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Dwight Lackey

Feb 29, 1956 - Nov 30, 2023

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Fort Wayne, IN

Dave Lackey, age 67 of Warsaw, passed away at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne on Thursday, November 30, 2023. Visitation will be Monday, December 4, 2023 from 4 to 7 p. m. at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 Sheridan Street, Warsaw. In lieu of flowers, memorials to final expenses given to Titus Funeral Home. Please check back soon for a more complete obituary.

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Patricia Odeal Simpson

Aug 02, 1944 - Feb 25, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

In Loving Memory of Patricia Odeal Simpson Patricia Odeal Simpson, 79, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 25, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 2, 1944, in Phoenix, Arizona, to the late Carl Lovell and Odeal Kirby. In 1970, Patricia met the love of her life, Ronald, in Fresno, California. Patricia was blessed with two wonderful sons, Douglas and Edward, from a previous marriage, and together with Ronald, they welcomed another son, Gary, into their lives. Throughout her life, Patricia dedicated herself to caring for others as a professional family caregiver. Her love and compassion touched the lives of many. In 1997, she retired from her career as an Administrative Assistant to various companies to focus on raising her beloved grandchildren. Patricia's nurturing spirit extended beyond her family, as she was actively involved in her local church community. Her talent for music, cultivated from a young age, brought joy to many as she played the organ and piano during church services. Patricia was predeceased by her grandmother, Lora Kirby, her parents Carl and Odeal Lovell, and her brother Danny Lovell. She is survived by her devoted husband, Ronald Simpson, her sisters, Jerlene Palumbo and Darlene Steenburgh, her sons, Douglas Sutherland (Lynne), Edward Sutherland (Paula), and Gary Simpson (Gale). She loved her grandchildren Amber, Jacob, Justin, Mallory, Kyle, Emily, Madison, Grant and numerous great-grandchildren who will carry on her legacy of love and kindness. A private celebration of Patricia's life will be held at her family home on Friday, March 1, 2024. Patricia will forever be remembered for her unwavering love, compassion, and the countless lives she touched with her kindness. Patricia's faith in Jesus Christ and her commitment to sharing His love with others left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace in the arms of her Savior. To to the family or in memory of Patricia Simpson, please

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Larry Lee Roemer

Jun 13, 1942 - Feb 23, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

Larry Lee “Skip” Roemer, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, 23, 2024. He was born on June 13, 1942 in New Haven to the late Earl and Margaret (Bultemeire) Roemer. Larry honorably answered his country’s call and served in the Untied States Marine Corps Reserves. Mr. Roemer retired after more than 30 years as a Sales Manager for TJ Nowak Supply. Following retirement he went on to work for Lakeside Golf Course, where he helped to keep the course beautiful and ready for his favorite hobby. Skip will be fondly remembered for his love of golf, The Bears, and the Indiana Hoosiers. He was also a little league baseball coach for many years. He is survived by his wife, Linda Roemer; children, Mark David Roemer and Kristin Margaret (Adam) Roemer; stepchildren, Kelly Ann Ogden, Charles Allen (Debi) Stout, and Michael Christian (Dawn) Stout; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also preceding him in death were his first wife, Barbara Jean Roemer; and grandson Cameron Michael Stout. A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Parkview Hospice. Share fond memories and condolences at www.divinemercyfuneralhome.com.

