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Danny Joe Fruitt

March 8, 1944 — April 24, 2022

North Manchester

Danny Joe Fruitt, 78, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away April 24, 2022, at Stillwater Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Born March 8, 1944, in Wabash County, Indiana, Danny was the son of Floyd H. and Josephine M. (Shipley) Fruitt.

After graduating from Sidney High School in 1964, Danny married Deborah “Debbie” Kerr on July 17, 1965. During their fifty-six years of marriage, the two were blessed with three daughters, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A family man through and through, Danny enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. For over forty years he supported his family through hard work at the Manchester Foundry, where he was a core maker. Danny was an avid sports fan, possessing a particular fondness for the Chicago Cubs and Purdue Boilermakers. He also enjoyed going to the golf course to play the game that he loved. On Sundays, Danny and his wife attended Warsaw Community Church.

The loving memory of Danny Joe Fruitt will be forever cherished by his wife, Debbie Fruitt, North Manchester; daughters, Deana (Matt) Kendall, Tracy (Greg) Snep, and Allison (Matthew) Blocher, all of North Manchester; sisters, Carol Richard, Long Boat Key, Florida, Janet Michael, Warrenville, Illinois, Janine (Anthony) Batta, Lafayette, and Sharon (James) Dunnuck, Columbia City; sister-in-law's, Addie Fruitt, Stuart, Flordia, Phyllis Fruitt, West Lafayette; grandchildren, Aaron Snep, Neil Snep, Sydney (Taylor) Hays, Tyler (Morgan) Blocher, Miranda Blocher, Ryan Kendall, and Erika Kendall; great-grandchildren, Weston Snep, Arlo Blocher, Adler Blocher, and a baby due in June of 2022, Nolan Hays. Danny was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Ronald, Eldon, and Leon Fruitt; and two sisters, Joan Franklin and Norma Rager.

Family and friends may call Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will begin at the conclusion of calling with Pastor Jamy Gregory officiating. Burial will be at Clemmers Fisher Ross Cemetery, 3904 East 900 South, Claypool, Indiana 46510.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Danny Joe Fruitt, memorial contributions may be made to Stillwater Foundation, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814.

The family of Danny Joe Fruitt has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.


Stillwater Foundation
5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814

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