Friday, April 1, 2016

EVELYN G. BURCH


Hartford City
Evelyn G. Burch, 98, passed away March 31, 2016 at her residence.

The last surviving child of ten children, she was born in Winslow, Indiana on January 28, 1918 to Rev. George Gilbert Burch and Mary Lois (Willis) Burch. She graduated from Mount Olympus High School, Mount Olympus, Indiana and received a B.A. in 1941and  a M.A. in 1942 from Indiana University.
Evelyn worked as a translator for the Department of Defense from 1943 to 1970, retiring in 1970. She spoke and translated seven different languages. She also enjoyed reading, genealogy, theology and traveled extensively with Smithsonian tours.

Evelyn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Hartford City and had been a member of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. for fifty-three years before moving to Hartford City in 2006. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha.
Surviving are seventeen nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St. Hartford City with Pastor Susan Finley presiding.
Friends may call on Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m. in the funeral home.

Burial will be made at 3 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 in Sunset Cemetery, Winslow, Indiana.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 117 W. Franklin St., Hartford City, Indiana  47348.

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

 

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

ROBERT S. BRINKERHOFF, PHD.


Hartford City
Robert S. Brinkerhoff, PhD, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015 in I. U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Bob was born July 21, 1932 in Teaneck, New Jersey, to James Walter Brinkerhoff, Sr. and Jane (Soley) Brinkerhoff. He graduated from Hasbrouck Heights High School, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. He was also a graduate of Barrington College, Barrington, Rhode Island, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and received his PhD from the University of Chicago.
Bob married Harriet Gates on June 16, 1956 in Needham, Massachusetts.

Dr. Brinkerhoff was the director of the Christian Counseling Center, Clifton, New Jersey for over 20 years. After retiring he worked part time at the Anderson Psychiatric Clinic, Anderson, Christian Counseling Center of Madison County and Wabash Friends Church Counseling Center, Wabash.
He was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church, Hartford City and enjoyed the adult Sunday school class and weekly Bible Study.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet; one son, Stephen Brinkerhoff (wife, Joanne), Hartford City; one daughter, Carol Helmick (husband, Brian), Hartford City; eight grandchildren, Adrian, Lucas, Caleb, Joshua, Jessica and Malachi Brinkerhoff, Michael Keenan and Kristen Javed (husband, K J). One great-grandchild, Kaylie Javed, also survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, James Walter Brinkerhoff, Jr., Charles Brinkerhoff and John Brinkerhoff.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 in First Presbyterian Church, 117 W. Franklin St., Hartford City with Pastor Susan Finley officiating.
Visitation will be prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. at the church.

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

 

Monday, March 28, 2016

MARK H. LOVE


Hartford City
Mark H. Love, 66, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 26, 2016 in Muncie.

A life resident of Blackford County, he was born in Hartford City on December 2, 1949 to Hansel and Elsie (Clamme) Love. Mark graduated from Hartford City High School in 1968 and attended Purdue University. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Purdue and was a member of the Purdue Judging team.
Mark worked with Loveland, Inc. which was his family’s farm operation south of Hartford City. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting and was a devout Purdue supporter.

Mark was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Surviving are two sisters, Joan Valente and Ann (Phillip) Gardner, both of Pendleton; aunts and uncles, Louanna Mossburg, Margaret Denton, Louise Clamme and Don (Marsha) Love.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Les.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in Union Cemetery, Eaton with Pastor David Fleener presiding.

Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the Purdue University School of Agriculture.

Online condolences may be sent to: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

 

Friday, March 18, 2016

ESTHER N. CORTRIGHT


Hartford City
Esther N. Cortright, 87, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 in IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Dola, Ohio on May 20, 1928 to Rev. Frank and Bertha (Reece) Dell and graduated from Hartford City High School in 1945. She attended Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, for a year and Indiana Business College, Fort Wayne, for 2 years.
Esther married Norman Cortright on December 11, 1954 in Fort Recovery, Ohio. He preceded her in death in 1996.

Esther worked as a secretary at Hartford City High School for many years. She later worked at Blackford County Hospital and Ball Memorial Hospital as a medical transcriptionist.
Survivors include a son, Craig (Donna) Cortright, Bluffton, a daughter, Nancy Cortright, Hartford City, and a brother, Charles Dell, Lima, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brother, John Dell, and sister, Eleanor Hosier.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in the Zion Lutheran Church, 308 S. Monroe St., Hartford City with Pastor David Fleener presiding. Burial will follow the service in Greenlawn Cemetery, east of Hartford City.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

FREDERICK LEE FORD


Hartford City
Frederick Lee Ford, 45, passed away March 2, 2016 at his home.

He was born in Marion October 17, 1970 to Frederick Ford and Constance (Merrell) Berry.
A Memorial Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City.

Friends may call from 12-1 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MERRILL A. RHODES


Hartford City
Merrill A. Rhodes, 75, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at his residence.

He was born in Hartford City on March 15, 1940 to Clester “Peg” and Georgette (Lennon) Rhodes. He graduated from Hartford City High School in 1958 and attended Ball State University.
Merrill married Jean Ann Fettig on May 4, 1963. Her death occurred on February 11, 2004.

Merrill worked for General Motors in the Fabricating Division and Security, retiring in 1995. He also served 6 years in the National Guard.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, American Legion Post #159, Amvets #23, CPC Sympathy Club, Blackford Country Club and had served on the Blackford County Alcoholic Beverage Board.  As a member of the Hartford City High School Memorial Committee, Merrill was instrumental in developing the memorial park on the site of the old high school. He also enjoyed all sports.

Survivors include two sons, Marty (Kelli) Rhodes, Indianapolis and Chris (Tina) Rhodes, Auburn; two brothers, Rik (Linda) Rhodes and Nick (Beth) Rhodes, both of Hartford City and seven grandchildren, Payton, Meredith, Dustin, Olivia, Sian, Brian, Easton Rhodes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jean Ann and a sister, Greta McIntire.

The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, February 29, 2016 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Father Dave Newton officiating. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, February 28 in the funeral home and Monday from 9-10 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the Jean Ann Rhodes Memorial Baseball Scholarship, c/o Blackford County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

JAMES C. VALENTINE


HARTFORD CITY, IN
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.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.watersfuneralhomes.com.