People of Allen County, Indiana

D Surnames

Dahm, Edward and Joseph

Starting in 1948, they built one of the country’s largest car wash chains, Mike's Carwash, with 41 locations. They washed their 100 millionth vehicle in 2012.  Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 12, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... closed Facebook group. Awash in Gratitude Mike’s Carwash owners believe people make all the difference. by Tammy Davis and Jeffrey Crane published July 1, 2016 in BusinessPeople magazine. U.S. 33 crash victim a staple in Fort Wayne community Edward Dahm was the co-founder of Mike’s Express Carwash by Angelica Robinson published December 22, 2016 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. See December 23, 2016 Facebook announcement and photos. Car wash co-founder remembered for faith Coroner says (Ed) Dahm died before crash by Sherry Slater published December 24, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See his obituary with many comments and December 22, 2016 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. See also A life lived in devotion to the Divine Mercy: Ed Dahm by Deb Wagner published April 18, 2017 on Today's Catholic News.

Fort Wayne Daisies

See Fort Wayne Daisies women's baseball team on our F Surnames page.

Dauer, Henry

      1855 Born Fort Wayne, IN
      1860 Census?
      1870 Census?
      1880 Census ?
      1882 Jan 5 Married Jennie McKeeman, Allen County, IN
      Margaret born
      1890 City Directory Madison Twp, Allen County, IN
      1893 Bertha born
      1896 Francis born
      1899 Herbert A. born
      Mary born
      1900 Soundex Not in IN???
      1903 Fort Wayne Directory
      1907 Fort Wayne Directory 1602 Lake
      1910 Census, Fort Wayne, IN with husband working hospital & 3 ch.
      1920 Census Fort Wayne, IN 1602 Lake Ave with Ernest H. Felger
      1925 Jul 24 Wife died & buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN
      Christ Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN
      1933 May 4 Died Fort Wayne, IN 
Descendants of Henry F. DAUER
      Generation No. 1
      1.  HENRY F.2 DAUER  (DAUER1) was born 1855 in Fort Wayne, Allen County,
      Indiana, and died 05 May 1933 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.  He
      married JENNIE MCKEEMAN 05 January 1882 in Allen County, Indiana, daughter
      Children of HENRY DAUER and JENNIE MCKEEMAN are:
      i. MARY3 DAUER, b. 1887, Indiana; m. ERNEST FELGER.
      ii. MARGARET DAUER, b. 1884, Indiana; m. LEWIS MERRILLAT.
      iii. BERTHA DAUER, b. 1893; m. RANDOLPH H. EVERETT.
      iv. FRANCIS DAUER, b. 1896, Indiana; m. HARVEY EVERETT.
      v. HERBERT A. DAUER, b. 1899, Indiana. 

MCKEEMAN FAMILY Maryellen Hower's book says children: ____ Merrillat (Mrs. Lewis) Bertha Everett (Mrs. Randolph H.) Children: Richard Clayton, b 14 Apr 1924 Donald Carlton, b 28 Sep 1926 Jean Marie Foor, b 9 Jul 1929 Frances Everett (Mrs. Harvey) Herbert A. Dauer ____ Felger, (Mrs. Ernest) (I found record which named her, Mary.)

MARRIAGE (age 26) 5 Jan 1882 Married Henry Dower, Allen County, IN Marriage Records, Charles Zschoche

      1. MARGARET DAUER m. Lewis Merrillat
      2. BERTHA DAUER b. 1893 m. Randolph H. Everett
      3. FRANCIS DAUER b. 1896 m. Harvey Everett
      4. HERBERT A. DAUER b. 1899
      5. MARY DAUER m. Ernest Felger 



1870 FEDERAL CENSUS? DAUER, John Page 531


1890 Madison Township, Allen County, IN Dower, Henry F.


1903 Fort Wayne City Directory

1907 Fort Wayne City Directory Dauer, Henry lab Ribb Hoop Co h 1602 Lake

1910 FORT WAYNE, IN CITY DIRECTORY Dauer Bertha clk Int Harv Co b 1602 Lake av Dauer Henry F foreman Imp Hoop Co h 1602 Lake av

