Wednesday, November 12, 2014



Vikki J. Wise, 67, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 in I. U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie.
She was born in Indianapolis on August 1, 1947 to Harold and Lucille A. (Lennon) Garrett and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1965.

Vikki married Ricky G. Wise on March 5, 1966 in the First Christian Church of Hartford City.
Her hobbies included cross stitching, scrapbooking, and making quilts for others. She also was an avid bird lover. Vikki belonged to Central Indiana Bird Cage Club and North Central Indiana Ferret Rescue. 

Survivors include her husband, Ricky, three daughters, Ricci Zigler, Tempe, Arizona, Gina Wise, Rockford, Illinois and Lisa D. Brennan (Shane Parsons), Hartford City, and four grandchildren, Andrew and Charles Zigler, Daniel Brennan and Quinn Parsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial gathering will be Friday, November 14, 2014 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Blackford 4-H Building.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014


Fort Myers, Florida
Charles Albert Dudgeon, 87, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away of natural causes on Monday, November 3, 2014.

Charles was born January 26, 1927 in Rockford, Ohio. After graduating from Rockford High School, he attended Bowling Green State University and obtained a degree in medicine from Ohio State University in 1954. Prior to graduation from college, he served in the Navy Reserves from 1945 to 1946.
After completing his residency at St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima, Ohio, Charles moved to Hartford City, Indiana and was a prominent general practice physician for 43 years. He greatly enjoyed serving his community as a doctor and school board member.

His hobbies included reading, flying in his airplane and collecting cut glass from the American Brilliant Period.
Charles is survived by his wife of 21 years, Elizabeth; daughter, Melinda Lindell of Muncie; son, Mark Dudgeon of San Francisco; daughter, Deon Seifert of Indianapolis; step-daughter, Heather Goodrich of Fishers; step-son, Shawn Swearingen of Pendleton and 10 loving grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lela (High) Dudgeon of Rockford, Ohio, his brother, Clois Dudgeon, of Rockford, Ohio and his son, Douglas Dudgeon of Indianapolis.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. A family burial service will be made at Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Memorial donations may be given to any charity of choice in memory of Charles.
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Monday, October 27, 2014


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.
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Friday, October 10, 2014


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.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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:

Thursday, September 18, 2014



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 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.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014



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.

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