James Herbert Preston

September 7, 1925June 29, 2019

James H. “Bud” Preston, 93, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019 Park Place Senior Living in Fort Wayne. In. He was born on Sept 7, 1925 to the late Harry Leonard and Carrie Dorothy (Strobel) Preston. He married Dorothy D. Davidson and she preceded him in death in 2003 after 44 years of marriage. Bud served honorably in the United States Navy for three and half years during WWII. He worked for the City of Fort Wayne Street Department, retiring in 1988 after 41 years of service. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, VFW post #3846 in Churubusco, American Legion Post #499, and Arcola Lions Club. Bud had a love for horses and riding in parades. His zest for life diminished after the death of his beloved Dorothy. His prayer to be reunited with her was answered this day, thanks be to God. Surviving are his children, James M. (Pat) Preston and David A. (Becky) Preston; step-son, Paul (Gladys) Camp; step-daughter, Sandra Pierce; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sister, Gladys Zehr. Bud was also preceded in death by his brothers, George and Harry; and sisters, Katherine Jordan and Bonnie Hunt. Funeral service 10:00am Saturday, July 6, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1126 Barr St. Fort Wayne, IN with an hour of calling prior to the service. Calling also, Friday, July 5, 2019 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home. Entombment in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or St. Paul’s Lutheran School. To sign the online guestbook please visit,


  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran School



  • Calling Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Calling Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Calling Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2019


  • Final Resting Place


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Kevin McDermit

July 3, 2019

Lion Jim was a great Lion. I enjoyed knowing him through our community service in the Arcola Lions Club. I always looked forward to working with him at the tractor pull, our Lions Fathers Day BBQ or any other project as he was always ready to help. His sense of humor made him an outstanding "tailtwister" for the club for several years. In 2009 the club presented him with our Community Service Award. He was so humble that he could not believe it. But he could not have been more worthy. Rest in Peace Lion Jim. You will always be remembered as an Arcola Lion.