys. He immigrated to the United States in 1951 and settled in Fort Wayne. One of his favorite stories to tell, was that he "came to this country with only five dollars in his pocket." George was...
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Frank K. Helmsing

April 25, 2017

Frank K. Helmsing, 88, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Frank was the son of the late Lawrence and Elise Helmsing. Frank graduated from Central Catholic High School class of 1946 He worked as a cost analyst with International Harvester 37 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, and was part of the Got...
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David (Chief) H. Williams

April 25, 2017

David "Chief" H. Williams, 55, passed away April 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army. David was proud of his Native American heritage. Surviving are his biological mother, Lylith Lanigan; daughters, Tia Cook-Robinson and Whisper Cook; 7 grandchildren; siblings, Victoria Herrera, Robert Nose, Terry Capshaw, William Lanigan, Juanita Black, Anita...
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Phyllis A. Tracey

April 25, 2017

Phyllis A. Tracey, 80, passed away April 25, 2017. Surviving are sons, Kim Allen (Teresa) Tracey; Timothy P. (Violet) Tracey; daughter, Lori Anne (Kirk) Cerny; 10 grandchildren, Robert, Morgan, Courtney, Parker Chad Tracey, Austin (Jenny) Tracey, Allyson (Chad) Fortman Jaclyn (Ian) Wuest; Ryan and Shawn Cerny; sisters, Marie Heath; Martha J. (Ron) Blaine. She was preceded in death by her...
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Marilyn J. Ryan

April 25, 2017

Marilyn J. Ryan, 51, of Fort Wayne passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 after a long struggle with Lung Cancer. Marilyn was employed at Big G's in Columbia City, Indiana for 12 years. She loved her job and all the people. She often talked about their kindness and how much she missed everyone. Her family was her life and she loved them unconditionally. She had such a fun loving, kind and...
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Lester T. Sorgen

April 25, 2017

Lester T. Sorgen, 60, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital. Born January 12, 1957 in Fort Wayne. Les graduated from Elmhurst HS and previously worked as a welder for Teco before becoming a Firefighter for the city of Fort Wayne for 24 years. He was a member of St Joseph Hessen Cassel Catholic Church , IAFF Local 124, American Legion Post # 241 and former member of the Red...
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Jonathan Alexander Francis

April 25, 2017

Jonathan Alexander Francis, 34, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. He was born in Indianapolis, IN on August 10, 1982. He graduated from Leo High School in 2001. Alex was social, and loved life. He enjoyed the simple things, like taking his children to the park, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a loving devoted father to his three children, and will be missed by all that...
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Martha J. Avis

April 25, 2017

Martha J. Avis, 81, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her children, Richard (Carolyn) Hockenberry, Jr.; Brenda Gahl; William (Tina) Hockenberry; David (Laura) Hockenberry; Martha (Melvin) DeFord; Betty (Terry) Davis; 30 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and 11 siblings. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Robert...
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Neil (Skip) Green

April 25, 2017

Neil "Skip" Green, 89, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Wakarusa, IN, Neil started work at Levin and Sons in 1945, and later retired from OmniSource in December 2008. He was a gold member of Fort Wayne Turners Club. Surviving are his daughters, Cindy (Sam) Leto, Linda Boyd, Georgianna (Weldon) Adkins, Sandra Wright-Biller, Paulette (Gene)...
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Barbara R. Erb

April 24, 2017

Barbara R. Erb, 84, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017. She was born in Fort Wayne, IN on July 8, 1932 the daughter of the late Emmett and Julia Rauner. Barb graduated from Central Catholic High School. She was an executive secretary at I&M for 25 years where she eventually retired from. In Barb's spare time she loved playing bridge, listening to music, and enjoying a glass of wine. She...
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Matthew Anthony Nyman

April 24, 2017

Matthew Anthony Nyman, 40, passed away on April 24, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on January 15, 1977. Matt graduated from Bishop Luers High School and Indiana University - Bloomington where he obtained his bachelor's degree. Matt worked as Distribution Center Manager at Venture Logistics in Indianapolis. He was a loyal IU basketball, Colts football and Chicago Cubs...
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Evelyn Joyce Felger

April 24, 2017

Evelyn Joyce Felger, 85, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Bluffton, IN, Evelyn worked at the front desk and interoffice as an administrative assistant with Lutheran Homes for 26 years, retiring in 1996. She was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Evelyn enjoyed working in the yard with flowers, bowling, square dancing and playing...
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Joyce Ann Porter

April 24, 2017

Joyce Ann Porter, 57, died peacefully in her Fort Wayne home on Monday, April 24th. She was born in Kansas City, MO, on October 2nd, 1959. She leaves behind her loving husband of 27 years, Keith Porter; two sons, Landon and Jason; mother, Mary Greer; sister, Nina Hickok (Paul); two brothers, Mel Cooper (Mandy) and Ken Cooper (Pattie); step mother, Beth Cooper; many nieces, nephews, and close...
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James Deleon

