Monday, July 11, 2016


Montelle A. “Monte” Needler, 65, former Hartford City businessman and well-known Muncie realtor, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Westminster Village, Muncie.

He was born in Hartford City on February 2, 1951 to Arthur A. and Imogene (Clements) Needler. Monte graduated from Hartford City High School in 1969 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Ball State University.
Monte was Secretary/Treasurer of Hoover-Needler Furniture Company from 1977-1994. He obtained his real estate license and was affiliated with F. C. Tucker/O.C. Clark. From 2001-2003 he was Vice President of Sales for Century 21 Realty Group, Muncie. In 2003 he became Vice President of Coldwell Banker Lunsford, serving as General Manager.

His memberships in Hartford City included: Common Council, Board of Works, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and Kiwanis Club, serving as President of all. In Muncie he held several offices in Mid-Eastern Indiana Association of Realtors and was chosen Realtor of the Year in 2008. He belonged to Indiana Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, was a member of Muncie-Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Ball State Cardinal Varsity Club and volunteered for Muncie Habitat for Humanity.
Monte was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Muncie and had served as an Elder.

Survivors include one son, Kenton (Susan) Needler, his mother, Imogene Needler, Hartford City, two brothers, Michael Scott (Kathy) Needler and Arthur D. “Art” (Joyce) Needler, one grandson, Jack Needler and his former wife, Dawna, who cared for him to the end.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie with the Rev. Dr. Ronald Naylor officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 13 from 4-8 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to services on Thursday.
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Sunday, July 10, 2016


Floyd K. Elliott, 100, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in Heritage Pointe, Warren.
He was born in Hartford City on January 23, 1916 to Ralph and Icie (Kessler) Elliott. He graduated from Hartford City High School.

Floyd married Martha Louise Banter on July 19, 1937 in Hartford City. He served in the US Navy from 1944-45 aboard a submarine chaser.
Mr. Elliott was a letter carrier for the Hartford City Post Office for many years retiring in 1976.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post #159 and Amvets #23 all in Hartford City.
Floyd enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include: one daughter, Nancy (Roger) Falk, Roll; one son, Dallas (Laura) Elliott, Wilmington, NC; five grandchildren, Jodie (Falk) Labordus, White House, Ohio, Todd Falk, Fishers, Indiana, Lance Falk, Montpelier, Andrew Elliott, New Jersey and Lindsey (Elliott) Hosford, Wilmington, North Carolina. Also surviving are 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Martha, two brothers, Qwen “Speed” Elliott and A. O. “Speck” Elliott and two sisters, Icie Drayer and Ruth Rea.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Rev. Todd Falk officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory, Muncie.
Friends may call at Waters Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22 prior to the funeral.

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Friday, July 1, 2016


Hartford City
Daniel E. Heiser, 52, passed away of natural causes on Monday, June 27, 2016 at his home.

He was born in Blackford County on May 26, 1964 and attended Blackford County schools.
Daniel was a truck driver working for several different companies through the years.

Survivors include: his parents, John and Dian Hedges, daughter, Alexa Heiser ; brothers and sisters, Dietz (Cindy) Heiser, Tom (Kazuki) Heiser, Heidi Still (Marty Hobbs), Marla Camp (Trudy), Brad (Noley) Hedges, Daniel (Courtney) Hedges, Martin Boothby (Marlin), June (Randy) Gilleland, Judy Rodriguez, Jack Boothby, Bill Veler, Becky (Dave) Keasling, Terri (Randy) Browning and Linda Boothby. Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.
A funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2016 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Pastor Dave Keasling officiating.

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Tom Cook, 52, passed away Monday evening, under the summer solstice moon, with his wife and sister at his side.
Tom was born in Marion, July 1, 1963, the son of Charles and Peggy (Glover) Cook, was a life resident of this area and graduated from Marion Bennett High School in 1981.  He attended Ball State University and later, Ivy Tech in Marion, where he met the love of his life, Tina.
Tom’s keen wit, humor, memory and being a good listener helped him “catch” Tina and they were married September 3, 2005 in Marion.

Tom was employed at R.L. McCoy Contractors, prior to his accident, was an avid boater and enjoyed going to the Salamonia Reservoir, where he was notorious for spraying “rooster tails” with his boat on people.  He was very outgoing and didn’t know a stranger, especially to others bound to wheelchairs. Tom would offer his generosity and assistance to anyone and his kind and loving nature drew people to him.
He had a passion for NASCAR, Rusty Wallace, being his favorite. He and Tina traveled extensively and Tom remained faithful to attending his son’s sporting events.

Surviving is his wife, Tina; son, Corey (Lindsey) and their children, Avanly & Bentley; daughter Michelle Maddix (Dustin) and their children, Rain & River; his mother Peggy Cook; eight sisters:  Linda (Bob) Tempini, Cathy (Bill) Lofton, Lisa (Greg) Sheward, Carol (Rich) Fairbanks, Janet Arnold, Jennifer (Tony) Bailey, Melanie (Tod) Waters, and Marlene Wolfe (Paul Powell).  Four brothers, Terry (Lita) Cook, Tim Cook, Todd Cook and Ted Cook (Amanda Krim) as well as many, many nieces & nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, grandmother, Delight Purvis and best friend, Darryl Carter.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday, June 26th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at God’s House, located at 216 W. 6th St., Marion.

