Monday, October 27, 2014

VIRGIL HESS

Hartford City

Virgil Hess, 83, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Signature Health Care, Bluffton.
He was born in Hartford City on August 7, 1931, the fifth of six children of Lee and Edith (Landis) Hess.
Virgil had worked in housekeeping at Taylor University for several years.

Virgil was a Lone Ranger fan and collected pencils. He and his brother, Harry, were known for decades around the community for their red wagon and the “route” they traveled collecting pop bottles and, in later years, aluminum cans.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews and several great- nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Harry, Robert William, Lee Hess, Jr., Johnny, and Ella Mae Chapman.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Pastor Bobby Thomas presiding. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28.
Memorials may be sent to the Blackford Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 70, Hartford City, or Hartford City Cemetery, P.O. Box 66, Hartford City 47348 with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Lee Hess, John Reynolds, Shane Branscum, Kevin Hess, Casey Hess, Clyde Wallace, Rob Hess and Rick Tudor.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

Friday, October 10, 2014

EVELYN T. LANGDON

Hartford City

Evelyn T. Daily Langdon, 90, passed away Thursday, October 09, 2014, at her home, in the company of her family.
She was born in White County, Indiana on May 31, 1924, the daughter of Carleton and Geneva (Hess) Noe and resided in Liberty Center, Wells County. Evelyn graduated from Liberty Center High School in 1942, then attended St. Joseph’s and IU School of Nursing. She proudly served her country in the Cadet Nursing Corps, stationed in Fort Wayne, during World War II.

On October 19, 1947 she married Richard M. Daily in Liberty Center, moving to Trenton where they operated the Trenton Store for many years. Richard’s death occurred February 22, 1977.
On August 9, 1980 Evelyn married Walter K. “Ted” Langdon in Hartford City. His death occurred September 13, 1985.

Evelyn devoted 40 years to nursing and caring for the sick. She worked at Caylor-Nickel Clinic in obstetrics and surgery. She retired in 1988 from Community Care Center (now Bridgewater Centre).
She was a longtime and faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Naomi Circle. She was a member of the Purity Chapter #126, Order of Eastern Star, Hartford City.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Max) Bennett, Montpelier, and Susan (Randall) Gorski, Hartford City; one brother, John (Mary) Noe, Mooresville, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Jennifer L. Bennett, Carrie Gorski-Murphy(Paul), Ryan (Kasey) Bennett, and Randall Gorski II.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, and a sister, Henrietta Caylor.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 P.M. in Grace United Methodist Church, 312 W. Washington St. with Rev. W. Lloyd Hall presiding. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.
Friends may call on Saturday, October 11   at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St. from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. & 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the church on Sunday.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PAULA K. MAY



Paula K. May, 66, passed away September 22, 2014 in Kindred Healthcare, Kokomo.
She was born in Bluffton on July 3, 1948 to Paul May, Jr. and Molly Jo (Wiles) May. She attended Hartford City Schools. Paula worked at Opportunity Industries, Marion.

Paula was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Altar Rosary Society.
Survivors include her mother, Molly Jo May, Greentown, a sister, Louanna (Bob) Goodrich, Hemlock, a niece, Nancy Jo Goodrich, a nephew, Brad (Faye) Goodrich, and a great-nephew, Brayden Goodrich.

She was preceded in death by her father.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, September 25 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St. Hartford City with Father Dave Newton officiating. A private burial will take place Friday.

Visitation for friends and family will be from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., prior to the service. 
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

M. KAY SHELLENBARGER & LISA ANN SHELLENBARGER

M. KAY SHELLENBARGER

HARTFORD CITY
M. Kay Shellenbarger, 73, died unexpectedly Friday, September 12, 2014 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

A native and life resident of Blackford County, she was born September 16, 1940 to Robert S. and Nellie L. (Day) Howell and graduated from Hartford City High School in 1958. She regularly attended the Class of 1958 monthly luncheons.
She formerly belonged to Job’s Daughters, the Bar-B Saddle Club and 4-H Junior Leaders. She had been a 4-H leader and a Boy Scout leader.

Kay had been employed by National (Standard) Food Store, Hartford Novelty, Indiana Box, DeWitt Laundry, Sinclair Glass, Bluffton Rubber and most recently, Keihin Manufacturing, Muncie.
Kay and her daughter, Lisa, shared the same hobbies and interests: fishing, camping, leather crafting and love of animals, especially cats and dogs.

Kay is survived by one son, Jerry L. Shellenbarger, Jr., Hartford City and several cousins including Charles Babbitt, Portland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Linda Sue Howell and her daughter, Lisa Ann, who died September 11, 2014.

LISA ANN SHELLLENBARGER

Lisa Ann Shellenbarger, 50, died Thursday morning September 11, 2014 at University Nursing Center, Upland, after a short battle with cancer.

She was born November 30, 1963 in Hartford City, the daughter of Jerry L. Shellenbarger, Sr. and M. Kay (Howell) Shellenbarger and graduated from Blackford High School in 1981.
Lisa had worked at Dacra Glass and Walmart, Marion.

Lisa and her mother were long-time and faithful members of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, seldom missing church services. Kay had served as church treasurer and as secretary-treasurer of Sunday School. 
Survivors include her brother, Jerry L. Shellenbarger, Jr., Hartford City and several cousins.