April 23, 2017

James Deleon, 37, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on August 11, 1979, the son of the late James Deleon and Carola Torrez. Surviving are his children; James T. Deleon Jr., Reece Talbot, and Aleana Branigan; brother, Angel Sanchez-Deleon; step-mother; Alice Sanchez; Aunt Lyd and Uncle Joe; several aunts and uncles; and many other loving friends and family...
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Billie J. Stephens

April 23, 2017

Billie J. Stephens, 76, passed away April 23, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Carol Stephens; sons, David (Linda) Stephens; Billy S. Stephens, Roger Stephens, Eric (Lori) Stephens, daughter, Lori Anthony; daughter, Melissa (Eric) Fearnow; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Sam Stephens of Fort Wayne; and his canine companion, Willie. Billie was preceded in death by...
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Eugene Edward Cummins

April 23, 2017

Eugene Edward Cummins died at his home in Fort Wayne surrounded by his loving family early Sunday morning, April 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife Carol Ann, brothers Galen, Perry, Homer, sisters Rovene Rhinearson, Judy Syferd, sons, Phillip (Patty), Gary (Christy), Richard (Kathy), stepson Jeffrey Durnell (special friend Pat) step daughters Jennifer (Paul) Alexander, and Patricia Johnston ...
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William Howard Quackenbush

April 21, 2017

William Howard Quackenbush, 73, of Ft. Wayne, passed away on April 21, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne. Born November 5, 1943, he was the oldest of five children born to the late Harley and Mary (Hofer) Quackenbush. He was a 1961 graduate of Central Catholic High School and a graduate of Midwestern College, with degrees in engineering and tool and die design. Employed by States...
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Christine A Ohler

October 17, 1951 - April 21, 2017

Christine A. Ohler, 65, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Christine was the daughter of Harold and Patricia Ohler who survive. Christine graduated from North Side High School. She was the owner of Tasty Pizza in North Manchester for many years. She was a chef at Oakwood Inn in Syracuse, and the head cook with Warsaw Community Schools during...
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Don E Miller, MD

February 13, 1930 - April 20, 2017

Don E. Miller, M.D., 87, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Spencerville, Ohio, Don was the son of the late Arthur and Fern Miller. Don graduated from Spencerville High School class of 1948. He earned his bachelors degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1952 and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Don went on to earn his Medical Degree from...
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Gene R. McDonald

April 19, 2017

Gene R. McDonald , 61, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017. He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN and graduated from Homestead HS. Surviving are his father, Clarence E McDonald of Houghton, MI brothers, Mark (Susan) McDonald, Scott Lee McDonald, Rick Allen (Virginia) McDonald, James Wade McDonald, all of Fort Wayne, IN; 5 nieces and nephews . Gene was preceded in death by...
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Beatrice D. Barrera

April 19, 2017

Beatrice D. Barrera, 86, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her sons, James (Brianna) Barrera and Ricardo Barrera; daughters, Juanita (Rex) Plasterer; Victoria Barrera -Byer; Nikki (Jorge) Toledo; Linda (Gerry) Dean; LeeAndra (Richard) Camos; Jamie Barrera-Cour; Sheila (Eric) Myers; 30 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; ...
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Donald K. Gayer

April 19, 2017

Donald K. Gayer, 77, entered the arms of his Loving Savior on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia, Fort Wayne, IN, surrounded by his wife and all of his children, in a peaceful, sweet and joyful ending to an incredibly well lived life of grace, equanimity, compassion and dedication to serving God. He was born in 1939 in St. Louis, MO, to Andrew and Laura Gayer. Donald...
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John Mason Howard

April 19, 2017

John Mason Howard, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017. He was the son of Charles W. and Elizabeth Emma Howard. Surviving are his wife Pauline Jeanette Howard; children, Sandra Niezer; Susan (Dennis) Taylor; Linda (Bruce) Menshy; Deborah (Mike) Mullen; Michael (Pat)Howard; brother, Phil (Sharon) Howard; 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. John was...
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Nelson A. Hornick

April 19, 2017

Nelson A. Hornick, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his "sunshine"; Delores Ruby of Fort Wayne; son, David (Arlene) Hornick of Oakville, Ontario; son, Daniel Hornick of Fort Wayne; 1 granddaughter, Adynne and her mother Annette; sister, Patricia Beselaere of Chatham, Ontario; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Nelson was preceded in death by wife of...
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John L. (Jack) Steinkamp

April 18, 2017

John L. "Jack" Steinkamp, 74, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Born in Seymour, Indiana, Jack was the son of the late Glenn and Jean Steinkamp. He graduated from Indiana University with a Doctorate in Law and began working at what is now Lincoln Financial Group. He retired 36 years later as Vice President and Associate General Council. He was a...
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Margeret I. Harris

April 18, 2017

Margeret I. Harris, 94, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Born in Huntington, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Esta and Leafy Horrell. She worked with Magnavox for 19 years prior to her retirement in 1987. Surviving are her daughter, Sandra (Roger) Hamilton of Fort Wayne along with several nieces and nephews. Margeret was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Harris, and her...
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Duke Alan Bertsch

