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Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals

6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

John D. "Old Man John" Gatton, Sr.

March 5, 1947May 9, 2020
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John D. “Old Man John” Gatton, Sr., 73, of Fort Wayne passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020. He was born on March 5, 1947 in Fort Wayne, a son of the late William and Martha (Snyder) Gatton. John graduated from Central Catholic High School where he ran track; he later went on to graduate from International Business College. He served in the U.S. Army, more specifically serving in the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War. He worked at Zollner Piston and then as a mechanic at a number of different locations, most recently at Miky Transport. In his free time, he enjoyed building engines at his home and watching IU basketball. He was very involved in racing and working on all sorts of vehicles. He was inducted in to the Hall of Fame at Baer Field Speedway in 2017. He will be remembered as a man who greatly loved his family, going to as many of his grandchildren’s activities as possible. Surviving family include his wife, Marilyn Gatton; children, Lisa Pennington and John (Stacey) Gatton, Jr.; grandchildren, Jacob and Allyson Pennington, Johnathon and Jordan Gatton, Bradley and Bailee Buchs, and Brittney Martinez; great grandchildren, Maison and Beckham; four sisters, and one brother. Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by three brothers. Social distance guidelines will be followed so you might be asked to wait outside or in your car. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Fort Wayne with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be left to the American Alzheimer’s Association.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

  • Final Resting Place: Highland Park Cemetery

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Timothy Bussick

May 13, 2020

All of our sympathies to the friends and family of Mr. Gatton, Sr. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Timothy Bussick and Staff

Brian Johnson

May 12, 2020

Probably the nicest guy I ever met in racing
Godspeed

Matt Boyce

May 12, 2020

Rest in Peace

Sharon Brewer

May 12, 2020

It was my extreme pleasure to have met John his beautiful wife and family last year. My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to you all. My thoughts and prayers are sent to surround you at this time. Sharon Brewer

Krista Omspaugh (Sanders)

May 12, 2020

Sorry to hear of John’s passing. Haven’t seen him in many years. I’ll always remember the kindness he showed to us when our oldest son was born. He was a good hearted man. May God’s peace be upon you during this time.

Myeashia Conway

May 11, 2020

Awww. My condolences to the gatton family... I had the pleasure of caring for mr gatton and meeting his wonderful wife and daughter who was there everyday... He will truly be missed... 💕💕💕💕🌹🌹🌹🌹

Angie Manchinila

May 11, 2020

Marilyn,
John was such a special person to me. My heart and condolences go out to you and the entire family. Many many heartfelt prayers.

John Martin

May 11, 2020

God Speed Condolences to your Loved Ones
John Martin and Family

Heather Reid

May 11, 2020

Marilyn, I heard about John’s passing from Aunt Jane. I am so deeply sorry that he has passed on. More so that you didn’t get to spend the last few months with him due to this awful virus situation going on. I know he didn’t speak much but when you were with him he seemed to light up. I’m thinking about you and your family! Love you bunches and sending you hugs .....Heather Reid (Ruth’s granddaughter from Sage Bluff)

Rick Wells

May 11, 2020

Rest in peace my friend. Thank you for being such a great guy all around. I enjoyed working with you at Zollners and being a brother in the armed forces. May the memories you built along life's way sustain your beloved family at this very difficult time. God bless!

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