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Sunday, March 14, 2021 1:00 am

8 in 10 local deaths were age 70, older

Nearly 79.5% of the 625 COVID-19 deaths Allen County recorded through Feb. 22 were individuals age 70 and older, with 32.5% of those being 80-89.

Add in those age 60 and older, and those deaths account for nearly 91% of those officially attributed to the novel coronavirus, according to data on the Allen County Department of Health website.

The youngest to die was just 4 years old and the oldest was 107. The average age of those who have died in Allen County is 78.4.

The high death toll among the elderly was reflected in what readers shared with The Journal Gazette in January when we asked for names and basic information about those who died in Allen County from COVID-19.

All of the nearly 40 names submitted were for individuals at least 60 years old with the largest group – 14 of them – being between 70-79.

Checks of county death certificates at the health department of the submitted names confirmed at least 36 died from COVID-19 with that listed as the cause or a contributing factor.

The health department's Vital Records Office issues certified birth and death records for events occurring in Fort Wayne and Allen County.

Most of the information needed to complete death certificates is obtained from the family of the deceased, the health department website says. A physician completes the cause of death information and signs the certificate.

– Compiled by Lisa Green and Rosa Salter Rodriguez

Lives lost

The following are among individuals who have died from COVID-19 whose deaths were recorded in Allen County.

2020

Name - Age - City - Date of death - Occupation

Edmund Arthur Brager - 70 - Fort Wayne - March 22 - retired

Connie S. Brockhaus - 69 - New Haven - July 23 - retired RN

Theresa “Teri” A. Dawson - 70 - Fort Wayne - May 28 - retired RN

Bonnie Virginia DeCamp - 79 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 28 - retired

John R. Dominguez - 91 - Fort Wayne - Oct. 13 - retired from GE

Stephen Craig Duff - 70 - Van Wert, Ohio - Dec. 10 - retired lab manager

Donald J. Figel Jr. - 73 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 7 - retired electronics technician

Joyce Gallant - 75 - Fort Wayne - Nov. 9 - retired head cook

Rita (Luebke) Geary - 94 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 3 - retired office manager

Robert J. Gillespie - 71 - Roanoke - Oct. 22 - retired from GM, Air Force veteran

Gregory T. Goetterman - 75 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 1 - author and Vietnam vet

Donna Hanks - 67 - Fort Wayne - Nov. 16 - retired

Joyce Ann Jones - 71 - Fort Wayne - Nov. 7 - retired

William H. Knipstein - 93 - Fort Wayne - Nov. 6 - retired

Norma Jean Marks - 88 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 5 - retired

Joseph M. Ochoa Sr. - 84 - Fort Wayne - Oct. 11 - retired entertainment promoter

Terence M. O'Neil - 86 - Fort Wayne - Nov. 9 - retired

James T. Parks - 82 - Fort Wayne - Nov. 23 - retired

Karen Jean Parks - 79 - Fort Wayne - Nov. 29 - hospital system volunteer

Mary Ellen (Farley) Rajchel - 89 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 19 - retired

Eunice Reppert - 87 - Fort Wayne - Nov. 21 - retired

Charles F. Rhoads - 92 - Roanoke - April 12 - retired from Indiana Michigan Power

James J. Riemen 76 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 4 - retired from Navistar

Adrienne L. Shryock - 95 - Fort Wayne - Nov. 8 - retired social worker

Delmar D. Slentz - 87 - Leo-Cedarville - Sept. 16 - retired farmer

Hedwig Anna (Schrof) Speed - 83 - Fort Wayne - July 26 - retired executive, educator

Joan L. Tisher - 67 - Huntertown - Dec. 17 - retired daycare operator

Stephen Lynn Trahin - 74 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 12 - GE retiree, Army veteran

Rosemary Iona Usman - 80 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 10 - retired case worker at Easter Seals

Donald Whan - 67 - Fort Wayne - April 3 - retired hospital employee

Tommy Rex Young - 74 - Fort Wayne - Dec. 1 - commodity broker

Eldon A. Zook 89 - LaGrange - April 24 - reti

2021

Clinton M. Derrow - 76 - Fort Wayne - Jan. 6 - retired

Marjorie Feeback - 97 - Fort Wayne - Jan. 10 - retired

Richard E. McConn - 65 - Ossian - Jan. 19 - retired

Mary G. Ybarra - 93 - Fort Wayne - Jan. 2 - retired


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