OBITUARY

Woodrow "Bear" A. Ormiston, Sr.

April 2, 1944June 25, 2019

Woodrow "Bear" A. Ormiston Sr., 75, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital. He was born April 2, 1944 in Fort Wayne to the late Harold and Dorothy Ormiston. He worked as a Teamster Truck Driver. Woody is survived by his son, Woodrow A. Ormiston, Jr. of Fort Wayne; Jim (Laurie) Ormiston of Markle and John (Kay) Ormiston of Fremont; sisters, Diana (Marv) Hathaway of Roanoke and Nancy (Jack) Hensler of Port Charlotte, FL; grandson Derick Ormiston of Fort Wayne; and his extended family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece, Michelle Hathaway. Funeral service will be on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be held Friday, July 5, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 6600 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804, with a Gremlin Bell Ceremony as part of the graveside service. Contributions in "Bear's" memory may be made to Fraternal Order of Eagles or AMVETS. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.elzey-patterson-rodakfuneralhome.com for the Ormiston family.

  • DONATIONS

  • Fraternal Order of Eagles
  • AMVETS

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Final Resting Saturday, July 6, 2019

Memories

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Peggy Meyers

July 14, 2019

Haven't seen you for a minute but I missed you then and I miss you now. Fly high my friend. God bless your sweet heart.

Peggy Meyers

July 14, 2019

Woody you were always soo good to me. I will always remember you and I will always miss you my friend. I will see you again when I get there. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’‹

LISA HARGIS

July 6, 2019

LISA HARGIS

July 6, 2019

I met big Woody when I was 10 years old. Him and my mother were dating at the time Sharon story known as Sam they dated for many years. The time they spent together they bared a child Woody Jr my little brother.Big Woody was no longer Big Woody he was Dad. The kindest,gentlest man loving, caring Man that I had ever met. Andover he definitely had the other side to him too if you know what he you know not to misbehave around him are you're going to get it. I only ever got one spanking from him and I will never forget it. LOL dad you will be dearly missed I Will Always Love You and miss you I will never stop thinking about you and until we meet again. I'll see you on the other side love Lisa

Therese Steup

July 6, 2019

I met and have known Woody since the early 1980's . My heart will always hold fond and precious memories of him , from the rides we shared to just hangin out at Gradys Place and Hook n Ladder. Thanks for being a such a fun companion .Until we met again RIP my friend Woody

Vickie (Wade) Peppler

July 2, 2019

I met Woody when I was 11 or 12. I grew up in Waynedale and Woody and Jim were part of Waynedale. They were older than me but we were friends. Woody was a big gentle guy. The last time I saw Woody was in the early 70's. He came in the truck stop and my back was to him and he picked me way up in the air. I was so surprised and happy to see him. Rest in peace Woody and thanks for being a good memory of my childhood. Prayers and hugs to Woody's family.
Vickie (Wade) Peppler

Melissa McClellan Martin

July 2, 2019

Rest easy jesus in a leather jacket. That is what we called you when we was kids. As we seen you walked into the Legion, with your long beard and leather jacket , you was forever named by us as jesus in a leather jacket. We always believed you to be the protector of everyone who lived in waynedale. To me and my family he was a great guy, would do anything for anyone. My kids never met him but they have always heard the stories of our hero. RiP

Anna Dixon

July 1, 2019

I met Woody over 50 years ago. I worked with his mom, Dorothy. Iโ€™ve never met a kinder, sweeter person. The Lord has taken a true angel. Thanks, Woody, for being a friend.

Lori Carroll

July 1, 2019

What a great man.... My father(Jesse Cummins) told me once he was out side the hook & ladder and he pulled on woodys beard. I guess that was a no no! Nothing happened! Becaused they were good friends.
Our Deepest Condolences,
Travis & Lori (Cummins) Carroll

David Hart

July 1, 2019

I have known Woody it seems my whole life and would always honk at him if he was sitting outside as I drove by.
Once in a while I would stop to chat a few minutes. What a great guy! That habit will be hard to break.
Waynedale will never be the same without him.
To his whole family, I am so sorry for your loss.
I used to see Jim at Azars often after work and drink coffee and talk with him. And I was in grade school with Nancy.
May God give you all comfort and strength!

FROM THE FAMILY