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For over a century, Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals has served families in and around Fort Wayne, Indiana. A member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, all of our services are designed to help you through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. We understand that losing a loved one is an emotional and difficult experience, and we are committed to providing compassionate care and professional and personal service.

Personalized funeral services

Chapel at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for FuneralsWhether you wish to arrange a traditional funeral service, are interested in a Life Well Celebrated® memorialization, plan to have a large gathering or would like a more intimate service, our expert associates will work with you one-on-one to ensure your needs, wishes and budget are met.

Our complete range of services, products and memorialization options are tailored to meet all of your requests and considerations. It is our promise at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals to provide you with the utmost care and ability to customize a celebration of life that is special, meaningful and personalized.

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At Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, we understand the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. As a Level Three Founding Community Partner with We Honor Veterans, our staff is knowledgeable in the benefits available to veterans and their families. With respect, integrity and dignity, we will walk you through the steps of creating a veteran's memorial service that truly honors the life and sacrifice of your loved one.

Personalized monuments and markers

As an added benefit to the families we serve, we partner closely with Birkmeier & Sons Monument Company. Since 1880, the family-owned monument company has helped Fort Wayne families discover, create and customize monuments that commemorate the lives of loved ones in unique and memorable ways. They offer a wide variety of memorialization options, including bronze markers, mausoleums, benches, uprights and flat markers.

Planning in advance

At Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, we also recognize that funeral arrangements and associated expenses can seem overwhelming. In addition to assisting during your immediate time of need, our associates specialize in working with families to plan your final arrangements in advance.

By preparing these details ahead of time, you provide a sense of relief, peace of mind and comfort for your loved ones while ensuring your wishes are met to your specifications. We are here to discuss your funeral and cremation options should you wish to do so in advance.

Please contact Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals if you need immediate assistance, wish to schedule a tour or would like more information about our services. We look forward to serving you.

Decades of Tradition

Entrance to Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals is steeped in rich tradition and history. Abner S. Elzey personally named the Waynedale, Indiana, community back in 1921, and the Elzey family’s ties to the funeral business began long before that.

Early history

In 1895, Abner—an ordained minister of the Methodist church—and his wife, Sarah Ellen Linn Elzey, purchased the funeral home business of Thurber and Salisbury in Ossian, Indiana. Abner and Sarah’s son Dale became a partner in the business in 1916, and the name became Elzey and Son. Ilow Elzey—daughter of Abner and Sarah—was also employed by the funeral home.

In the late 1930s, we opened a funeral home in Waynedale on Old Trail Road under the same name. Abner W. Elzey, a grandson of Abner S. and Sarah, was part of the business from 1934-1959. Robert L. Dickey joined the firm in 1951, followed by Robert L. Haggard in 1959. In 1975, the name changed to Elzey-Dickey-Haggard Funeral Home.

Later years

John Patterson became a funeral home associate in 1966 and Thomas Rodak in 1976. Both became partners in the late 1970s, and the business became known as Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals. Both partners are still involved as consultants.

Now a proud member of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, our funeral home remains committed to serving the community with the same dedication our founders entrusted to us over the years.

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