JAMES ELLWOOD LINCOLN, 78, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Jim was an active member of Emmaus Lutheran Church, the Creighton -Home Neighborhood Association, the Joselyn Steel Retirees Club, and the John Chapman Kiwanis - sponsored Aktion Club for developmentally disabled adults. He graduated from Johnny Appleseed School in 1965 and from East Wayne Street Center in 2008 and served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America Fort Wayne Troop 410 in the 1970s and 1980s. Jim was a woodworker, repurposing scrap lumber to make sturdy benches, wood boxes, and other items he could sell. He often walked in his neighborhood and downtown, where he helped with City Clean-up Days and Tire Amnesties, kept a protective eye on the local Zesto's during the off season, and encouraged nearby business owners to join the neighborhood association. He liked to help at church and welcomed every new member and visitor. Jim waved to anyone who was friendly, shared his stories when he got the chance, and sent homemade Christmas cards to everyone who befriended him. Jim is survived by his younger sister, Catherine E. Graham; and nephews, Harold W. Graham III and Brian K. Graham (godson), of Fort Wayne, and Timothy Graham of Logan Township, N.J. He was receded in death by his parents, Dorrence and Lucile (Stamm) Lincoln; and older sister, Sharron E. Treer. Memorial service is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 8626 Covington Road, with visitation and viewing starting at 11 a.m. The Reverend Roy C. Olsen III officiating. Graveside ceremony is 1 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, 1801 Maumee Ave., Fort Wayne, with a light reception after the interment for family and friends to share reminiscences at Memorial Park Pavilion, 1152 Glasgow Ave. Memorials can be made to the Emmaus Lutheran Church Building Fund.
Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on Oct. 10, 2021.