Jerry Toms

Jerry D. Toms

Tuesday, July 9th, 1946 - Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
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Jerry D. Toms, 73, passed away February 19, 2020 at his home in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne to the late Dan and Fannie Toms and was a graduate from Concordia Lutheran High School. Jerry worked at Shambaugh and Son as a Fabrication Shop Manager for 31 years. He was a proud member of the Local 166 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters. Jerry was also a member of AA. He had a passion for landscaping and working his yard. He had a contagious laugh that was easily recognized by his friends. Most of all he loved spending time with his wife, family, and friends. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna Toms of Fort Wayne; children, Stacy (Kurt Keys) Honeick and Brent (Angie) Toms both of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Riley, Avery, Brooke, Taylor, Cameron, Lance, and Brandon; and sister, Janice Bultemeier of Fort Wayne. Jerry was preceded in death by his son-in-law, D.J. Honeick. Service is 11:00 am, Monday, February 24, 2020 at Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St. with calling one-hour prior. Calling also 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church. To sign the online guestbook, go to
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, February 24th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, February 24th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, February 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 24th, 2020 11:00am
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Jack Massucci

Posted at 10:19pm
Sorry for your loss. Our sympathy to you and your family.
Jack and Lois Massucci

Thomas Aurich

Posted at 08:41pm
I had the honor of working with Jerry for over thirty years. To many people he was viewed as a rigid “do it right or don’t do it” kind of guy. And he was ! Quality and attention to detail was his calling card. I once asked his opinion on a personal project and he paid me probably the biggest compliment of my career. In addition to offering to help with my project, he went on to explain that HE would be honored to help because “you were one of the good ones”. Referring to our engineering staff who I know he had respect for. Many years later I look back on that conversation and can still remember my emotion on hearing those words from him. He will be remembered by me always and will be greatly missed.

Cynthia Dillion

Posted at 03:11pm
Jerry was amazing man!! I was so very lucky to have him as a boss at Shambaugh & Son for 11 years. Jerry had a huge heart and he was always there for anyone that ever needed anything. He was so intelligent and knew how to make everything look so professional in all he worked on. He made it fun to come to work. Jerry and I had so many talks and laughs over the 11 years I worked under him. I loved it when he talked about his past experiences, his thoughts on daily life, and the stories of himself and also I loved coming in on Mondays and he would tell me all the things Donna and himself did over the weekend including going to the casinos. Anyone who would talk or hang out with him would gain so much knowledge and if they need assistance, he would get them the help they needed, if they needed to learn something he always would sit and teach them until they understood it, if they needed support on life’s troubles , he made time to do all he could to help them. He was a teacher of drawing and getting the Fabrications done at Shambaugh & Son, on Life and everyday living- he was a man of KNOWLEDGE!!!! I can not put into words how important Jerry Toms was to me, but I do want everyone to know I am honored to have had him in my life and the 11 years I worked with him was a huge honor. And he will never be forgotten. My heart will be heavy for the family and friends and Donna, Stacy, and Brent on Monday. Love Cynthia (was Flennery now Dillion)

Randy & Sharon Kunkel

Posted at 09:32pm
With deepest sympathy for our AA friends.
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