Funeral services for Kay and Lisa will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 23 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Pastors Ron Johnson and Gary Hall presiding. Private interment will follow that afternoon at Mooreland Cemetery in Henry County.

Friends may call from 9:00 to 11:00 prior to the service. 
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DUAINE A. MCKEE

HARTFORD CITY, IN

Duaine A. McKee, 79, formerly of Hartford City, passed away, Friday evening, August 29, 2014 at his home in Palmview, Texas after a year-long battle with cancer.
He was born and raised in Rochester, Indiana March 3, 1935, the son of Archie and Dolla (Burkett) McKee and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

He attended Ball State University, and was a member of the Elks Lodge 625, Amvets Post 23, American Legion #159 and the former Moose Lodge 225, all of Hartford City.
Duaine worked for Champion Home Builders of Elkhart for 15 years and had owned and operated Northside Sunoco in Hartford City from 1976-1978. He had also been employed by Weaver Popcorn, Van Buren and Key Plastics, Hartford City.

He leaves behind his wife of almost thirty-eight years, Peggy Pierson McKee, six daughters, Margaret “Maggie” (Byron) Jones of Kennewick, Washington, Patsy (Fred) Duran, Delta, Alabama, Terrie (Joey) Zelano, New Castle, Delaware, Debora Cole, Hartford City, Donna (Dave) Pierce, Huntsville, Alabama, and Tina (Darrell) Oxford, Palestine, Texas; three step-sons, David (Edie) Pierson, Charles (Angie) Pierson, and Thomas (Barb) Pierson, all of Hartford City; three sisters, Dixie (Royce) Curry, Salado, Texas, Judy (Chuck) Bliss, Salado, Texas, and Cathy Minniear of Des Moines, Iowa; 27 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sheila Kuhn, and two grandchildren.
Memorial service will be at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City, with Pastor Gary Hall of New Community Worship presiding.
Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the start of the service at 2:00 P.M.

Military Honors will be presented at the conclusion of the memorial service by Dunkirk American Legion Post 227.
Contributions may be given in Duaine’s name to any veteran or cancer charity.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralhomes.com                 

 

Friday, September 5, 2014

B. VIRGINIA RISINGER


HARTFORD CITY, IN—
B. Virginia Risinger, age 90, passed away Wednesday morning, September 3, 2014 at her residence.
The youngest and last surviving, of six children born to Omer Louis and Mary Jane (Taughinbaugh) Risinger, she was born March 30, 1924 in Hartford City.
 She graduated from Hartford City High School, class of 1941, initially attended nursing school and went on to graduate in 1947 from Ball State Teachers College.
A kindergarten teacher at Tipton Elementary School at Logansport for thirty-seven years, Miss Risinger retired in 1984, to return to Hartford City to spend the rest of her retirement years closer to her family.
Virginia was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hartford City.
Surviving are fourteen nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Also a brother-in-law, John Wrestler of Montpelier.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three brothers; Joseph O., Robert G. and Edward A. Risinger; two sisters, Martha J. Risinger and Kathryn Anne Rose Wrestler; and three sisters-in-law, Mary Jane, Esther and Jeanne Risinger.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 8 in the Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City, with Rev. Lloyd Hall presiding.  Burial will be in the Hartford City Cemetery, following the service.
Friends may call Sunday, September 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and after 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 8.
Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 312 W. Washington St. Hartford City or the Blackford County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 70, Hartford City, Indiana 47348.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralhomes.com                 

Friday, August 1, 2014

ANNABEL L. CONN


Annabel Lee (Shafer) Conn, 89, is at home with the Lord.  She was born August 29th, 1924, to Francis and Kathryn (Anderson) Shafer.  She peacefully exchanged her earthly shell for glory very early Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during her sleep at home.  She was preceded in death by her husband Frank William Conn, daughter Joan, and her brother Rodney Shafer.  She is survived by her son David Conn, daughter Cristi (Bob) Sloan, granddaughters Abby (Mark) DuBois and Brittany Conn, and great-granddaughters Hannah, Ava, Mya, Cana and Annabel DuBois; her sisters Jane Burt and Phyllis (James) Shroyer, sister-in-law Kay (Shafer) Cowgill, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Annabel touched many lives as a student, Ball State grad, teacher, entrepreneur, faithful servant, and owner of Conn’s Auto Supply after her husband’s death. Anyone who knows Annabel will agree that she loved to stay very active and always did so in ways to serve her King and loved ones to the best of her ability.  She wore many hats as daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and on and on.  She wore each one beautifully and we are grateful for her love.  All of these activities, roles and accolades are of significant value yet pale in comparison to the fact that she is a child of God.  Most importantly, she chose to believe that she is a child of God and received Christ in order to obtain salvation.  It is because of Christ that Annabel’s light shined brightly and His love poured through her, permeating the lives of so many people.  We praise Him for sharing her with us, and rest assured that we will meet again in glory!  Knowing Annabel, in addition to her many jewels and crowns, she is probably baking plenty of chocolate chip cookies and brownies to serve her King!  We all know hers are the most heavenly of all!

Please join us in the celebration of her life and legacy of rich love and fellowship with the Lord, her family and her friends at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 2 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  She had a way of ensuring that you knew how “dear and special” you were to her.  Let us come together to share in our commemoration of how very dear and special she is to us. Rev. Lloyd Hall will officiate and private burial will follow.

Memorials may be sent to DeSoto U. M. Church, Grace U.M. Church or Church Resource Ministries with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.