OBITUARY

John A. Mann

January 3, 1950February 22, 2013

John Allen Mann, 63 of Fort Wayne and formerly of Huntington, returned to the loving arms of the lord, at 6:10 pm on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Mr. Mann was a local entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist. He was a 1968 graduate of Huntington High school and he earned his bachelors degree in Political Science at IPFW. He was the CEO of JMA, Inc., a company he started in the mid 70’s. The company did marketing, PR, promotions, restaurant management and entertainment. He was involved in promoting various forms of entertainment throughout his career including clients such as The Walt Disney Company, Ringling Brothers Circus, Carson & Barnes Circus, and Bearcreek Farms Resort. He was an enthusiastic advocate of the Circus and Outdoor Amusement Industries. The company eventually owned and operated 60 Subway Sandwich Franchises in Tennessee, Michigan and Indiana. The company currently owns 22 Subway Shops, all in Indiana, and owns commercial and rental properties, an investment company, a commercial leasing company and farmland. It also continues to develop entertainment projects in the area. Mr. Mann also started a charitable foundation that contributes to many local charities and non-profit organizations, including Matthew 25, Huntington YMCA, Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, Huntington Free Clinic, St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, Riley Children’s Hospital, Fort Wayne Museum of Art , Fort Wayne Civic Theater, Roanoke Public Library, Mad Anthony’s Hope House and more. John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art , the Huntington University PACE Board and the Riley Foundation Northeast Indiana Regional Leadership Committee.

John was born on January 3, 1950 in Huntington a son of Max and Mary (Allen) Mann. He was united in marriage to Gale Meyers on April 15, 2000 in Fort Wayne. His beloved wife survives.

Additional Survivors include a stepson: John Witting of Indianapolis and a stepdaughter: Karen Witting of Los Angeles, CA., as well as numerous cousins and good friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 25, 2013 from 3:00 – 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:30 am at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel with Pastor Robert Land officiating, there will also be one hour of visitation prior to the services.

Memorials are to Riley’s Children Hospital or donor’s choice in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

Interment will take place in the Markle Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 25, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, February 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Doug Haberland

March 1, 2013

I knew John from grade school and high school. I always found him to be enterprising and always looking at the ordinary with a different perspective. Obviously those childhood traits served him well -- and others -- in his adulthood and career. My deepest sympathies.

Vickie Kibellus

February 28, 2013

Gayle, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man with BIG ideas--and he managed to realize them and make them happen. And you are the one woman who could match his energy and ideas.

Joe and Bev Dorko

February 27, 2013

Gale,

We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences on John's untimely death.

"It's the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you'll remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even though it seems like you can never recover from your loss, it is these very memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles."

John had a great smile and he brought joy to all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a very generous, loving, caring individual who worked hard so others could benefit. We will miss seeing him at the various fundraisers in the Fort Wayne community.

John will always remain within our hearts, in our thoughts, and in our prayers. May God give you strength to carry on. ~Hugs and Blessings~

Natalie Lederle

February 26, 2013

Gale,We are so sorry for your loss...Natalie & Steve Lederle

Chris Smart

February 26, 2013

Gale, I just heard of your loss. My deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow. I know his reward will be great, for all the good he provided for so many in need. I appreciate all you both have done.
Dream Catcher Balloon Team

Byron Braun

February 26, 2013

Gale,
On behalf of the Fort Wayne children's foundation and the children we serve we wish to extend our most sincere condolences to you during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely..Byron Braun

February 25, 2013

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, GOD PROMISES US THAT WE WILL SEE OUR LOVED ONES AGAIN, MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT HE IS WITH YOU NOW.

Chris and Sarah J

February 25, 2013

Our deepest sympathies are with you during this loss.

Chris Roberts

February 25, 2013

Gale, so very sorry to hear of your loss. John was a great man who made a big difference in many lives, mine included. So proud to have known him.

February 25, 2013

Gale, we will be praying for you as you mourn. Remember John 14:27; and know that the peace the LORD gives is everlasting. May that peace carry you & your family through this time of great loss.
The J Taylors