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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Kathleen Fryback Paddock

September 18, 1922June 21, 2020

Kathleen Fryback Paddock, 97, passed away unexpectedly at 5 AM on Sunday June 21. She was the daughter of the late Dee F. and Ireta B. Fryback of Decatur. Born September 18, 1922, she was a 1940 graduate of Decatur High School. She was the first female in her family to graduate from college and the first in her family to earn two master’s degrees in psychology and guidance counseling. Kathleen was a well respected educator for 40 years. She always enjoyed seeing a former student at a restaurant or social function. She was also active in the community in the 1960s and 1970s, serving as president of Tri Kappa Sorority, president of the Allen County Mental Health Association, and president of the Civic Theater Guild. She was also an active member of the Fort Wayne Fine Arts Commission and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. For many years, Kathleen and her husband L. Gray Paddock, performed in the Civic Theater Follies. She also enjoyed her membership in the Fort Wayne Country Club and attending First Presbyterian Church. Kathleen was a well respected professor at the Indiana University Division of General and Technical Studies at its former campus on Barr Street. In the early 1980s, she moved to the IPFW campus and continued her career as a professor of business and English, and as a guidance counselor. She loved teaching and counseling students on their potential careers. She was loved by her students. Prior to that, she taught at Roanoke, New Haven, and North Side High Schools in the 1950s and 1960s. When Kathleen retired in 1990, she started a second career for 10 years in real estate. She also enjoyed spending winters in Boca Raton, Florida. She married L. Gray Paddock of Portland on February 18, 1945. With him she had 2 sons, Stephen and Geoff. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1991. In 2002, she married Carl S. (Bud) Offerle. He preceded her in death on May 24, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Dee and Ireta Fryback of Decatur. In 2002, Kathleen was awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash for her accomplishments by Governor Frank O’Bannon, on her 80th birthday. Kathleen is survived by her two sons, Stephen (Barbara) Paddock of Boca Raton, Florida and Geoff Paddock of Fort Wayne. She is also survived by her two grandchildren Bridget and Stephen Paddock II of Boca Raton, Florida. Services will be at 1:30 PM Friday June 26, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 West Wayne Street, with the Reverend Annie Epling, officiating. Calling will be Thursday June 25, 2020, 5 to 7 PM at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Road Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road Preferred memorials to the wonderful nurses and support staff of Heartland Hospice and also to First Presbyterian Church. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery.

  • DONATIONS

  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Heartland Hospice

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 26, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 26, 2020

  • Final Resting

    Friday, June 26, 2020

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Linda Driver

June 28, 2020

I have many fond memories of Kathleen in the late 1950’s as a student at North Side High School. For a period of time, she was in charge of my Home Room in the Library. I think that was when I had opportunity to get more personally acquainted. I respected and enjoyed her. I consider her to be one of my early mentors and role models. She was also my gym teacher for a period of time. What a stellar career and remarkable accomplishments! I am pleased to have known her.


FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY