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Douglas Delp

Douglas John Delp passed away on Friday, May 5, 2023, at the age of 70.

Doug was born December 30, 1952 to Kenneth and Loretta (Dreier), the youngest of six children. He attended grade school at Saint Agnes Parish before graduating from DeVilbiss High School in 1970. After years of travel and adventure, he began a career as an Elevator Constructor in 1979, working more than thirty years before his honorary retirement in 2011. Doug was a proud member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 44, counting many of his fellow members as true brothers.

Doug traveled the world pursuing his passions. One of those passions was his love for art. He studied art history and gained an extensive knowledge of the subject. He also took art lessons and collected many beautiful pieces of art from the numerous exotic locations he visited. He also loved gardening, fishing and became an excellent cook.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and his oldest sisters, Marla McGhee and Janice White. He is survived by his siblings: Kenneth B. Delp (Marlyn), Margaret (Peg) O’Connell (Bob Etchen), and Lois A Delp, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by very special friends Anjelika Manakhmova, her daughter Elina (Elle) Petrie and Elle’s son Miles who were all considered family. He was extremely close to Joe Gwin, who worked with Doug for many years and became his loving caretaker alongside Angie Jarzeboski, who were always there for him when he needed them most.

Doug did not wish to have any special service but would like for those who wish to honor his memory to donate to a charity of their choice or to pay a visit to the Toledo Museum of Art.


DECEMBER 30, 1952 - MAY 5, 2023

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DECEMBER 2, 1945 - APRIL 30, 2023



James "Jim" Emerick, age 77, of Mishiwaka, Indiana passed away on April 30, 2023.

He was born December 2, 1945 in South Bend, Indiana and worked as an Elevator Constructor for nearly forty  years (August 6, 1968 - July 31, 2006). During this time, he worked for several elevator companies and also devoted time to Local 57 while serving as their Financial Secretary.


Prior to embarking on his elevator career, Jim enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served for four years during Vietnam while spending much of this time aboard a Naval carrier in the Pacific. He was extremely proud of his service to our great country and remained a lifelong member of the Mishiwaka VFW and American Legion Posts.


More than anything, Jim was a devoted family man. He married Linda six months after joining the trade and the two of them shared a forty-five year marriage before her passing in 2014. He was an active father and grandfather who supported his children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren in all of their endeavors. His son Shawn proudly followed him into the trade and continues to honor his legacy with a thirty-year career of his own as well as continued service to our Local as our South Bend Steward. 


Jim had an affinity for fast cars. He enjoyed working on them and watching them race. He especially loved doing both activities with members of his family. He relished every opportunity to spend time with his family - Sunday family dinners were a staple of the Emerick household.

Local 44 is extremely thankul for his contributions and for his efforts to further the ideals of our Union.

Rest in peace.

James Emerick Obituary Link



Dennis "Denny" Slater, age 70, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on January 13, 2023.

He was born December 28, 1952 in South Bend, Indiana and worked as an Elevator Constructor for more than twenty years. Denny had the good fortune during his career to be able to work alongside several of his cousins (Ron Slater, Jim Slater, Pete Slater, Larry Slater & Scott Slater). Denny leaves behind a loving family, including two sons, a daughter and his wife as well as several grandchildren.


He enjoyed playing the drums, muscle cars,  and Notre Dame and Chicago Bears football.

We thank him for his contributions and  devotion to our Local.

Rest in peace.

Denny Slater Obituary Link

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DECEMBER 28, 1952 - JANUARY 13, 2023

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JANUARY 11, 1953 - OCTOBER 31, 2022



Kurt Daniel Kline, age 69, of Bremen, Indiana passed away on October 31, 2022.

He was born January 11, 1953 in South Bend, Indiana and remained a resident of the area for his lifetime.

Kurt leaves behind a loving family, including two sons and his wife of more than forty years. He enjoyed riding his Harley and taking in the beauty of Lake Michigan.

He contributed to our trade with a career spanning more than twenty years, including serving as the Business Agent for Local 57 before its' merger with Local 44.

We thank him for his contributions and certainly appreciate his dedication to our Locals.

Rest in peace.



Donald “Don” E. Will passed away on August 12, 2022 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, after a year’s battle with Lymphoma. 

Don worked for Haughton Elevator on construction and later in service and maintenance. He retired from Millar Elevator in 1991.

Don and his wife, Marilyn, spent their winters in Florida and enjoyed playing golf. Don was always willing to lend a helping hand to others, in any capacity they needed.

He served in the US Air Force during the Korean conflict and was stationed in Japan. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and IUEC Local 44, and a former member of the Mason Damascus Lodge and Maumee Elks.

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AUGUST 31, 1930 - AUGUST 12, 2022


APRIL 3, 1978 - MARCH 27, 2022



John Dean Simpson, age 43, of Indiana passed away March 27, 2022.

He was born April 3, 1978 in Fort Wayne, Indiana the son of Karen Gunkel Simpson and the late John W. Simpson Jr.

Dean enjoyed spending time on the lake tubing or fishing and loved to be out in nature hunting. He was a devoted father, beloved son and brother who lived life to the fullest every day. Most of all he loved his family, especially his children and grandchild.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Karen Simpson; children, Karagen Simpson, John Wyatt Simpson, Laurel Sartin and Isaiah Sartin; grandchild, John Nolan Simpson; brothers, Brian Simpson (Sherry), Chris Simpson (Wendy Cox) and Eric Hare; sister, Tina Hitchner (David); niece, Chloe Simpson; family friend, Laura Hare Meads; and numerous other loving family and friends.



David E. Junk, 65, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed from this world on Sunday, March 13, surrounded by family and friends.


A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne with a few years in Seattle, WA. He was a 1975 graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School and a long-time member of St Vincent’s Parrish. He was born the 7th of the 8 children of the late Marcellus and Dorothy (McKenzie) Junk.


Retired after a long career as a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, he nevertheless remained active as an avid participant in bowling, darts, pool (The GOP), and golf leagues, sharing these activities with many friends, including some from his childhood, “The Auburn Road Runners.”


He was always there to help family, friends, nephews and nieces, far and near in the hardest of times. He was the fun uncle; teaching pool, cards, and golf. Although he had no children of his own, there are many who would have been proud to call him “Dad.”


He is preceded in death by his sister Carol (Junk) Neuhaus, and survived by his siblings: John L. (Mancharee) Junk of Vienna, VA; William J. (Jan) Junk of Angola, IN; Kenneth R. (Stacy) Junk of Orange Beach, AL; Doris (Junk) McElmurry, Jane (Junk) Shelton, and Mark A. (Tina) Junk, all of Fort Wayne. As well as many cherished nephews, nieces and friends.


A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. – Proverbs 17:17

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FEBRUARY 18, 1957 - MARCH 13, 2022

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