KEITH E. ARGERBRIGHT, 60, a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Keith was Vietnam veteran paratrooper, retired from the Indiana Air National Guard-Fort Wayne, CSX as a Railroad conductor, truck driver for Office Furniture USA, and former Commander of American Legion Post 47. He is survived by his wife, Cheryll; children, Brian Argerbright and Julia Frontz, both of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Terry Argerbright of Fort Wayne and Kenny Argerbright of N. Webster; and sisters, Cheryl Hand of Warsaw and Jacqueline Hollan of Syracuse. "As a special note: Keith passed away on his brother Terry's birthday. Keith and Terry were not only brothers but also the best lifetime friends. The Keith Argerbright family also wishes to thank all of his many friends and especially Alan Felger, his friend of 45 years." Honoring Keith's wishes, there will be no calling or service. Memorial donations may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Division of the American Cancer Society.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 19, 2010
Charles E. Boyce
Charles E. "Butch" Boyce, 59, of Cass Lake, formerly of Ft. Wayne, Ind., died Monday, July 27, 2009.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Dares Funeral Home of Elk River, Minn. assisted the family with arrangements.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged May 26, 1970. He loved children and devoted his professional life to troubled children serving as a youth counselor in the Cass Lake schools.
He is survived by his wife, of 25 years, JoAnn; step-children, Laura (Mike) Silverstein of Sanford, Fla., Janet Ludden of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Michael (Diane) Wuebbenhorst of Palm Bay, Fla. and Kurt (Robin) Wuebbenhorst of Las Vegas; three grandchildren; three dogs; brothers, Richard (Gretchen) Boyce, Bob (Cathy) Boyce and Bill Boyce.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Betty.
RANDALL H. BRUBAKER, 64, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Claude and Sara Myers Brubaker. He was a graduate of Snider High School and served in the U.S. Army to include a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a consultant in the marketing industry. Surviving are his son, Robert (Kate) Brubaker; daughter, Alee (Logan) Vandervelden; siblings, David, Kevin, Terry, Gary, Connie, and Candace; and six grandchildren. Memorial service is 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at Huntington Church Of The Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, with visitation one hour prior to service. Please send donations to Huntington Church of the Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Road, Huntingotn, IN 46750.
DEBORAH A. (PASTRICK) CHAMPINE, 66, of Avilla, Ind., quietly left this earth, crossing over the bridge, reuniting her with all those dear to her heart; family, friends and her four legged animals waiting in the meadow, on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Marilyn Pastrick. She graduated from Snider High School and attended Purdue University. She worked many years as a veterinary and dental assistant. Her daughters and family were her life's passion. Deborah truly loved caring and being near her many dogs and horses she raised throughout her life. She is survived by her daughters, Casey (Brad) Stephens and Courtney Champine; three grandchildren, Chase, Brandon and Jayden Jones; brother, Kim (Julie) Pastrick of Flagstaff, Ariz.; sister, Valerie (Mitchell) Stucky of Fort Wayne; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Greg Pastrick. A private memorial service will be conducted. Memorials may be made to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control. Arrangements by D.O. McComb and Sons funeral home.
STEVEN E. EASTOM, 57, passed away Friday, June 27, 2008, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Lima, Ohio, he was a machinist with Quik Cut. Survivors include brothers, Tim (Karen) Eastom and Mike (Mary Joe) Eastom, both of Fort Wayne, and Mark (Barb) Eastom of New Brighton, Minn.; companion, Vicki Barnes of Fort Wayne; loved as a daughter, Jessica Barnes of Fort Wayne; and her two daughters; and many nieces and nephews. Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue, with calling one hour prior. Dr. Frederick W. Meuter officiating. Memorials to the family c/o Jessica Barnes.
