DONALD P. McARDLE
1935 - 2021
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DONALD P. McARDLE, 85, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Fort Wayne. Born April 25, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Jack and Marie McArdle. Don was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. In 1952, Don graduated from St. Justin High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he played football with future NFL Legend, Johnny Unitas, with whom he remained lifetime friends. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College in 1956, where he was a four year member of the football team with his lifelong friend, David Reed. Most importantly, Allegheny is where Don met his future wife, Beverly Ann Garbark. Don and Bev were married on June 15, 1957 and soon settled in Columbus, Ohio, where their first three children were born (one did not survive). After receiving a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1960, Don and Bev relocated to Lima, Ohio, where Don began his business career in the electric motor division of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Lima is where their next three children were born. In 1964, Don moved his family to Bluffton, Ind., where the next three children were born, to begin a 21-year career with Franklin Electric Co., Inc. Don and Bev were very active in the Bluffton community while he rose to the position of Vice President and General Manager of the submersible motor division. After a two-year stint as the President of the Briggs Plumbingware division of JP Industries in Tampa, Fla., Don and his good friend, Marv Huston, purchased McCoy Bolt Works, Inc. in Fort Wayne in 1987. Don remained active as the Chairman of the Board of McCoy Bolt until his passing. Don was a very active member of the Fort Wayne community, involved in a great many civic, political, religious and charitable organizations. Along with his friend, John Tippmann, he organized an annual golf fundraiser for the Women's Care Centers of Fort Wayne, about which he and Bev cared deeply. Don was a life-long sports fan, with a special affinity toward football and golf. Despite all of Don's interests and activities, he maintained a special one-on-one relationship with each 29 of his grandchildren. Don is survived by his sister, Jacky Stromple of Pittsburgh, Pa.; brother, Lyn (Jackie) McArdle of Dayton, Ohio; brother-in-law, John Garbark of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his eight children, Robert (Jennifer) McArdle of Fort Wayne, Patrick (Diane) McArdle of Shawnee, Kan., Lynda (Brock) Rittenhouse of Fort Wayne, Michael (Julie) McArdle of Fort Wayne, Mary (Michael) Ramirez of Jasper, Ind., David (Nancy) McArdle of Bloomington, Ind., Ann (Eric) Salek of Medina, Ohio, and John (Christina) McArdle of Fort Wayne. In addition, Don loved his 29 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Beverly Ann (Garbark) McArdle, in 2014. Mass of Christian Burial is noon Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, with calling two hours prior to the service. Please join the family to honor the life of Donald P. McArdle by livestream. Visit St. Elizabeth's website: https://seasfw.org/homilies Scroll down and click "Streamspot". The livestream will begin about 10 minutes prior to mass. Burial in in Greenlawn Cemetery, Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne, PO Box 12708, Fort Wayne, IN 46864 will be appreciated. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com


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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 13, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Calling hours
10:00 - 12:00 PM
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
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15
Mass of Christian Burial
12:00 PM
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
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January 23, 2021
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Don McCardle. Although I only had a brief bit of contact with your family, all of you left an indelible imprint upon me. From my friendship with Bob, I had the great pleasure to meet the entire family and to be welcomed by all of you. The incredibly positive impression Don and his lovely wife left has remained with me over 40 years later. There are few people who leave such a lasting impression upon someone. He, along with his entire family have the gift of making everyone feel very welcome, appreciated, and special. I am thankful to have known, albeit briefly, Mr. McCardle, and his fine family. Rest in peace.
Teri Rosinski
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January 15, 2021
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January 14, 2021
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January 14, 2021
Don Mcardle-A gracious humble gentleman who put family and God first, a friend to all, who gave so much to his community in so many ways. His kindness and generosity will serve him well in the presence of his God where I’m sure he is at this moment. It was a great privilege to know him and be a friend. He will be greatly missed.
Robert A Kruse
January 14, 2021
To all of Don's children: As I read your father's obituary, many fond memories came back to me. A great neighbor, a loving husband and father, a mentor to many young people, and, above all, a very Christian man. My parents loved all of you and really looked forward to your visits to Adams Lake. I remember listening in on some of the conversations that your dad and Cletus would have over a couple of beers. I still have (and proudly display) the personalzed autographed picture of Johnny Unitas that he gave me back in the 1960s. The entire Geels family extends their deepest sympathy over your loss and pray that you all experience strength, faith, and peace in the years ahead.
John Geels
John Geels
Friend
January 13, 2021
There are no better, nor talented persons than Don McArdle. We were always proud to call Don a friend. On the evening prior to his passing we were fortunate to say Hi to Don at a local restaurant. As you might imagine, he was with family celebrating a birthday.
Jeff and Sharon Espich
Jeffrey K Espich
Friend
January 13, 2021
Sorry to hear. Don was a person who was a positive influence in my life. Someone I will not forget.
Bruce Conrad
Coworker
January 13, 2021
Don was one of the most sincere men that I have ever known. A true gentleman and a great friend. He will be missed by many but also remembered with the best of memories.
beth wolf
Friend
January 13, 2021
To the McArdle family, my sincerest condolences on the passing of Don. What a great man and community member he was. We lost a real gentleman and respected ndividual.
Thomas Wyss
Acquaintance
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