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Gerald John Vandeveer

Sep 12, 1948 - Feb 22, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

Gerald John Vandeveer, aged 75, completed his earthly work on Thursday, February 23, 2024. Jerry eagerly accepted an invitation from the Lord to walk the gardens of heaven alongside his "precious Linda," the love of his life, who preceded him in death in September of 2016. Jerry was born and adopted in Chicago in 1948. After attending Morgan Park and Chicago Vocational High Schools, he worked for several years before joining the Army and being stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he met his beloved Linda. After 5 months, they were married and moved to Fort Wayne to be employed at the Fort Wayne Children's Home. While there, Linda conceived their only child, Gerald II. They also started a small business on their days off called The Wood Shack on Baker Street, which they operated for 45 years. In the 1980s, they opened three small restaurants called Bimbo Chicago Style Hot Dogs while still operating The Wood Shack. In the late '90s, they became vocal supporters of law enforcement, working with them to clean out drug houses and prostitution from their neighborhood. Their work with the police was successful, so Jerry and Linda built a police memorial garden on Baker and Fairfield Corner to thank the officers. The police memorial ceremonies began in 2003 and continue today at a new location. In 2005, they recruited a board of directors, formed a nonprofit corporation, and began building the new permanent law enforcement/firefighters memorial on Wells Street, dedicated in 2011 with a cost of over $250,000. The community and unions donated 100% of the time, labor, materials, and money to complete the memorial. Over the years, they bought many houses surrounding their business and home and eventually their commercial building. They started their own urban renewal project for their neighborhood by remodeling only exteriors, planting flowers around the homes, and along the park strips of the street. It was a joy to drive by and see the flowers and be motivated to work on your own home. Jerry was dedicated to his Linda during both good times and bad, through sickness and health. During their 46 years of marriage, they overcame many obstacles, taught each other how to love strongly, and built a love story that many people dream of but few ever attain. They lent their name to and participated in over 300 fundraisers and events. They received over 23 awards and recognitions from several entities, including the Fort Wayne Police Department, Sheriff's Department, PBA, FOP, FW Fire Department, State FOP, Southwest Partnership, Mayors Henry and Richard, and the Allen County Commissioners, who created the Linda and Jerry Vandeveer Impact Awards, awarded each September. Linda and Jerry each received the coveted Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Pence, and Jerry received the key to the city from Mayor Henry. Jerry also received the 2021 Visit Better Business Bureaus Individual of Integrity Award. Linda and Jerry were active supporters of women's rights and vocal advocates for raising awareness of domestic violence, rape, and bullying of both men and women. Jerry rented 26 billboards to empower women to believe in themselves. Before Linda's death from colon cancer, he promised that he would share her message about how getting a colonoscopy could save your life. He spent the rest of his life honoring her memory by sharing her messages and beliefs on over 70 billboards, at speaking engagements, on street corners, and in letters. He was a two-time cancer survivor and used his health issues as warnings to others about early detection and the inexpensive tests available that could help with prevention and possibly save lives. Jerry is survived by his son, Gerald II; daughter-in-law, Megan; and his grandchildren: Gerald III (JJ), Tristan, Emilee, Henry, Benjamin, Penelope, and Elizabeth (Betty). Visitation is Monday, March 4, 2024, from 3-7pm at First Assembly of God, 1400 W. Washington Center Rd.. Visitation is also from 10-11am Tuesday March 5, 2024, followed by Funeral Services at 11:00am, all in the church. Services will conclude at Catholic Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements through Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave. The family’s preferred memorial is the “Kops 4 Kids” program. To make a donation in memory of Jerry, please make checks to the FOP Indiana Wayne Lodge 14, 2125 Olladale Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 and please note “Kops 4 Kids” on the memo line. To share a remembrance of Jerry or to offer condolences to his family, please visit www.divinemercyfuneralhome.com.

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Sloan Ella Mattingly

Jul 18, 2016 - Feb 20, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

Sloan Ella Mattingly, 7 years young, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. She was born on July 18, 2016, in Fort Wayne. Sloan was a first grader at Lafayette Meadows Elementary School. Sloan was a stunning person from birth. She made you laugh with the words she said and the faces she made, and just as much with only the sound of her laugh. Often, people stopped her family to tell them how precious she was. A true gift from heaven that her parents fully indulged in for her entire life here. She loved gymnastics, making up games, dancing in the living room with her family, babies, making cards and bracelets for others, and making everyone around her feel included. She held dear to her heart her loving parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, her dog, friends, and teachers. Her very best friend was her brother and hero, Maddox. They are each other's favorite people and have a relationship that will continue for eternity. She achieved the gold medal for how to live your life. She taught all of us that it’s the smallest of moments, not the grand gestures or flashy things, that make your life full. She is now the sunshine that sustains all of us and pours happiness into even the smallest cracks in our lives. Carry on her legacy by living for the present and being intentional with those you love the most. Surviving family include her parents, Jason and Therese Mattingly; brother, Maddox; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Jane Sloan; paternal grandparents, Julie and Dan Miller, Kent Mattingly; many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved her very much. Funeral service will be 11:00 am on Friday, March 1, 2024 at Emmanuel Community Church, 12222 US Highway 24 West, Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at the church. The family invites everyone to wear bright and cheery colors for the services in her honor. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. Memorials in Sloan’s memory may be made in the form of a lifetime of prayers and thoughts for her family. Greenlawn Funeral Home, Fort Wayne is caring for arrangements. Condolences and memories of Sloan may be left online at www.greenlawnmpfh.com

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Dennis Lawrence Cuney

Feb 22, 1961 - Feb 25, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

Dennis Lawrence Cuney, age 63, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024. Dennis was born in Fort Wayne, IN.

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Margaret L. "Peggy" Baker

Jul 02, 1936 - Feb 25, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

Margaret L. “Peggy” Baker, 87, of Leo, passed away, Sunday, February 25, 2024, at StoryPoint Fort Wayne West. She was born July 2, 1936, in Murrayville, Illinois to Elmer R. and Nettie L. (Guffey) Brown. Peggy was as a supervisor for Lake End Sales in New Haven for 20 years. She later worked for 12 years as a licensed practical nurse for the Red Cross. She married Jerry A. Baker on May 30, 1994, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Surviving is her husband, Jerry Baker of Leo; three children, Debra Roberts of Huntertown, W. Kelley Roberts of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Michelle Roberts of Fort Wayne; six stepchildren, David (Jane) Baker of Butler, Steve (Angie) Baker of Auburn, Cynthia Baker of Waterloo, Debra (Mike) Allen of Jerseyville, Mary Jane (Scott) Johnson of Auburn and Dawn (Larry) Likens of Corunna; two grandchildren; 24 step-grandchildren; two great grandchildren; 33 step great grandchildren; and a sister, Connie Brown of Huntertown. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Claude Brown; two sisters, Dorothy Holt and Vida Hilbert; grandson, Chad Graf; and a step-grandson, Eric Baker. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 6 – 8 Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center St., Auburn. Memorials may be directed to DeKalb Humane Society, P.O. Box 806, Auburn, Indiana 46706.

