Robert Arden McMahon

February 13, 1931April 26, 2014

ROBERT MC MAHON, 83 of Fort Wayne passed away peacefully at home on April 26, 2014. Robert was a loving father, grandfather and friend. Born in Bucyrus, OH, his family moved to Fort Wayne in 1948. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1949. He joined the Marine Corps Reserve and was assigned to active duty in Korea as Company First Sgt. He returned home a year later and joined the Home Telephone Company as assistant supervisor of Revenue Accounting Department. He next joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department in 1961 as a combat firefighter and in 1961 was promoted to Fire Prevention Chief. In 1981 he became the first City Fire Marshall of Fort Wayne. In 1981he retired to join the Essex Division of United Technologies as the Chief of Fire Protection, covering 51 locations. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary Intl. and a 30 year member of Anthony Wayne Rotary. He was also a member of American Legion Post 296, VFW Post 2689, and charter member of the Fort Wayne Fire Dept. Museum.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Donahue McMahon, 2 sisters; Barbara Kinder, Rosenberg, TX, Patricia (Hoyt) Elrod, Leesburg, FL, 3 daughters; Cathy (Chuck) Larson, Colorado Springs, CO, Susan (and partner Norb Ashby) Klein, Mesa, AZ, Linda Bunn, Wolcottville, IN and step-daughter Carrie Chapman, Fort Wayne, IN., step-son, Steven Donahue, Colchester, VT, 3 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 10 great grandchildren and 3 step grandsons. Services are will be at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 421 W. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne. On Thursday May 1, 2014 at 11am with calling 1 hour prior. Burial in Lindenwood cemetery.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 1, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 1, 2014

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Sue Klein

February 22, 2015

It's been almost a year since the Lord called you to him ... and Dad, recalling you is easy, I do it every day. Missing you is the heartache that never goes away. I will never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten. With much love, now & always, Sue

Becky Shocklee-Hanefeld

May 4, 2014

I wish you peace and love in God's hands now, Cousin Robert. I am so glad that we got to spend some quality time together not only at the family reunions but in Payson, Arizona. My mother loved the time you spent with her and you are now with her. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. We will meet again. Love and peace. Becky

Cathy Larson

May 4, 2014

Dad - I believe you're in a better place. I love you very much and you'll always be with me in my heart. Love, Cathy

Joe Clevenger

May 3, 2014

Always enjoyed Bob's company, wit, and verve. Condolences to Lillian. He will be missed.

Dave Clevenger

May 1, 2014

God bless you, Bob. And our hearts and condolences to Lillian and Family.
Bob was such a wonderful person and always helpful to others.
We will miss you. We will miss that smile.

Nancy Waite

May 1, 2014

I will always remember you as a truly good man and a kind and supportive friend. You made the world a better place.

Bless you.

Nancy Waite

April 30, 2014

On behalf of the Francis/Jean Kottyan family, we wish Bob a swift entry into God's loving arms and we pray that Bob's family will be sustained by many fond memories of their life with him.
Mike, Tim, Nick, Matt Kottyan and their families.

Jeff Kottyan

April 30, 2014

Rest in Piece Cousin Bob. Our conversations, family reunions and talking about golf and firefighting will always be memories cherished.

Linda Love

April 30, 2014

So sorry to hear about Bob passing. I met Bob while taking care of his mom at Indian Village Nursing Home. He was a very kind and special person.May his wife and Cathy, Sue, Linda, and the rest of his family find peace, and comfort during this time. Linda Asher Love. R.I.P. Robert. The Angels have taken you home to be with your mom and dad and James.

Robert Assaley

April 29, 2014

You were a good friend and a productive Rotarian. Miss you.