1910 FEDERAL CENSUS FORT WAYNE, ALLEN COUNTY, IN 1602 Lake Ave. Dauer Henry F Head M W 54 M1 27 IN Ger Ger Eng Foreman Hosp Facory W N Y Jennie Wife F W 53 M1 27 NY Ire Ire Eng Bertha Daughter F W 17 S IN IN NY Eng Office girl Harvesting Co W N Francis Daughter F W 14 S IN IN NY Eng None Y Y Y Herbert A Son M W 11 S IN IN NY Eng none

1911 FORT WAYNE, IN CITY DIRECTORY Dauer Bertha stenogr Int Harv Co b 1602 Lake av

1910 FEDERAL CENSUS 1910 Federal Census Indiana, Allen County, Wayne Township, 1602 Lake Dauer, Henry F. 54 M Foreman hosp factory IN GER GER English None Jennie53 F  NY IRE IRE English   (age 53) Bertha17 F Office girlIN IN  NY  English Office girl Harvesting Co. Francis  14 F Harvest co.IN IN  NY  English None Herbert  11 MIN IN  NY  English None

        Dauer, Henry F. 1602 Lake Ave. Fort Wayne Father-in-law
        Enumerated with Ernest H. Felger
        102 126 356
        Felger, Ernest H. Head R M W 39 M _ Y Y IN GER German OH Y Machinist Helper
        RR shop W
        Mary J. Wife F W 33 M _ Y Y IN IN NY Y None
        Earl Son M W 12 S Y Y Y IN IN IN Y None
        Paul Son M W 10 S Y Y Y IN IN IN  None
        Virginia Daughter F W 5 S Y _ _ IN IN IN _ None
        Dauer, Henry F Father-in-law M W 64 M _ Y Y IN GER German GER German Y
        Foreman Man
        Jennie Mother-in-law F W 62 M _ Y Y New York Ireland Scotch Ireland Scotch Y
        Herbert P. Brothe-in-law M W 21 S Y Y Y IN IN NY Y None 

ALLEN COUNTY IN OBITUARY INDEX DAUER, Henry Journal Gazette May 6, 1933 2:5 OLD RESIDENT DIES Henry F. Dauer, 77, Succumbs After Long Illness Henry F. Dauer, 77, died at 11:45 o'clock Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest H. Felger, 1602 Lake avenue after an illness of one year. He had lived with the daughter for seven years.  Mr. Dauer, who was born in Fort Wayne in 1855, was a millwright, having been last employed by the Vail Cooperage company.  He was a member of the Christ Lutheran church. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Margaret Merrillat, Mrs. Mary Felger, Mrs. Frances K. Everett, all of this city, and Mrs. Bertha Everett of Pleasant Mills; a son, Herbert A. Dauer of this city; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Louise Gick, and a brother, August Dauer of the Tillman road. The body will be taken from Klaehn & Sons funeral home to the residence of Mrs. Felger this afternoon. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Felger home and at 2:30 at Christ Lutheran Church, Rev. Richard Trojan officiating. Burial will be at Lindenwood cemetery. Friends are asked to omit flowers.

Submitted before 2009 by Jane Hunter Hodgson Tucson, Arizona

Daugherty, Alfred

Fort Wayne postman served in the Civil War where he lost his leg at Shiloh for the North Shiloh-44th-01-Co-D. Two photos were shared November 11, 2017 on the ACGSI Facebook page from a November 11, 2017 post by the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Author Margret Hobson of 44th Indiana added to both posts: I hadn't seen that photo of him before. He was a member of Co. D, not Co. H (pictured). Here's more about him: Alfred Dougherty, of Co. D, enrolled Sep. 7, 1861 in Allen Co., IN, by Capt. Cosgrove as a Private; mustered in Nov. 22, 1861 in Ft. Wayne by Lt. Stansbury at age 21. He was 5′ 11″ tall, dark complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair. Born May 9, 1840, in Stark Co., OH, employed as a carpenter, single, resident of Harlan, in Allen Co., IN. Discharged for wounds Sep. 12, 1862 in Louisville, KY with rank of Sergeant. Notes: 21" shoulders, medium build, scar on right cheek. Also listed Bethlehem as town of birth. Lost left leg by amputation in hospital due to gunshot wound at Shiloh Apr. 6, 1862. In Evansville Gen. Hospital #3 on Aug. 15, 1862. Married Martha A. Johnson 1864 in Allen Co., IN. He filed Invalid Pension Application to receive Pension Certificate #10993 Sep. 29, 1862 and received $18 monthly pension for loss of left leg. Resident of Ft. Wayne 1870-1917; was Washington township trustee. Died Aug. 12, 1919; buried Lindenwood Cemetery, Sec. S/#185, as Daugherty. (Albert//Daugharty, Daugherty, Daughorty) Taken from "The Iron Men of Indiana's 44th Regiment, Part 1: Biographies and Statistics".

