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  • The Last Alarm

    Information on the passing of Local 124 members will be posted in this area as it becomes available...


    Aug 17, 2017

    Milton "Corky" Randolph Turner surrounded by family passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital on August 15, 2017. Corky was a graduate of the class of 1963 from Central High School. He joined the Air Force in 1963, after which he continued his job as a firefighter with FWFD where he retired in 2006 as Captain. He continued to work for FWCS for a few years after his retirement. Corky was well known for his famous "Corky's" BBQ sauce. He loved fishing and was known as a smooth dancer. He was a member of the American Legion Post 148, VFW 8147, and a lifetime member of IAFF, and a member of the Black Firefighters Union. 
    Corky leave to cherish his memory; faithful son, Michael (Gayle) A Randolph; and the loving father of the step children he raised; April "Boogie", Kim, Robin, Joey, Corshonda, and Juggie; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; sisters, Sharon (Reggie) Jordan, Linda "Squeak" Causey, Marsha (Rick) White, Christina Goings; brothers, Carlos Goings, Harrison Madison. 
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Mary V. Turner; and mother, Mabel R. Goings. 
    A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 3pm at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46805. 
    Visitation will be held two hours prior. 
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Allen County SPCA.


    Jul 24, 2017
    ROBERT "BOB" SCHWEPPE, 85, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017. Born in Fort Wayne, Bob was the son of the late Carl and Clara Sch weppe. He graduated from Elmhurst High School. He served our country in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 187th Infantry Regiment known as the Rakkasan. Bob retired from the Fort Wayne Fire Department in 1987 after 30 years of service. Following his retirement from the Fire Department, Bob became an officer for the Allen County Sheriffs Department for five years. He was a member of Waynedale Lodge No. 739, F.&A.M. Mizpah Shriner, and Scottish Rite. Bob loved being active. He participated in many marathons through the years. He also enjoyed hiking, walking, reading, history, and gardening. Surviving are his daughter, Karen (Kurt) Haag of Fort Wayne; son, Chris (Andrea) Schweppe of Fort Wayne; grandson, Trace Schweppe; step-grandchildren, Austin Douglas, Chad (Jennifer) Haag, Brad Haag, and Allison (Dustin) Wolf; and step-great-grandchildren, Braxton, Norah, Jeffrey, and Jacob. Bob was preceded in death by his siblings, Carl Schweppe, Mary Dautz, Helen Jahn, and Dorothy Dunn.

    Apr 28, 2017
    Lester TSorgen, 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 Knights. Lester loved to ride his motorcycle, especially long motorcycle rides, playing golf, cooking and spending time with his family and friends. He was an all around people person and lived his life to the fullest. He was never bored nor ever boring. Surviving are his wife, Kathy L. Sorgen of Fort Wayne, daughter, Jamie (Kirk Bengs) Masters of Spencerville; son, Jacob (Alicia) Sorgen of Fort Wayne; daughter, Jennelle (Phillip) Rocha of Fort Wayne, Grandchildren Caleb, Cadynce, Dawson, Bennett, Penelope, Oliver; brothers, Steven (Cheryl) Sorgen, Hoagland, Stanley (Marti) Sorgen II, Indianapolis; sister, Pamela (Scott) Wallace, Lithia FL. Lester was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Patricia Sorgen, brother, Bruce Sorgen, infant sister, Cheryl Sorgen. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00am Monday, May 1, 2017, St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Catholic Church, 11337 South US 27 Ft. Wayne, IN with Fr. William Kummer, officiating. Calling Monday 9:00am with prayers at 9:45am at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue. Calling also Sunday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home. Burial in St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Cemetery, Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Hospital Burn Center or Emergency Responders Burn Foundation. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com
    Mar 21, 2017
    EDWIN EARL BICKNESE, 83, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017. He was a lifelong resi dent of Fort Wayne, the son of the late Earl and Thelma Bicknese. Ed attended South Side High School, graduating in 1952. He served the Fort Wayne community as a firefighter for 26 years, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed going to antique shows, and worked at a local antique shop after his retirement. Ed enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and also spending time at Leo Caf‚ with his friends. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Bicknese; children, Lori Losher, and Lisa Bicknese; grandchildren, Timothy (Tiffany) Losher, Daniel Losher, Lindsay Losher, Zachary (Jessica) Bicknese, Brian (Jessica Richey) Bicknese; great-grandchildren, Madelyn Losher, Lola Bicknese, London Bicknese; and his cats, Katie, and Butch. He was preceded in death by his son, Christian Bicknese. 
    Feb 03, 2017
    ARNOLD M. BULTEMEIER, 90, passed away comfortably on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Born 30, 1926, he was a son of Charles and Clara (Buuck) Bultemei er. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Preble, Ind. On Oct. 4, 1947, he married Anita Hor mann; she preceded him in death in 2003. Arnie was a Fort Wayne Fire Fighter and his highest rank was a District Chief. The Adams County native retired from the department in 1985 after 23 1/2 years. He alo was a delivery man for Sears and Sandpoint Greenhouse. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was an usher and a deacon for many years. He had many other jobs at Bethlehem, including changing the sign in the front yard. He was a World War II veteran that served in the Navy in the Pacific. He was a member of the Legion Post 47 and a member of the Fire Fighter Local 124. He is survived by his son Dale (Pat) Bultemeier; three grandsons, Kent (Kelly) Bultemeier of Centennial, Colo., Kevin Bultemeier of Indianapolis, Ind., Logan (Courtney) Bultemeier of Charlotte, N.C.; siblings, Norbert (Jeanette) Bultemeier of Decatur, Ind., Ludella (Verlin) Bultemeier of New Haven, Ind. and Waldo (Rosie) Bultemeier of Decatur, Ind. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ervin Bultemeier, in 2005.
    Jan 19, 2017
    JAMES RYDER, 84, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Born Sept. 12 1932, he was the son of the late George and Mary Ryder. James graduated from South Side High School. Upon graduating, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a jet mechanic. James worked as a firefighter with the Fort Wayne Fire Department for 27 years, retiring in 1987. James enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, and carpentry. Surviving are his daughter, Elizabeth (Shawn) Patterson; grandchildren, Sophia and Tony Patterson; and brothers, Paul and Joseph Ryder. He was preceded in death by his brother, Norbert Ryder.
    Oct 04, 2016
    THOMAS E. CASTLE, 68, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital after a long battle with Myasthenia Gravis. Born March 25, 1948, he was the son of Hazel and William Castle. He married his wife Cappy on Aug. 9, 1974. They welcomed their daughter Katie in 1980. Tom was a graduate of North Side High School. He served our country in Vietnam and upon his heroic return, began serving our city with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He retired in 1995. After his retirement, he drove motor coach and worked for Bailey Trucking. He was an active parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, a supporter of Bishop Luers High School, a lover of music, and an avid outdoorsman. Tom was a proud member of the 4th Degree of Knights of Columbus and the 20 year club of F.W.F.D. Tom will be missed by many whose lives he touched in one way or another. Those missing him most include his loving wife, Cappy; daughter, Katie; sister, Elaine (Gary) Skorman of Orlando, Fla.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends, Craig and Diana Bartscht.
    Sep 30, 2016
    Melvin Conrad #253 died on 9-27-16 at age 79. Mel served our Dept. for 18 years from 4-6-1969 until medical reasons forced him off the job on 4-8-1987. He spent his retirement years in Minnesota and his son stated that a memorial service would take place here sometime next spring.
    Sep 13, 2016
    GLEN DALE BROWER, 87, of Heritage Pointe, Warren, Ind., formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 at 6:45 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.Born on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1928 in Whitley County, Ind., he was a son of the late Roy Brower and Cora (Chesterman) Brower. He married Marilyn Tanner on July 24, 1954 in Fort Wayne; she passed away on Sept. 17, 2013. Glen was a firefighter for the City of Fort Wayne for 30 years and a member of the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters Union. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping, grilling and gardening. Survivors include son, Gerry (Margaret) Brower of Bellville, Texas; daughter, Teresa (Sanford) Stanton of Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Phyllis Gidleyof Carmel, Ind.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Brower of Fort Wayne.

