FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A beloved teacher, coach, and educator during his 43 years at Bishop Dwenger High School, Fred Tone passed away at the age of 70 Tuesday evening after a battle with lung cancer.
Bishop Dwenger made this post on its Facebook page just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday:
“The Tone Family has asked us to share this message with the Dwenger Family: We wanted to pass along that, after a courageous and hard-fought fight, Fred Tone passed away this evening surrounded by his loving family. They are grateful for the countless prayers and support that have lifted them up during this difficult time. More information to come as the family makes final plans and preparations. Please keep the Tone family in your prayers.”
WANE-TV featured Tone in this story back in August, not long after he received his lung cancer diagnosis in July.
Tone spent 16 years at the principal at Bishop Dwenger, retiring in 2010. After 16 months he returned to the school as a coach for the freshman football team, a post he held throughout this past season. He even spoke at Bishop Dwenger’s 4A state championship pep rally on November 30 at the school where the Saints dedicated their championship season to Tone and head coach Chris Svarczkopf, who is battling lymphoma.
Tone was elected to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and is a member of the Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Fame as well.
He began his coaching career at Dwenger as an assistant football coach (defensive coordinator) in 1969, a position he held until he became the head coach in 1979, his lone season at the helm of the program. He was an assistant at Dwenger from 1980-1993 while serving as assistant principal.
Tone served as head wrestling coach for the Saints from 1973-1993.
Tone is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons John and Jason; six grandchildren; brothers Thomas and Michael; and sister Marsha.
Services have been set for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Highland Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne. A calling will be held one hour before at the church, and Friday from 2-8 p.m. at Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 East Washington Center Road.