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Robert A. Fudge, 95, of Lake Township in Allen County, went peacefully on the morning of Monday, May 27, 2013, at the Hamilton House in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Fudge was born in Eel River Township Sept. 15, 1917, a son of Dean and Pearl (Arnold) Fudge. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1935.
As a young man, he served during World War II in the U.S. Armyâ€™s 12th Armored Division, 714 Tank Battalion A Company, under General George Patton.
He was employed at International Harvester in Fort Wayne for 36 years, retiring as a stationary engineer in 1982. Following his retirement he enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Robert was an avid Chicago Cubs and Indiana University basketball fan. He adored his family, and his grandsons were the joy of his life. He was a member of St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church in Lake Township and American Legion Post 82 in Fort Wayne.
On June 20, 1941, he was married to Josephine Fritz. She preceded him in death March 13, 2009.
Surviving relatives include his son Dennis (Toni) Fudge of Roanoke; two grandsons, Jeremy Fudge and Brad (Melissa) Fudge, both of Fort Wayne; and two great-grandchildren, Jocelynn Fudge and Saben Fudge.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Dean Jr., Milo, Arthur, and Charles Fudge.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church in Lake Township, 7914 W. Cook Rd., with Pastor Ralph Easterhaus officiating.
The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment with military grave side rites will be in the Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church in Lake Township or Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice. To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Fudgeâ€™s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.