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Lamerl S. Love, 86, of Fort Wayne, died at 4:05 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center where he was admitted Saturday, June 29.
He was born Jan. 14, 1927, in New Albany a son of Walter B. and Ada (Bliss) Love. In 1937, his family moved to Fort Wayne from Palmyra. He graduated from Central High School.
On Feb. 22, 1946, he was united in marriage to Dorothy B. Steele. They made their first home in Columbia City before moving to Fort Wayne. In 1970, they moved to their current home.
A veteran, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and later the U.S. Army.
He began his employment with Keener then Marhoefer Meat Packing. In 1989, he retired from Dana Corporation with over 30 years of service.
His memberships include United Faith Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, Columbia City Lodge #189 Free & Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite (participating in the choir for over 30 years), Mizpah Shrine, Whitley County Shrine Club, Hillbilly Clan #95, Order of the Eastern Star #65 (past Worthy Patron) and American Legion Post #499.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Dorothy; two brothers, Robert Love and Harold Love, both of Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, William Love, Ray Love, Noal Love; and a sister, Eula Noll.
The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Nolt Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday followed by the Order of the Eastern Star Service.
Preferred memorials are to United Faith Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be sent at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.