A public visitation is set Tuesday for legendary Fort Wayne broadcaster Bob Chase, who passed away last week. The memorial will be at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, where Chase broadcast Fort Wayne Komets games for more than 60 years.
Chase passed away Thursday at the age of 90. He served as sports director at legendary Fort Wayne radio station WOWO for 63 years. He worked as a cryptographer for the U.S. Navy during World War II before moving to Fort Wayne to accept a job at WOWO in 1953, He remained with the station until his retirement in 2009.
He covered some of the biggest sports events in Indiana over his decades-long career, including several Komets hockey championships, Indy 500 races, IHSAA tournament basketball and the famous Milan vs. Muncie Central basketball game.
The visitation is Tuesday, November 29 at center ice at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Other services will be private.
The city of Fort Wayne issued the following statement:
The City of Fort Wayne today lost a legend with the passing of Bob Chase. The legendary Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster was a humble and honorable man who was loved by so many.
In 2013, Mayor Tom Henry presented Bob with a “Key to the Fort,” which goes to individuals who’ve made an extraordinary commitment to the community through a lifetime of stewardship and involvement. The Key is a hand forged replica of the iron key that was at the Fort in the days of Anthony Wayne, circa 1790. Only four Fort Wayne residents have received a Key to the Fort.
Bob’s professionalism, character, humility, love for his family and dedication to the Komets and WOWO Radio are all attributes that made him unique and special. He will be missed.