The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Paul Parish, 1031 W. Kem Rd., Marion, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until time of the mass. Cremation will follow.
Memorials may be made in Tom’s name to God’s House, Center for Success, 216 W. 6th St., Marion, Indiana 46953

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Thomas A. Brown, 85, prominent Hartford City attorney, passed away June 21, 2016 in Marion.
He was born on April 26, 1931 in Hoopeston, Illinois to George Lawrence and Ethel (Acres) Brown. He graduated from Hartford City High School in 1949, received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and then earned his law degree at Emory University.

He married Ann Bohdan in Oak Park, Illinois.  Her death occurred on December 19, 2009.  Tom served his country in the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Brown served as Assistant Indiana Attorney General under Edwin K. Steers, three terms as Blackford County Prosecutor and practiced law at his business that he started in the mid-1960s.

His memberships include First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge 106, Blackford Shrine Club, Sigma Pi Fraternity, American Legion Post 159 and former member of the Elks Lodge 625. He was past president of Hartford City Rotary and served on the board of Blackford County Mental Health Association.
Survivors include one son, Thomas R. Brown (wife, Diane “Pepper” Bromelmeier), a brother, Rollin Brown, Hartford City, and two grandchildren, Megan Brown and Dylan Bromelmeier.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his daughter, Megan Orr.
The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 24 in the First Presbyterian Church, 117 W. Franklin St, with Pastor Susan Finley presiding. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery with military rites by Delaware County Veterans. 

Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
A Masonic Service will be Thursday at 7:45 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Hartford City

Brian Jennerjahn, 75, passed away June 20 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born October 1, 1940, in Appleton, Wisconsin, the oldest son of Lucille (Fuhrmann) and Merton Jennerjahn.

He graduated with highest distinction and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin in 1964.
Brian moved his family to Hartford City, Indiana, in 1969, to work for 3M. He began his own company, Jennerjahn Machine, Inc. in 1978, drawing up plans for his machines in his living room, renting various spaces in Hartford City to build the machines, eventually buying a building in Matthews, Indiana, where he began producing slitting equipment and then various other machines to meet specific needs. His machines are in 21 countries and every continent except Antarctica. It is estimated that nearly 80% of all cash register rolls used in the United States are produced on Jennerjahn rewinders.

Brian was an avid “gearhead” always working on cars and engines. His early love of drag racing eventually shifted to open wheel cars in the Sports Car Club of America where he raced a Formula Vee for 34 years. He considered his greatest achievements in automobile racing to be his June Sprints and Brundage Cup victories. Both victories were in cars powered by engines Brian built.
Brian was a member of Rotary and met weekly with his beloved “geezer” group of retired men.

He was a cherished husband, father, and grandfather survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruth (Hopfensperger); daughter Jane Peavler and husband, Gary of Brookfield, WI: son Chris Jennerjahn and wife Kristie (Brown) in Hartford City; and daughter Kate Marshall and husband Jeff, Centerville, IN. Grandchildren include Brett, Leah and Kevin Peavler; Adam, Alexandra, Evan, and Sophia Jennerjahn; Helaina, Lewis and Livia Marshall. Also surviving is one brother, Paul and wife Kathy of Appleton, WI.
Visitation will be Friday, June 24 at Waters Funeral Home, Hartford City from 4-7 p.m. On Saturday morning further visitation will be from 9-11 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with a memorial service at 11 a.m. officiated by Father Dave Newton and Rev. Lloyd Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a charity of their choice, to Lightrider Ministries in Upland or Blackford Community Foundation to be used for Imagination Library or an Industrial Arts program at Blackford High School.
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Friday, May 20, 2016


Hartford City
June H. Edgington, 90, a lifelong resident of Blackford County, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at her residence.

She was born in Blackford County on June 22, 1925 to R. Fernley and Iona (Inman) Barr and married LaRoy Edgington, Jr. on December 3, 1949. He passed away on March 22, 2003.
As a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Naomi Circle, June had taught the kindergarten class and was a founding member of the Salad-a-Rama committee. She also was a member of Merry Maids Home Demonstration Club in Jackson Township for over 50 years and was a poll worker. June had worked as a telephone operator for Indiana Bell prior to her marriage.

Surviving are: two daughters, Susan Dietz and Pamela Wisecup; one son, Bruce (Jennifer) Edgington; five grandchildren, Kara (Matt) Danskin, Erika (Tim) Dornseif, Brian Dietz (fiancee’ Kara), Madison (Sam) Moore, Megan Fort and four great-grandchildren, Jessica, Madison, Cormack and Kullen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters, Marie Davis, Betty Hopkins, Kathryn Cunningham, Kathryn’s twin, Kathleen who died as an infant, and June’s twin sister, Jean Dunica.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St. Hartford City with Rev. Dr. Gary Hall and Rev. John Parks officiating. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday, May 23 and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

June had a passion for flowers, which are encouraged by her family.  Monetary donations may be directed to I.U. Health/Ball Memorial Hospice, 2401 W. University Ave., Muncie, IN 47303.
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