Jack Melvin Ade

June 11, 1934April 3, 2018
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Jack Melvin Ade, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. He was the son of Russell and Jeanette (McClintock) Ade of Huntington, IN. Jack served in the United States Air Force and received degrees from Indiana University and Ball State University, and was employed by Fort Wayne Community Schools for over 40 years. Jack lived every day as an adventure, and enriched the lives of those around him.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; sons, John and Charles (Helen) Ade, both of Fort Wayne; daughters, Patricia (Al) Hansen of Fort Wayne, Alicia Ade-Kuhn of Mechanicsville, MD, and Melissa (Darrell) Pollard of Fort White, FL; brother-in-law, Charles "Bud" Rogers; grandchildren, Amber Hansen, Skye Hansen, Lydia Ade, and Carly Ade of Fort Wayne, Jacob (Kara) Kuhn of West Lafayette, Autumn Pollard, Joshua Pollard and Hannah Pollard, all of Fort White, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Carol Rogers (formerly of Huntington).

Memorial service is noon Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46819), with visitation two hours prior until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice and the Alzheimer's Foundation.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Marie-Dolores Anderson (Barker)

October 24, 2018

Jack and Sally were neighbors down the street when I was growing up; two of their children were in my age group, and two more were in my little brother's age group. I remember the awesome Halloween parties they'd have (the things they'd do with cold spaghetti and peeled grapes!), Jack's passion for his work, his students and his family, Sally's smile (her eyes twinkle when she does), listening to Dark Side of the Moon and hanging out with Pat, and other random fuzzy good-feeling memories deep down in the dusty corners of my mind. I left that town in 1978 and never really looked back, rarely went back, but the time around the Ade family was one of the few good things about my childhood, and I thank them for that.
I was truly saddened to see this today (10/24/2018). To the entire family, I offer my deepest condolences and prayers for comfort. Jack left a positive mark on so many, many youngsters; please include me in that very large group. I wish you all the best.

Eleanor Cranmer

May 4, 2018

I have known Jack Ade for many years and have met many family members. He was a good man, husband, father, friend,teacher, neighbor, citizen etc. May his soul rest in peace. Amen

Thomas Benedek

April 6, 2018

When I moved from Austin to Fort Wayne, the first teacher I met (7th grade) at Fairfield was your Dad. He gave me a stack of paper and a bunch of pastels and just told me to put down whatever came to mind. By the end of the class I conjured up a upturned boat on a beach but with the pastels I had, I could only do so in Reds and Orange.

Your father was truly my hero because he always nurtured his students rather than correct and instruct to do so different.

Jacquie Eilers

April 5, 2018

To my only family who accepted me into their home even though I got sick on Sallies feet, and on Charles on the road trip to Cedar Point. You could of sent me on my way and never looked back. But Jack saw something in me as troubled as I was.
I don't know why he took me in and loved me like his own but he did, I will be eternally grateful. Helping me understand my learning disability and helping me over come the problem. Dyslexia was hard but he had away with the Help of my best friend my sister Alicia. No one made light of my disability, but each and Everyone of the Ades encouraged me. Even John with all his Philosophical rambling, in his own way taught me much!!
But what I rember most was how we would listen to music up stairs in the bed room up all hours of the night, but still on time delivering those news papers with Jack grumbling under his breath, I am tired of doing this!! But he kept right on . You could never beat the Holidays with this family, they go all out with all those delicious treats. Patricia bakes such beautiful cookies it was a shame to eat them they are that beautiful. But the Halloween parties where always over the top and we always had a blast!! Yes Jack you touched many lives and a Hero to a few too!!
Jack you are Greatly missed here on Earth, I know you made it to Heaven and will see you again soon enough!!
I Love you Jack!!
Much love to all the Family!!