Wednesday, February 3, 2016


James C. Valentine, 66, Hartford City, passed away Tuesday morning, February 2, 2016 at IU Health Blackford Hospital after a courageous battle with mesothelioma.

Born in Chillicothe, Ohio on December 20, 1949, one of five children to Noah and Coral (Bowsher) Valentine, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy from July of 1970 to July of 1974.
On June 28, 1975, he took Dorothy Switzer to be his loving wife in Williamstown, Kentucky.  He retired in 2014 from American Electric Power/Indiana Michigan Power after several years of employment as a drafter/draftsman. James enjoyed fishing and camping, computer games and crocheting, but especially enjoyed “old western” movies.

In addition to his loving wife, Dorothy of nearly forty-one years, he leaves one son, Joseph Valentine (wife, Crystal), Hartford City; a daughter, Laura Valentine, Connersville; one brother, Tim Valentine, Clearwater, FL; one sister, Nora June Schultz, New Port Richey, FL and three grandchildren:  Cassandra Valentine, Peyton White & Lillian Valentine.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded into eternal rest by a brother, Noah Valentine and a sister, Holly Valentine-Johnson.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 9 in the Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Pastor Troy Kaufman of Calvary Christian Church, presiding.  Burial will follow in the Marion National Cemetery, 1700 W. 38th St., Marion, with military honors by the U.S. Navy & Delaware Veterans Organization.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday, February 8 and from 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, until the time of the service.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Calvary Christian Church, 2101 N. Walnut St., Hartford City, Indiana 47348.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Hartford City

Kenneth E. Kravis, 88, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in University Nursing Home, Upland.
Kenny was born in Blackford County on May 16, 1927 to William Walter and Esther Lucile (Ely) Kravis. He graduated from Roll High School in 1945 and enlisted in the Army following graduation. He served as a Medical Aidman aboard the Army Hospital Ship Huddleston making several trips across the Atlantic.

His marriage to Marjorie Ellen Bennett took place on June 3, 1950 in Hartford City.
Kenny lived in Blackford County his entire life. He worked at Delco Remy in Kokomo until his retirement. He then enjoyed hanging out with the coffee crew in the early mornings.

Kenny was a life member of the Amvets and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by a brother, Robert (wife, Joanne) Kravis, Lady Lake, Florida, a sister, Dorothy Kravis Neff, Wabash, Indiana, two grandsons, Cody Lee (wife, Christine) Kravis and Roland Earl Kravis, both of Hartford City, and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his son, Ronald.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Rev. Lloyd Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, January 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. and after 10 a.m. Saturday in Waters Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Hartford City
Vincent J. “Vinnie” Charnley, 59, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at his home of natural causes.

He was born in Hartford City on January 19, 1956 to Ross and Rita (Pursley) Charnley and graduated from Blackford High School in 1974. Vinnie’s favorite hobby was playing his guitar.
Vinnie was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. For 20 years he was the manager of Amick’s Truck Stop at State Road 28 and I 69.

Survivors include three sons, Vincent M. “Vinnie” Charnley (wife, Sandra), Brandon L. Charnley (girlfriend, Brittany), and Casey A. Charnley (wife, Mallory), all of Hartford City; four brothers, Frederick “Rick”, Nicholas, Mark (wife, Robin) and Eugene “Geno” (wife, Jo); three sisters, Mary (Gary) Vanderbur, Teresa Rouse, and Judy Smith; nine grandchildren, Dalton, Lucas, Lilly, Madelyn, Addison, Liberty, Eli, Mckenzie and Tanner Charnley. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and the mother of his children, Teresa Davis, New Castle.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Francis “Frannie” and a sister, Rita Ann Benedict.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dave Newton at 10 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2016 in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 209 S. Spring St., Hartford City. Burial will follow in the Hartford City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2016 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City.

The Christian Wake Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in the form of Masses.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Hartford City
Thelma P. Harter, 76, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2016 at her residence. Her goal in life was to raise her child and help with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was born in Hartford City on July 20, 1939 to John and Mary (Coons) Adkins and attended Hartford City schools.
Thelma married Larry Harter in Hartford City on October 16, 1954 and he survives.