    Aug 22, 2016
    STEPHEN M. "STEVE" DEARING, 72, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at Visiting Nurse in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Steve was the son of the late Ralph and Patricia Dearing. Stephen worked for the Fort Wayne City, Fire and Dispatch for 20 years before moving on to his second career. He founded D&D Associates which he owned and operated for over 20 years before retiring in 2013. Steve was a NASCAR fan and loved playing cards with his cousin John every week. He looked forward to his occasional trips to Hoosier Park and enjoyed his backyard garden every summer. Surviving are his wife, Christine "Tina" Dearing of Fort Wayne; daughter, Kris Dearing of Fort Wayne; step-daughter, Jen (Andrew) McKeever of Fort Wayne; and his best pet friend Donnie Dearing. Stephen was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald Dearing. Memorial Service is 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, with calling one hour prior. Deacon Rob Seewald officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Hospice.
    Aug 22, 2016
    CAPT. RYAN R. ALDRICH, 67, of Daytona Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Capt. Aldrich was a well-known yachtsman in the Daytona area and was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was employed as a Watch Superintendent at the Halifax Yacht Harbor in Daytona Beach and before that worked as a yacht consultant at West Marine for over a decade. He also worked as a private captain for several families on the East Coast of Florida. Aldrich moved to the Daytona area in 1989, following many years as a public safety officer with the police and fire departments in Fort Wayne, Ind. Surviving are daughters, Jacquie Aldrich of Fort Wayne and Heather Marini of Peoria, Ariz.; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; and special friends, Reuben and Angelina Morgan.

    Jun 17, 2016

    CHARLES E. IMLER, 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, June 10, 2016, at Lutheran Life Villages. He was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. Born May 16, 1930, he was a son of the late William and Margaret Imler. He was a graduate of Central High School and served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. On April 10, 1954, he married Martha J. Walker and together they recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Charlie was a firefighter with the Fort Wayne Fire Department for 27 years retiring as a Captain in 1980. For the next 18 years, he drove a school bus for Fort Wayne Community Schools. He was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Charlie was a dedicated husband and father and brought his family up to share a Christian faith. He also enjoyed being a Fort Wayne firefighter, laughing and making others laugh. His hobbies included traveling and bicycle riding with the love of his life, Marty, and cooking and cleaning, "Yes, we said cleaning." Surviving relatives include his wife, Marty; three children, Jeanne Imler (John Gebhard-Moodie), Sharon Doster (Tim Schumacker), and Tim (Susan Knipstein) Imler; five grandchildren, Lindy Doster and Madeline, Mitchell, Max and Ike Imler; brother, Ralph Imler; and sister, Betty Maszkiewicz. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Robert Imler; and son-in-law Kevin Doster.


    Mar 08, 2016
    Charles "Chuck" Ray Raugh, 78, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016 at his home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Chuck was a Firefighter with the Fort Wayne Fire Department for over 21 years, retiring in 1984. He also worked for 38 years for Power Plant Services and will be missed by all of his friends at Powers Hamburgers. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and attending auctions. Surviving are his wife, Carol Raugh; sons, Scott (Cindy) Raugh, Greg (Shelly) Raugh, and Marty (Suzi) Raugh, all of Fort Wayne; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Barb) Raugh of Springfield, OH; and "Special Children": Richard, Jerry, Rick and Diana. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Bernice Raugh; brother, Donald Raugh; and sister, Susan Perry. Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the SPCA, Heartland Hospice, and Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum.
    Jan 26, 2016
    Trifon Joseph "Steve" Bickis, 91, joined his beloved wife Wilma in dance on Saturday, January 23, 2016 surrounded by his family. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Steve was a World War II veteran serving in the Navy and Merchant Marines. Steve then became a City of Fort Wayne Firefighter where he served his community for 22 years, retiring in 1978. Following retirement he took his love for plants and gardening to Sandpoint Greenhouse where he worked for several years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 296 and Firefighter Union Local 124. Steve enjoyed fishing, yard work and spending time with his family. Surviving are his children, Stephanie (Richard) Bickis-Swiatkowski of Tallahassee, FL, Steven Bickis of Madison, Susan (Gerry) Haft of Fort Wayne, George (Cindy) Bickis of Albion, David Bickis of Fort Wayne, Bret Bickis of Madison;12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Steve was preceded in death by his father Trifan Bichis, mother Sophia Cernea, step-father George Cernea, wife, M. Wilma Bickis, sister, VictoriaBickis, step-sisters, Jean and Ann Cernea.

    Jan 26, 2016

    Kevin RRowden, 67, passed away Friday, January 22, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Iowa City, IA, Kevinworked as a Firefighter with FWFD for 25 years, retiring in 1996. Surviving are his mother, Mildred Rowden; daughter, Heather Rowden of Fort Wayne, IN; brother, Steven Rowden of Lambertville, MI; Susan (Phil) Younger of Wautoma, WI; grandchildren, Olivia (Johnathan Niemeyer) Rowden, Victoria Trosper, and Demarcus Bennett; great-grandchildren, Johnathan Niemeyer, Jr. and Cameron Niemeyer.


    Jan 26, 2016

    James E. Waldrop, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at his residence. Born Sept 22, 1931 in Decatur, he was the son of Wayne D. & Ruth F. (Carrier) Waldrop. He attended Fort Wayne schools and graduated from Elmhurst High School wit the class of 1950. Fames worked for the Fort Wayne Fire Department for 23 years until his retirement in 1983.


    Dec 29, 2015

    RAYMOND E. "SKIP" KRIDER, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home. He was born in Fort Wayne and was a lifetime resident. He was a Battalion Chief with the Fort Wayne Fire Dept., retiring in 1995 after 41 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, V.F.W., American Legion #82, KWVA Firefighters Museum. Surviving are his two sons, Raymond E. Krider of Fort Wayne and Phillip J. "Joann" Krider of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn A.; and two sons and one daughter. 


    Jul 29, 2015
    Retiree Veronique Brown, Badge 270, passed today 7-24-15 at the age of 65. Veronique served our Dept. as a Pvt. for 25 years from 8-6-1972 until 8-6-1997 and was the child of deceased Retiree Roland Brown and Nephew of Retiree Julian Franke.

