People of Allen County, Indiana

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Vananda, Franklin

Franklin Vananda, son of Peter William Vananda. Lived in Fort Wayne and Garrett. Wife Margaret Slater. Read more at Civil War Days & Those Surnames

Vance, Sammie

Haley Elementary student brought "buddy benches" to Fort Wayne. Was tweeted by actress Reese Witherspoon and many others. Famous actress applauds Fort Wayne third grader by Kelly Roberts published April 12, 2018 by CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Vann, Jim

2013 Copper Man of the Year Ankh Award from The Copper Club in lengthy article with some history - A career hard-wired for success lauded Rea Magnet’s chairman named Man of the Year by copper trade group and Rea execs plan for the next generation both August 18, 2013 by Sherry Slater of the The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Van Meter, Homer

In 1934, Homer Van Meter - born December 3, 1905 in Fort Wayne, driver for the John Dillinger bank robbing gang. He was gunned down August 23, 1934 in St. Paul, MN and his body was returned to Lindenwood Cemetery for burial, from 90 Fun Facts for April 4 & 5 at The History Center. A two page article is in the December 2013 Allen County Lines periodical on pages 42-43 by Phyllis Robb. Dillinger cohort lures curious to local digs by Jeff Wiehe published July 3, 2009 in The Journal Gazette newspaper, Wikipedia article, and lots of images on Google. See our Infamous Burials for more information on the John Dillinger gang buried in Fort Wayne.

Venderly, Ron

87, born October 28, 1928 in Fort Wayne, died May 12, 2016. Son of the late Celestin and Emma Venderly nee Hawkins. He graduated from Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne then served in the United States Army during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel Commander of the Army National Guard 293rd Infantry. He was a coach and teacher at both Concordia Lutheran and Central High Schools. He spent 20 years as a broker and vice president with Merrill Lynch and 13 more with Smith Barney before retiring in 2000 from Shearson. An Indiana University graduate, with his wife, Joan, he founded the Ronald E. Venderly Charitable Foundation in the 1990s that awarded financial aid to hundreds of students at IPFW, Ball State, Purdue and Indiana, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, local area theaters, the Acres Land Trust, Venderly Bridge at IPFW, and the football complex at Ball State. See his May 2016 D.O. McComb and Sons obituary. See also Philanthropist Venderly, 87, dies by Jeff Wiehe published May 15, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaperand Late Fort Wayne icon 'made a difference': Venderly's impact will not end soon by Tom Davis published May 16, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Vermilyea, Jesse

Estate Inventory of Jesse Vermilyea of Allen County, Indiana, 1847 at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Vigran, Herb

June 5, 1910 - November 29, 1986, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but some sources claim Fort Wayne, where he was reared. He graduated with a law degree from Indiana University, but became a well known character actor in Hollywood for over 50 years from the 1930s to the 1980s with over 350 television and film appearances. See Wikipediaand bio.

Virts, Mark

Made the U.S. Olympic diving team in 1980 but didn’t get to compete because our country boycotted the Olympic games in Moscow.

Visiting Nurses

After linking poverty with disease, the organization formed in 1900 to treat the sick poor of Ft Wayne. League nurses saw residents through the World War I influenza epidemic and the Great Depression, and into the 21st Century. Copied from the May 10, 2018 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebookpointing to their blog The Fort Wayne Visiting Nurse League by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished May 10, 2018 by Indiana Historical Bureau.

Vogel, Matt

Olympian won two Gold Medals in the 100-meter butterfly and 400 medley relay July 21 in the 1976 Montreal Canada Summer Olympic games. He was a 1975 Snider HS graduate from Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne photo. See also Fort Wayne Sports History: Vogel wins Olympic gold medals` Local swimmer thrives in return to sport after hiatus July 9, 2013 by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel newspaper. See a photo of his bench posted November 2, 2013 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

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