Jonathan Jeffry (JJ) Atz

April 24, 1977 - November 13, 2017

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Tuesday, November 21, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel

Wednesday, November 22, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Assembly of God, 1400 W. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Wednesday, November 22, 11:00 AM
First Assembly of God, 1400 W. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Jonathan Jeffry “JJ” Atz, 40, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Kendallville went to join his Lord on Monday, November 13, 2017, surrounded by family and close friends. He was ushered into Heaven in a room full of worship and prayer as a small, but meaningful echo of the legacy he leaves behind.

He was born April 24, 1977, in Fort Wayne to Jeffery N. and Jonelle (Ferris) Atz.

On September 29, 2012, in Avilla he married the love of his life, Danielle L. DeCamp and welcomed her daughter, Ava into his heart and later adopted her. They welcomed their second daughter, Aria into this world in 2015.

Mr. Atz worked as a manager of their family business, Puritan Ice Cream Company in Kendallville until the company was sold. For the last five years, he has worked for Prairie Farms in Battle Creek, Michigan.

JJ was a member of Pine Hills Kendallville Church and spent his formative years at First Assembly of God in Fort Wayne, where his love for the Lord and children’s ministry were nurtured. He enjoyed loving and raising his children. He will be remembered for his contagious laughter, joy, and love for the Lord.

Surviving are his wife, Danielle; daughters, Ava and Aria; his father and mom, Jeffery and Laurie Atz of Fort Wayne; his mother, Jonelle (Robert Bercher) McCaffrey of Altamonte Springs, Florida; sisters, Jennifer (Brian) Johnson of Deltona, Florida, Angel (Daniel) Moseley of Fort Wayne, and Hope (Zachary) Dykehouse of Columbia City; brothers, Christopher (Angela) Harouff of Fort Wayne and Mark (Geremy) Harouff of St. Louis, Missouri; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sharon and Billy Smith of Kendallville; father-in-law, Joseph DeCamp of Kendallville; paternal grandmother, Rose Marie Atz of Fort Wayne; maternal grandparents, Craig and Laurie McAllister of Sarasota, Florida, and Mike and Beverly McGowan of Venice, Florida; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sasha (Donnie) Taylor of Kendallville, Scky (Joshua) Marshall of Kendallville, Damien (Amy) DeCamp of Kendallville, Krista (Chad) Robinson of Three Rivers, Michigan, Desiree (Austin Jimenez) DeCamp of Kendallville, Andrew Smith of Kendallville, and Matthew Smith of Kendallville; and nieces and nephews, Laela, Ella, Gabe, Audrey, Rosie, Truly, Savannah, Isabel, Mia, Liam, Brooke, Sean, Charlie, Drew, Raylynn, Grey, Adley, Edeyn, MaKaylee, Kaysen, Brody, Chance, Elijah, Ava, DJ, and Lilah’Rose.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Norman Atz.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the First Assembly of God, 1400 West Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne with Pastor Marc Buwalda of Pine Hills Kendallville Church officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Honorary pallbearers will be Damien DeCamp, Brian Johnson, Tyler Lash, Josh Marshall, Eric Pio, Chad Robinson, and Andrew Smith. Active pallbearers will be Casey Cormany, Zach Dykehouse, Chris Harouff, Mark Harouff, Daniel Moseley, Matthew Smith, Chris Sparkman, and Donnie Taylor.

Calling will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

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Deidre Hagerman
November 22nd, 2017 11:50am

Praying for the whole Atz family. So sorry for such a terrible loss. Danielle praying that God will overshadows you and your girls. Lots of love and hugs!

Scott Mertz
November 21st, 2017 5:35am
Fort Wayne

I was only a teen working for the Atz's Ice Cream Shoppe when Jeff and Jonnelle were expecting Jonathan and setting up their new home. My sympathy goes out to the Atz family and all of Jonathan's friends. Through their labor in ice creams the Atz's have always tried to share a little of heaven here on Earth with everyone..

Peggy and Tom Tassler
November 21st, 2017 2:58am
SOZO Art Studio

Dear Danielle, I really never got to know JJ. I'm so sorry for your loss of your sweet husband. I have heard so many great things about him. I want you to know I'm thinking of you and your girls during this difficult time and praying for God to surround you in love and comfort. Please be my guest to bring the girls to my studio and we will sit and Create in clay in JJ,S memory. Don't forget to rest in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Love to you all in Jesus name. Peggy

Manapogo Park
November 19th, 2017 11:06pm
Orland Indiana

JJ was our ice cream delivery man for several years. He was always smiling and talking about his family. We were so sorry to hear he was ill last summer. Prayers to his wife, daughters and family.

Karen Bojrab
November 19th, 2017 9:46pm
Fort Wayne, IN

Rose Marie and family. I am saddened to hear of your loss. Words are never enough, but I will cover you all with prayers for comfort and hope that the pain is replaced with sweet memories in time.

Jack, Beth and Hannah Handshoe
November 15th, 2017 10:03pm

Thoughts and prayers are with the family.