Waynedale Obituaries

The latest obituaries of Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana residents can be found here as well as wake, visitation and burial information. Feel free to share your condolences as a comment.

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RUTHANN GERKE, 87, passed away and entered Heaven on Thursday, July 21, 2016. She was born June 24, 1929 to the late Robert and Anna Bixler.

She was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Surviving are her sons, Pastor Robert (Linda) Gerke and James (Cynthia) Gerke; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one great great grandson; and special cousin, Joan (Robert) Eledge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter W. Gerke in 2000; son, Michael Gerke in...

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NEALIE “MARIE” JOHNSON, 86

NEALIE “MARIE” JOHNSON, 86, of Waynedale, entered Heaven from Visiting Nurse Hospice on July 23, 2016. She was a devoted wife who loved God, her family, church and her Tennessee heritage. She was also a founding member of Avalon Missionary Church.

Surviving are her children, Phyllis (Dennis) Brubaker, Rebecca (Mark) Kendall, and Larry (Jennifer) Johnson; grandchildren, Brian (Beth) Kendall, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Beltz, Mery Kendall, Lindsey (Shawn) Baker, Amy (Justin) Shurley, Nathaniel Brubaker...

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WALTER D. MANES, 86

WALTER D. MANES, 86, of Fort Wayne passed away Monday, July 4, 2016. He was born on February 15, 1930 to the late Delbert E. and Bessie L. (Flickenger) Manes. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked at Slater Steel and was a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church.

Surviving family includes his sons, Walter Kurt, Greg and Brad Manes; his new sweetheart, Charlene Bloom; sister, Harriett Van Hoozen.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by his wife, Eleanor L. (Harshman) Manes; a...

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PAUL D. SILLS, 74, of Fort Wayne passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016. He was born on September 6, 1941 in Decatur, a son of the late Ross and Ethel (Bolinger) Sills. He attended Elmhurst High School. He retired as a truck driver from Summit City Trucking.

He was a lifelong member of Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren. He was the owner and operator of S & S Custom Cut Lumber and enjoyed spending time creating unique works out of the wood.

Surviving family include his wife, Aletha Sills...

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ROBERT R. LUCE, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital. He was born August 25, 1929 in Fort Wayne to the late William and Esther (Nickles) Luce. He retired after 52 years, having worked as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for L. W. Dailey and S. E. Johnson. He was a U. S. Army Veteran, a member of the VFW and enjoyed working on old cars.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Marjorie A. Luce of Fort Wayne; sons, Michael Lee (Susan) Sparks of Las...

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MARCIA DENISE SMITHSON, 56

MARCIA DENISE SMITHSON, left us unexpectedly on February 2, 2016, at the age of 56.

A celebration of her life will be on July 16, 2016 at 2pm at the Patterson’s, 4622 Kyle Road, Fort Wayne, IN.

Come or send your memories. Call Leslie Patterson if you will be there for the informal gathering and lunch at 260-416-8631.

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