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John Martin Chilcote

d. October 9, 2015

John Martin Chilcote

John Martin Chilcote, 58, passed away in Van Wert County, Ohio, on October 9, 2015.  He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on September 1, 1957, the son of the late Richard Harlan Chilcote and Martha Jane (Deeter) Chilcote of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

John and Carol (Smith) Chilcote were married on August 18, 1978 at the Woodburn United Methodist Church in Woodburn, Indiana. 

Family members who survive John include his wife, Carol Chilcote, of Antwerp, Ohio; his mother, Martha Chilcote of Fort Wayne, Indiana; his step-son, Scott (Nadine) Cottrell of Falls Church, Virginia; his sister, Diane (Rev. David) Arnold of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and his brother-in-law, Rob (Jennifer) Smith of Melbourne, Kentucky.  Three nephews and one niece also survive.

John was a toolmaker and was employed at Toolcraft in New Haven, Indiana, at the time of his death.  He also previously worked as a toolmaker at K&L Tool in Antwerp, Ohio. 

Many people know John from his time at Pond-A-River Golf Club in Woodburn, Indiana, where he was General Manager.  John loved talking with people and could often be found sharing a story or a laugh with the golfers at Pond-A- River. Planning and working on grounds projects was always an enjoyable challenge for John, which he first became involved with at Pond-A-River as a high school student assisting his dad.  John particularly enjoyed coaching students at Antwerp Local School.  He was always happy to lend people a helping hand on and off of the golf course.

Services are private.

Memorials are to Woodburn United Methodist Church.

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