Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Richard A. Etzler

January 9, 1926November 6, 2019

Richard A. Etzler, 93, of Fort Wayne passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. He was born on January 9, 1926 to the late Richard E. and Hazel (Miller) Etzler. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a supervisor at Nipsco. Surviving family include his son, Bruce (Jennifer) Etzler and daughter, Carol (Robert) Matthews; grandsons, Ryan (Nita) Matthews, Peter (Sasi) Matthews, Michael (Sara) Matthews; five great grandchildren; and good friend, Phyllis Doty. Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by his wife, Joan (Lee) Etzler; son, Gordon; granddaughter, Corrie Etzler; and siblings, Barbara Galli, and Don, Roger, and Jim Etzler. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 3705 S. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Heart to Heart Hospice. Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne is handling arrangements.


  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • Heart to Heart Hospice


  • Visitation Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Final Resting Place: Covington Memorial Gardens Monday, November 11, 2019


Richard A. Etzler

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Denny Mahuren

November 12, 2019

Dear Bruce and Carol and family,
I am so sorry to have missed the funeral on Monday. I was deeply saddened to learn about your father's passing. He had a long and fruitful life. I have so many fond memories with him--playing basketball and horseshoes, watching Hee-Haw together on Friday nights, and the music sessions at Grubbs. An important part of my life has passed also. Our thoughts are with all of you.

Denny and Becky Mahuren

Tim Galli

November 10, 2019

Bruce, Jenny, Carol and Bob and families:

I have so many wonderful memories of your father. I remember Christmases at Grandma Etzler's house on Oliver with your dad playing guitar, my dad on the trumpet and others singing; everyone laughing and having fun. Your dad was clearly the "leader of the band!" I also know Uncle Junior was a great help to my mom after my dad died; he made sure he checked-in on his little sister. Uncle Junior was a great example of someone with a positive attitude, a helpful spirit and great faith,,, and a wonderful smile! I will never forget Uncle Junior's smile and positive attitude.

I am sorry I will not be able to be with you tomorrow.
Your families will be in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate Uncle Junior's life.

Tim Galli