Danley, Mike

Snider High School teacher and coach was on the NBC television show "The Biggest Loser" September 20, 2011. Read more in the News-Sentinel newspaper article 'Biggest Loser' helps local teacher get rid of bad habits or Journal-Gazette newspaper article "Local coach not worried about winning ‘Loser’"

Danielson, Lillian M.

1912 Titanic Sinking Survivor. "86, died Jan. 13 (1962) after a brief illness. Mrs. Danielson was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana Feb. 7, 1875, daughter of Mahala Babb and Sylvannus Thorpe. She spent her early days in Kansas during her marriage to the portrait painter, Paul Lawrence, until his untimely death. In 1903 while visiting friends in Wisconsin, she met and married Dr. William E. Minehan (sic), a prominent Wisconsin physician. They lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for nine years until their voyage on the ill-fated Titanic. Dr. Minehan (sic) was tragically lost at sea, but she was rescued by the S.S. Carpathia." Read the rest of her story published January 25, 1962 in the Laguna Beach Post newspaper.


D'Arcy, Rev. John Michael

August 18, 1932 - February 3, 2013 - Rev. John Michael D'Arcy, 80, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. D'Arcy served the diocese as its eighth bishop from 1985 to 2010, coming from the Boston Archdiocese, in which he had grown up and where he served as an auxiliary bishop. His successor was the Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades. He was born August 18, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts to Michael J. and Margaret Moran D'Arcy. The Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend released the following statement Sunday afternoon (February 3, 2013): The Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend is saddened to announce the death of Bishop Emeritus John Michael D’Arcy. Bishop D’Arcy died in the late morning hours of February 3rd, 2013. Bishop D’Arcy was at home at the time of his death, surrounded by loved ones. He passed on the 56th anniversary of his first Mass as an ordained priest. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades along with the diocese, asks for and offers prayers for Bishop D’Arcy, his family, loved ones and friends as together we grieve the loss of our beloved Bishop D’Arcy. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Read more of his life story including a photo gallery at Retired Bishop D'Arcy dies February 3, 2013 and Bishop John D’Arcy 1932 -2013 ‘Faced death with deep faith’ Combatted priest shortage, stressed spiritual growth, with timeline, February 4, 2013 both by Rosa Salter Rodriquez of The Journal Gazette. D'Arcy's legacy: tough decisions in life and true faith in the face of death He valued 'truth,' even when it wasn't easy or politically correct by Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel. Spiritual standard in word and deed February 5, 2013 Journal Gazette newspaper Editorial. D.O.McComb & Sons Obituary. See also Faith, friendship were D’Arcy’s twin gifts Bishop’s life of service continued even through his final days by Melissa Long of Indiana NewsCenterin the February 7, 2013 The Journal Gazette newspaper

Davisson, Homer -

Born in Henry County, Indiana in 1866, died in 1957 at age 90, studied art at Depauw University and attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and several other art schools before venturing overseas for several years painting in Europe. He returned to Indiana around 1910 and made Fort Wayne his home with his studio at 331 W. Pontiac Street. He split his time between northeast Indiana teaching at the Fort Wayne School of Art and his summers in Nashville, Indiana. His impressionist landscapes were nationally known and he was nicknamed the "dean of Indiana artists." See a December 6, 2013 photo of his studio by Daniel Baker on Facebook. May 30, 2016 photo and November 1911 newspaper article posted June 4, 2016 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Noted artist's studio may be facing its greatest and last fight for survival by Kevin Leininger published August 20, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. August 5, 2021 The History Center posted several photos stating He maintained a home studio in Fort Wayne, and also established a second home with his wife in Somerset, Indiana, where he maintained a studio and gallery. with other information on their Facebook page.

Dawkins, William

91, died April 13, 1916. Oldest resident of New Haven at the time. Born September 28, 1822 in Kent England, he sailed to New Jersey, then came to Fort Wayne in May 1841, then moved to Maples near New Haven. See his photo and more of history in his April 16, 1913 Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel obituary on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Dawson, John W.

Wrote the short book Charcoal sketches of old times in Fort Wayne (1959 reprint) " (1820-1877) — of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Ind. Born in Cambridge, Dearborn County, Ind., October 21, 1820. Farmer; lawyer; newspaper editor; candidate for Indiana state house of representatives, 1854; candidate for secretary of state of Indiana, 1856; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1858; Governor of Utah Territory, 1861. In December, 1861, after less than a month as territorial governor, fled Utah amid controversy and scandal. Just east of Salt Lake City, he was attacked by three men and badly injured. Died in Indiana, September 10, 1877 (age 56 years, 324 days). Interment at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind." - From Political Graveyard. John W. Dawson sent a letter to Abraham Lincoln Monday, January 13, 1862 (Affairs in Utah Territory) from Fort Bridger. Utah Terrritory. See pages 20-22, A Biographical History of Eminent and Self Made Men of the State of Indiana, Volume 2, Western Biographical Publishing Company, Cincinnati Ohio 1880. Wikipedia has his photo. See also Find-A-Grave.

Deb-Tones - The Petticoats Singers

A female trio from Fort Wayne, Indiana first know as The Petticoats. They consisted of Linda Hirt, Karen Lemasters and Julie wilson. They won the Westinghouse Talent Search in April 1958 including a recording contract. Photos on White Doo-Wop Collector: The Deb Tones. Newspaper clipping on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne. Even a YouTube video.


82-year-old Lew L. DeHaven and 75-year-old Marcy Gettle went on their first airplane ride from May 22, 1948: Seniors take first plane ride by Corey McMaken published June 13, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Delagrange, Louis - home builder

From his obituary, "88, of New Haven, died on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 23, 1924, in Allen County, he was the son of the late David and Margaret Delagrange. He started his working career as a milk hauler for Allen Dairy, in Fort Wayne; he owned/operated Delagrange Ford, in New Haven; and also was a developer and contractor of both residential and commercial developments in the Fort Wayne area. He was a member of Maplewood Mennonite Church; one of the organizers of Big Brothers & Big Sisters; and served on the Board of Trustees at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, for many years. Surviving are his wife, Marian; daughter, Lisa (Matt) Momper of Fort Wayne; son, Jon Delagrange of New Haven; grandchildren, Ashlee Delagrange, Brittany McKee, Luke, Libby and Mary Momper; great-grandchildren, Braxton and Bentley McKee; and sisters, Marguerite Yoder of Woodburn and Iona (Lewis) Miller of Leo. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Menno, Amos and Delbert Delagrange. Memorial service is 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Maplewood Mennonite Church, 4129 Maplecrest Road. Pastor Barry Schmell and Pastor Don Delagrange officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Private burial in Yaggy Cemetery, Grabill. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bluffton University, in Bluffton, Ohio; Maplewood Mennonite Church; or Parkview Home Health & Hospice."

DeLobbe, Gabriel

Saboteur from Ball State TCOM on Vimeo
Saboteur explores the early life of Gabriel DeLobbe, a current Fort Wayne resident who was a Belgian resistance fighter during the Second World War. DeLobbe was only 14 years old in 1940 when the Nazis invaded his hometown of Charleroi. By the time he was 18, DeLobbe was sabotaging German supply routes and protecting downed Allied airmen in the Ardennes Forest. After the liberation of Belgium, DeLobbe was regularized in the United States Army and marched into Germany. He fought in the Battle of Remagen and helped to liberate the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Told in his own words and with his own photos, Saboteur surveys DeLobbe’s harrowing journey through the Second World War as an eyewitness to history as it unfolded.

