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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Friday, April 1, 2016


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.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016


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.

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Monday, March 28, 2016


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.

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