April 17, 2017

Infant, Duke Alan Bertsch, was stillborn, April 17, 2017 at Dupont Hospital Fort Wayne. He is survived by his mother, Michelle Bertsch and father, Andrew Bertsch. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.
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Paul (Dave) Eggelston

April 17, 2017

Paul "Dave" Eggelston, 61, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Paul was the son of the late Paul and Vivian Eggelston. Paul graduated from North Side High School and earned his bachelors degree from Indiana Tech. He was the Assistant Vice President of Facilities at Lincoln Financial Group where he had been working for the past 33...
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Judith A. Fetzer

April 17, 2017

Judith A Fetzer, 70, passed away April 17, 2017. Surviving are her loving spouse of 50 years, Steven Fetzer; daughters Catherine Fetzer and Julia (Michael) Csuhta; son, Steven Fetzer Jr.; siblings, Mary E. Widmer; George T Widmer; Dolores (Mark) Bickel; Richard J (Rebecca) Widmer; and Martha Widmer; grandchildren, Christopher, Darryin, Zane, and Kaden . Judith was preceded in death by...
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Thomas C. Smith, Jr.

April 17, 2017

Thomas C. Smith Jr., passed away Monday, April 17, 2017. He was born in Decatur, IN, son of the late Thomas and Mildred Smith. Thomas attended Purdue University, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree. After graduation, he served in the US Army. He went on to become a Sales Agent, and worked with Allstate Insurance for 20 years, and then opened his own company, Smith Insurance, retiring in 2006....
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Sally A. Hake

April 17, 2017

Sally A. Hake, 82, of Clear Lake, Indiana, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 at her home after a brave battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Sally was born January 8, 1935, to the late Gerald and Irene (Schaefer) Aurentz. She was married on May 7, 1982, in Fort Wayne to Dr. Joseph W. Hake. Sally graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1953. She studied Fine Arts at Indiana...
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Ronald F. (Ron) Carter

April 16, 2017

Ronald F. "Ron" Carter, 62, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017. Ron was the son of the late Floyd Carter and Nancy (Bennett) Kelley who survives. Surviving are his mother, Nancy Kelley of Fort Wayne; brothers, Jim (Kay) Carter of Fort Wayne, Bob Carter of Houston, TX; half brother, Eric (Russell) Carter; half sister, Tammy Carter; niece, Kim Carter; and nephews, Bennett and Lee Carter. Ron was...
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Dorothy I. Murphy

April 16, 2017

Dorothy I. Murphy, 92, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017. Surviving are her nephews, Jerry D. Brickley of Fort Wayne, IN and David Brickley of Glendale, AZ. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Carl W. and Elva D Murphy, sisters, Evelyn Brickley, Marjorie Murphy and Virginia Barton. Dorothy graduated from Chester HS in 1942 and also from International Business College, of Fort Wayne....
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Russell G. McMillen

April 16, 2017

Russell G. McMillen, 90, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Jeanette McMillen; daughter, Kathleen (Steven) Smith; sons, Michael (Nancy) McMillen; Dennis (Gale) McMillen; and Kenneth (Sandra) McMillen; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many step-grandchildren . Russell was preceded in death by his first wife, Mable McMillen; parents, Walter...
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Jeffery S. McComb

April 15, 2017

Jeffery S. McComb, 51, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Terry McComb; son, Jeffery Chase (Stephanie) McComb ; mother and step-father, Patricia and Ray Strater; sister, Julie (Ryan) McComb; sister, Morgan McComb; grandmother, Donna Harris; 4 step-children; 7 grandchildren; 8 nieces and nephews. Jeffery was preceded in death by his father, Terry...
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Kenneth (Kenny) R. Neumeister

April 15, 2017

Kenneth "Kenny" R. Neumeister, 66, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Indianapolis, IN, Kenny was the owner of Liberty Construction for 25 years, more recently he was the owner of Freedom Consulting and the Executive Director of the Allen County Regional Water and Sewer District. He was a member of The Chapel where he loved to serve as an usher. Kenny was also a past...
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Donald Durnell

April 14, 2017

Donald Durnell, 64, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017. He was born in Fort Wayne, IN on September 6, 1952, the son of the late Gerald and Norma Jean Durnell. He was a devoted husband and loved spending time with his family. Don was a dedicated, hard-worker throughout his life. Don worked for Tokheim Corp. for 33 years until it closed. Don then worked at AVI where he filled the vending machines...
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Barbara K. Kasting

April 13, 2017

Barbara K. Kasting, 64, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Mchenry, IL, Barbara worked as a Customer Service Representative with Star Bank. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, the National Right to Life Organization as she had a passion for the unborn. Surviving are her husband, Thomas Kasting of Fort Wayne; son, Benjamin Kasting of Madison, WI;...
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George Craib

April 13, 2017

George Craib, 87, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was born September 10, 1929 in Anderson, IN, the son of the late George Edward and Chelsea Craib. George served in the U.S. Navy as an Electronic Technician 5 years. He then continued his work as an Electronic Technician for the FAA at Baer Field Airport in which he retired. Upon his retirement George and Mary moved to Florida where...
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Kay Stinson

April 13, 2017

Kay Karen (Kingery) Stinson, 81, of Fort Wayne,Indiana passed away on April 13, 2017 at Kingston Memory Care in Fort Wayne. Kay was born in Worthington, MN to John & Mathilda Kingery on March 22nd, 1936. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1954. She attended Worthington Community College where she studied Library Science. Her life's "work" was being a stay at home mom to her three...
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John Francis Speith, Jr.