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Bethany Mae Fluke

Nov 10, 1978 - Feb 24, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

Bethany Mae Fluke of Winona Lake, Indiana went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 24, 2024. She passed away at Stillwater Hospice in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the age of 45. She was born on November 10, 1978, in Warsaw, Indiana to Don and Cindi (Herman) Fluke. Bethany was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, where she was a 1997 graduate of Warsaw Community High School, attended Grace College in Winona Lake, and was a member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, where she enjoyed attending with her family. Bethany dedicated most of her life fearlessly fighting against epilepsy. She led the way in pioneering treatments and research for epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic, all while maintaining a steadfast faith in the Lord Jesus. She will forever be lovingly remembered by her parents, Don and Cindi Fluke (Winona Lake, IN); sister, Kim (Jared) Meidal (Mainville, OH); and her grandfather, Ken Herman. Also surviving are three nephews, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and her favorite Corgi, Jimmie Bean. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Max Fluke in 2014, Mary Ellen Fluke in 2015; and her maternal grandmother, Kathryn “Kathy” Herman in 2016. Friends and family may visit from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana. Bethany’s life will be celebrated with a service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana and officiated by Pastor Bruce Barlow and Pastor John Teevan. She will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Indiana with a private family graveside service. Memorial contributions in Bethany’s memory should be payable to the "Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center" and may be given to the funeral home or the church. Bethany's parents will deliver the gifts to the Center personally at a later date. To to the family or in memory of Bethany Mae Fluke, please

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Ellen D. Kasales

Oct 08, 1931 - Feb 24, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

Ellen D. Kasales, age 92, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Ellen was born in Greensboro, NC.

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Patricia J. (Sherman) Woehnker

Feb 04, 1928 - Feb 23, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

Patricia J. (Sherman) Woehnker, 96, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. Pat was born on February 4, 1928 in Fort Wayne. She was the daughter of the late Hubert C. and Dona M. (Martin) Sherman. She attended St. Andrew’s Catholic School and Central Catholic High School and graduated in 1946. She attended Mount Mary University in Milwaukee for a year. She married her high school sweetheart Edward “Butch” Woehnker on January 22, 1949. They celebrated 72 years of marriage in 2021. Pat will be remembered for her sense of humor. She and Butch enjoyed sunsets and daily happy hours with either Manhattans or Gin and Tonics! Surviving family include her children, Mike, Mark (Patti) of Colts Neck, NJ, Nick (Carol), Lori Witte, and Greg (Wendy); grandchildren, Matthew (Jackie) of Shrewsbury, NJ, Craig (Katie) of Shrewsbury, NJ, Brittany (Dan) De Wyse, Kelsey (JT) Walsh of Shrewsbury NJ, Courtney Witte, Erik, Johnny (Leah); and great grandchildren, Hayden Grace Emrick, Brett Woehnker, Jake Woehnker, Abigail Patricia Woehnker, Tommy and Ryan Walsh all of Shrewsbury NJ; brother, Dennis (Sharon) Sherman of North Palm Beach, FL; and brother-in-law Steve Steckbeck. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward in 2021; and sister, Marilyn Sherman Steckbeck in 2016. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2024, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10700 Aboite Center Rd., Fort Wayne, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, with a Rosary Service at 1:45 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church or Eleos Hospice. Condolences and memories may be left at www.divinemercyfuneralhome.com.

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Daniel G. Anderson

Aug 16, 1957 - Feb 18, 2024

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Fort Wayne, IN

Daniel G. Anderson, 66, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024. He was born on Friday, August 16, 1957 to the late Richard G. and Janice (Smith) Anderson in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Daniel was a manager at Kenney Machinery for 20+ years. If he wasn't working, or helping friends and family, you would find him in the man cave drinking a cold one and plotting his next action, priority, or joke to be played. Daniel loved being outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, bonfires, and grilling. Daniel had a love for dogs since childhood, his latest four legged child being Whiskey Rose. He also loved his country, demonstrating that love with his time spent in the Army and flying the flag proudly in his yard. Daniel is survived by his wife, Shiela Anderson; children, Danyel Kryder, Daniel Junior, Kelly Anderson, William Young, and Shane Phillips; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and siblings Rick, Steve, Keith, Robert, Mark, Rob, Jack, and Teri. He is preceded in his passing by his parents; and siblings Minnie, Cheryl, Becky and Dale. A visitation for Daniel will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819, followed by a service beginning at 4:00 pm.

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