Nicole Lehrman listened to her grandfather Gabriel DeLobbe tell story after story about his efforts to fight the Nazis in Belgium during the 1940s. The Ball State graduate brought his memories to life in the documentary “Saboteur.” “He’s been telling stories of his time growing up in Belgium during the war for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never heard a full chronological account of what he experienced,” said Lehrman, who graduated in 2017. “I didn’t realize how amazing my grandfather’s story is. At just 14 years old, he was a saboteur in a war-ravaged nation.” The documentary was broadcast at 11 p.m. November 8 on WIPB-TV (49.1), and on Veterans Day through vimeo and the TCOM Facebook Page. Copied from the longer article WWII resistance fighter from Fort Wayne the subject of his granddaughter’s documentary at Ball State University. Similar story is WWII vet's heroics documented Ball State film on local man by Ashley Sloboda published November 7, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Demetroff, Caroline Josephine

Caroline Josephine Demetroff born in Fort Wayne on April 9, 1926, was a Central High School and International Business College graduate, and worked for S.F. Bowser and Co. She married Alexander "Lexy" Demetroff in 1947 and they launched a local pizza empire. They had two sons Kevin and Alexander (Alex) Jr. Lexy preceded her in death in 2005. They opened Alexander's in 1956, an Italian restaurant and bar that served pizza, the first of over a dozen pizza shops the couple owned and operated. Among the names of those eateries that still operate today are the Lexy's pizza chain, a'Roma Pizza and River Bend Pizza, which is owned and operated by Alex and his wife Denise, as well as Caroline's granddaughters, Marisa Sickles and Alexandra "Lexi" Demetroff. Copied from Local pizza empire matriarch Caroline Demetroff dies at 93 by Ryan Duvall published May 6, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper 

Dettmer, Bob and Sue

Concordia High School graduates Local couple receives national Spirit of Giving award published February 24, 2016 in . The News-Sentinel newspaper.

DeVincent, Sam

Born in Chicago, with his wife, Nancy, arrived in Fort Wayne in 1945 to work at WOWO, he retired in 1983. Died at the age of 79 from his December 1, 1997, obituary in The Journal Gazette. Wife Nancy died around 2011. Starting from age 10, he collected 130,000 pieces of sheet music that took 3 moving vans in 1988 to move to the Smithsonian National Museum of History titled the “Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated Sheet Music.” From WOWO legend's music collection is at home at the Smithsonian by Steve Warden published July 8, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

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Dillinger Gang members in Fort Wayne

See Infamous Burials.

Dinklage, Catherine

1921, November 9 - after the Indiana General Assembly ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in January 1920, which granted women the right to vote." Catherine Dinklage was elected to the Fort Wayne City Council, becoming the 1st woman elected to ANY office in Indiana! See front page of the November 9, 1921 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Discussed November 9, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. See Winning the Vote in Fort Wayne, Indiana: The Long, Cautious Journey in a German American City by Peggy Seigel in theIndiana Magazine of History Archive at Indiana University ScholarworksVol. 102, No. 3 (SEPTEMBER 2006), pages 220-257. See timeline 1922-1923 Our 175th Year - 1833-2008 at The News-Sentinel newspaper and TIMELINE OF WOMEN'S "FIRSTS" at

Diprimio, Pete

2016 selected for induction into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. A Snider High School and Ball State graduate, has worked at The News-Sentinel since 2000, predominately covering Indiana University and Purdue University athletics. DiPrimio, Hormann picked for Indiana sportswriting, sportscasting Hall of Fame by News-Sentinel staff published January 14, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Pete DiPrimio’s ISSA Hall of Fame speech by Pete DiPrimo published April 10, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Disco Harry Paul

