John R. Earnest, 54, of Fort Wayne, died Aug. 27, 2018. He was born in Fort Wayne on Dec. 24, 1963, to John F. Earnest and Rose Earnest-Shaffer.

Surviving are his mother, Rose Earnest-Shaffer of Ossian; children, Matthew J. Earnest, Nicolas A. Earnest of Roanoke, and John M. Earnest of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; and siblings, Theresa (Dan) Quinn and Janice Earnest, both of Ossian.