Local hall of fame publisher Richard Inskeep crosses over at 89

| January 12, 2014

FORT WAYNE—Richard G. “Dick” Inskeep, 89, of Fort Wayne, died Jan. 8, 2014. Born in Bluffton, Inskeep served as president and publisher of The Journal Gazette Company. During his tenure, he enhanced his locally owned newspaper and strengthened its position in the community.

Inskeep also founded and served as president of The Journal Gazette Foundation. That Foundation has contributed more than $10 million dollars to Northeast Indiana charities.

Richard "Dick" Inskeep

Richard “Dick” Inskeep

His accomplishments are many but a few include: Induction into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame and The Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. He was awarded an honorary doctorate for service to Indiana University and received the United Way’s Bill Latz Award.

Developing personal relationships, however, was Inskeep’s strength and his joy. He made friends wherever he went. Some of those friends were from the newspaper or the golf course or Lake Wawasee—all places he loved.

He enjoyed German Shepherds, and as a late night snack—ice cream and fried egg sandwiches. Dick would travel reluctantly and then be glad he went. And despite their record, he was always happy watching a Chicago Cubs or an Indiana University game. Some of his favorite volunteer activities included the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Board of Trustees, President and Tournament Chairman of the Mad Anthonys golf tournament and National President of the IU Alumni Club.

First Presbyterian was his church home.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Harriett; daughter Julie Inskeep (Bobby Simpson) of Fort Wayne; sons, Joseph (Barbara) Inskeep of Cambridge, Mass., Thomas Inskeep of Deerfield Beach, Fla. and Stephen (Leslie) Inskeep of Atlanta; six grandchildren, Leigha, Laura, Claire, Kirk, Leo and Jack; and great granddaughter, Matilda. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thelma and Glenn Inskeep; sister, Carolyn Inskeep; and brother, Robert Inskeep. (All formerly of Bluffton).

Visitation was, Jan. 11, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road. Memorials may be made to Turnstone or the Indiana University Foundation. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.domccombandsons.com.

Arrangements were by D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home.

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