RANDALL E. FISHER, 56, of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, at Parkview Hospital. Born May 11, 1950, in Fort Wayne, he was a building and electrical contractor. He was a leader and strong supporter of Youth Hockey here in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his wife, Joyce M.; sons, D.J. Fisher and Randy Fisher, both at home; father, Donald E. Fisher of Fort Wayne; and brother, Thomas A. Fisher of Tempe, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria J. Fisher, in 2003. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church, 10145 Maysville Road, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. The family requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Riley Children's Hospital or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 24, 2006
JAY F. HARSHBARGER, 66, of Fremont, Ind. and Bonita Springs, Fla., died on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at his home in Florida. Born Oct. 22, 1949, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Ford and Madge Harshbarger. A self-employed restaurant owner, over the years, he owned Jag's Bar & Grill, Gin Mill Lounge and Bogey's Bar & Grill. Presently, he was the co-owner of Retreat at Lake George in Fremont. He enjoyed Florida, family and friends. He is survived by his daughters, Angela Starks (McArthur) and Kristina Williams (Tyrone), both of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, Kayla, Quinton, Breeaunna, Keyshawn, CJ, Hunter, Alec, and Eric, all of Fort Wayne; two great-granddaughters, both of Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Rita Bennett of LaOtto, Ind. and Carol Harshbarger of Fort Wayne. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Gloria A. (Welander) Harshbarger. A memorial service will be announced at a later date for Fort Wayne and the Retreat. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 4742 N 24th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016. Friends may sign the guestbook at www.horizonfunerals.com
LYNN M. KNIGHT, 65, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at home. Born in Fort Wayne, Lynn worked as a RN, in the surgical admission unit with Parkview Hospital for 35 years. She was an avid doll collector and thrift shopper. Surviving are her husband of 40 years, David Knight; sons, Chad (Kelly) Middleton of Fort Wayne and Bryan (Crystal) Knight of New Haven, Ind.; stepsons, Jeff Knight of Indianapolis, Ind. and Jason Knight of Henderson, Tenn.; grandson, Weston; step-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Alison and Kennedi; brother, Charles Hager of Fort Wayne; and sister, Cheryl (Doug) Johnson of Angola, Ind. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia A. Hager. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with calling one hour prior. The Rev. Rich Lee officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the A.S.P.C.A. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com
ROBERT E. "BOB" KOONTZ, 54, of Fort Wayne, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Dec. 15, 1949, in Philadelphia, Penn., he was a Fort Wayne resident most of his life. He worked for Good-rich retiring after 30 years of service, in 1997 and currently worked full time at Best Buy where he was a former Employee of the Month. He was a member of the American Legion Post 47 and Calvary Chapel, Auburn. He was a Vietnam Marine veteran. He enjoyed Golf at Canterbury Green, playing guitar and camping. His beloved face is peaceful, His tender hands at rest. We suffer so to lose him, But trust God knows what's best. Surviving are his wife Beverly Koontz of Fort Wayne; son, Joseph Koontz of Fort Wayne; daughters, Krishna Koontz and Kim Emmons, both of Fort Wayne, Dawn Jaderany of Indianapolis, Tina McBride of Fort Wayne, Becky Keil of West Bloomfield, Mich. and Amy Knapp of Norton Shores, Mich.; sister, Mary Whitehead of Philadelphia, Penn.; 19 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 5, 2004
We lost our dear friend, Vicky, to pancreatic cancer in 2014. She treated her illness as she did life, with energy and optimism. We miss her daily and still laugh at all of her quirky ways and the great times we all were lucky to share with her. She lives forever in the hearts of her family, friends, and of course, Louis and Ed.
VICKY L. (FOULKS) LEVINSON, 64, of Carefree, Ariz., passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014. Born Jan. 12, 1950, in Lima, Ohio, she was the daughter of Lloyd Jr. and Nodie (Dielman) Foulks. She grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated from Snider High School with the Class of 1968. After college, she started training with the airlines and was based out of Buffalo, N.Y. On July 28, 1978, she married Louis Levinson in Fort Wayne. She was an International Flight Attendant with American Airlines for 37 years. She retired in February of 2008. She had a very strong Lutheran faith and enjoyed attending her Carefree Lutheran Church in Arizona with Pastor Bob. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Louis Levinson of Carefree, Ariz.; brother, Chad (Kimberly) Foulks of Fort Wayne; auntie, Rachel Riegle of Lima; step-daughter, Lisa Newsome; nieces, Ashley Snyder and Lindsay Foulks; grandson, Rowen Newsome; her perfect little boy, Ed (her miniature pincher); and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; uncle, Marion Riegle; and grandparents, Victor and Pauline Dielman. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will follow service in St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery, Lima, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Vicky's memory to the S.P.C.A. To read Vicky's life story, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com
My dear friend, my sister of the heart, I miss you everyday
Vicky gave her all to her family and friends. She is missed by everyone who knew her. I will always cherish the day we met and all the years after. She is in a better place with Nodie and Lloyd and someday I will see your smile again.
