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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Friday, September 5, 2014


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.
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Friday, August 1, 2014


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.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Hartford City

Clayton I. Ford, 87, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born in Hartford City on February 25, 1927 to Ivor and Dorothy (Emshwiller) Ford and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1945.

After graduation, Clayton served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

On June 2, 1946 he married Barbara McVicker. Clayton farmed in Portland and Montpelier for many years before his employment at Dana Corporation, Marion. They moved to Hartford City in 1988 and Clayton retired in 1992. 

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hartford City.

Survivors are children, Dean (Claudia) Ford, Noblesville; Tracy (Janet) Ford, Louisville, KY; Nancy Richardson, Muncie; Susan (Ken) Thieme, Fort Wayne; Kevin Ford, Houston, TX ; daughter-in-law, Joyce Ford, Hartford City; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Francis (Margie) Ford, Hartford City; sister, Jondajane Hix, Marion and brother-in-law, John (Ann) McCammon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a daughter, Kathy Denise, a sister, Thanamae McCammon, and son, State Senator David Ford.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 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 on Friday, July 4 from 2:30 -5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Christian Wake Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Preferred memorials are to the David Ford Scholarship c/o Blackford Community Foundation, P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Hartford City

Mary Madonna Hall, 81, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 at I.U. Health University Hospital, Indianapolis.

Mary was born in Hartford City on May 12, 1933 to Harold G. and Margaret K. (Kirby) Houseman. She married Charles Preston Hall on November 22, 1953 in Hartford City. He preceded her in death June 26, 2010.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle.

Survivors include one son, George G. (Lois) Hall, two daughters, Lori Hall (Gregory Hardin), and Cheryl Hunt, all of Hartford City; seven grandchildren, Troy (Karinna) Williams, Austin (Jamie) Hall, Paul Andrew (Christie) Hall, Kristie (Brandon) Hall, Angela (Greg) Workman, Majenica (James) Apodaca, and Lindsey Pettit, and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charles, brothers Harry, Russell Eugene, Bernard, George “Bud”, Harold, Jr., and Jerry Houseman, and sisters Joan Houseman, Marjorie Shadle, Bonnie Drake and Ruth Webster.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 27 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Pastor Jerald Shelby officiating. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 27.

The family requests memorials to the Apostolic Tabernacle, 1318 S. Jefferson St.,   Hartford City.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Hartford City

William E. Schantz, 89, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014 in I. U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
Bill was born in Beech Grove, Indiana February 9, 1925 to Edward J. and Emma (Schlick) Schantz and lived most of his life in Hartford City. He graduated from Hartford City High School in 1942, attended Purdue University and graduated from Tri-State University with a degree in drafting and engineering. Then he worked as a draftsman at Lear Corp., Piqua, Ohio, during the war.
On July 22, 1950 he married Patricia McCaffrey in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Bill was the owner of Hartford Concrete Products for 50 years, a company started by his father, Edward Schantz. At his retirement he sold the company to his employees. Hartford Concrete was more than a job to Bill – it was an important way he invested in the community and his employees were important to him.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus #1639.
Bill was a member of the board of directors of the original Citizen’s First State Bank and served on the Hartford City Library Board. He was a founding member of Blackford Community Choir and also sang in the church choir for over 50 years.

Surviving are: his wife, Patricia; a son, John (Trudy) Ryan, Logansport; five daughters, Laura (Randy) Baird, Fremont, Kathryn (Todd) Helmke, Fort Wayne, Joanne (Greg) Leach, Angola, Karen (Rich) Uggen, Hartford City and Julie (Paul) McCarthy, Carmel; grandchildren, Shelley Haines, Sean Ryan, Ashley Hetherington, Elamie Hartman, Brittany Helmke, Austin Helmke, Chad Helmke, Evan Leach, Lauren Leach, Landon Leach, Anya Uggen, Ammee Uggen, Max Uggen, Will Uggen and Luke McCarthy and six great-grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dave Newton at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19 in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 209 S. Spring St. Hartford City. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St. Hartford City and on Thursday, June 19 from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
A Christian Wake Service will be at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made in the form of masses, the donor’s favorite charity or to Blackford County Community Foundation.
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