BILL L. SHALEEN, 52, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, after a heroic and courageous encounter with cancer. "His perseverance inspired all who crossed his path. Always a kid at heart, he lived life to the fullest and took great pleasure spending time with family and friends." He loved kites, gardening, cooking, Disney World, Springsteen, Buffet, Sinatra, and Neil Young. He was a talented artist and wood carver who brought joy to many with his elaborate Halloween decorations and creative sand sculptures. A graduate of Snider High School, he then worked and managed Bombay Bicycle Club in the 1980's. For the past 23 years, he worked for Aalco Distributing Co. as a beer sales rep; never meeting a stranger. "Beloved husband, dad, 'grampa', son, brother, uncle, friend, and neighbor, we love and miss you dearly." He is survived by his wife and best friend of 28 years, Cindie; children, Carly Shaleen, Jessica (Wade) Oliver, Aaron Zimmerman, and Monica Duvalon; father, Loren Shaleen; sisters, Kay (Kevin) McClurg, Mary (Eric) Hansen and Theresa "Tweet" Shaleen; two sweet grandchildren, Lyla Oliver and Elijah Duvalon and one on the way; as well as cherished nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother. Delores "Pinkie" Shaleen. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Covington Memorial Gardens, 8408 Covington Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2012, at the funeral home. At Bill's request, please wear your favoite Hawaiian shirt and bring your favorite photo to share. He will be laid to rest at Covington Memorial Gardens. www.covingtonmemorial.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 29, 2012