RITA A. LIBY, 65, was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Fort Wayne. She was born May 24, 1950, in Auburn, Ind. She is survived by her loving husband, Jerry Liby; mother, Donna Morrow; children, Dawn (Stan) Smith, Kim Tinsley, Todd Gong, Adam (Vanessa) Liby II, and Angie Gong-Lebrecht; grandchildren, Haley, Noah (fianc‚e Aubrie), Patriot, Nick, and Torie; and great-grandchild, Adelynn; also her brothers, Steve (Janet) Morrow, Mike (Linda) Morrow, Jim Morrow and Rod Morrow; sister-in-law, Phyllis Mills; and two brothers-in-law, Doyle (Janet) Liby, and Bob (Joanie) Liby. "She will be deeply missed by so many including her service dog, Dexter Alexander." She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Morrow; daughter, Wendy Liby; and son-in-law, Tom Tinsley. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Hospice or Children's Autism Center.
Gregory Alan Major, age 63, went home to be with the Lord on January 29, 2014, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He passed away peacefully at home with family at his side.
Greg was the eldest of three sons born to Theodore Major and the late Bettie Skyles Major on June 11, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois. Greg grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and met his future wife, Elaine Warnock, during junior high school. He graduated from Snider High School in 1968, where he excelled as an athlete in swimming, diving, football, gymnastics, and pole vaulting.
Greg went to Purdue University and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, continuing the legacy of his father and future father-in-law who were also electrical engineers. During college, he was a member of Acacia Fraternity and active in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). On August 5, 1972, Greg married Elaine. Following graduation, he went on to serve four years of active duty in the United States Navy. He received training in Newport, Rhode Island, and was then stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and Pensacola, Florida working as a Propulsion Division Engineer on the USS Ellison and the USS Lexington. After fulfilling his commission and an additional two years in the United States Naval Reserve, Greg was discharged as a Lieutenant Commander.
On November 13, 1975, Greg and Elaine’s first child Caroline Ann was born in Pensacola, Florida. On June 13, 1979, Blake Douglas was born in Cleveland, Ohio. While in Cleveland, Greg worked at Bailey Controls Company as a Design Engineer, and earned a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.
In October, 1985, Greg began his twenty-three year career at General Motors working in Advanced Technology Vehicles as a Technology Planning Specialist and finishing as Global Engineering Group Manager of Advance HVAC/Powertrain Cooling Thermal Systems. Greg developed innovative advanced thermal systems for hybrid and electric vehicles globally. He did more than work, he envisioned new technology and has to his credit over fifty patents in his area of expertise. In 2009, Greg joined Chrysler Group LLC continuing his work in vehicle thermal systems.
Greg’s heart was in helping others, always eager to lend a helping hand with a positive outlook and a ready smile. He cherished his children and grandchildren and helped them with everything from school work to renovating their homes. He was persistent in finding a solution to every problem. He was passionate in serving, and always available to family, friends, church associates and those less fortunate. He regularly gave his time and talents as an active member of his church and around the world. He traveled to Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador with Mercy Ships serving others.
Greg will be greatly missed by his wife, Elaine, his children, Caroline (Jason) Dombrowski and Blake (Amanda) Major, and his grandchildren Caleb, Noah, Lauren, Eve and Clara; his father, Theodore Major and his brothers, Glenn (Usha) Major and John Major; father-in-law Verlin Warnock; brother and sister-in-law Charles and Ginny Quick; niece Maya Major; nephews Ajay Major, Benjamin (Kristen) Quick, Matthew Quick, Kyle Quick, and Peter Quick.
