Michael Elvin DeWald, age 75, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the V.A. Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr. DeWald was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 27, 1945 to the late Elvin Leo and Nellie Leota (Waters) DeWald. He graduated from Northside High School in 1963 and honorably served his country in the United States Navy as a Seabee. He served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. Shortly after he returned from the war, he married Connie Annita Hisey at Port Hueneme, California, on March 18, 1967.
Mike owned and operated DeWald Excavating. He started his business in 1976 and retired in 2006 and his son, Kevin took over the day-to-day operations. Mike was an avid antique John Deere tractor collector and he belonged to various antique tractor clubs in the area. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Lake Township. His faith in God and his family were most important to Mike. He loved spending time at the lake, camping and horseback riding.
Wife, Connie DeWald of Fort Wayne.
Son, Kevin and Kimberly DeWald of Fort Wayne.
Daughter, Michelle and Chad Sutton of Garrett.
Five grandchildren including Kameron DeWald, Kaden DeWald, and Kailey DeWald all of Fort Wayne; Bailey Sutton of Fort Wayne and Garrett Sutton of Garrett.
Sister, Rita Sherwood of Fort Wayne.
Sister, Carol Fairchild of South Bend.
Many nieces and nephews.
Brother-in-law, Jimmie and Laura Hisey of Fort Wayne.
Brother-in-law, Lonnie and Laura Pace of Houston, Texas.
Brother-in-law, Gary and Karen Pace of Spring Branch, Texas.
Brother-in-law, John Smith of Burnet, Texas.
Sister-in-law, Nancy and Danny Cloud of Weatherford, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law, Jim Sherwood and Roland Fairchild and sister-in-law, Pam Smith.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lake Township, 7914 West Cook Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church with visitation an hour prior to the funeral service.
Burial with military honors will take place at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.
Memorial donations may be made in Mike’s honor to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lake Township or to the Alpha-1 Association, 2937 SW 27th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33133.
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