April 13, 2017

John Francis Speith Jr., 82, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017. John was the son of the late John and Rose Francis Speith Sr. Surviving are his wife Marie Flora Speith; children, Linda Speith, Michael (Sandra) Speith; Andrew (Tammy) Speith; grandchildren, Kimberly (Scott) Dye, Stacey (Ricky) Shaffer, Tiffany Speith, Jacob Speith, Emily Speith; great-grandchildren, Andi, Mati, Kadi Dye,...
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Paul W. Liddy, Jr.

April 12, 2017

Paul W Liddy Jr, 69, passed away on April 12, 2017. The son of the late Paul W. Liddy Sr. and Erma Liddy, Paul was a simple man and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Surviving are his siblings; Paulette Serrani, and Phil (Debbie) Liddy; and 3 nieces and 1 nephew. Funeral service will take place at 11am on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood 4017 Maplecrest...
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Margie E. Houston

April 12, 2017

Margie E. Houston, 95, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Surviving are her son, Gary A. (Leslie) Houston of Pismo Beach, CA; daughter, Margaret K. Artoux of Fort Wayne; daughter, Marlene S. (Ken) Ott of Avilla, IN; 5 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and brother, Howard (Margaret) Davis of Van Buren, IN. Margie was preceded in death by her husband Willie A....
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Sharon A. (Cricket) Tonak

April 12, 2017

Sharon A. "Cricket" Tonak, 67, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. She was born on June 4, 1949 to the late Calvin and Lois Tonak. Cricket was employed at Magnavox for 28 years and BAE Systems for 15 years. She loved spending her weekends watching sports, including the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, the Cubs, and NASCAR, specifically Kyle Petty. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling...
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James I Nichols

April 11, 2017

James I Nichols, 87, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The son of the late Harry and Edna Nickols. James served in the U.S. Navy from 1947 to 1952 on the USS FISKE. Surviving are his children; Virginia Caley, Carolyn Nichols, Timothy (Donna Lou) Nichols, Christine (Fred) Marsh; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Billie (Tally)...
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Robert E. Hatfield

April 11, 2017

Robert E. Hatfield, 89, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Robert worked as a dental technician with the Allen Dental Laboratory for over 40 years. He was a lifelong member of Harvester Avenue Missionary Church. Robert proudly served his country as a member of the US Army during the Korean War where he earned the Purple Heart medal. Surviving are his step...
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Carolyn Sue Kreischer

April 11, 2017

Carolyn Sue Kreischer, 77, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Carolyn loved children and poured her self into loving her nieces and nephews and other children in the neighborhood. Surviving are her nieces, Linda Baldridge; Denise Stetler; and Lorna (David) Bluestein; nephew, Doug Stetler; and several great-nieces and great-nephews . Carolyn was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Stetler,...
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Jerry Jerome Barbre

April 10, 2017

Jerry Jerome Barbre, 28, was called Home, Monday April 10th, 2017. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jerry worked bridge construction for Primco in Fort Wayne, IN. He was a family man, who kept everyone laughing and smiling. Surviving are his children Jaidyn, Julian, Carter, and Camille (Loni); Mother, Laurie; Sisters, Megan (Jermaine), Nicole, and Alexis; 4 nieces, 3 nephews and an abundance of...
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Marilyn A. Irons

April 10, 2017

Marilyn A. Irons, 68, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her husband, Robert Irons; son, Kevin (Christina) Irons; daughter, Danielle A. (Joshua) Eme; 4 grandchildren, Nolan, Carter, Oliver, and Alexandra; brothers, Wayne (Ann) Coles; Canada, and Carl (Jennifer) Stewart; Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Vern Peter Coles and Anne Elizabeth Meyer;...
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Jerome J. Klein

April 9, 2017

Jerome J. Klein, 82, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017. He was born on December 2, 1934 in West Bend, WI, the son of the late John and Louise Klein. Jerry and his wife, Gerry always enjoyed working together, traveling, managing properties, fixing up homes, and even owning an ice cream shop in Angola. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Gerry Klein; daughter, Colleen (Kevin) McCarthy; and...
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Sharon M. Minnick) Brown