LINDA McKIBBEN, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 21, 2008. She was born on July 25, 1950, in Fort Wayne. She had a large extended family consisting of many friends and students whose lives she has touched over the years. Linda worked at the Northeast School of Dance for over 35 years and will be greatly missed not only as a manager, but also as a friend, confidant and surrogate mom to countless children through the years. She also taught at Good Shepherd United Methodist Preschool for many years realizing her passion for teaching. She received the Golden Apple Award in February 2008. Being recognized as a special teacher for her dedication to all her students was the highlight of her teaching career. Not only did this give the chance for all her students and parents to show their appreciation, but it was God's way of saying, "Well done, faithful servant." Linda touched the lives of hundreds of children and their families throughout the years and her legacy lives on through them. Surviving are her parents, Ralph and Bonnie McKibben; sister, Marsha and Jim Wulpi, Ryan and Jennifer, Ben, Alex and Logan Wulpi; sister and family, Lisa Schwaberow, Danny, Olivia and Levi Schwaberow; brother and family, Mark and Karen McKibben, Dustin and Chance McKibben. "Aunt Linda has always been and will forever be very special to her niece and nephews." A Funeral service celebrating her life is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Avenue, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be forwarded to the Linda McKibben Memorial Fund in c/o Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road.
CynthiaAnnMeyer, 66, passed away Monday, September 12, 2016 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Cynthiaenjoyed working as a Registered Nurse for 45 years serving as assistant director of nursing or director of nursing with American Senior Communities. She attended The Chapel, and will be remembered as a woman of strong faith, a loving mother, and a caring grandmother. She enjoyed spending time in nature and at the lake. Surviving are her daughter, Angi (Eric) Wright of Fort Wayne; son, David (Kate) Meyer of Fort Wayne; 5 grandchildren, Alex, Skylar, Peyton, Brady, and Ashtyn; her siblings, Cheryl (Larry) Schneider of Fort Wayne, John Engle of Fort Wayne, Joel Engle of Fremont, IN, Candy (Ron) Taylor of Fort Wayne, Connie Smyers of Fort Wayne, Jim (Renee) Engle of Avilla, IN, and Jeff Engle of Fort Wayne; and her best friend, JoElyn Morris of Fort Wayne. Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents, John and Barb Engle; and her brother, Jerry Engle. Service is 10:30 am, September 16, 2016 at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Rd with calling 1 hour prior. Calling also Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer or Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.
Dennis A. Notestine, 61, of North Port, FL, formerly of Ft.Wayne, IN died April 3, 2011.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 10:00am to 11:00am at Palms-Robarts Funeral Home, Sarasota. Services will be held 11:00am Thursday at the funeral home with interment following in Palms-Robarts Memorial Park.
Survivors include his loving wife of 36 years, Eloise; a son, James of Ft. Wayne, IN; a daughter, Jessica Miles of Port Charlotte; his mother, Fayetta of Huntsville, AL; four sisters: Theresa Paxton of Birmingham, AL, Rosella Carter of Bellingham, WA, Pamela Ackerland of Panama City, FL and Lucinda Notestine Youngstown, FL; a brother, Stephen of Ft Wayne, IN; three grandsons and one great grandson.
Arrangements under the direction of Palms - Robarts Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Sarasota, FL.
ROGER A. NOTESTINE, 54, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a salesman with John Klopfenstein Furniture at the Leo and 14/69 locations. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, a member of American Legion Post 82, and a graduate of Purdue University. He loved to fish and spend time at the lake. Survived by his parents, John & Evelyn Notestine of Fremont; sister, Louise (Keith) Pomeroy of Fort Wayne; nephews, Mark (Chris) Pomeroy, Gary (Stacey) Pomeroy; niece, Lori (John) Fipp; great-nieces and nephews, Megan, Allison, Ryan, Nathan and Gage. Private services will be held at a later date. Calling is from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home,1320 E. Dupont Rd. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home 5910 Homestead Road Fort Wayne, Ind., 46814
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 1, 2005
Larry W Partain, age 68, of Dunedin, Florida passed away on Wednesday February 7, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends. Larry was born November 6, 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Marion and Ruby (Heatherly) Partain. He is survived by his wife Renee, children Dan (Karri), David and Erica (Scott), grandchildren Riley, Grady and Campbell, and his brother Mike (Carol) and nephew Jordan.