Thelma attended the Calvary Pentecostal Church and the Apostolic Tabernacle. She had worked at Dacra Glass for several years.
Survivors include her husband, Larry, a daughter, Mary (Bob) Carney, three grandchildren, Brantley Harter, Heather Futrell and Davina Miller and two great-grandchildren, Bryanna Futrell and Brendon Futrell.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Ed Adkins, Billy Adkins, Marvin Adkins and George Adkins, Sr. and by sisters, Dorothy Studebaker, Lois Whitehurst, Irene Moorman, Alpha Hunt, Ethel Mae Slentz and Elizabeth Norton.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 16 in Waters Funeral Home.
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Monday, December 21, 2015


Hartford City
Jon Leslie Love, 67, passed away Saturday morning in I. U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.

Les was born in Hartford City on January 12, 1948 to Hansel and Elsie (Clamme) Love. He graduated from Hartford City High School in 1966 and served as his class president. He attended Ball State University prior to joining the Army. After his service during the Vietnam War, he graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor in Animal Science. While at Purdue, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and was a member of the Purdue Judging Team winning the national competition.
Les was the manager and herdsman of Loveland, Inc. which was his family’s farm operation south of Hartford City.

Les enjoyed watching sports, especially Purdue sports, maintaining his yard, and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include a brother, Mark; two sisters, Joan Valente and Ann (Phillip) Gardner; aunts and uncles, Louanna Mossburg, Margaret Denton, Louise Clamme and Don (Marsha) Love.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 23 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Pastor David M. Fleener officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Friends may call at Waters Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 22 and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Purdue University School of Agriculture, Blackford County Historical Society or Zion Lutheran Church.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015


Gas City, IN
Eddie L. Cansler, 79, former Hartford City resident, passed away, Friday, November 27, 2015 at his home.

Eddie was born on August 16, 1936 to Eugene and Lora Laverne (Murrell) Cansler, in Riverside, California.  He attended Hartford City schools and married Peggy M. Hummer on September 8, 1956 in Hartford City. 
Mr. Cansler worked for Sheller-Globe, retiring after 38 years of employment.  He was an avid gun collector and was very skilled at woodworking and body work on cars. 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Peggy M. Cansler, three sons: Eddie E. Cansler (wife, Jacqueline), Brian L. Cansler (wife, Tammy), Stephen L. Cansler (wife, Rhonda), two daughters; Cathy A. Stone (husband, David), and Briean E. Woodmansee (husband, Eric), three brothers: Jim Cansler, Rick Cansler and Keith Cansler, one sister, Betty Carell (husband, Arthur), 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City, with Pastor Kevin Lex officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Montpelier. 

Visitation for family and friends will be at the funeral home from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015 and also one hour prior to services Tuesday. A dinner will follow the service at the Hartford City AmVets.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015



The loss of George William Duncan Reidy, aged 24 years old, is no small one. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a loved one, but Duncan bore a special place in the hearts of all who knew him. The struggle of mental illness is not one to be glossed over, and Duncan battled his fair share of demons, but we will not remember him for that—we will remember Duncan for his contagious smile, his quick wit, and his sense of humor. How he was kind, accompanying others on mission trips for Hurricane Katrina relief in 2006 at the age of 15 and in Detroit. He was a lover of film and music and enjoyed writing and learning—always learning. He will be carried forever in the hearts of the people he touched and in the places we knew him.
Duncan was born in Fort Wayne on July 14, 1991 to Thomas and Karen (Brown) Reidy. He attended Fort Wayne Northrup High School and was employed as a chef at J. K. O’Donnels, Fort Wayne.

Surviving are: his father, Thomas Reidy,  his mother, Karen Brown, a brother, David Reidy, a sister Katherine Reidy; grandparents, Karleen Reidy, Hartford City and William and Retta Brown, Indianapolis; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, George Reidy.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 21 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Father Dave Newton officiating.
Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Grant-Blackford Mental Health or Hartford City Cemetery with envelopes available at the funeral home.
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