OBITUARY

Jerry Edward Federspiel

May 22, 1942June 17, 2013

JERRY EDWARD FEDERSPIEL, of Fort Wayne, died on June 17, 2013. He departed this world with a confident faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that he will live with Him forever. Born May 22, 1942, in Columbia City, he was a son of Dorothy E. Jones (stepfather, Dean Tinney) and the late Leon "Andy" L. Federspiel. He was raised in Fort Wayne and graduated from North Side High School in June of 1960. He entered the U.S. Air Force and retired in August of 1981 as a Master Sergeant. His decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Air Force Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal (with six oak leaf clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with one silver and two bronze stars), Korean Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal, and he earned the Master Command and Control insignia. He performed as 'Pefeser Zoomy', a professional clown, retiring from clowning in September of 2006. He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 857. Also surviving are his wife, Belinda L. Federspiel; sisters, Carol Lahr; brothers, Andrew and Earnest Federspiel; children, John Kenneth Federspiel Anderson, Anne-Marie Federspiel Anderson Gaddis, Anh-Minh T. Federspiel. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Janetta McArdle and Sandra Eix. Funeral service is 12 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne, with calling from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The American Diabetes Foundation.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, June 24, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, June 24, 2013
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Jerry Edward Federspiel

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Cheryl Bennett

August 26, 2013

Uncle Jerry I sure miss hearing your voice every week as I call Aunt Linda and miss seeing that face and the jokes while we went down and spent a day with her as well. Thinking of you daily and missing you very much.
I love you.. And I can not wait to be reunited with you.

Cheryl Bennett

August 26, 2013

Darrell Drake

August 25, 2013

We are still thinking of you Jerry! Been down to see mom several times, and miss you not being there! The kids miss you and the awesome jokes! God bless you!!

Jim Kelling

July 8, 2013

Jerry, you are the best! We've been good friends for 42 years and it isn't ending here. I'm looking forward to seeing you again. Until then I am so thankful. Blessings to you, your family and friends to the extent that I can give them.

Cheryl Bennett

June 30, 2013

Monday was an extremely sad day having to say the final good bye to such a wonderful uncle. Uncle Jerry I am so thankful that God gave us the opportunity
To drawl so close to each other. Your such a hero in so many ways and you
Have given Aunt Linda such blessings and she can hold them memories so close to her heart. Even though its been a week since we laid you down to rest it's still
just as hard today as it was that day. I love you uncle Jerry and hope to soon be with you again. R.I.P. Uncle Jerry, your loving niece Cheryl

Darrell Drake

June 25, 2013

Today's service really hit home with me buddy! Watching your pictures from earlier in your life was a treat that I really enjoyed! You looked so good today, I was just waiting for a joke to come out or you to jump up and yell surprise!! The Military Ceremony was a awesome site that I know you would be proud of!! This world lost a true dedicated American, and a down right good man! My life has definitely been majorly enriched with you in it! I promise to keep fishing with the tackle you gave me, and keeping your rifle shooting straight!! Thank you for all you have done for mom! Watching the two of you save each other in everyway is a life lesson I will cherish till I part!! Rest well until God comes for you, cause I truly feel he has your seat already saved at his table! You were right! Olivia does want the keys to the car & thirty dollars!?? Your Step-Son and buddy Darrell Drake

T.J., Katy & Keegan Jared

June 25, 2013

For your pains to end others' sorrows must be increased. While many are happy that you have been released from that pain, those same many deeply mourn your loss. I am so glad that you and Aunt Belinda found each other. Your soul is in Heaven, where it was bound for, and she is in our hearts and prayers. Thank you for all that you were, all that you offered and all that you accomplished. A true American Hero.

Karen Jean (Jones) Beberstein

June 24, 2013

I regret that I cannot be with you today to help celebrate Jerry's distinguished life. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers today. R.I.P. Jerry. Your body's struggles have ended.

Jim & Terri Richardson

June 24, 2013

To my best friend who always found us where ever we were in the world. Terri and Jim Richardson will always remember our good times together and remember what a great friend you were to us. I know that eventually we will be reunited, in the mean time be nice in heaven, and I know all will enjoy your humor. Love you Buddy!

June 23, 2013

Dear Dorothy and Dean,
My sincerest condolences. You are in my prayers.
Blessings
Gail McArdle Patton
Jackson, MI.