Larry had a wonderful career in the medical field helping others. He started his long career at Morton Plant Hospital as a Respiratory Therapist in 1971 until 1978 when he changed careers to become a Certified Clinical Perfusionist. In 1986 he started Perfusion Associates of Pinellas with Bill Keen and Jerry Bryant. The company operated at multiple hospitals until 1998. Always wanting to keep up with current technologies he was known to be an early adopter of the latest medical advances. He was held in high esteem by his peers. Larry finally retired in 2012 capping 41 years as a healthcare professional.
Larry enjoyed being with his family, traveling, technology (gadgets) and the occasional doughnut or brownie. During his few short years of retirement he enjoyed cruising with his wife and friends and spending quality time with his grandchildren. As a grandfather he found new joy and purpose in life.
His profound love and faith in Jesus Christ sustained him and gave him strength in every aspect of his life. He was a kind gentle soul who touched the lives of those he met and will be sorely missed.
A memorial service for Larry will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Sylvan Abbey - Funeral Home, 2853 SUNSET POINT RD, CLEARWATER, FL 33759.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
DR. MARK STUART PUTT, 68, of Fort Wayne passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 after a valiant, 16-month battle with cancer. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the second oldest of eleven siblings. Mark graduated from Snider High School and IPFW with a degree in chemistry where he played 4 years of collegiate basketball. He received a master's degree from the IU School of Dentistry and a Ph.D. in Dentistry from the University of Amsterdam. Mark was the director of Health Science Research at IPFW for 41 years and the director of clinical research at University Park Research Institute, Fort Wayne for many years. He continued to run research projects as co-owner of Precedent Research and co-founded the oral products company, Dentisse Inc. He served as an editor for the American Journal of Dentistry and the Journal of Clinical Dentistry. He was a lifelong member of the American Association for Dental Research and the International Association for Dental Research. He served as president of his homeowners' association for 8 years. He met his devoted wife of 45 years during a European study tour when they were teenagers. He often traveled throughout the world for business and pleasure. Mark enjoyed playing guitar and bass in the band, Life 'n Times for 40 years and recently played with his son and daughter-in-law in the band, Cadillac Ranch. "Mark was a brilliant man who knew something about everything. He dearly loved his family and was so proud of his children." He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Putt of Fort Wayne, son, Dr. Karson (Joline) Putt of Lafayette, son, Austin (Elizabeth) Putt of Fort Wayne, daughter, Dr. Shelby (Mark) Jedele Putt of Normal, IL; Granddaughter, Abigail Putt of Fort Wayne; brothers, Randy (Jennifer) Putt, Rex Putt, Dean (Debbie) Putt, Neal Putt, and Rodney Putt; sisters, Janet Putt, Joni (Phil) Cripe, Judy Putt, Jean (Robert) Norwalk, and Joy (David) Bell; mother-in-law, F. Carroll Stackhouse; 87 Nephews and Nieces. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Robert J. and Thelma Putt, and his son, Logan Putt. There will be a private family burial at Fairfield Township Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at noon on Saturday, September 14 with visitation until 4pm at Purdue Fort Wayne International Ballroom. In honor of Mark, blood donations can be made at your local American Red Cross or donate to American Red Cross, 1510 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. "He was so grateful to all blood donors who graciously donate blood to save lives."
