Donald P. McArdle

April 25, 1935January 10, 2021

Donald P. McArdle, 85, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Born on April 25, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Jack and Marie McArdle, Don was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Don graduated from St. Justin High School in Pittsburgh, PA in 1952, where he played football with future NFL Legend, Johnny Unitas, with whom he remained lifetime friends. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College in 1956, where he was a four-year member of the football team with his lifelong friend, David Reed. Most importantly, Allegheny is where Don met his future wife, Beverly Ann Garbark.

Don & Bev were married on June 15, 1957 and soon settled in Columbus, Ohio, where their first three children were born (one did not survive). After receiving a Master's Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1960, Don & Bev relocated to Lima, OH where Don began his business career in the electric motor division of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Lima is where their next three children were born.

In 1964, Don moved his family to Bluffton, Indiana, where the next three children were born, to begin a 21-year career with Franklin Electric Co., Inc. Don and Bev were very active in the Bluffton community while he rose to the position of Vice President and General Manager of the submersible motor division. After a two-year stint as the President of the Briggs Plumbingware division of JP Industries in Tampa, Florida, Don and his good friend, Marv Huston, purchased McCoy Bolt Works, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1987. Don remained active as the Chairman of the Board of McCoy Bolt until his passing.

Don was a very active member of the Fort Wayne community, involved in a great many civic, political, religious and charitable organizations. Along with his friend, John Tippmann, he organized an annual golf fundraiser for the Women’s Care Centers of Fort Wayne, about which he and Bev cared deeply. Don was a life-long sports fan, with a special affinity toward football and golf. Despite all of Don’s interests and activities, he maintained a special one-on-one relationship with each 29 of his grandchildren. .

Don is survived by his sister, Jacky Stromple, Pittsburgh, PA, brother Lyn (Jackie) McArdle, Dayton, OH, brother-in-law John Garbark, Pittsburgh, PA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his eight children: Robert (Jennifer) McArdle, of Fort Wayne, Patrick (Diane) McArdle, of Shawnee, KS, Lynda (Brock) Rittenhouse, of Fort Wayne, Michael (Julie) McArdle, of Fort Wayne, Mary (Michael) Ramirez, of Jasper, IN, David (Nancy) McArdle, of Bloomington, IN, Ann (Eric) Salek, of Medina, OH, and John (Christina) McArdle, of Fort Wayne. In addition, Don loved his 29 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Beverly Ann (Garbark) McArdle in 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00pm Friday January 15, 2021 at St.Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, with calling 2 hours prior to the service. Please join the family to honor the life of Donald P. McArdle by livestream. Please visit St. Elizabeth’s website: Scroll down and click “Streamspot”. The livestream will begin about 10 minute prior to mass. Burial in in Greenlawn Cemetery Fort Wayne, IN. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne, PO Box 12708, Ft. Wayne, IN 46864 will be appreciated. Arrangements by D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home 8325 Covington Road Fort Wayne IN. To sign the online guestbook go to


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Lisa Kolbasky

January 16, 2021

Sending my deepest condolences to the McArdle family.on their loss.
Don was a very kind, caring and humble man.. I will greatly miss him but will always hold the wonderful memories, phone calls, laughs and big hugs spent during my 18 years at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, and having the privilege of calling him friend .
Prayers of strength and comfort for his family which he was so very proud of.
My Deepest Sympathy,

Tom and Maureen Butler

January 15, 2021

We are sorry for your loss and pray that the family members find comfort and peace. Don and Bev left memories and inspirations with all their friends.

Nancy Moore-Baker

January 14, 2021

To all the McArdle's & their families,
My deepest sympathy to all of you over the loss of your dad. Very fond memories of both of your parents from the Bluffton days. May the fondest memories always remain with you. Wishing you comfort in the coming days.
Nancy Moore-Baker

John Freiburger

January 14, 2021

Will be greatly miss, he was a man of great kindness, and Faith. He is the reason I am in the Legatus Chapter of Fort Wayne. I felt he live the Principles of what it stands for, thanks for asking me..


Timothy Bussick

January 13, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. Bussick Orthodontics will be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Bun Lim

January 12, 2021

To the family of Don McArdle: In this time of grief, I wish to express my deepest condolences. I have many fond memories of Don, particularly of the fundraisers and yearly golf outings that he set up at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, and I feel lucky and honored to have met him. He was a kind-hearted person who will be greatly missed, and his legacy lives on through his family and friends near to him. He is in my thoughts, and I am wishing his family strength and moments of comfort in this difficult time. With caring thoughts, Chef Bun Lim.