Born in Willshire, Ohio, he worked as a machinist with J.C.I.M., Kendallville. He was a 1979 graduate of Harding High School. He was an avid sports fan and followed the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed watching movies in his spare time.
He is survived by his mother, Sonja Shoup (Dick) Gottfried of Fort Wayne; son, Patrick Arnold; sisters, Shevawn (Dave) Shoppell of Churubusco, Kim (Rick) Stigerts of Hobart and Charlene (Chris) Daymude of Indianapolis; brothers, Michael (Cindy) Gottfried of Fort Wayne, Robert (Daphne) Gottfried of Columbia City, Chris Gottfried of Chicago, Ill., Dan Gottfried, David (Kristy) Gottfried, and Andy (Lisa) Gottfried, all of Fort Wayne; three half sisters in Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William Arnold; and sister, Charmaine Gottfried.
Service is Saturday at D. O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.with Dr. John Blair officiating.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Memorials are to the American Heart Association. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com.