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Local civic, political leader Walter Paul Helmke crosses over at 88

Local civic, political leader Walter Paul Helmke crosses over at 88

| January 25, 2016

Father of former Mayor Paul Helmke served in numerous public posts FORT WAYNE—The city lost one of its well-known political leaders last week. Walter Paul Helmke, 88, of Angola, Ind., formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at his home on Lake James surrounded by three generations of descendants. Born […]

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Mattie Shade crosses over at 85

Mattie Shade crosses over at 85

| January 20, 2016

FORT WAYNE—Mattie Louise Shade, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 surrounded by her family. Born on April 7, 1930, in Holly Springs, Miss.,  She was the first daughter born to Jessie and Roxie Bowen. Mattie Louise was an active member of Pilgrim Baptist Church and, for years, the owner/operator of Shade’s Beauty […]

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Bishop Melvin Bolden crosses over at 63

Bishop Melvin Bolden crosses over at 63

| November 25, 2015

FORT WAYNE—Bishop Melvin Bolden, 63, a faithful servant of God, was called home on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital. Born Aug. 23, 1952, in Mobile, Ala., he was called to the Christian ministry in 1979 and faithfully served as Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Deliverance Cathedral for 26 years. As Bishop, he implemented a number […]

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Well-known musician, Thomas ‘Socrates’ Brown crosses over at 71

Well-known musician, Thomas ‘Socrates’ Brown crosses over at 71

| October 17, 2015

FORT WAYNE—One of the city’s most versatile musicians made his transition recently. Thomas “Socrates” Brown, 71, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, Brown was one a family of talented and well-known area family of musicians, which includes his brothers Ted, Donald “Don,” Richard “Dick” and James “Jim as well as nephews […]

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Former Deputy Chief of Police Henry ‘Hank’ Sanders crosses over at 77

Former Deputy Chief of Police Henry ‘Hank’ Sanders crosses over at 77

| October 16, 2015

LAS VEGAS—One of Fort Wayne’s most well-known and community oriented police officials crossed over recently. Former Fort Wayne Police Department Deputy Chief Henry “Hank” Sanders passed away at home in Las Vegas at the age of 77. Sanders enjoyed a notable career in the police department, joining the law enforcement agency as a patrolman and […]

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Obituaries from March 27-April 2 edition

| March 28, 2013

Willie J. Figgs
Michael E. Hatcher
Essie (Bowman) Johnson
Carwon R. “Deac” Jones Jr.
Rodney Rogers

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Pastor W. Doyle Staton, church founder, former jail chaplain transitions at 87

| March 15, 2013

FORT WAYNE—The city recently lost a devoted spiritual servant and man who made his mark in the community joyfully serving others.

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