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THOMAS A. MOTTER, 96, of Fort Wayne, entered heavenly joy and eternal service to our Lord on Monday, May 5, 2014. Born Feb. 21, 1918, in the home of his parents, Parker and Mona Motter of Bryan, Ohio. He graduated from Fort Wayne Central High School in 1937 earning distinction as the "Best Boy Citizen", "King of the School", National Honor Society, and was a member of the All-City basketball team. Tom went to Indiana University where he played basketball and held the distinction of being the last surviving member of the IU 1940 NCAA basketball championship team. Team members received 'Sagamore of the Wabash' awards in 1980 and 1990 from Governors Otis Bowen and Evan Bayh at the Indianapolis National Championship games. After graduating from IU, Tom and his teammates played professional basketball for the Indiana All Stars. In 1942, World War II called him to serve his country. He organized basketball teams in the military and rose to the rank of Major in the fifth army field artillery division, receiving a Bronze star for meritorious service. At the end of World War II, he found his future wife, Ruth, gracing a perfume counter at Wolf & Dessauer. An avid golfer, finishing as Fort Wayne City Championship runner-up in 1956 and Orchard Ridge Country Club champion five times, he shot his age more than three hundred times. A top salesman for Wyandotte Chemicals Corporation, he was a Medallion club winner for 20 consecutive years. After retiring, Tom and Ruth loved wintering in Sarasota where Tom pursued a passion for music from his youth. This resulted in a collection of over 2,000 songs which delighted friends and relatives for more than 30 years. Tom loved IU basketball, building things and remodeling every home he owned, the Atlanta Braves, and Coney Island hot dogs. Tom and Ruth's marriage lasted 60 years and produced six children and ten grandchildren, all of whom survive. This includes: Paula K. (John) Osborne of Denver, Thomas M. (Clarice) Motter of Houston, James A. (Mary Ellen) Motter of Atlanta, Michael L. (Betsy) Motter and Barry R. Motter, both of Fort Wayne, and Brian P. (Lorrie) Motter of Atlanta. Tom was the proud grandfather of ten grandchildren including, Dr. Amy M. Osborne of Salt Lake City, James M. Motter Esq. of Fort Wayne, Elizabeth A. Motter of Indianapolis, Thomas L. Motter of Fort Wayne, Thomas C. and Michael R. Motter, both of Houston, Kellie A. Motter, Allison K. Motter, J. Brandon Motter, and Stephanie A. Motter, all of Atlanta. Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth M. (nee McCoy) Motter; parents, Parker A. and Mona I. (nee Fisher) Motter; brothers, Dale L. and Parker W. Motter; and sisters (nee Motter), Retha Kniffen, Selma McCray-Hunt, Evelyn Cantwell, and Betty Bushkill. "With Tom's passing, we are reminded that life is to be celebrated and, as he so admirably modeled, lived in service to others. He touched the lives of all who knew him as a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend. His final days were spent surrounded by family, and although we shall miss him every day, our remembrances will remain forever fresh and warm." Funeral service in honor and celebration of Tom's life is 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Road, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Rick Hawks officiating. Calling also from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a contribution in memory of Tom be made to Visiting Nurse Hospice Home or the Indiana University Foundation. To sign the online guestbook, please visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 7, 2014
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