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