April 9, 2017

Sharon M. (Minnick) Brown, 78, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017. She was born September 1, 1938 in Fort Wayne, IN, the daughter of the late Arnold and Olivia Minnick. Sharon worked as a Nurse for 40 plus years and was also a member of the Nurses Association. She is survived by many cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Brown. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph...
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Bridget M. Puckett

April 8, 2017

Bridget M Puckett , 32, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at her home in Fort Wayne, IN. Surviving are her parents Dan A. and Rita J. Puckett; brother, Ryan (Beth) Puckett; two nieces Madison and Peyton, grandmother, Lavon Squier; several aunt and uncles. Bridget was preceded in death by grandparents, Johnnie and Gracie Puckett, and Walter Savieo. Memorials may be made to NAMI, Ft. Wayne,...
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John Steigerwald

April 8, 2017

John A. (Jack) Steigerwald 75, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at The Cedars in Leo-Cedarville. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Jack graduated from Central High School in 1959. Jack worked for the McComb family and D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral home for 40 years before retiring. He was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and the Lions Club, Cedar Creek. Jack loved the outdoors, fishing,...
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Barbara Engelhaupt

April 8, 2017

Barbara A. Engelhaupt, 88, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Kingston Residence in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Barbara was the daughter of the late George Jackson and Agnes Lee. She graduated from Central Catholic High School class of 1947. Barbara was a volunteer secretary at St. Joseph Catholic School for eight years. She also worked for the Fort Wayne South Bend Diocese for...
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John Hilger

April 7, 2017

John Henry Hilger, 70, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 in Amsterdam while on vacation. He was a native and lifetime resident of Fort Wayne, IN. John graduated from Arcola HS in1964 and earned his Bachelors in Horticulture in 1968 at Purdue University. He was a loving husband, father, and grandpa devoted to the Catholic Church. John was a Deacon and a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church....
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Dorothy L. Silkworth

April 7, 2017

Dorothy L. Silkworth, 95, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017. Born in Decatur, Illinois, Dorothy was the daughter of the late John and Florence Schumacher. She was the gift shop manager at Keltsch Pharmacy for 26 years, prior to her retirement. Surviving are her daughter, Dianna (Greg) Slusser of Fort Wayne; 6 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaugther. Dorothy was...
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Dorothy Putt Scott

April 7, 2017

Dorothy Putt Scott, 95, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017. Dorothy was the daughter of Chancy and Hasel Putt. Surviving are her children, William T. Scott; Kerry D. Scott; daughter, Pricilla A. Miller; Patricia D. Solano; Jacqueline L. Brewer; 15 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren 2 great-great grandchildren, and brother, Wayne L. Putt; and sister, Louise L. McComb. Dorothy was...
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Diane (Haffelt) Sheets

April 7, 2017

Diane (Haffelt) Sheets, 59, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, April 7, 2017 surrounded by her family. Born in Gallipolis, Ohio, Diane was the daughter of Jerald and Doris Haffelt who survive. Diane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and spiritual mother to her family and friends. She took an active role at Cedarville Community Church and led the women's ministries. She was...
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David Stephans

April 7, 2017

David P. Stephans, 88, a life-long resident of Fort Wayne passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at St. Anne Home and Retirement Communities, Fort Wayne. Born on March 17, 1929, he was the son of Anastas (Stephanoff) Stephans and Cleo (Smith) Stephans. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue.
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Scott Beaman

April 6, 2017

Scott Beaman, 64, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Scott worked as an Auto Body Technician. Arrangements by D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road.
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Joe Wozniak

April 6, 2017

Joe Wozniak went home to be with the Lord on April 6, 2017. He was born into a loving Christian family in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 1956. The eldest of the three children of Adolph and Dolores Jones Wozniak, he moved with his family to Fort Wayne in 1966. Joe attended several schools in the Allen County system until he was 18. For many years he worked at the Easter Seals Arc of Northeast...
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Phyllis V. Lucas

April 6, 2017

Phyllis V. Lucas, 87, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Ashton Creek Health and Rehab in Ft. Wayne. Born in Saint Clairsville, Ohio, Phyllis was the daughter of the late John and Hanna Jessee. Phyllis was raised on a farm and developed a strong work ethic that carried on throughout her life. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Parkland College in Champaign, IL, her Bachelors...
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Kenneth Ross Davis, Jr.

October 11, 1970 - April 5, 2017

Kenneth "Kenny" R. Davis Jr., 46, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Born in Neubrucke, Germany, Kenny was the son of the late Kenneth R. Davis, Sr. and Linda M. Davis who survives. Kenny graduated from Bellmont High School in Decatur, Indiana. He had been working as a heavy equipment operator with Brooks Construction for the past 27 years. He was a member of IUOE Local 103, and was part...
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Winifred F. Howe

April 5, 2017

Winifred F. Howe, 94, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Born in Middleville, NY, Winifred graduated high school from West Canada Central School as the class Salutatorian and with honors from Albany Business College. Surviving are her daughter, Janice Howe Eplett; and dear friend, William H. Knipstein. Winifred was preceded in death by her parents, Varnum Caldwell and Eva Mae Farrington, ...
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Gavina P. Salud

