WALTER E. DeFORD, 80, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Walter worked as an Overhead Crane Operator with Slater Steel for 42 years, retiring in 1997. After retirement he and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. Walter enjoyed fishing, spending time with the family, he was a big "do it yourself" guy, very witty, and had a great sense of humor, which he kept through the end. Surviving are his daughter Sherri (Skip Weinreich Sr.) DeFord of Fort Wayne; daughter Debra Garrison of Angola; son Byron DeFord of Roanoke; daughter Dina (Walley Davis) Heim of Fort Wayne; daughter Crystal DeFord of Fort Wayne; daughter Corryn DeFord of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and brother Roy (Jo) DeFord of Roanoke. He was preceded in death by father Melvin D. DeFord; mother Geneva Opal DeFord; wife Kay Iris DeFord; brother James DeFord; brother Joseph DeFord; sister Ruth Ann Sills; and sister Barb Shannon. Service is 10:30 a.m., May 24, 2012 with calling one hour prior at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue with Chaplain Cheryl Schmidt officiating. Calling is from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the funeral home. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to the
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 22, 2012