Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been an important part of our community for more than a century. We have designed thousands of funeral and memorial services that help grieving families receive comfort and compassion.
- Catered Receptions
- Multicultural Funerals
Our funeral home features high ceilings, ornate woodwork and distinctive gargoyles, representing classic and historic elegance. As you enter, the caring staff at Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home will greet you with warmth and understanding, ensuring you're comfortable during this difficult time.
Funeral planning experts
Planning a funeral or memorial service is an emotional experience, especially after the loss of a loved one. We understand the process and will guide you through every decision, including types of service, writing obituaries, selecting visitation times, and coordinating any food and beverage needs through a 3rd-party caterer.
It's important that those in grief surround themselves with friends and family. We'll help you not only design a meaningful service that honors your loved one, but also create a warm gathering space, so everyone can receive the comfort they need.
A celebration of life
When life is well celebrated, the healing process can begin. All of our funeral services are fully customizable, allowing families to plan an event that celebrates their traditions and customs.
We encourage you to share what makes your loved one special, including their passions and accomplishments. As we plan the service, our caring funeral directors and support staff will incorporate those details, ensuring their individuality is represented in a thoughtful way. Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home offers both traditional and contemporary funerals and memorials, so you have options that meet your wishes and budget.
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.
Although much has changed since 1876 when John Julius Klaehn founded our funeral home, the team at Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home still takes pride in his principles: outstanding teamwork and professionalism, immaculate facilities and grounds, commitment to community and exemplary service to families.
We hope you'll allow us to assist you—whether you need immediate assistance or wish to plan a funeral or memorial service ahead of time. It's our goal to provide the personal attention you need and look forward to serving you.
Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home is among downtown Fort Wayne's most historic and well-preserved structures, but the funeral home is much more than just a landmark: It has been a valued community resource for more than 100 years.
Our funeral home was built by Fort Wayne architects Wing and Mahurin, who were well-noted in the area during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The house was built for Robert Clark Bell. He attended Muncie Academy and the University of Michigan Law School, and married Clara E. Wolfe in 1868. The Bells moved to Fort Wayne in 1871, where Robert formed a law practice. In later years, Robert was associated with the law firm of Morris, Bell, Barrett and Morris, which eventually became Barrett-McNagny.
During his career, Robert served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for Indiana, U.S. Commissioner for Indiana, Member of the Indiana State Senate, Attorney for the Allen County Board of Commissioners, and President of the Salamonie Mining and Gas Company, which became the Northern Indiana Gas and Light Company.
Clara Bell was also a founder of the city's heritage. She helped form the first classes of the Fort Wayne Arts School in 1888 and was the co-founder of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Changing with the times
After Robert's death in 1901, the house was sold to William K. Noble, who ran a lumber company and cooperage jobbing business that operated in Indiana, Michigan and Missouri. In 1926, William Nobel sold the home to William Robert Klaehn, son of the founder of the Klaehn Funeral Home, and his 4 sons.
To better serve our community, we built an additional location at 6424 Winchester Road in 1991, enabling us to better accommodate our Fort Wayne families with 2 convenient and comfortable options. Later in 1994, the home underwent a major restoration to restore it to its original condition.
Throughout the years, much has changed, but Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home's dedication to the community remains our top priority. We consider it an honor to serve the Fort Wayne area.