    Jul 29, 2015
    RALEIGH E. MYERS, 84, of Fort Wayne, died on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home. Born Dec. 31, 1930, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late John E. Myers and Madge Miller Myers. He was a fire fighter for the Fort Wayne Fire Dept. He was a member of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and Fort Wayne Turners, and was on the 1950 Central Catholic State Champion football team. Surviving are his wife, Georgean (Borkenstein) Myers of Fort Wayne; children, Janet (James) Niswonger, John (Mary) Myers, Jean (Larry) Lyons, Jodie (William) Jones, James Myers, Joe (Laura) Myers, and Joyce (Scott Lauer) Moss, all of Fort Wayne; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
    Jul 29, 2015
    MARC D. WASHINGTON SR., 64, passed Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Born July 10, 1950, in Richmond, Ind., he was a son of Ford and Gladys Washington. By age 5, his parents, Donald and Gladys Wilson relocated the family to Fort Wayne. Marc was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a retiree of the City of Fort Wayne having served on the city fire and street departments. He was also a lifelong handyman. Surviving are his children, Marc Jr. and Tanisha; son-in-law, Juan (Adrianne) Gorman; parents, Donald and Gladys Wilson and Barbara Washington; twin, Marsha (Ephraim) Smiley; and other siblings, Donald Jr., Paul (Mary Ann) Wilson Sr., Kim Basnight, Rodney (Cindy), Cheryl, Jeff (Sharon) Riley, and Teresa Washington; longtime companion, Ms. Jerry Dean McKinny; and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ford; and daughter, Tahirih Washington-Gorman.
    May 21, 2015
    AUSTIN J. GARMAN, 91, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Cedarville, Austin was a firefighter with the City of Fort Wayne for 30 years, retiring in 1984. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and an avid golfer. Surviving are his sons, Eric (Janice) Garman and Gary Garman of Fort Wayne and Gregg (Carol) Garman of Grabill; and grandsons, Brandon and Shawn Garman, both of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by wife, Marjorie Jane Garman; parents, Raymond and Frieda (Deventer) Garman; and brother, Weldon Garman. Service is 2 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the funeral home. Burial in Leo Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
    May 07, 2015
    DICK E. MESSER, 73, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, Dick served in the Indiana Air National Guard 122nd Tactical Fighter Group from 1963 to 1969 as a jet engine mechanic and staff sergeant. He was a firefighter with the Fort Wayne Fire Dept. from 1968 to 1988 and received honors and commen-dations as Captain. He was an active member of American Legion Post 409, in Leo, serving in various positions. Dick served as president, vice president, and other board positions with the Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union. He was an avid NASCAR fan who enjoyed cars, animals and fishing. Dick loved his daughters and hanging out at the legion. Surviving are his daughters, Janis (Tim) Badgley of Fort Wayne and Susan (Christopher) Michaels of Kendallville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Messer. 
    Apr 09, 2015

    James F. Dibble, 81, of Fort Smith, passed from this life April 7, 2015 in Fort Smith. He was born August 22, 1933 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to the late Francis and Margaret Wieneke Dibble. James was a veteran of the United States Army and was retired from the Fort Wayne Fire Department. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Hot Springs, where he was a volunteer and later Chief, of the Fountain Lake Fire Department and was a boiler operator for the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Hospital. He was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church in Van Buren and a life member of the VFW.

    He is survived by his wife Gerlinde, of the home; two daughters, Kathleen Lewis and her husband Scott of Columbia City, Indiana and Barbara Rohr of Fort Wayne, Indiana; his son, Andrew Dibble and his wife Janet of Van Buren; one brother, Robert Dibble and his wife Carolyn of Port Charlotte, Florida, as well as three grandchildren, James Dibble, Nicole Matthews and Amy Dibble..


    Apr 09, 2015
    NATHANIEL JOHN MILLS, 41, of Huntington, died on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at his Huntington home with his family by his side. Born Aug. 6, 1973, in Marion, Ind., he was a son of John and Susan (Rice) Mills. He graduated from Huntington North High School in 1991. Nate married Racquel Bowman on July 15, 2002 in Huntington. Nate lived to help others and loved being a firefighter. He joined the Markle Volunteer Fire Department at the age of 19 and was a member of that department in different capacities until 2013. He was a full time emergency medical technician from 1998 until 2006. The State of Indiana made him a lifetime honorary EMT as a result of his years helping others. In 2006, Nate went to work as a full time firefighter for the Fort Wayne Fire Department. Nate was also a member of the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters Local 124 and the Indiana Freemasons Amity Lodge 483. Survivors include his wife, Racquel Mills of Huntington; parents, Susan and John Mills of Huntington; daughter, Courtney (Kenyon) Inks of Huntington; son, Austin Gearhart of Huntington; grandchildren, Trinity White, Brailey White, Alivia Inks, and Landon Inks; brother, Tyler (Melanie) Mills of Fort Wayne; and sister, Katalina (Tyler) Moser of Poneto, Indiana.
    Jan 07, 2015
    William "Bill" J. Dolan, 90, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, William served as a firefighter with the Fort Wayne Fire Department for 27 years. Bill was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church and served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the masses or the Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church building fund.
    Jan 07, 2015
    GEORGE A. BERGHOFF, 75, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, George was a Firefighter for the City of Fort Wayne for 20 years. He then went to work as an electrician with the East Allen County Schools for 20 years before retiring in 2004. He was a charter member of NKPHTS. He was also a member of New Haven/ Adams Township Advisory Board, Firefighters Union, IAF Local 124. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Berghoff of New Haven; children, David Berghoff of Chicago, Ill., John Berghoff, Joseph (Cherie) Berghoff, Daniel (Sherri) Berghoff all of New Haven, William Berghoff of Albertsville, Ala., Laura Berghoff of Las Cruces, N.M., Denise (Joel) Harter, Michelle (Mark) Walters both of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren and; one great-granddaughter; and sister, Nancy (Don) Kispert of Warsaw. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Dorothy Berghoff; brother, Gilbert Berghoff; and granddaughter, Misty Berghoff. Mass of Christian Burial is 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven with calling from 1:30 p.m. until the service. Fr. William Sullivan officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, with a vigil service at 4:45 pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Firefighters Memorial Fund or Cancer Services of NE Indiana . 
    Dec 17, 2014
    GARY D. WYMER, 68, died on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at home. Born in Kendall ville, he was a University of St. Francis graduate and United States Navy veteran. He married Carol Ann Deam in Fort Wayne, in 1981. He was a firefighter for the City of Fort Wayne retiring after 32 years, and a member of the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters Union. Surviving are his wife, Carol Wymer of Avilla; daughters, Angela (Michael) Toles of Kendallville, Leslie (Kerry) Peel of Auburn and Kristin Gantz of West Chester, Ohio; son, Nathan (Shannon) Wymer of Cary, N.C.; nine grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Sharon) Wymer of Huntington and Charles (Gloria) Wymer of Churubusco; and sisters, Ruth Austin of Fort Wayne, Patricia (Robert) Easterday of Kendallville and Nancy (Robert) Myers of Cortland, Ohio. Funeral service is noon Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial in Lake View Cemetery. Memorials to First Christian Church youth ministries or Fort Wayne Professional Fire Fighters Local 124 - Fallen Heroes Fund. Send a condolence to the family or view a video Tribute of Gary at www.hitefuneralhome.com 
    Sep 09, 2014

    Retiree Donald Steup (pronounced Stoip) passed September 8, 2014 at the age of 85. Don served the Dept. for 20.5 years from 12-14-1959 until 7-4-1980. He was a third generation Firefighter following his Grandfather and Father. He also had a Brother and two Uncles that served on our Dept. His Father Raymond died in the" Line of Duty" in 1948. Don spent his retirement in Bedford Indiana. 


