Longtime Fort Wayne businessman Fred Toenges has died

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A man known for decades at The Fort for the business that bore his family’s name has died. Fred Toenges Footwear and Pedorthics staff members sent the following letter to customers:

Hello, It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Fred Toenges. We know that many of you remember Fred and his passion for the comfort of each of you. Fred was a remarkable man with a million stories and many one-liners which include; “Let’s compromise and do it Fred’s way.” “You hit one, you hit nine. You hit nine, you hit them all. “I drive like my brother. “Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! “ Please keep Fred’s family in your thoughts and prayers. We will close the day of Fred’s funeral. Fred Toenges Team Shoes and Pedorthics

Customers learn in letter of death of shoe store owner Fred Toenges(Fort Wayne NBC)

According to the company’s website, Mr Toenges started working in the family shoe store when he was 14 years old. He became a full-time employee in 1946 and his son bought the business in 2007. Fred Toenges said the highlight of his career was being chosen by the Olympic Committee as one of 11 certified chiropodists to serve the athletes from all nations at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. To our knowledge, no obituary has yet been published. NBC News of Fort Wayne extends its condolences to the family, friends and employees who loved and appreciated Mr. Toenges.

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