Klaehn, Fahl and Melton Funeral Home

420 West Wayne Street Fort Wayne, IN


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    Jeffrey A Crawford

    General Manager

    Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Jeffrey Crawford has been involved in funeral service since the 1980s. Jeff is passionate about giving back to his community and providing excellent service to families at C.M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home.

    Since 2004, Jeff has been a committee member of Rockin' Docs Musicfest, which has donated more than $400,000 to local medical charities. Jeff volunteers for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) and sat on a state panel to help young dads become more engaged with their children.

    Jeff and his wife have 8 grown children. They have also fostered more than 12 children.

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    Andrew L Kendall

    General Manager

    Andrew L. Kendall is a location manager and funeral director. A native of Fort Wayne, Andrew graduated from New Haven High School in 1998. He started his funeral service career in 2000 and has served his hometown since 2009. He is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have a son.

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    Charles L Melton

    General Manager

    Charles L. Melton, better known as Larry, is the former owner of the Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Homes. He is a proud funeral director, having served the Fort Wayne community for over half a century. Larry takes pride in creating a meaningful service for your family, making sure to take care of all the details.

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    Elaine Marie Auer

    Funeral Director

    Elaine Auer graduated from East Noble High School in 2012 and Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 2014. She began her funeral service career in Louisville, Kentucky, and then moved home to work in the Fort Wayne area in early 2017. Elaine has a passion for helping others and is proud to serve her community.

    She and her husband have 1 son. They are members of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. 

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    Leah Marie Fulton

    Funeral Director

    Leah Marie Fulton is a licensed funeral director in the state of Indiana. A Fort Wayne, Indiana, native, she has been with our company since the early 2010s and is very proud to serve the community.

    She was an honor graduate of Wayne High School and earned an Associate of Applied Science from Jefferson Community College in 2009. She also received her bachelor's degree in mortuary science, graduating magna cum laude, from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2011.

    Leah proudly served as a staff sergeant for 8 years in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. During her tenure, she deployed as the mortuary affairs liaison with the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment and the 593rd Corps Support Group. She considers it a true honor to serve veterans, soldiers and their families.

    Leah has 2 daughters, and she and her partner enjoy day trips with the girls, weekend adventures and showing them new experiences.

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    William E Hopkins

    Funeral Director

    William Hopkins has worked in the funeral industry since the late 1990s in various positions and has served with Dignity Memorial® since 2013. Bill has experience as support staff, in office administration, as a crematory operator and as a funeral director and embalmer, serving at funeral homes in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the surrounding areas. Before mortuary school, he held management positions outside of the funeral industry.

    Bill holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in small business operations and marketing, a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Institute of Technology. He also graduated from the mortuary science program at Ivy Tech Community College in East Chicago, Illinois.

    Bill and his wife live in Fort Wayne and attend Grace Brethren Church.