    Dec 03, 2013
    CHARLES M. HOPPEL, 85, of Fort Wayne, died on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital. The U.S. Marine veteran was a member of the AMVETS and American Legion. He retired as a Fire Fighter Captain with the City of Fort Wayne and was a member of the Fort Wayne Professional Fire Fighters Local 124. He is survived by a daughter, Mary K. Saylor; sons, Michael C. Hoppel and Martin B. (Paula) Hoppel; two grandchildren, Charles B. Hoppel and Michael J. Saylor; two great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Riley Hoppel; and a sister, Charlotte Cox. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty J. Hoppel, in 2006; a daughter, Beth Ann Hoppel; a brother; and a sister. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Covington Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest at Lindenwood Cemetery. Preferred memorials to the Fort Wayne Professional Fire Fighters Local 124 - Fallen Heroes Fund. www.covington memorial.com
    Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 3, 2013

    Jun 28, 2013
    ROBERT E. BAALS, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Born May 29, 1922, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Clinton J. and Edna J. Baals. A member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, a 33rd degree Mason and member of the Scotish Rite of Free Masonry, he served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a Fort Wayne Fire Fighter, for 29 years, and worked at General Electric. He is survived by his children, Jim (Gloria) Baals, and Linda Karn, both of Fort Wayne; as well as four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his wife of over 62 years, Phyllis Y. Baals, in 2011; sister, Janet Fuller; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior to service. Calling also from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to the Fort Wayne Firefighter's Museum. For online condolences visit www.klaehnfahlmelton.com 
    May 31, 2013
    JAMES H. BELOT, 86, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, James worked as a firefighter with the City of Fort Wayne, retiring in 1978. He was a Navy veteran serving in World War II, and a member of St. Henry's Catholic Church. He was and avid card player especially with his family on Sunday afternoons. He enjoyed reading, golfing, fishing, and hunting. Surviving are his wife, Rita Belot of Fort Wayne; sons, James H. (Mary Jane) Belot III of Fort Wayne and Jeffrey M. Belot of Indianapolis; daughter, Beth (Stanley) Motyka of Ossian; and grandsons, Thomas Belot and Ben Motyka. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mae Belot; and brother, Robert Belot. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 2929 E. Paulding Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Masses or St. Henry's Catholic Church. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com

     
    May 31, 2013
    THOMAS W. REICH, 78, of Deltona, Fla., passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013, after a long illness. Tom spent his life in service to the public. Tom retired after 25 years with the Fort Wayne Fire Dept., serving at one point as a District Chief. Tom chose a new career in public service as a law enforcement officer upon retiring and relocating to Florida. Tom retired with the rank of Sergeant following 15 years as a Sheriff's Deputy with the Volusia County Sheriff's Dept. Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Gail; daughter, Maureen Cuney of Delray Beach; and son, Michael Reich of Fort Wayne. Memorial arrangements are pending. Burial will be announced and held at a later date in Lindenwood Cemetary, Fort Wayne.
    Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 19, 2013

    Apr 19, 2013

    RICHARD W. FETTERS, 83, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Born in Bluffton, he was the son of the late Ed and Goldie Fetters. Dick was a retired firefighter with the City of Fort Wayne and co-owned Dick's Wholesale Tackle. He enjoyed fishing and fireworks. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Nancy Fetters; daughters, Linda (Mike) Wyatt and Kim Fetters; brother Bill; sister, Grace; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Service is 4 p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society . To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com
     


    Apr 19, 2013

    ROBERT E. OMAN, 78, died on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Born Jan. 1, 1935, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late James and Dorothy (Golmer) Oman. He graduated from South Side High School, entered the United States Marine Corps, and honorably served his country for four years during the Korean War. Bob was a firefighter for the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department for 25 years. Bob lived to play golf. He was a member of the Firefighters Local 124, the Fort Wayne Firefighters 20 Year Club and Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Susan Oman of Fort Wayne; son, Michael Oman of Fort Wayne; daughter, Lynette Paliganoff of Fort Wayne; stepdaughter, Kim Cameron of Bandera, Texas; three grandchildren, Adam Myer, Megan Paliganoff and Ethan Oman; three stepgrandchildren, Chandler Glover, Madison Salway and Conner Cameron; and brothers, Don (Bev) Oman of Fort Wayne and Alan (Trish) Oman of Indianapolis. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James Oman. Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1505 Bethany Lane, Fort Wayne, with visitation one hour before the service. Memorials to Gethsemane Lutheran Church or The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. Send condolences at http://www.northern indianafuneralcare.com/ or find us on Facebook.com Arrangements by Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne.


    Apr 19, 2013

    JAMES L. FREDRICKS, 73, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Born in Fort Wayne, Jim was a 1958 graduate of North Side High School. He was a firefighter with the City of Fort Wayne and retired as a captain. Jim was owner of Fredricks Lawn Care and Old Fort Myers Restaurant and most recently served as a guard at the City County Building. He was a member of St. Joseph United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne Turners, Firefighters Local 124, and Firefighters 20 year Club. Jim enjoyed golf and softball and established the Hoosier-Buckeye Softball Tournament. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed following Notre Dame Football and I.U. Basketball. Jim loved spending time with his family and especially his grandkids. Surviving are his wife, Luanne Fredricks of Fort Wayne; daughter, Theresa (Richard) Musser of Nixa, Mo.; son, Scott (Tabitha) Fredricks of Fort Wayne; daughter, Cassie Fredricks of Fort Wayne; stepson, Zachery (Tiffany) Ellenwood of Albion; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Service is 10 a.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial in Bowers Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Hospital Burn Unit. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com
     


    Apr 19, 2013

    DONALD "SPOOK" SPECHT, 76, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born in Turtle Creek, Pa., Donald retired as a firefighter with the City of Fort Wayne for 20 years and was also retired owner of Donald A. Specht Remodeling. He was a member of The 20 Year Club with the Fire Dept. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, IU basketball, and Notre Dame football. Surviving are his wife, Betty L. Specht of Fort Wayne; son, Douglas (Lori) Specht of Huntertown; daughters, Sheryl (William) Roe of Humble, Texas and Laura (Jack) Lahrman of Fort Wayne; stepsons, Gregory Blain and Rick (Dawn) Blain, both of Fort Wayne; brother, Joseph (Carol) Specht of Fort Wayne; and sister, Dorothy Coleman of Fort Wayne; ex-wife, Glenda Remaklus; nine grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. Service is 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling one hour prior. Gene Hollingsworth officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Fort Wayne Firefighter Museum or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com
     


