In Memoriam

Business people we lost in 2016
1/1/2017
In Memoriam

It is our sincere desire to pay respect to these individuals who made a difference in the business community. If we missed anyone, we apologize.

Paul Shaffer 
Fort Wayne National Bank
November 2015, age 89 

James Hinkle 
Jim’s Auto Repair, Grabill
January 6, age 72 

Walter P. Helmke 
Prosecutor and State Senator
January 20, age 88

Theodore “Ted” Depsos
Despos Tailoring 
January 27, age 74 

J Timothy McCauley
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
February 5 

James A. Shupe, DDS
March 19, age 83 

Eugene Parker 
Sports Agent, Relativity Sports
March 31, age 60 

Dianne Koch 
Certified Burglar and Fire Alarm Systems
April 2, age 66 

Becky Jo Reed
Insurance Designs
April 11, age 56 

Otto K. Behrens, Jr.
CPA, Columbia City
April 22, age 77 

Max E. Hoeppener
Hoeppner Construction Corporation, Woodburn
April 28, age 76 

Timothy J. Wagner 
Wagner-Meinart, LLC
August 3 

William Kratzert, Jr.
Head Golf Pro, Fort Wayne Country Club
August 21, age 89 

Joseph “Joe” Lebrato
Broadway Joe’s Tavern, Pine Valley Bar and Grill
October 2, age 71 

Shelly Zachery
President, Machone International
October 21, age 53 

Andy Kurtz
France Stone Company
October 28, age 84 

Roy Buskirk
Allen County Council
November 4, age 72 

Edward Dahm
Co-Founder of Mike’s Carwash
December 22, age 86



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