Was a local celebrity during the 1980's "disco craze." The 82-year-old was a dance fixture at the local night spot Piere's and was going strong until two weeks ago, when he was diagnosed with fast-moving liver cancer according to the article got his last dance. "In 1979, Harry was featured on the TV show "Real People," which recognized showy non-celebrities and gave them a moment in the spotlight." Rick Hughes a long time disc jockey would announce Disco Harry has entered the room according to the article Disco Harry has one last dance in the July 3, 1994 Gadsden Times. His obituary was July 15, 1994 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. He is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery on Find-A-Grave. His wife Vera Evelyn Paul died December 27, 2002. Photo and over 150 comments on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. January 10, 2014 photo in response to January 9, 2014 discussion on Vintage Fort Wayne closed group on Facebook. Photos and discussion February 27, 2017, March 7, 2017, April 11, 2017, July 8, 2017, August 13, 2017 and Name Search and the video Disco Harry | Real People | George Schlatter was published on October 11, 2017 the YouTubebelow was posted January 29, 2018and several photos Janaury 29, 2018 discussed and then why due to too many negative comments future discussions are banned in a June 2, 2019 post on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.

Doctor, Nathan

Lived on land along the Maumee River on the Indiana-Ohio line. Land that has been in the family since 1822 when his grandparents bought eleven hundred acres of old growth timber and moved here among the Indian's and swampland to cut timber. As the timber disappeard the family turned to farming, his grandfather raised Morgan horses. His great-grandmother planting corn during the Civil War when there was no men folk. she plowed 17 acres of ground cultivated it with horses and planted the seed by hand and harvested it. Paraphrased from Local Man's Land Settled by His Family in 1822 video by Eric Olson August 6, 2009 no longer online.

Dodez, Dr. Edward D.D.S.

Dr Edward Wright Dodez 11 Mar 1865 to 27 Apr 1939 (aged 74) is buried in Section E Lot 26 in Lindenwood Cemetery from memorial at Find A Grave. A medical examiner for Lincoln Life. He invented a tooth paste and received a patent for "a detergent for cleaning teeth", which was sold under the name Odozone. He was also involved as a stockholder in the German National Bank, which was later renamed Lincoln National Bank. His white house at 3935 Bass Road is a ca. 1905 shell encasing an 1840's Greek Revival farmhouse according to a comment from Craig Leonard, local historic preservation consultant, in an October 8, 2017 and house with photos December 3, 2017 and again September 4, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. February 23, 2014 discussion with photo on Vintage Fort Wayne closed group on Facebook and colorized house photo Dr. Edward W. Dodez House, Fort Wayne IN: reproduced from a printed source, 1913 at Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library. His probable son Ed Dodez was mentioned several times in the History of the Fort Wayne Ski Club (FWSC). This Edward Cramer Dodez, 14 Feb 1903 to 24 Feb 1970 (aged 67), is buried in the same Section E Lot 26 in Lindenwood Cemetery with his wife June Vianna Merriman Dodez, 24 Jun 1915 to 3 Jan 1992 (aged 76) from their memorials at Find A Grave.

Doerffler, Dale

Has a twin brother Dean, athletic director for 20 years after 17 as football coach, twin brother, Dean, is the athletic director at Concordia, their alma mater, from Longtime North Side AD retiring Doerffler has been at school for 37 years by Greg Jones published June 16, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Doerffler, Dean

Twin to brother Dale, Concordia's Dean Doerffler leaves legacy entering retirement by Reggie Hayes published May 5, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Doermer, Dick - Banker

South Side High School graduate. "A Fort Wayne native born in 1922, became president and chief executive officer of Dime Trust and Savings Bank in 1957. The bank eventually became Summit Bank, and he became chairman of the board and CEO of Summit Bank and Summcorp, its parent company." from his lengthy Journal Gazette newspaper obituary Banker, civic ‘giant’ Dick Doermer dies October 11, 2010. More history is found on IPFW Names Business School for Local Entrepreneur from May 4, 2006 news release.

Doran, Terry

Fort Wayne filmmaker and advocate indirectly involved in founding the women’s movement and the local Johnny Appleseed Festival. He launched the Fort Wayne Folk School in the 1970s and started Theater for Ideas programs, which bring experts and citizens together to discuss an issue or topic, as well as into creating films and cable-access TV programming. A nearly two-hour documentary Portrait of a Pioneer: The Life and Work of Terrance Doran was discussed in Fort Wayne filmmaker and social-justice advocate Terry Doran the subject of documentary premiering June 11 at the Allen County Public Library by Kevin Kilbane published June 5, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Doswell, John

Designed Lindenwood Cemetery and was its first superintendent. His son George Doswell succeeded him. The first four homes at the entrance to Lindenwood Cemetery are still Doswell homes 100 years later. They had a flower shop and a dozen huge greenhouses on 3 acres in the mid-20th century. Read more in Generations of history enliven home Near Lindenwood Cemetery stands a century-old house still in the family by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published April 6, 2014 in the Who lives there? series of The News-Sentinel newspaper.