    Feb 09, 2013

    RICHARD M. PATTEE, 77, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he work ed as a Firefighter with City of Fort Wayne for 20 years, retiring in 1986 and also worked as a mechanic for many years. He was a member the Retired Firefighters 20 Year Club. Surviving are his son, Jeff (LaDonna) Pattee of New Haven; daughter, Brenda (Steve) Brink of Fort Wayne; brothers, Ken Pattee and Tom Pattee of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carolene Pattee; brother, Don Pattee; and parents, Merlin and Frieda Pattee. Service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Firefighters Fund or Parkinsons Foundation. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com 


    Jan 31, 2013

    ROBERT WILLIAM "BOB" FRANKE, 94, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born Jan. 18, 1919, at the family homestead near Hoagland and Franke Roads in Hoagland, Ind., he was the son of the late Herman and Iva Franke. Bob was a long time member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. He served in World War II as a pilot in the Army Air Corp. Bob was a firefighter with the Fort Wayne Fire Department, retiring in 1969. He also worked as a tool and die maker. Bob was proud of the decade he served as director for the Fort Wayne Little League District 10, he was very passionate about planes and enjoyed the time he spent around his fellow firefighters. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred; children, Cheryl (Ronald) Daseler, Bruce Franke, Dean (Janet) Franke, and Stanley Franke; grandchildren, Colin (Kelly) Daseler, Aaron Daseler, Haley Daseler, Jenni Franke, and Megan (Mike) Franke Coccitto; great-grandchildren, Presley Coccitto and Ava Daseler; step-grandchildren, Kyle Renkenber ger, Jake Renkenberger, and Ally Gallmeier; brothers, Ray and Roger Franke; brother-in-law, Maurice Keltsch; and sister-in-law, Ruth Cole. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Franke; sister, Helen Reynolds; and brother-in-law, Donald Keltsch. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 3705 S. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne. Entombment in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. For online condolences, visit www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com 


    Jan 31, 2013

    LYLE G. FRETZ, 78, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he work ed as a firefighter with the City of Fort Wayne for 25 years, retiring in 1987, and also as a service technician for Nowak Supply for 24 years. She was a member of Risen Savior Lutheran Church and the Firefighters Union, Local 124. He was a great story teller and loved to go camping. Surviving are his wife, Joan Fretz of Fort Wayne; daughter, Terri (Steve) Squires of Fort Wayne; son, William (Bobbie Brunson) Fretz of Fort Wayne; stepsons, Randall (Nancy) Brunson of Huntington, Daniel (Robin) Brunson and Mark (Marcia) Brunson, both of Fort Wayne, Robert Tracie Brunson of Bluffton, and Timothy (Myra) Brunson of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by first wife, Sally Fretz; parents, Gerald and Nancy Fretz; and step-grandson, Chad Brunson. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling one hour prior. The Rev. Martin Gehring and the Rev. Donald Meyers officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the funeral home. Entombment in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to the Firefighters Museum or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com 


    Dec 11, 2012

    EDGAR "DICK" R. FENTON, 85, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Born in Fort Wayne, Chick was a District Chief for the Fort Wayne Fire Department, retiring in 1984 after serving for 31 years. He was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church; Firefighters Local 124 and American Legion Post 82. He was a Navy World War II and Korean veteran. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; son, Richard (Sheila) Fenton of Fort Wayne; daughters, Diana (Thomas) Pate of Mechanicsburg, Pa. and Linda (Robert) Strabbing of Churubusco; three grandchildren, Rebecca, Heather and David; and two great-grandchildren, Maximo and Cecilia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Evelyn; and sisters, Marilyn Gunkel and Marjorie Howenstine. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, with Rosary recited at 3:30 p.m. Entombment in Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to the Firefighters Museum Station #3 or St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com.
     


    Jul 05, 2012
    HARRY R. NEUHAUS, 73, of Lake Charles, Angola, formerly of Fort Wayne, died Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was a 20 year fireman for the city of Fort Wayne, and after retirement, he became a pilot for Fort Wayne Air Service for five years. He was a United States Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Neuhaus of Angola; son, Grant R. Neuhaus of Fort Wayne; daughter, Christine Anne and Fred Bokel of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, Stefanie and Randy Brooks, Elizabeth Bokel, Alexander Bokel, Alexis and Joe Ramey, Savanna Neuhaus, Grant R. Neuhaus, II; mother, Lucille Neuhaus of Fort Wayne; sister, Suzann Hans of Fort Wayne; and two brothers, Thomas and Richard Neuhaus of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Neuhaus. Funeral Service is 1 p.m. Wednesday June 20, 2012 at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Ind. , with visitation two hours prior. Memorials to Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis. Arrangements by Beams Funeral Home of Fremont, Ind., 260/495-2915. Condolences may be sent online to www.beamsfuneralhome.com
     
    Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 19, 2012  

    Jun 15, 2012

    R. RICHARD "DICK" TAYLOR Jr.
     

    R. RICHARD TAYLOR JR. "DICK", 72, of Fort Wayne passed away Thursday, June 7, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. He was retired from the Fort Wayne Fire Department, and had worked at Zollners. He was a member of The Fort Wayne Firefighters Local 124, the Firefighters 20 Year Club, the Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum, the St. Joe A.C., the Allen County Bass Masters, the senior bass circuit, and one of the founders of the firefighter scuba team. Surviving are his wife, Virginia Taylor of Fort Wayne; son, Richard (Susan) Taylor of Fort Wayne; son, Mark (Andrea) Taylor of Colorado; daughter, Teri Taylor of Florida; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Joan and Norma. Service is 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 11, 2012, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Firefighters Museum or the American Diabetes Association. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.  

    May 21, 2012

    ALLEN L. PLASTERER

    ALLEN L. PLASTERER, 79, of New Haven, died on Friday, May 18, 2012, 7:15 p.m., at Golden Years Homestead where he had been a resident since 2009. Born Feb. 13, 1933, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Richard W. and Myrtle (Lee) Plasterer. His formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where he graduated from Central High School. On Feb. 1, 1952, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 31, 1956. He was employed for 21 years with the Fort Wayne Fire Department, retiring in 1979. He also delivered flowers for Indiana Flower Supply until 1988. On Jan. 29, 1983, he married Jacqueline L. Ramp. He was a member of Fort Wayne Firefighters Local 124. Surviving relatives include his wife, Jackie; three children, Dawn (Robert) Fiore and Rex (Juanita) Plasterer, both of Fort Wayne and Cheryl Walker of Huntington; two stepchildren, Laurie (Mark) Anderson of New Haven and Garrick (Jennifer) Cook of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Plasterer; and two sisters, Glenna Army and Marylin Glover. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial in Lakeview Cemetery, Larwill. Preferred memorials to Firefighters Museum. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsons funeralhome.com  

     

     

     


    May 18, 2012

    Glen R. "Pudge" Lantz , 77, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Surviving are his son, Robert Lantz, daughter, Lisa (William) Blanton, grandchildren, Scott Lantz, Joshua Dube, John Flickinger, David Lantz, Billy, Austin and Kayla Blanton, 4 great grandchildren, brothers, Donald (Mary) Lantz and Ned (Judy) Lantz all of Fort Wayne and sister, Carolyn Krapesh of Clinton, IN. Glen was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Carol Lantz, son, William Lantz, parents, 1 brother & 1 sister. 


