ROBERT E. BAALS, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Born May 29, 1922, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Clinton J. and Edna J. Baals. A member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, a 33rd degree Mason and member of the Scotish Rite of Free Masonry, he served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a Fort Wayne Fire Fighter, for 29 years, and worked at General Electric. He is survived by his children, Jim (Gloria) Baals, and Linda Karn, both of Fort Wayne; as well as four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his wife of over 62 years, Phyllis Y. Baals, in 2011; sister, Janet Fuller; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior to service. Calling also from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to the Fort Wayne Firefighter's Museum. For online condolences visit


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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 23, 2013