OBITUARY

Wayne D Goldsmith

October 21, 1929April 16, 2021

Rev. Wayne D. Goldsmith, 91, died at home, surrounded by family, on Fri., Apr. 16, 2021. Ever the strong-willed spirit, he lived independently until the end. A true adventurer, Wayne ran road races into his mid-80s. He was a staple in the Fort Wayne Galloping Gobbler, where he frequently won his age group (yes, he often ran uncontested). He also enjoyed hiking (including the Grand Canyon at age 79), fishing, and other outdoor adventures. Wayne also championed his children’s and grandchildren’s adventures, cheering them on from the sidelines at Ironman races and high school sporting events. In his final days, he smiled and said that even the process of death would be a great adventure. Professionally, Wayne was a pastor. For 45 years, he served congregations full time in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Ontario. After retiring, he spent another 15 years serving many congregations as an interim minister. And while he was a Protestant pastor, he loved Notre Dame football. Go Irish! A man who practiced what he preached, Wayne had memorized the New Testament book of Philippians, and, though struggling with cancer, recited it once again during the last week of his life. Among the verses the best exemplified his life was this: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only at your own interests, but also at the interests of others.” Wayne truly strove to do this in his family, in his ministry and in his community. Without doubt, he was greeted at the gates of Heaven with the accolade from Matthew, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Wayne was born Oct. 21, 1929 in Wauseon, Ohio to the late Harry H. and Caroline (Sauder) Goldsmith. He was married to his beloved Mary (McCurdy) Goldsmith for 66 years, and missed her greatly since her death in 2018. During their life together, they mourned the death of an infant son, Charles Goldsmith; their daughter, Beverly Goldsmith-Mills; and their son-in-law, Michael Mills. Seven siblings also preceded Wayne in death. Wayne is survived by his son, Mark W. Goldsmith of Hillsdale, Mich.; daughter, Beth Goldsmith (Deborah Romary) of Fort Wayne, Ind; 7 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 siblings. A celebration of Wayne’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Sat., June 12, 2021 at Central Ministries, 5801 Schwartz Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind. with a calling one hour prior. Masks are requested to be worn at all times. There also will be a memorial calling on Fri., June 11, 2021 from 1:00-3:00 and 5:00-7:00 p.m. at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind. Private burial will be at Concordia Gardens Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Ind. Preferred memorials are to Central Ministries, Vera Bradley Foundation or Community Transportation Network (CTN). To sign the online guestbook go to www.mccombandsons.com.

Services

11 June

Visitation

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Maplewood Park

4017 Maplecrest Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

11 June

Visitation

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Maplewood Park

4017 Maplecrest Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

12 June

Memorial Service

10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Central Ministries

5801 Schwartz Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

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Wayne D Goldsmith

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Richard Else

April 29, 2021

Pastor Goldsmith served as an interim pastor at Monroe UB church in Monroe,IN He vigorously proclaimed the gospel and ministered to the congreagation. He would go the second mile to meet and present the gospel to the unsaved. His motto was,"Let's go get them." The congragation increased in size and enthusiam under his ministry. They would have loved to have kept him as their pastor. A faithful and enthusiastic servant has gone home to his eternal reward. May we carry on his life goal. LET'S GO GET THEM!

Scott McDonald

April 26, 2021

I became a Christian at the age of 18 and always remember my first love and sometimes have to remember from where I have fallen. I was blessed to have Wayne as an interim pastor at my church for a time and Wayne was a great reminder of that height. Wayne's lamp was pure gold through which The Love of Christ shone in perfection! Well done dear brother, see you soon!

Deb Romary

April 25, 2021

Riding bikes on the Nickle Plate Trail, September 2020, with Beth, Milford Wagler, Kim Wagler Ziner, and Steve Ziner.
The grand adventure continues ❤️

Robin Heil

April 25, 2021

I wouldn't know where to begin there would be so many. You were part of our family for so many years and one of my dads closest and dearest friends. My deepest condolences to your family and this difficult time. RIP Uncle Wayne . Robin and Tom

Jim Catanzaro

April 25, 2021

Mr B Gold. You were a pistol for sure. You will be missed by many.. Sorry, I fell out of the loop sometime ago. We are just now hearing about your passing. Take care of all those on the other side, like you did on this side.

Deb Romary

April 23, 2021

Celebrating 91 years with a walk around Promenade Park.

Cathy Neff

April 23, 2021

We loved having pastor Wayne in Ontario for three years. We missed him and Mary Anne when they moved back to the United States. He was an inspiration to our family. Our hearts grieve for you.

Kathy Mitchinson

April 22, 2021

I had the honour of being baptized by Pastor Wayne, and my grandmother accepted the Lord through his guidance. Amen! What a blessed life.

Jerry Yoder

April 22, 2021

Wayne married sherry and I twice !
In 1980 and again in 2005 He was a great man .

Deb Romary

April 22, 2021

Loving couple, together in God’s grace and hope.

FROM THE FAMILY