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Douglas, Stephen

1860, October 2 - Presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas running against Abraham Lincoln came to Fort Wayne. From 148 Years Ago Today…by Stephen Parker posted on October 2, 2008 on Around Fort Wayne blog.

Down Homers

Five man musical group on the WOWO Hoosier Hop Barn Dance radio show in the 1940s.

Doyle, Tim

Master stone carver whose work graces buildings from Fort Wayne to West Point, died Sunday November 6, 2016 at age 70. See Tim Doyle, master stone carver, dies by Kevin Leininger published November 8, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Drysdale, George

On the original 1952-53 Komets hockey squad. Named Komets captain after goaltender Jack Timmins the team's original captain. George scored the first goal and still went to all the home games in 2014. The book Hat Trick Man is a 130-page biography by Wendy Luley, whose husband's parents were some of the Drysdales' best friends, discussed the book in Local author inspired to write Drysdale book "Hat Trick Man" profiles original Komet by Blake Sebring published November 4, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper

Duemling, Dr. Herman

Dr. Herman and Addie Duemling. A plaque outside his Queen Anne style house at 301 West Creighton states he served as professor of anatomy at the Fort Wayne Medical College and chief surgeon at Lutheran Hospital. He was also a vice president at Valparaiso University. He established a clinic at Fairfield and Home Avenues in 1922. Around 1973, the Clinic moved across the street into a larger facility (since demolished). A photo of his home was posted December 6, 2013 on the Daniel Baker Facebook page.

Jack Dunifon

Local businessman and longtime Republican leader. Born April 13, 1922, in Decatur, he served in the Army Air Corp as First Air Comman dos. He served on Fort Wayne City Council for 16 years; State Legislature for two years; Allen County Commissioners for 12 years; and Allen County Council for 16 years. He was awarded the 'Sagamore of the Wabash' award. He was president and owner of Gasoline Equipment, Inc. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Mizpah Shrine, Scottish Rite, Masonic Lodge, Fort Wayne Historical Society, and American Legion Post 47. He died October 26, 2012 age 90 from his Dignity Memorial obituary.

Durham, Dorothea

Born February 14, 1912 in Fort Wayne, she died April 15, 1990 in Los Angeles, California. She was a popular dancer in the 1930's and 1940's and also appeared in Hollywood films. She was once married to musician Jackie Kelson. See more information and photos on Find A Grave. See IMDb bio, photo and discussion April 20, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Dustin, Jane and Tom

Environmentalists founded ACRES LAND Trust. Jane 1929-2003 and Tom 1923-2004. "Jane H. Dustin, a passionate environmental advocate celebrated for her tenacity and her broad knowledge of water quality issues, died Friday at her home in Huntertown. She was 74. Beginning in the mid-1950s, Dustin and her husband, Tom, were involved in scores of local and national conservation campaigns, including opposing a federal plan to flood Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and the drive to create the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in the 1960s. Jane Dustin is also credited with helping to develop state regulations to protect Indiana's waterways and establish water quality standards for the state. The Dustins were also among the co-founders of Acres Inc., one of the most successful land preservation groups in the country." from December 1, 2003 Journal Gazette newspaper obituary. The Acres Land Trust. Their home became the Tom and Jane Dustin, Robert C. and Rosella C. Johnson and Whitehurst Nature Preserves. The Friends of Cedar Creek Founders have photos and tribute page to each. The Good Earth Blog has photos of the preserve.

Dwenger, Bishop Joseph Gregory

(April 7, 1837 – January 22, 1893) was the second Roman Catholic Bishop of Fort Wayne (1872–1893). His history is found on pages 38-45 in The Diocese of Fort Wayne (1907) ebook. and Joseph Gregory Dwenger Wikipedia article.

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