Updated: Monday, 01 Oct 2012, 10:10 AM EDT
Published : Saturday, 29 Sep 2012, 12:03 PM EDT
NewsChannel 15 is mourning the loss of one of its own. Ron Harmeyer passed away on Friday, September 28.
Ron was inducted into the Indiana Associated Press Hall of Fame in April of 2011 for his work as a news photographer.
April 15, 2011 was declared Ron Harmeyer Day by Mayor Tom Henry.
He retired from WANE TV in 2012.
Ron started working at WANE-TV in early 1964. He started in production, learned lighting and camera moves. Pretty soon he was working production, studio, and news. Ron went fulltime in the WANE news department in the mid-‘70’s.
He dedicated his life and career to TV news in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He hustled every day in the field and was a valuable source for contacts and sources around northeast Indiana.
Ron did not have a long resume, but he did have a long career as news photographer for WANE. A graduate of Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne, Ron took a few classes at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne which led his job in TV at WANE. “It was TV! It was fun!”
Ron was an eyewitness to the evolution of equipment from film to that small camera attached to a “sixty-pound recorder” and now the small cameras with the recorders built-in.
Ron’s favorite word was “passion”. Ron showed passion in his work every day. “It gets under your skin and then you can’t get rid of it. ”
Funeral arrangements courtesy of McClain Funeral Home, Inc. :
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3 at St. Jude Catholic Church, located at 2130 Pemberton Drive in Fort Wayne. The burial will be in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Fort Wayne.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2 at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, located at 6131 St. Joe Road in Fort Wayne.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McClain Funeral Home, in Denver, Indiana. The online guestbook can be signed here .
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be directed towards St. Mary's Soup Kitchen .
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