April 4, 2017

Gavina P. Salud, 94, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Gavina was the daughter of the late Angel and Donata Pagela. Gavina was a loving wife, mom, and grandma to her family. Surviving are her daughter, Conchita (Gerald) Brady of Kendallville, son, Roger Salud of Wesley Chapel, FL; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Gavina was preceded in death by her husband Juan Salud, and...
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Mary Matilda Cockman

April 4, 2017

Mary Matilda Cockman, native of Moore County, North Carolina, was born November 26, 1925 and went to be with her Lord at the age of 91 on April 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Eugene Cockman. Mary is survived by her sons Dr. Richard L. Cockman and Timothy Cochran; sisters, Joan Chilton and Linda Camp; brothers, Harold Hussey and Dwight Hussey; 3 granddaughters; 3...
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John A. Steiner

April 3, 2017

John A. Steiner, 76, went home to be with the Lord he had loved and served so long on Monday, April 3, 2017. He was born in Bluffton, OH on October 31, 1940. John worked with FWCS for over 35 years. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Lois Steiner; children; SuAnn (Donn) Nichols, Michael (Lynne) Steiner, Shari (Matt) Barcalow; grandchildren Blaine, Keegan, Eli, Isaac, Piper, Natalie, Jaydn,...
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Samuel H. Newnam, Jr.

April 3, 2017

Samuel H. Newnam Jr, 91, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017. Surviving are his loving wife of 67 years, Kathleen Newnam; children, David Newnam, Carolyn (Joseph) Stemen, Sue Ann Newnam; grandchildren, Aimee (Carlie) Tuttle; and Taylor Newnam; great-grandsons, Samuel and Daniel Tuttle and a brother, John (Regina) Newnam of Hong Kong. Samuel was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel H. Sr....
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Sue (Susie) (Buck) Cordle

April 2, 2017

Sue "Susie" (Buck) Cordle, 70, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, April 2, 2017, after her battle with Cancer. Surviving are her husband Richard Cordle; her daughter Julie Minch; her granddaughter Mia Minch; her two sisters Barbara (Donald) Banaszek; Mary Lynn Church; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sisters...
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Mary Catherine Mainord

April 2, 2017

Mary Catherine Mainord, 92, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017. Born in Anderson, IN, she was the only child of Rollie Wilbur and Ruth Hazel Lytle. Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Cynthia Mainord, and son-in-law Larry Wehnert both of Fort Wayne. Her four grandchildren are Tim (Julie) Wehnert, Amy Wehnert, Penny Wehnert Dunlap, Alison Mainord (Will) Hermann, and six great grandchildren, Sloan...
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Doris M. Mills

April 1, 2017

Doris M. Mills, age 99, of Wallace, NC and formerly of Fort Wayne, IN left this earthly life for her eternal rest on Saturday, April 1, 2017. She was born June 17, 1917 in Cairo, OH and was the daughter of the late John D. and Norma Miller Jones. Surviving are her children, Douglas S. Mills (Elisa); Cheryl L. Faulkner; and Candace M. Knowles (Harvey); four grandchildren; three great...
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William D. (Bill) Treace

April 1, 2017

William D Treace "Bill", 46, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017. Surviving are his, father, Edgar (Vonda) Treace; mother, Jo (Mike) Buffalino; sisters, Connie (Mike) Lubbehusen; and Erin (Andrew) Waggoner; brother, Christopher (Special friend Carol Maymon) Treace; step-brothers, Andrew (Kate) Buffalino; and Blain (Dianna) Jackson; step-sisters, Anna (Jason) Fowler; Misti (Scott)...
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A. Claire Hoffman

April 1, 2017

A. Claire Hoffman, 93, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Claire was the daughter of the late John and Angela Murphy. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo, IL. Claire worked in sales during her working career with HIS, and Comcast. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church Arcola, Orchard Ridge Country Club for 30...
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Ben G. Music

October 19, 1934 - April 1, 2017

Ben G. Music, 82, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Lutheran Life Villages Nursing Home in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on October 19, 1934 in Betsy Layne, KY to Ben and Inez Music. He served in the U.S. Army for 2 years during the Korean War and was stationed in Fort Lewis, WA. While in Washington, Ben met the love of his life, Marlene "Candy" Hovis. Ben and Candy were married in 1955 in...
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Norma Jean Geels

April 1, 2017

Norma Jean Geels, 84, passed away peacefully at her home on April 1, 2017. Norma was married 18 years to the love of her life, square dance caller, Carl Geels who preceded her in death in 2004. Surviving are her daughter, Sandra Minich Brockman (Morings Flowers and Gifts), and Sharon McKnight (Corner Garage Sale); 2 grandchildren, Daniel (Jordan) Brockman, and Loren McKnight; 9 step-children;...
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Kenneth (Bubba) A. Norris

