D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Pine Valley

1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Dakota Kane James Nuechterlein "DKJ"

August 19, 1998April 5, 2020

Dakota Kane James Nuechterlein "DKJ", 21, passed away April 5, 2020. He was born on August 19, 1998 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the beloved son of Kristi (Nicholls) Nuechterlein and Stephen Nuechterlein.

Dakota loved music and sharing it with others, spending time with family and friends, especially his niece, Trinity,and connecting with others through Xbox Live. Dakota is survived by his mother; sister, Ashley (Nuechterlein) Fuelling; and niece, Trinity Fuelling, as well as many loving family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his father.

A celebration of life will be held at 2pm on August 1, 2020 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46825. Calling will be held two hours prior.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dakota's name to Erin's House for Grieving Children. For online condolences, please visit www.mccombandsons.com.



  • Calling

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


  • Preferred Memorial


Dakota Kane James Nuechterlein "DKJ"

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Amy Pettigrew

May 9, 2020

I just heard the news - to be honest having trouble processing it. We fell in and out of touch especially when I stopped playing xbox as much but when we would catch up it would be like no time had passed. You always treated me like family and I am just blessed to have gotten to know you. You were always unapologetically you and your light will truly be missed from this world. The last time we played online was an all night peggle session (so out of our norm bo1 games) but it was one of the funnest nights and now I will treasure that memory even more. Rest In Peace Dakota. You are loved and will be deeply missed. -Amy

Linda Meske

April 21, 2020

Lord have mercy, I'm not sure what happened or why, only that this young man was a light in his mother's world. We don't always know why things happen but rest assured God is walking with you through it. Rest in peace little light of your mommy's heart. God comfort all those you've left behind.

Zachary Modras

April 13, 2020

Thank you for being such a huge part of my childhood. Playing Xbox was just so much more enjoyable when you were there. Those late nights full of laughter and memories will always live with me. Our moments will never be forgotten. I love you bro ❤️ Rest In Peace

Jennifer Lew

April 9, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember a young, blonde Dakota at the bus stop when the kids were little. I remember playing tennis with him and Kristi, and I remember how he loved and was protective of her. I pray for comfort and peace in the days to come. May God walk with you and your family and put His loving arms around you.

With Sympathy,
The Lew Family

Connor O'Shea

April 9, 2020

I really don't know where to start with this, but my best memories in life from 2011/12 - 2016 i believe it was all include you, just the days of being online all day everyday having great times

You were one of the very few people who would hit me up when i was in bad places, you were always there for me as well as others i'm sure, you were such a caring guy towards your brothers

i could really just go on forever about how great you were and how great the memories were, i feel like there's an endless amount of them

I miss you deeply already bro, i hope you're resting easy <3

Meg Bloom

April 9, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Dakota's death. He will always have a special place in my heart. I enjoyed his enthusiasm and good natured sense of fun. Thinking of his family now.

Brenda Tosi

April 9, 2020

Sorry for the loss of your nephew Ian. I never had the pleasure of meeting Dakota but I know how special he was to you.Stay strong and know I love you.

Korrie McIntyre

April 8, 2020

Dakota, oh man it still seems surreal even now that some days have passed. Who would've ever thought things would turn out this way? I always knew one day I'd be looking back at all the jokes we cracked at one another and all the other memories, but I didn't think it would be like this. We always challenged each other as players but still we shared our own sarcastic humor. Unfortunately we never got to meet in person, but I know that it would be all love, just like it is always was online. Rest in Peace hero, watch over me and keep me level headed. I love you my man, give us all the strength to push forward. Your bright personality and good vibe made me not only a better tuber, but a better man.

Kori Snyder

April 8, 2020

We meant 2017 working at meijer together and we were best friends since. Taking our breaks together. You coming over. Nothing more but a solid friendship. You were caring. And kind. Im going to miss you. Thank you for being my day one friend ❤ we were suppose to see each other today but instead im writing you a final goodbye. We had so many funny good times. And im glad that I meant you. Please watch over us all. You were loved and cared by so many. Rest in peace friend. ❤

Jimmy Martin

April 8, 2020

I'll never forget the times we had together, you may not have known it, but many people looked up to you including myself, Such a funny and nice guy all the time, so creative and inspiring. Thanks for the Memories and the good times, You'll be missed.