Karen and Richard Nelson bought a vacation home on the east side of Loon Lake in 2009 and, after retirement, moved to their present home on Brown Road. When she was growing up, Karen’s family owned a cottage on Ridinger Lake and her sister, Louise Hill, had settled on Loon, so this was a natural move. They moved here from Dallas, where Rich had taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Southern Methodist University, concluding a long career in higher education and ministry. Karen’s profession was also in education, working at various times as a middle school teacher, reading specialist, and community college instructor. Before Texas, Karen and Rich had lived in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. They also lived for a time in Belgium and England. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.
Patti and her husband Jody moved to Loon Lake in 2017. Patti says “We are still failing miserably at this downsizing project. We spend most of our “free” time repairing something that has broken at our little fixer upper.” Patti loves Loon Lake because it’s the best of both worlds with crazy fun fast time and then night time chill’n on the boat with good friends during slow time.
Carol purchased her home on Sycamore on Loon Lake in January 2000. However, she first visited Heller’s Pointe in 1963 and continued visits throughout the years. Her sister still owns the family home at the end of Maple Lane. Carol can remember the grocery store/gas station, the rental fishing boats, the campground and she loves the history and legends of Loon Lake! Carol has been on the Board since 2008 and a past Vice President. She currently has an “encore” job with AVI Food Systems after spending 35 years in the fire protection industry. Carol says, “Loon Lake is my constant and I am working hard to preserve it for all my children that visit the compound at Camp Aunt Carol!”
Tena and her husband Rick moved into their new home at Loon Lake on December 24, Christmas Eve in 2003! What a time to move in! They lived at Big Lake for over 20 years and were excited about lakefront living for the first time. Their home is the 5th house on 600 W, next to the Loon Lisle Nature Reserve. Tena retired from Parkview Health after 29.5 years as a registered nurse. In her spare time, she enjoys her flower gardens, fishing and crafts. Tena and Rick have a son who lives in California and a daughter in Fort Wayne. She has five grandchild and enjoys them all very much. They love swimming and all the other activities the lake has to offer. Tena says, “Life just doesn’t get any better than being at the lake! It brings people together!”
Clark and his wife Denise purchased a cottage on Loon Lake in 2002. After their children graduated high school they moved to the lake full time in 2006 and are both now retired. Clark enjoys fishing, hunting, boating and spending time with his grandchildren. He is involved in the Loon Lake Fish Management Program which raises money to stock the lake with Walleye and Muskie. He’s also volunteered over the 4th of July weekend at the Pancake Breakfast since 2002.
Gary has jumped in as a board member with both feet. He started taking on the role as VP and completed his term as President. Gary continues to serve as a member of the board. He has been very involved with the Lake Enhancement committee for the past several years prior to joining the board. Gary and his wife Claire live on Brown Road. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, they purchased their lake home in 2004. In 2008 they made this their year-round home and began a huge renovation plan that spanned over 5 years. Gary, being the handyman did almost all the work himself. He is from Old National Bank and has 35 years experience in the financial services industry. When not working he enjoys working in the yard, sailing, and about any project he can find around the house. The Hicks have two daughters, both married with families. Their girls and five grandchildren love coming to “Poppy’s” house at the lake!
Steve Weaver joined the board late in 2015. He has lived at Loon Lake in 1973. His wife Linda joined him here in 1985. Steve retired from the State of Indiana in September 2014 after 38 years of service. His wife works for the Whitely County Work Release center. They have 3 sons and 12 grand children, the oldest being twins. Steve enjoys gardening and landscaping while Linda works on her plants. They love being on the lake in their pontoon. Linda lived in Fort Wayne for many years, but has found the friendliness of lake residents to be very upbeat and helpful. Steve has been a long time golfer and has gotten Linda to join him on the links last year. She is determined to beat him this year! Both the Weavers are BIG Ohio State fans and attend several games each year.
Originally from Bluffton Indiana, Bob and Greta purchased their home on Loon Lake in December 2008 and moved to the lake permanently in September 2014. Bob and Greta have two sons, Gunnar Heller and Brandan Heller and six grandchildren. Bob is a retired heavy equipment operator. He mows the Loon Lisle Nature Reserve on Loon Lake and hosts the annual pancake breakfast. Bob served in the Marines and is a Vietnam veteran.
Lindsay and her husband Ted lived in Ossian, IN before purchasing their lake home in 2014. They looked at 27 houses before they found their ideal home at the corner of Brown and Sycamore. “Growing up I loved boating and dreamed of living on a lake. I feel so lucky to live on Loon Lake, with it’s amazing community of neighbors and abundance of fun activities.” Lindsay enjoys entertaining and spending time with friends, family and neighbors. She loves being artsy and she hosts parties with friends and neighbors to try new projects and recipes. She gets creative at work too, as the Marketing Director for a small credit union in Fort Wayne.
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Karen Treat moved to Loon Lake in 2007 with Mark Newman after years of visiting friends who had homes on the lake. They live on Sycamore Drive. Karen is retired from General Motors. She has one daughter, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Karen enjoys fishing and hanging around with friends on their pontoon.
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