    Mar 23, 2012

    KENNETH N. KRAUSE

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    KENNETH N. KRAUSE, 83, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Parkview Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. He was a Fort Wayne Firefighter, retiring in 1979. Surviving are his daughter, Keneta Krause of Fort Wayne; sons, Steven Krause, Kevin Krause, Dean Krause, and David Krause, all of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and brother, Charles Krause. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vaneta; two brothers; and two sisters. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Entombment in Concordia Cemetery Gardens.

     

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    Mar 13, 2012

    BENJAMIN TAYLOR HARVILL

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    BENJAMIN TAYLOR HARVILL, JR, 84, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a firefighter with the Fort Wayne City Fire Department for 23 years, retiring in 1974. He also worked as a security guard for Zollner Corp for 10 years after his retirement from the fire department. He was a member of First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, Maumee Masonic Lodge 275 F.& A.M., Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Mizpah Shrine, Orchard Gallery. He was a US Navy Veteran where he served as a SeaBee. He was an avid wood carver, taught woodcarving and loved to play golf. Surviving are his wife, Barbara A. (Behny) Harvill of Fort Wayne; daughters, Janine Roser of Lutz, Fla., and Judith (Dan) Rickert of Fort Wayne; and son, Michael (Kathy) Harvill of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin T. Harvill; mother, Isbella (Proehl) Harvill; and two sisters. Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne Street with, calling one hour prior. The Rev. Greg Enstrom officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2012 at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the First Wayne Street United Methodist Church or the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children.  
     

    Mar 13, 2012

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    Former Fire Chief Dan West Passes Away
    Posted By Robert Tucker on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at 22:53


     It is with deep sadness to inform you that retired Fire Chief Dan West succumb to his illness on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012. HFD would like to extend our deepest and heart felt condolances to his wife Brenda, daughter Jennifer, as well as his entire family. Dan had battled aggressive renal cancer for the last six months.

    Dan joined our department in the mid 1970’s as a volunteer and quickly rose through the ranks, even earning the Firefighter of the Year award in 1978. As it turned out, he found his calling in the fire service and decided to make it his career. In the early 1980’s, Dan was hired on with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. Even though he was now was a full time career firefighter, he remained very active on our department. So active in fact, that in 1987, Dan was elected Fire Chief. He served as chief for the next five years until stepping aside in 1992. During his time as chief, he began our transition from a mostly rural department to a more suburban one. He was a big proponent of the incident command system as well as more emphasis on training and fire fighter safety.

    Dan was a natural leader and had the quintessential “command presence”. That command presence was obvious to anyone, weather it was in his actions, his body language and especially his voice. He just had a voice that exuded authority and respect. After stepping down as chief, he returned to the rank of Captain, his first true passion. He loved leading firefighters into battle. Also during this time, he took on a special project with our department. In 1992, we reclaimed ownership of our 1929 Model A engine. It was in very sad shape and needed a complete restoration. Dan and fellow former Fire Chief Bob Bremer took on the challenge. By 1994 he and Bob had completely restored “Old number 2” to in service condition.

    Dan retired from both Fort Wayne And Huntertown Fire Departments in 2006 and moved to Florida. His contributions to our community will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Chief. 


    Feb 10, 2012

    ROBERT E. WOLFORD


    ROBERT E. WOLFORD, 77, of Geneva, Ind., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Born in Fort Wayne, he was an Army veteran and a Captain with the Fort Wayne Fire Dept. He was a member of West Missionary Church, Berne. He enjoyed playing pool at the Berne Senior Center and was an avid woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Janice Dausch Wolford; daughters, Janet Wolford of Fort Wayne, Dawn (Geoff) Waldau of Lithia, Fla. and Victoria (Doug) Wolford Osborne of Noblesville; step-daughter, Angie (Jeffrey) Miller of Ossian; stepson, Michael Dausch of Bluffton; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ina Wolford; and brothers, Herbert and James Wolford. Service is 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with visitation starting one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at the funeral home. Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials to West Missionary Church. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com

     
    Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on January 27, 2012 

    Jan 16, 2012

    GARY FRANKLIN SMITH, age 66, of Eve Lake in LaGrange County, died on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at his home on Eve Lake.

     
    Mr. Smith was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 5, 1945 to the late Jacob Franklin and Gwendolyn Maxine (Kitzmiller) Smith who survives.
     
    He served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1966.
     
    Gary was a retired Fort Wayne firefighter serving for 15 years on the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

    He was also employed for 25 years with the Sears in Fort Wayne as a journeyman in the service department.
     
    Gary loved spending time his daughter and grandkids. He was wonderful role model for them and a loving father, grandfather, and brother. He loved living on Eve Lake and the beauty of the outdoors. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, spending time in Florida. Gary was well loved by many with a wonderfully wicked sense of humor. He was a very funny guy who loved to laugh. He was also a very selfless man who was always thinking of how he could help others.
     
    Gary enjoyed being with his friends at the American Legion Post #86, the V.F.W. Post #2749, the Moose and the Eagles Lodges all in Kendallville where he was a member.
     
    Survivors include:
    His mother, Gwendolyn Smith of Santa Claus, Indiana.
    His daughter, Alexis Smith of Eve Lake in LaGrange County.
    Grandchildren: Alyssa Smith and Kaiden Thacker both of Eve Lake.
    Brother, Kevin and Jeanne Smith of Fort Wayne.
    Sister, Vicki and Frank Fowler of Santa Claus, Indiana.
    A niece and nephew: Ashley and Rick Baker of Algiers, Indiana and Robert Fowler of Santa Claus.
     
    Visitation will be Tuesday, December 27, 2011 from 3:00-7:00pm at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street in Kendallville. Members of the Fort Wayne Fire Department will stand at the casket during calling hours in “silent guard” to honor of their fellow firefighter.
     
    Funeral services with military honors will be Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 11:00am at Hite Funeral Home.
     
    Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. James Tews.
     
    Military Honors will be conducted by members of the honor guard teams from VFW Post #2749, Kendallville and American Legion Post #381, Rome City. A flag folding ceremony will be conducted by active troops from the Fort Wayne Regional Honor Guard Team.
     
    Preferred memorials may be made to Cancer Services Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825
     
     
    Arrangements have been entrusted to Hite Funeral Home of Kendallville, Indiana
     
     

    Jan 10, 2012

    JOSEPH W. BONIFAS, 80, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at his home. Born April 2, 1931, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Charles D. and Georgia Grace (Gaunt) Bonifas. On April 14, 1951, he married Delorese Gilbert at Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a US Air Force Veteran and a career Firefighter with the Fort Wayne Fire Department, retiring as District Chief. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Firefighters Union. After retirement, he started Bonifas & Son Painting. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Delorese Bonifas; son, Joseph G. Bonifas; daughters, Shelley Warner, Teresa Roling and Susan Pollard; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Putnam St., with visitation one hour prior to service. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials to the Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum. www.sloanandsons funeralhome.com

     

     

     

     

     
     

     

     
     