April 1, 2017

Kenneth "Bubba" A. Norris, 57, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017. Surviving are his wife, Georgiana Norris; daughter, Erica (Michael) Roberts; daughter, Erin (Jon White) Norris; son, Dustin Norris; mother, Virginia Rae Norris; 9 grandchildren; sisters, Kim (Doug Lehman) Norris, and Kathi Taki; brother, Kip (Crissy) Norris; several nieces and nephews; and special children, Loren...
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Timothy J. Stoddard

March 31, 2017

Timothy J. Stoddard, 64, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Traverse City, MI, Timothy enjoyed working as a volunteer with Carriage House. He was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church. Surviving are his brothers, William (Shannon) Stoddard and Scott (Darlene) Stoddard both of Fort Wayne. Timothy was preceded in death by his parents, George Stoddard and Phyllis...
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Marie Louise Bruggeman

March 31, 2017

Marie Louise Bruggeman passed away peacefully on March 31, 2017. An intelligent, cultured woman, her wit, wisdom and warmth will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was born to Pierre and Marcelle Cellard on November 28, 1918 in Paris. A war bride, she met and married Captain Joseph A. Bruggeman of Fort Wayne, Indiana, in France. She is survived by her children Henry Bruggeman; Jack...
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Charles Harry Reichart, Jr.

March 31, 2017

Charles Harry Reichart Jr., 86, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017. He was born on his mother's birthday on May 3, 1930 in Washington DC the son of the late Charles Harry Reichart Sr. and Anna Marie Reichart. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy Reserves after 5 years of service. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington DC in 1951 with a BA in Commercial Science....
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Joseph (Bill) William Hammen

March 31, 2017

Joseph "Bill" William Hammen, 89, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017. He was born on December 17, 1927 in Dayton, OH, the son of the late Joseph and Alma Hammen. Bill was active in the Boys Scouts and advanced to an Eagle Scout. During High School he boxed in the Fort Wayne Golden Gloves until 1945. After graduating Central Catholic High School, Bill served in the US Navy Reserve on the USN TADC...
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Marilee (Midge) Bickel

March 31, 2017

Marilee "Midge" Bickel , 81, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017. Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Kyle K. Bickel of Fort Wayne, IN, children Dean A. Bickel , Doug S. Bickel, Cindy R. Bickel all of Fort Wayne, IN and several grandchildren . Marilee was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Vera Coles, sons, Chris K. Bickel and Greg K. Bickel. Private services at a later date. ...
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Naomi E. Jewett

March 31, 2017

Naomi E. Jewett, 79, our beloved wife, mother and grandmother was called to heaven. We shed tears of sadness and joy as she passed away last Friday, March 31, 2017. Proverbs 31:10, "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." Born in Fort Wayne on April 7, 1937, Naomi was the daughter of W. Kenneth and Mary Plumley Leamon. Along with her nine brothers and sisters, Naomi...
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Richard A. Dick Ullrich

March 30, 2017

Richard A. Ullrich "Dick", 88, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Buffalo, NY, Dick was the son of the late Alfred Ullrich and Beatrice Myers. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Dick was a Geologist with Meridian Oil Company for 31 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Emmanuel Community Church. Dick's heart was in volunteering at his church...
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Kenneth J. Fritz

March 30, 2017

Kenneth J. Fritz, 73, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017. He was the son of the late Ralph and Evelyn Fritz. He was a retired Ironworker from IW local 147. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marcia Fritz; daughters, Cindy and Michelle Fritz; brothers, Howard Fritz, and Ray Coak; sisters, Roxanne Krauss, Yvonne (Bill) Timmins. Ken enjoyed spending time with his...
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Evelyn L. Houser

March 29, 2017

Evelyn L. Houser, 92, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Surviving are her sons, Larry (Barbara) Houser, Jim (Mary) Houser, and Ronald Houser all of Fort Wayne; 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Judy (Bill) Regadanz of Angola, IN; and several nieces and nephews. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Houser; parents, Levi and...
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Phyllis M. Wilkens

March 29, 2017

Phyllis M. Wilkens, 92, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Woodview Assisted Living in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Phyllis was the daughter of the late Herbert and Isabelle Kammeyer. She was a retail associate with L.S. Ayres during her working career until her retirement. She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and the Fort Wayne Turners. Phyllis enjoyed sewing,...
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Larry Leroy Michael

March 29, 2017

Larry Leroy Michael, age 74, died March 29, 2017, after suffering a massive stroke. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and daughter, Cheryl (Michael Thurman) Michael, a son, Thomas, died at the age of sixteen. He also parented eight foster children. Larry received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Earlham College in 1965 and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University...
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Betty V. Prevatil

March 28, 2017

Betty V. Prevatil, 76, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her 8 siblings, Wanda (Marlin) Medaugh; Carl Wayne (Enona) Brewington; Edna (John) Lobsiger; Jean Brewington; Connie Brewington; Lynn (Larry) Gunkel; Bonnie Irving; and Sonya Saraya. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Prevatil; parents, Dennis and Alene Brewington. Private family...
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Erlene J. Covault

