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John Jacob “B.J.” Satterthwaite, Jr., 51, Vandalia native

John Jacob “B.J.” Satterthwaite, Jr., 51, passed away July 18, 2021, at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.

John was born to John Satterthwaite, Sr. and Nancy (Williams) Satterthwaite on Sept. 11, 1969, in Vandalia. Throughout his life, he lived in Brownstown and Champaign, and spent the last 13 years in Fort Wayne, IN.

He worked at Rick Ridings in Monticello, as a parts and service director, at O’Brien Auto Park as a service director and worked as a State Farm agent in Kendallville, IN since June 2012.

John’s life was filled with love. Love of 80s hair bands and George Strait, love of Kevin Costner movies, love of farming and love of Motocross.

His greatest loves, however, were his wife and two children he leaves behind.

His “little tribe” began in 2003 when he met the love of his life, Melissa. The two married on October 30, 2004, at the Polynesian Resort in Disney World, the site of many special memories throughout their lives together with friends, family and eventually their two children, Lily and Jonah.

John’s fierce love and devotion did not stop with his tribe. It also extended to his entire family and the friends he held close.

He will be remembered as a man with a quick wit and a big heart.

John is survived by his wife, Melissa; daughter, Lillian “Lily”, 7; son, Jonah, 5; mother, Nancy Satterthwaite; sister, Delores “Lori” Hewerdine (Ray); brother Patrick Satterthwaite (Kaci); sister-in-law, Kathy Brown, widow of Sean Satterthwaite and husband, Michael; father-and mother-in-law Jim and Janet Arthur; sister-in-law Adrienne Cowgill; nephews Sheldon Satterthwaite, Jr. (Allison) Nathan Schaub, Darin Brown, Shane and Lukas Hewerdine, Asa Satterthwaite; nieces Katy Jo Cripe (Ben), Mattie Brown, Corryn Brock, Ellison Cowgill, Ella Satterthwaite; great-nieces Amelia, Emma and Valerie Satterthwaite; and great-nephews Bennett and Jace Cripe and Brantley Hewerdine. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Satterthwaite, Sr.; brother, Sheldon “Sean” Satterthwaite, Sr. and uncle Donnie Satterthwaite.

A visitation was held on Friday, July 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. at D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home (1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825). The funeral was held on July 31st at Our Hope Lutheran Church (1826 Trinity St, Huntertown, IN, 46748) at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation held an hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, a donation towards two playground memorial benches (one at Our Hope Lutheran Pre-School and Summer Camp and one at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School) so that Lily and Jonah can sit and be reminded of their father and his love and pride for them as they grow up in life and through Christ.