Bob Chase laid to rest

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Bob Chase, who was the voice of the Fort Wayne Komets hockey team for 63 years, was laid to rest Wednesday at Riverview Cemetery in Churubusco after a private funeral ceremony at D.O. McComb Funeral Homes Pine Valley location.

Chase passed away on Thanksgiving at the age of 90. Thousands in the community paid their respects Tuesday at the Memorial Coliseum where mourners paid their respects at center ice.

Bob Chase casket
Pall bearers bring the casket carrying Bob Chase out of the D.O. McComb Funeral Home at Pine Valley on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

A Negaunee, Michigan, native, Chase served in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Northern Michigan University at Marquette in 1952. There, in 1949, he started his radio career.

Chase moved to Fort Wayne to begin his radio career with WOWO AM 1190 in 1953 which included broadcasting Komet hockey games starting with the 1953-54 season. He’s been at radio-rinkside ever since.

The Komets retired the number 40 in Chase’s honor after his 40th season in 1993. He was inducted into the Komets Hall of Fame in 2003 during his 50th season as Komet broadcaster.