    Dec 15, 2011

    ROBERT "BOB" COLPETZER

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    ROBERT "BOB" COLPETZER, 68, of Roanoke, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, 2 p.m., at his residence. He was a traffic signal electrician for the City of Fort Wayne Traffic Engineering Department for 32 1/2 years, retiring in October of 2004. Survivors include his mother, Van Boren of Huntington; two daughters, Denise Colpetzer of Avondale, Ariz. and Ashley McDougall of Ohio City, Ohio; a son, Ashton Colpetzer of Georgia; a sister, Barbara Ramsey of Fort Wayne; two stepsons, Troy Harris of Frankfort, Ind. and Travis Harris of Huntington; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Services is 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, with Pastor Richard Evans officiating. Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at the funeral home. Interment in Mt. Etna Cemetery. To sign Mr. Colpetzer's online guest registry visit www.myersfuneralhomes.com
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    Jun 27, 2011

     
    ALBERT "DUDE" R. WEINMANN, 93, of Fort Wayne, died on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Parkview Hospital. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the only son of the Late Albert and Matilda Wein-mann. He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church. He was a mortician before he enlisted in the military and served his country in the Army as a medic during World War II. He was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. He worked with the City of Fort Wayne as a firefighter and later in his career as an educator/trainer. He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Barbara (Mark) Rodebeck, Sharon (Wayne) Light, Roger (Dianne) Grothaus, Mark (Sue) Grothaus, Susan (Marc) Grostefon, and Kim (Steve) Englert; and good family friends, Lillian and Wendell Sheffer. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Mildred L. Weinmann, in 2005. Service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road, with calling one hour prior. He will be laid to rest at Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials are to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. www.covingtonmemorial.com
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    Jun 20, 2011

    Donald Edward Roembke, 76, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011 at his home in Angola. He lived most of his life in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Central High School in 1953. After graduation he attended Culver Military School and went on to join the Marine Corp in 1954. He returned to Fort Wayne to become a Firefighter at Fire Station #10 and retired a Captain with 21 years of service. He retired as Building Superintendant of the Grand Wayne Center with 16 years of service. He is the past president of the Kekeonga Long Rifle Association. He is the founder of the French and Indian War reenactment group called the Miami Alliance. He is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, Indiana, and was responsible for maintenance of the church. He was also a member of the Land of Lakes Lions Club and the recipient of the Melvin Jones Humanitarian award in 2011. Don was the son of Clarence F. and Frances H. Roembke. He is preceded in death by parents, infant brother William, first wife Betty J. (Staub) Roembke, and son John V. Roembke. He leaves behind his wife Anna Marie (Bender) Roembke, sister Maryilynn (Roembke) Motz, sons Louis (Cathy) Roembke, William (Patty) Roembke, Dennis Roembke all of Fort Wayne, daughter, Debra Martin of Fort Wayne, step-son, Kenneth Bender of Fort Wayne, step-daughter, Lillian (Al) Stevens of New Haven, step-daughter, Diana (Hugh) Hogan of Fort Wayne. Grandpa Don had 20 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. We love you and will always remember your love for us and your Lord Jesus Christ. Service is 11:00 am, Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, 355 E. S.R. 120 with calling one hour prior, Rev. Wayne Berkesch officiating. Calling at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road Friday, June 17, 2011 11:00 am - 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Memorials may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church or American Cancer Society. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.

     

     

     

     


    Nov 17, 2010

    Joseph A. Doak, 81, rejoined his beloved wife of 57 years on Thursday November 11, 2010 surrounded by his loving family, in his home. Joe, born March 19, 1929, attended Precious Blood Catholic School and Central Catholic High School. In 1950, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Marjorie A. Ubelhor. Joe was a devoted husband and father blessed with 7 children. He pursued an heroic career as a Fort Wayne Firefighter that spanned over 32 years. His hobby and passion was designing and building a beautiful home on Lake Gage which he proudly enjoyed with family and friends. During retirement, Joe and Marge enjoyed traveling out west. He compassionately cared for Marge as she battled MS, approaching life with enthusiasm, determination and humor. He will be dearly missed by all. Survived by his children Joseph Doak (Heather), Linda Bird (Michael), Susan Wolfe (Thomas), Patricia Barnwell (Reginald), Thomas Doak, William Doak and Jennifer Leister (Bill). Grandchildren include Brigid Funk (Jason), Joseph Doak, Erin Erkelens (Jan), Sean Doak, Bianca and Michael Bird, Meredith, Madeline and Blake Wolfe, Reggie and Preston Barnwell, Nicolaus and Corbin Leister and great grandchildren Michael and Jozlynn Bird, Ella Funk and Georgia Allen. Joseph will receive full Firefighters honors and burial. Mass of Catholic Burial is 1:30pm Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2120 S. Harrison St, Fr. Tom Ascheman officiating with calling 30 minutes prior. Additional calling Friday 2 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, with the Rosary at 8:30pm. Entombment in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the Parkview Hospice. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.


    Oct 05, 2010

    JERRY W. BAUERMEISTER, 65, of Auburn, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was a firefighter, arson investigator, and deputy chief for the Fort Wayne Fire Department, retiring in 1992 after 25 years of service. He then became Fire Chief of the Auburn Fire Department for 13 years, retiring on Dec. 1, 2005. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Auburn. He was also a member of F.A.S.T. (Fire Arson Specialized Team), C.I.S.M. (Critical Incident Stress Management Team), IVY Tech Fire Science Advisory Board, Indiana Fire Chief's Association, International Association of Fire Chief's, and the International Association of Fire Investigation. He was the 1987 Indiana Firefighter of the Year. One of his primary goals as a firefighter and fire chief was training and education. Born March 13, 1945, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Albert and Emma (Meswarp) Bauermeister. He married Susan Adams on Nov. 7, 1969, at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne; she survives in Auburn. Also surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Andrew Bauermeister and Lea Couture of Fort Wayne; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Shirley Bauermeister of Fenton, Mich.; and sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Bruce Putman of Antwerp, Ohio. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Ginne Bauermeister, in 1998.


    Oct 05, 2010

    RICHARD W. "DICK" HALE, 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, with his family at his side after battling cancer for six months. Born in 1938, in Schenectady, N.Y, he was the son of the late Robert W. and Helen M. (Kubera) Hale. He moved to Fort Wayne at an early age. He retired as a captain from the Fort Wayne Fire Dept. in 1998 after more than 25 years of service. He was a member of the St. Joe Athletic Club, Angola Elks and was a winter resident of The Villages in Florida. He is survived by three sons, Jeffrey (Kim), Timothy (Fran) and Douglas (Karen); and three grandchildren, Charles (Audrey), Richard and Rachel. He was also preceded in death by his wife Charlene (Purner). Memorial service is from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. Memorial contributions to Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum.


    Aug 31, 2010

    Retiree Ken Hoefelmeyer passed away Thursday, August 26, 2010 at age 72. He served the City for 25.5 yrs. starting in May of 1974 in the Communications Division. He then transferred to Combat in April of 1986 until his retirement in Jan. of 2000. Services are pending.


