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Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Joseph "Joe" Martin Westropp

March 2, 1997November 11, 2019
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It is with much sadness that we share the sudden passing of Joseph Martin Westropp of Fort Wayne. Joe passed away peacefully on November 11, 2019. Born on March 2, 1997 in Naperville, IL. Joe spent his summers at Crooked Lake with his family and friends. He attended St. John the Baptist Grade School, Canterbury High School and DePauw University. He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was nominated for his volunteer hours at Erin’s House for the Grieving Children; Joe was named Outstanding Youth Philanthropist in 2015. He gave so much of his time for other kids walking in the path of grief that he, too, had walked as a child. He was also a member of the Order of the Eagle Boy Scouts of America and had been a member of Troop 19. He achieved his Eagle rank upon completion of a construction project at Erin’s House. Joe was working at Summit City Coral at the time of his passing were he indulged his favorite hobby and true passion in building fish aquariums and helping others with the same interest. Joe was the son of Jennifer and the late John Westropp; big brother to, Emily, Benjamin, and Abigail; grandparents, Rosalie Westropp and Bob and Nancy Ruhl; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and friends. Joe was also preceded in death by his grandfather Robert; and, uncle Jim. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 4500 Fairfield Ave, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held from 3-9p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Klaehn, Fahl, and Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Boy Scout Troop 19, Shepherds House- Choices, Insight Meditation, or Refuge Recovery Program. Condolences may be left online at www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com .

  • DONATIONS

  • Boy Scout Troop 19
  • Shepherds House-Choices
  • Insight Meditation
  • Refuge Recovery Program

Services

  • Vistation Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Joseph "Joe" Martin Westropp

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Kierra Boylan

November 16, 2019

Joe and I had a short time together - a time that I will truly treasure. The first night I had dinner with Joe, not only did he paint my toe nails, but he also at some point asked me, "do you want to see my Star Wars comforter?" I, being rather cautious, gave him an odd look and he immediately knew what I was thinking. Turns out, he truly just wanted me to admire his Star Wars themed bed with him. There was a certain innocence in him, one that carried infectious joy and light. He was a safe space for me, as I know he was for so many people.
Jenny - thank you for creating such an incredible human.
There is so much love in my heavy heart, for him, and for a lot of people I don't even know, but heard so much about.

Seema Reddy

November 16, 2019

A wonderful young man gone much too soon! I knew Joe only from the sidelines as a “theater mom” @ Canterbury — but admired him from afar for being so humble & kind to everyone; the example of service he set for others.
Jenny, Emily, Ben, & Abby — our deepest condolences & prayers for strength as you grieve this loss💙🙏🏽
The Reddy Family
~Deep, Seema, Devika, Sangeeta, & Nish

Trent Hullinger

November 16, 2019

I had the pleasure of volunteering with Joe at Erin’s House and was so impressed with who he was as a young man! Such a caring soul and had a great impact on the lives of the kids!

Laura Dutap

November 15, 2019

Dearest Jenny, dear Abby, dear Emily, dear Ben and dear Rick,
Our hearts go to yours to give you love and strength because oh, how it hurts, the loss of your wonderful Joe. He will be missed: his lovely smile, his kind manner, his contagious laugh and silliness. His ability to put all at ease and to talk to both kids and adults on their own level. The high standards that he set for himself made us strive to achieve that same perfection. He was able to take you in and then bring out the best in each of us. Our family will forever mourn his passing.

Jane Sandor

November 15, 2019

Dear Jenny,
My memories of Joe at St. John’s are filled with his smile and gentleness. He was a gift of sunshine and love. Know that my prayers are with you, Ben, Emily and Abbie.
Love,
Jane Sandor

cassie ruhl

November 14, 2019

Sara Parker-Milligan

November 14, 2019

My son Christian went to grade school with Joe. Even though I didn't know Joe real well I remember when I visited Cantebury High School on numerous occasions he would take the time to say hello and ask how Christian was. That may seem like a small gesture but Joe's presence would light up a room and make you feel important.
My heartfelt condolences to you Jenny and your family.

Mike and Linda DeMarchis

November 14, 2019

Dear Jenny, Emily, Abby, and Ben: Our hearts go out to all of you as you experience the loss of such a wonderful young man. Joe always brightened our day as we walked past your house, with his friendly smile and cheerful greeting. We admired him so much for all the time and effort he put into making a difference in the world. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Jessica Black

November 14, 2019

I had the honor of training Joe as a volunteer at Erin's House. What an amazing kid he was! His poise, maturity, and willingness to jump into whatever was asked of him were phenomenal. My heart and prayers are with his family. I can only imagine the space he leaves behind and how much he will be missed. He truly left behind a legacy of service and joy.

Fr. John Delaney

November 14, 2019

To the Westropp family,
My sincere sympathy on your loss of Joe. His life was an amazing witness to why God gives us life. His many good deeds will go with him, and surely he already knows his eternal reward. Prayers go out to the family in these days ahead. Uncle Jim’s passing was sadness enough for one family. I’m sorry you are again losing one far too young.

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