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Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals

6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Harold Richard Carl Dautz

March 23, 1935April 18, 2020

Harold Richard Carl Dautz, 85, passed away on Saturday April 18, 2020. Harold was born March 23, 1935 in Fort Wayne, son of the late Herbert R. and Mary S. (Schweppe) Dautz. He was a graduate of Elmhurst High School and a U. S. Army Veteran. Harold worked for many years as owner and operator of Dautz Florist. He is survived by his daughter, Deborah “Deb” (Gramm) Daniel of Fort Wayne; sister, Joanna Raber of Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary J. (Rice) Dautz in 2002. A private family service will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 with burial to follow at Uniontown Cemetery, Zanesville, IN. There will be a public service to remember Harold at a later date. Contributions in Harold's memory may be made to Allen County SPCA. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.elzey-patterson-rodakfuneralhome.com for the Dautz family.

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  • Private Family Service, Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at a later time.

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Harold Richard Carl Dautz

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CAROL STEDGE

May 5, 2020

Our sympathy from the Armstrong Sisters, Carol, Janice, Sherry and Vicki. Remembering Harold from the fun times we had at the Northeastern Flower Growers Picnics in days gone by.

Beverly Mozena

April 24, 2020

Deb,Gramm,Joanna & family - I was so surprised to hear of Harold's
passing and hope that you are remembering the many good times in your time of sorrow. I have been thinking back over the 60 plus years of his joining the Rice family: Emmaus, Zesto, Lunz's Barn Sports Club, Army/Texas, Big Lake, agreeing to be God Father to our Don.
Our evenings of beer, tacos, euchre and a cigar now & then, those were the days. I know he is with Rosemary (catching a little hell for sure) and is pain free, his loss seems to be more like a brother than the GREAT Uncle he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

Bev & Family

Barb Sieminski

April 23, 2020

I am still in shock about your father, Deb, and your brother, Joanna. Having known your family since 1955, we go back a long way. Harold was always smiling (but oh, that cigar!) and was so good-natured except when I failed to water my tomatoes each day. He'd wander over and give me hell for that, ha ha. He took immaculate care of his lawn and flowers. Truly he was a great neighbor and each spring he'd let me come over and pick his lilies of the valley and his wonderful lilacs to fragrance my home with. I shall miss visiting him in the greenhouse - one of my favorite places to be. And I worked there for a summer until I got a full-time job. He absolutely loved looking at pictures I took of his home and the greenhouse. I have so many & would enjoy sharing them with you when you are ready and have some free time. I even have a couple pics of your garden which disappeared (sob, sniff) with a driveway linking our two homes. One of my favorite times with him was when he'd amble over for a neighborly chat when he saw me outdoors - he was well-informed on many subjects and we had lively discussions. He and I shared a love for our daily newspapers, too. Oh, and I remember Rexy and how you, Jo, always played with him. Got pics of that, too! Gee, I'm sounding like the Dautz biographer, aren't I? The whole family, including Herb, Mary, & Rosemary, were so kind to my family, and I'll never forget those kindnesses. Once I started to mow my lawn when my engine died....a few minutes later, here came Rosemary with your mower, offering to loan it to me so I could finish my lawn. And your mom, Joanna, always gave me my favorite candy - marzipan - when she and your dad went to Elkhart during the holiday season; they gave us a big ham for our Christmas when my parents were alive. Jo, I so enjoyed popping in the greenhouse and catching up with you and Harold. Please know that Harold was a very big part of my life and I will really, really miss our visits.....

sandee and peter barleben

April 23, 2020

Deb, My father, Clyde Dalman, relayed to us his memories of knowing and enjoying the company of your grandparents, Mary and Herbie. Those were the very olden days . Next generation, I met your grandparents through the Fort Wayne Sport Club and the many dances and events they held there. Your grandparents were wonderful people. My husband to be bought all of my flowers from Dautz. We also used the expertise of your grandmother to plan my wedding flowers. Next generation, we continued to talk with your mother and of course, as we knew him, your dad "Little Harold". The continuance of using Dautz Flowers was a family choice that we have loved through the years. With just your father left, plus Joanna, they still continued to offer such great services. We just wanted you to know how much the Dautz generations have meant to many people. We wish you and your husband our sympathy. Also, to the forever helper, our sympathy to Joanna. Always, Sandee and Peter Barleben

Daniel Stewart

April 23, 2020

Harold was my first boss when I was a young boy. We lived across the street from the Dautz Greenhouse & Florist. We always ordered all our flowers for funerals & got all our garden needs there. The attention to detail and the friendly atmosphere were really appreciated!
The city lost a precious human being in Harold.
Sympathy to the family from The Stewart’s 🙏

Tony Garcia

April 22, 2020

I will always be grateful to Harold for those fond memories when I worked at the greenhouse during my high school years in the late 1960's.
I learned to love the smell of grave blankets during the Christmas seasons, those late night Easter and Christmas deliveries with him at the wheel and the crazy times we pulled over those plastic canopies during those gusty days......wow! What was he thinking? And who could ever forget that awful smell of sterilized dirt which Harold seemed to thrive on after he cranked on that steam boiler. Time to plant the chrysanthemums, I guess!! It was hard work .... but to this day I'll always remember Harold's kindness, his crackling laugh and those rosy cheeks behind that large plume of cigar smoke. He truly made the work much easier to accept.
God Speed Harold and say hello to Rosemary, Mary and Herb for me.
Tony Garcia

Chad Emrick

April 22, 2020

Uncle Harold was one of a kind, always ornery and those cigars and pipes. God speed Uncle Harold!

Mitch McKinney

April 22, 2020

Pancakes at the lodge will never be the same! Ride that train through the pearly gates, Harold! We will take care of Deb from here:)

Much love!
Mitch

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