    Jul 06, 2010

    DONALD R. "DON" ALLEN, 79, passed away Friday, July 2, 2010, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Markle, he was a Firefighter for the City of Fort Wayne, retiring in 1992, after 33 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran and a member of American Legion Post 296, International Association of Firefighters Local 124, Aid Association to Lutherans and the National Rifle Association. Surviving are his sons, Keith R. Allen of Fort Wayne, Duane L. (Cindy) Allen of Conyers, Ga., Bruce L. Allen of Bluffton and Steven P. (Linda) Allen of Avilla; daughter, Susan L. Ramos of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and sister-in-law, Marilynn Shafter of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his wife, Berniece; and sister, Joan L. Kikly. Service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Avenue. Rev. Paul Spira officiating. Calling is from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com


    Jun 22, 2010

    WILLIAM O. "HOPPY" HOPKINS JR., 69, of Orland, Ind., formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at his home. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late William O. and Emma Vivian Hopkins Sr. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He retired as District Chief from the Fort Wayne Fire Dept., after 20 years of service in 1985. He then became Lieutenant for the 911 Communications Center and then became an inspector with Neighborhood Code Enforcement Dept., retiring in 2001. He was a member of Lake Missionary Church, Orland; Firefighters 20 Year Club; was past Commander of American Legion Post 423; was a member of Orland Chamber of Commerce; and Fort Wayne Firefighters Union. Surviving are his wife, Sue E.; daughter, Deb (Dean) Sorg of Huntertown; son, William E. (DJ) Hopkins of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Ashley Parrish of Indianapolis, Deanna Sorg and Dean Edward "Bud" Sorg, both of Huntertown; sister, Mary Rediger of Barto, Fla.; six nieces; and three nephews. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Dori Lynn Hopkins-Parrish; and sister, Barbara Roberts. Funeral service is 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Jackson Prairie Cemetery, Orland. Preferred memorials to Camp Jenee; Firefighter's Museum or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.


    Mar 16, 2010

    Obituary Notice

    Deceased Name:  Martin H. Luepke

    City & State of Residence:  Clear Lake, Fremont, IN  (Formerly of Fort Wayne, IN)

    Age: 94

    Date of Death:  Was called to his eternal glory on March 10, 2010 (Wed.)

    Place of Death: Hope Hospice, Fort Myers, FL

                                                                            

    Date of Birth:         February 6, 1916                  Place Of Birth: Uniontown, Missouri               

     

    Parent’s Names: Martin was born February 6, 1916, in Uniontown, Missouri, one of five children born to Louis and Magdalena (Hueschen) Luepke.  Martin became a child of God through the waters of Holy Baptism.

     

    Marriage:  Martin married the love of his life Marceal Pauline (Gerke) on June 22, 1940 in Fort Wayne, IN., and their marriage was blessed with two children, Janice and Donald.

     

    Employment: Retired career firefighter and proudly served as Fire Chief of the Fort Wayne Fire Department until his retirement in 1967. He and his wife Marceal then built their dream home at Clear lake, Fremont, Indiana.  He then continued his life of service as Safety Director at Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne, for 11 years.

     

    Memberships & History:  The Luepke family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Martin spent his youth and adult life in Ft. Wayne, retiring to Clear lake (Fremont).  Martin graduated from Concordia Lutheran Grade School and South Side High School.  Martin enjoyed traveling, fishing, holiday cookouts at the lakefront and taking his grandchildren for tractor rides and ice cream.  He toiled endlessly in the vegetable garden, became quite proficient at wine-making, and continued to serve his community as Town Board chairman, and was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church, Fremont, Indiana, and served the church on just about every board and committee available.  Martin and Marceal enjoyed their winters in Fort Myers, Florida, and Martin was able to make one last trip this past winter.                                    

    Survivors:  Wife:  Marceal P. Luepke –Clear Lake, Fremont, IN

                    Daughter:  Janice and Tom Nowakowski –Troy, MI

                    Son:  Donald and Ellen Luepke –Clear Lake, Fremont, IN

                    Four Grandchildren:  Leanne, Matthew, Rebecca, and Nathan

                    Six Great-Grandchildren:  Patrick, Miranda, Jessie, Daniel, James, and Danielle

                    Five Step-Grandchildren: Brian, Amy, Joseph, Kathryn, and Coleen

                   11 Step-Great-Grandchildren

                    Sister:  Helen Iben –Portland, OR,    and many Nieces and Nephews          

    Preceded In Death: Parents, Grandson:  Timothy Shough, 2 Brothers , and 1 Sister

    Visitation:  2-6 PM Sunday March 14, 2010 at Beams Funeral Home –Fremont, Indiana

    Also visitation 1 hour prior to services at Church on Monday 3/15/2010  10 am until 11 am)
    Funeral Service: 11 AM Monday March 15, 2010  Peace Lutheran Church

                            355 E. State Road 120, Fremont, Indiana

    Burial: Clear Lake Lutheran CemeteryFremont, IN

    Memorials: Peace Lutheran Church, Concordia Lutheran High School, Worship-For-Shut-Ins 

    Officiating: Rev. Wayne Berkesch and assisted by the Fort Wayne Fire Fighters Union, with Full Fire Department Honor Guards and Committal Services

                          ( Condolences may be sent online to www.beamsfuneralhome.com )


    Mar 10, 2010

     Michael Suciu, 67, passed away on March 7, 2010 in a tragic accident in Orlando, Florida. He was born on January 9th, 1943. He was a loving father and retired District Fire Chief in Fort Wayne. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; youngest son, Barry; eldest son, Michael and his family; daughter-in-law, Tammy; granddaughter, Emily; grandson, Nicholas; and brother, James. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue with calling one hour prior. Visitation also will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Entombment in Covington Memorial Gardens.


    Jul 29, 2009

    Donald K. Derrow, 72, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Saturday, July 25, 2009.

    He was born Feb. 27, 1937, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the son of Gerald and Esther Derrow.

    After serving for three years in the U.S. Army, he became a member of the Indiana State Council of Carpenters. In 1972, he joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department, where he attained the rank of Captain. After 26 years of service as a firefighter, he retired to Punta Gorda in 1998. Don always said, "Being a firefighter is the greatest job in the world."

    Don will be greatly missed by his loving partner, Barbara Porter; sons, Scott and Randall of Indianapolis, Ind.; siblings, Marian, Gerald, Robert, David and Marie; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kristy; and brother, Paul.


    Jul 01, 2009

    Ralph (Fuzzy) J. Miller passed away June 11, 2009 in Mountain Home, Idaho.  Born on October 21, 1917, Miller was was a Fort Wayne Firefighter for 26 years serving the department from 1950-1977.   He also proudly served his country during WWII as a member of the 38th Infantry Division.

     

    Miller is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth, his two children, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  He also leaves behind many dear friends of which meant so very much to him. 


    Jun 09, 2009

    World War II Veteran and Fort Wayne Firefighter Retiree, Norman "Pete" Rouch passed away Sunday, June 7, 2009.   Born on December 31, 1923,  Norman Rouch enlisted in the US ARMY in 1942.  After serving his country he was hired by the Fort Wayne Fire Department on March 1, 1954.  Assigned badge number 23, Rouch retired in 1980.  He remained active with the Fire Department attending the annual 20-year Club celebrations and monthly retiree breakfasts.  He will be missed.


    Jun 19, 2008

    RICHARD DEAN "DINK" SOWERS, 79, passed away Saturday morning, June 14, 2008. He was a Marine Corp veteran, spending a year and a half in Guam. He was a Fort Wayne fire fighter for 28 years, retiring in 1986 as Assistant Chief. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty; daughters, Joyce and Sandra K. McKinnis of Eagle River, Alaska.; his granddaughter, Kim Fox; his son, Mike (Beth) Sowers; and his beloved beagle, Dutch. Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.




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