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Judy Martin (Hakes)

Judith A. “Judy” Martin, 71, of Decatur, Indiana passed away Tuesday evening, September 3, 2019 at Adams Woodcrest.
She was born on September 3, 1948 in Decatur, Indiana to Don L. and Mildred M. (Stonebraker) Hakes. She was united in marriage to Lowell F. Martin on August 3, 1968 in Decatur, Indiana.
Judy attended Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren.
She received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and taught at both Fort Wayne Bible College and IPFW. Judy owned and operated Martin Music in Decatur for over 40 years. Being a very talented pianist, she used her talents in playing in the Messiah for several years at the First Mennonite Church in Berne and also notably played for the USO Indiana Hoosiers IPFW in Greenland in 1969. She was previously the pianist/organist for First United Methodist Church, The Crossroad, 1st Presbyterian Church in Van Wert, Decatur United Brethren in Christ Church, & others in the area.
Survivors include her husband, Lowell Martin of Decatur; daughter, Melanie (Joe) Wolpert of Decatur; son, Matt (Dee Ann) Martin of Plainfield; and five grandchildren, Rileigh Wolpert, Sydni Wolpert, Quincy Wolpert, Kiersten Martin, and Cooper Martin. She was preceded in death by her parents and a half-brother, Ted Hakes.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Cornerstone Community Church in Decatur with Pastor Jay Carter, Verlin Rice, Pastor Harold Klinker, & Pastor Matt Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Decatur Cemetery.
Family & friends will be received from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 at Woodcrest Auditorium; 2 to 5 & 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur; and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.
Preferred memorials are to Adams County Community Foundation – Cancer Fund.


Leticia Starks-Underwood (Starks)

Dr. Leticia Starks-Underwood g13 published You Can Make It: A Kingdom Book of Encouragement Part I, the first in a series of books featuring testimonies from around the world that seek to encourage, empower, and inspire readers in their faith. She has also published a companion guided journal, I Know Who I Am in Christ, that prompts reflections on our identity in Christ. Leticia lives in Fort Wayne with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Jayelle.


Pam Dykehouse

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Pam Dykehouse fs09, 60, passed away after fighting pancreatic cancer, on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Pam served at TUFW as the bookstore manager and later as bookkeeper until May 2009. Survivors include her husband, Tim, daughter, Jill (Dykehouse) Brosman fs06, son, Zach, and multiple grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 3 at Harvester Missionary Church.



Rick Schwartz

Rick Schwartz g07 was named senior pastor of First Missionary Church in Berne in February 2019. He and his wife, Jamie (Knuth g07) had previously been at CrossPoint Community Church in Lima, OH for eight years. Rick grew up at First Missionary, where his dad, Jim g79 served as the youth pastor, Rick was a Pastoral Ministries major and held with great respect by his department chair, Dr. David Biberstein.


John Emenhiser

John Emenhiser g2005 passed away after a long battle with painful brain tumors. In recent years John helped as he was able with pastoral visits to hospitals and homes as a volunteer with the Pathway Church. He is survived by his wife, Danielle, and his three daughters. Those interested in contributing to the outstanding medical bills can send a donation to New Creation in care of Pathway Church.


Tauna Batiste (Herrell)

It is my pleasure to announce that Tauna Batiste g03 will be joining our Batten Disease Support and Research Association team as Executive Director on May 20, 2019.


Kelley Sewell (Wayne)

Kelley Wayne g01 and Kelly Lyn Sewell welcomed Lilliana “Lillie” Joy on April 10, 2019. Lillie weighed 7 lb. 6.9 oz. and was 19 ¾ in. long. Kelley serves as the adult ministries pastor at Grabill Missionary Church in Indiana.


Sarah McCown (Burke)

Sarah (Burke) g98 married Chris McCown on June 15, 2019


Doug Hood

Doug Hood g93 published The Worship Unicorn: Ten Ways to Pursue Authentic and Engaging Worship. Doug currently serves as a musician, composer, and worship pastor at Central Ministries of Fort Wayne. He is also President of CSD Group, Inc., an award-winning design and integration firm that partners with churches to elevate their worship experiences through better audio, video, lighting, and acoustics. Doug and Kim (Butler) g91 live in Fort Wayne and have five children and two grandchildren.


Kathy Lauwers

Kathy Lauwers g92, 49, of Haskins, OH passed away on April 5, 2019. She had been a preschool teacher. Her obituary is posted


Terry Diller

Terry L. Diller g83, 57, of Elkhart, passed away early Saturday morning, May 18, 2019, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 812 Baldwin Street, Elkhart. Arrangements are being made by Billings Funeral Home. See the following link for more details.


William “Jung” Wall

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Dr. William “Jung” Wall g76, 65, of Middlebury, IN, went to be his Lord on August 16, 2018. He was a licensed minster with the North Central District of the Missionary Church. Survivors include his wife, Judy (Brinker) Wall g72.


Larry Eicher

Larry Eicher g61 has received his eternal welcome. He passed away June 9. Details regarding final arrangements will be posted as we receive them. Michael Mortensen and Bill Gerig commented that Larry was Wes Gerig's 1st cousin. Both passed on the same day. Larry's arrangements are 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11th and 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12th at Jones Crossing, next door to Jones Family Mortuary in Mooresville. Pastor Jim Taylor will officiate Larry's celebration of life service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12th at Jones Crossing. His obituary is Larry Eicher's obituary.

Please be in prayer for the family.


Dr. Wes Gerig

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Dr. Wesley Gerig passed into the arms of Jesus today about 6:30 pm today. If you would like to post a tribute, click Dr. Wesley Gerig tribute.

The Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Missionary Church (701 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne, 46807) on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. A live stream of the service can be found at (click).

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at D. O. McComb and Son (Foster Park) at 6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, 46807 from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m., as well as one hour before the funeral on Thursday at First Missionary Church. His obituary is posted at (click)


Lois Dickenson (Vollmar)

Lois (Vollmar) Dickinson g48, 92, went to be with the Lord July 12, 2019. Lois spent her last days at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester, IN, where she had previously served as the resident manager for 15 years. She was a member of Wabash Presbyterian Church, the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, and Church Women United; she also served as the secretary for Habitat for Humanity in Wabash, IN. Lois is survived by two sisters, Connie Vollmar g68 and Ricki Atkinson.


Miriam Escher (Schumacher)

Miriam (Schumacher) Escher g44, 102, passed away June 30, 2019 in Honolulu. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and is survived by three sons, three daughters, 15 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

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