LOREN D. RANDALL, 58, of Hamilton, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Lutheran Hospital. Born Aug. 13, 1949, in Sturgis, Mich., he owned and operated J & L Appraisers Inc. along with his wife. He was a member of Northside Missionary Church. Surviving are his wife, Joan I.; and five brothers and sisters, including Rick Randall of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by a son, Nathan, in 1977; and his parents. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Northside Missionary Church, 736 Lillian Ave. Private burial. Preferred memorials to the family. Arrangements by Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 16, 2007
LCDR James F. Steele of Fort Wayne passed quietly in his home on the morning of Tuesday, May 31, 2016. James was born in Chamblee, Georgia, to Norman and Mary Steele. He graduated from Snider High School in 1968 and married the love of his life Vicki L. Steele (Dommer) of New Haven in 1971. He went on to earn his bachelors degree in Biology at Purdue University before joining the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Pensacola Florida in 1973. His Naval career spanned 20 years as a helicopter pilot performing search & rescue, medivac, and anti-submarine missions in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres during which time he earned multiple awards and decorations including two Naval Air Medals, the highest honor bestowed upon Naval Aviators during times of peace.
James retired from the Navy in 1993 and took a job teaching Math & Science at Geyer Middle School and later Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne. In 2004 he left teaching to return to the sky as a pilot for Lutheran Air. Finally in 2011 he worked as a government contract pilot for Presidential Airways supporting U.S. troops overseas until he retired in 2015.
Jim brought to this world a kindness and a smile that was infectious. His gentle spirit and warm personality made him beloved by everyone he met. He found joy in every moment and took time out of each day to enjoy life.
James is survived by his wife Vicki, his sons Aaron (Carin) & Benjamin (Gretchen); His five grand children (Elijah, Henry, Ruby, Ellis & August); his brother Norman (Mimi) and his sister Elizabeth.
Services will be 11 am Saturday June 4, 2016 at Trinity English Lutheran Church 450 W. Washington Blvd with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be 2-4 and 6-8 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home 420 W. Wayne St. Friday June 3, 2016.
Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Trinity English Lutheran Youth Group, 450 W. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46902 or Saint John the Baptist School (Science Dept), 4525 Arlington Ave, Fort Wayne IN 46807.
George was an amazing husband, father, and community member. Throughout his 10 years with cancer, he never wavered in his determination to fight and win his battle. He will always be treasured in the hearts of his loved ones.
Gregg was born in the Detroit, MI area and moved with his parents (Albert & Leona) to Fort Wayne in his childhood. He graduated from Snider High School in 1968 and worked in the area as an independent specialty designer and model builder. Gregg moved to the Washington, DC area in 1998 and continued his career. He settled in Rockville, Maryland, where he died after a prolonged illness.
JOE E. WILLIAMS, 64, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, at Cameron Memorial Hospital, Angola. Born Nov.14, 1949, in Wynn, Ark., he moved with his family to Fort Wayne in 1963 and graduated from Snider High School in 1968. He graduated from Purdue University with an Associates degree in 1982 and retired from Dana Weatherhead and Eaton Corp in 2010 as a Manufacturing Manager after a combined total of 41 years of service. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Margie Williams of Fort Wayne; brother, Dr. James E. (Diane) Williams of Fort Wayne; sister-in-law, Amy Williams of Fort Wayne; two nieces, Julie and Chelsey; two nephews, Bryan and Ross; and beloved cats, Tiki and Bonnie. He was preceded in death by his "Mom and Pop", Jesse E. and Edna (Plemens) Williams; and brother, John D. Williams. A celebration of life service is 3 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, with calling two hours prior. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Allen County S.P.C.A., 4914 Hanna St., Fort Wayne, IN 46806. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.domccombandsons.com
ROBERT E. ZUBER, 61, of Fort Wayne, died on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Parkview Hospital. Born Jan. 8, 1950, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Walter and Zetta Zuber. He retired from Dana Corporation and was a member of American Legion Squadren 47. "He was an avid golfer and also loved horse racing." He leaves behind his sister, Cheryl (Tom) Pullin of Fort Wayne; brothers, Jerry Zuber of Fort Wayne and Thomas (Sue) Zuber of Huntertown; and close friend, Linda Murua of Fort Wayne. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, James, Joseph and Bill Zuber. Funeral service is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road, with calling two hours prior. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Preferred memorials to the family.