March 28, 2017

Erlene J. Covault, 82, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Surviving are her Spouse, Earl J. Covault, Jr. of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Kathryn (Scott) Foltz of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Amanda and Joseph Foltz; great-granddaughter, Chloe Foltz. Erlene was preceded in death by father, Joseph H. Jensen, mother, Edna M. Jensen. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Erlene worked as a Court Reporter with...
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Kathryn R. Lentz

March 28, 2017

Kathryn F. Reutter Lentz, wife of Harold W. Lentz went to be with her Lord and Savior, March 28, 2017. She is survived by her loving husband Harold; sister, Eileen Williams; and her five children, Barbara (Alan) Gallatin, William (Katie) Lentz, Susan (Jeff) Britton, Linda (William) Valley, Katherine Mather; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her older...
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Eileen E. Diehm

March 28, 2017

Eileen E. Diehm, 97, passed away March 28, 2017. She was born January 3, 1920 in Jay County, Indiana, the daughter of the late Elmer and Edith Avey. Surviving are her son; Brian David (Diana) Diehm; granddaughter, Katherine Diehm; and 3 nieces and 6 nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Merritt Diehm; siblings, Thelora Maxine Mason, Marjorie Lucille Arnold, and Cloyce Keith...
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Laura Joyce Marcom

March 28, 2017

Laura "Joyce" Marcom, 93, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Laura enjoyed caring for her family as a homemaker. Surviving are her son, Jeffrey Marcom of Fort Wayne; son, Randi Marcom of Fort Wayne; and daughter, Constance Lee of Creedmoor, NC; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Laura was preceded in death by her husband Cecil Marcom; parents, Paul and Lucy Downs; and...
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Jonathan H. Nusbaum

March 28, 2017

Jonathan H Nusbaum , 46, passed away March 28, 2017. Jonathan worked as an Attorney with Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin for 12 years. Surviving are his Spouse, Kelly Crick Nusbaum; father, Jonathan W (Judy) Nusbaum; mother, Lana M Nusbaum; son, Oliver Nusbaum; daughters, Abigail Nusbaum, Mallory Nusbaum, and Allison Nusbaum; sisters, Emily Nusbaum; and Laura (Rob) Nusbaum; step-sister,...
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Jenna Elyce Leakey

March 27, 2017

Jenna Elyce Leakey, 18, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Jenna was a loving free spirited individual. She had an avid love of any animal. Surviving are her mother, Robin Bragg of Bellville, Ohio, father, Thomas Leakey, FT Wayne, maternal grandmother, Patricia Biancaniello-Ft Wayne and sister, Kennedy Leakey of Fort Wayne. She was engaged to the love her life, fiancée,...
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Patricia A. Mischo

March 27, 2017

Patricia A. Mischo, 83, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017. Patricia was born in Akron, Ohio and worked for North American Van Lines, retiring in 1990. Surviving are daughters, Marianne Mischo; and Pamela Mischo; son Scott Mischo; Brother, Walter Gresham; three grandchildren Joshua Shelton, Joseph Mischo, Michael Mischo, and Two great-grandchildren. Patricia was preceded in death by her...
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Jerome J. Hoevel

March 27, 2017

Jerome J. Hoevel, 87, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Jerome worked as a toolmaker with the Zollner Corporation for 45 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife, Theresa Hoevel of Fort Wayne; children, Morris (Barbara) Hoevel of Okemos, MI, Sharon Hoevel of Phoenix, AZ, Carolyn (Jeff) White of Fort...
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Judith Ann Hackett

March 27, 2017

Judith Ann Hackett, 70, passed away on March 27, 2017. Judith worked in the hospitality industry during her working years. Her life was full of spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her children; Andy (Tina) Anderson, Cindy (Dale) Doctor, Vicky (Rick) Voss, Tammy (Tom) Meredith; step-son, Patrick Todd; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 step...
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Samuel A. Till, Sr.

March 26, 2017

Samuel A. Till Sr., 89, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Fort Wayne. Born April 28,1927 in Fort Wayne, IN, to Ora and Irene (Hinsey) Till. Samuel worked as a new car sales manager with Collins Oldsmobile for over 30 years. He started in the parts dept. and worked his way up. He had little formal schooling but had great "street smarts". He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and...
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Dorothy LeFever

March 26, 2017

Dorothy LeFever, 93, passed away on March 26, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Rudolph Scherer and Louise Perry. She is survived by children; William (Helen) LeFever, Sharon (Victor) Siebeneck, Bonnie (James) Renicks, Dennis LeFever, Deborah (Kent) Garvin, and Jeanette (Art) Potts; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by ...
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Hubert Runkle

March 26, 2017

Hubert Runkle went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Born May 11, 1931 in Fulton County, Indiana, Hubert was the son of the late Hubert Thomas and Mary Runkle. He graduated from Mexico Indiana High School class of 1949. He attended Faith Baptist Church in Fort Wayne. Hubert was the owner of Precise Tooling Company, specializing in plastic mold injections. He had a...
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