Joseph B. Longardner

  • Died: December 23, 2017
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Maplewood Park

4017 Maplecrest Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph B. Longardner, 94, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017. He was born October 15, 1923 in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of the late Joseph E. and Flora M. (Koch) Longardner. Joseph was a WWII veteran and a recipient of Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star awards. During his service he fought in the European Theatre, the Battle of the Bulge, and served as a paratrooper. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal in 1945. Joseph worked at Indiana and Michigan Electric Power for 40 years before his retirement. He was an IBEW lifetime member, a Free Mason, and a member of First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his sons, Scott J. (Vickie) Longardner, and Craig T. Longardner both of Fort Wayne, grandsons, Brian S. (Sara) Longardner, Kent S. (Jennifer) Longardner, Joseph S. Longardner, and Jacob K. Longardner; great-grandchildren, Drew A. and Tessa C., and Leena M. Longardner. He was preceded in death by his wife Dolores on January 12, 2013; and brother, Harold A. Longardner. Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road with calling 1 hour prior. Calling also 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of gifts or flowers memorials may be made to The Towne House Employee Gift Fund. To sign the online guest book, go to


Condolence & Memory Journal

Craig and Scott I am sorry for loss. Gods speed
Mr. Longardner

Posted by Jim McGinnis - Fort Wayne   December 30, 2017


Sorry for your loss. I only knew your dad from a few stories you told while we worked together. Your love for him was evident. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Posted by Don Bryant - Columbus, MS   December 29, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss, Craig. Please know, Cort and I are remembering you and your family in our prayers.

Posted by Lori Shuler - Fort Wayne, IN   December 29, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Scott J. Longardner and Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Father, Joseph B. Longardner.

God's Blessings to the Longardner Family.


William C. Phillips

Posted by WILLIAM C. PHILLIPS - FORT WAYNE, IN   December 28, 2017

Joe was a caring man. I have many happy memories of Joe tinkering on his Pontiac and every imaginable gadget, to allowing us kids to gather in the basement to play cards and to just talking with us about everything. My direction in life may have been a worse direction if it had not been for the many times he and Delores spent just talking with us and showing interest in us kids in general. He and Delores have played a very special part in my life. Joe gave us a role model which any of us would do well to follow.

Posted by Richard Abramson - Clover, SC - Family Friend   December 28, 2017

I am sorry for your loss. You and family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Ed Shrewsbury - Roanoke, VA   December 27, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with your family Craig.
Dave Doster, SDI-CCI

Posted by A friend   December 27, 2017

Worked with Joe at I&M. One of the nicest persons I have ever known. Rest in peace Joe.

Posted by Jon Thiel - Auburn, IN   December 27, 2017

How my dad, Homer Smeltzer, loved Burl. He was his best friend, and I can just see them in heaven right now cracking jokes. God bless you all.

Posted by Becky Lowe - Ft Wayne, IN   December 27, 2017

I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Longardner late in life but the ornery sparkle in his eyes was still bright. He led a remarkable life and most importantly, raised two amazing men who continue to pass along his life lessons to their sons. My heartfelt sympathies to the Longardner family and friends.

Posted by Lorena Hatfield - Fort Wayne, IN   December 27, 2017

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