Monday, January 26, 2015


Hazel Lorene Peer, 80, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Bridgewater Centre, Hartford City.

She was born in Hartford City September 2, 1934 to Leonidos and Eva (Pommell) Leffingwell. Hazel attended Lincoln Township Schools. She first married Robert Doublin in 1950 and they raised six children. She later married Eldo Peer on February 28, 1988 and he passed away August 16, 1991. Richard  Shimkus, long-time friend and companion of 17 years, died in 2013.
Hazel worked at RCA/Thompson Electronics, Marion, for 44 years retiring in 1994.  

Surviving are: four daughters, Patricia (Martin) Cunningham, Lake Elmo, Minnesota, Vera (Tom) Whitted, Claypool, Indiana,  Viola (D.J.) Driscoll, Minnesota, and Mary (Kenneth) Murphy, Montpelier; two sons, Robert Nathaniel (Kristi) Doublin, Jr., Minnesota, and Dickie Joe (Kimberly) Doublin, Minnesota; three step-children, Jim (Kathy) Peer, Junior Peer, and Linda Sue Brown, all of Marion.  Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, Milli Masters and four brothers, Richard Leffingwell (who died in Normandy during WW II), Chalmer, Theodore and Frank Leffingwell.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 29 in Blackford Baptist Temple, 2252 N. State Road 3, Hartford City with Pastor Larry Harvey officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory, Muncie.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, January 28 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Naedean J. Cook, 80, of Hartford City, IN, passed away at Miller’s Merry Manor in Marion, IN, on January 19, 2015.
Mrs. Cook was a member of Fairview United Brethren Church in Hartford City, IN, and served as an organist there for several years.  She volunteered as an EMT in the mid to late 1980s at Blackford County Hospital.

She is survived by her children Gaylene (Larry) Holloway of Bradenton, FL; Nanene (Bob) Randolph of Owensboro, KY; and Randy (Peggy) Cook of Batavia, NY.  Also surviving are her granddaughter, Angie (Dave) Thiery and two great- grandsons, Craig and Blake Thiery all of Hartford City;  sisters Melanie of Las Vegas, NV; Tina (Bruce) Murrell, Hartford City; brothers Nick Berrier of Hartford City; Michael (Becky) Warner of Matthews, IN.
Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Harold Gene, who passed away September 7, 2004.  She was the daughter of Clifford Berrier and Thelma Warner who are also deceased.

A private service will be held at the Waters Funeral Home in Hartford City, with burial following the service in Hartford City Cemetery.
Memorials on behalf of Naedean Cook can be made to Alzheimers Association, 50 E. 91st Street Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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Monday, January 12, 2015


Robert E. Elwood, 89, passed away Friday, January 9, 2015 in IU Health Blackford Hospital.

He was born June 14, 1925 in Hartford City, the son of Raymond and Katherine (Risinger) Elwood. Bob attended Hartford City Schools and was a US Navy veteran of WWII. He married Mary Kerlin on November 24, 1946 in Hartford City.
He was employed at Warner Gear in Muncie for 36 years, retiring in 1980.

Bob was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Christian Home Builders Sunday School Class, AARP, Amvets Post #23, American Legion Post #159, and Blackford Lodge #106 F&AM. He also served his community as a Hartford City volunteer fireman for 20 years and as a Hartford City policeman. Bob was a sports fan, particularly for the Chicago Cubs, Indiana Pacers, and Indianapolis Colts.
Surviving are his wife, Mary; a daughter, Diana (Steven) Seelig; son, Ross (Cheryl) Elwood, both of Hartford City; a sister, Dora (Ralph) Holsinger, rural Gaston; 3 grandchildren, Brian Seelig, Kari Johnson, and Kerbi Elwood; 3 great-grandchildren, Brayden, Shaylen, and Kaymen Johnson, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Odus and Dean Elwood, and sisters, Evelyn Williams, Irene Hopkins, and Edna Pierson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 with Rev. Lloyd Hall officiating. Burial will be made in Union Cemetery, Eaton.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. Masonic services will be at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Helen Borgenheimer and nursing staff and employees at Blackford Hospital for their compassionate care.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the Blackford County Animal Shelter.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Robert Lee Bales

Hartford City

 Robert “Bob” Bales, 77, of Hartford City, passed away January 6, 2015.

Bob was born April 12, 1937 in Montpelier to William “Dewey” and Wilma Bales.  He graduated from Montpelier High School and married his wife of 53 years, Nancy Jane Bales, in 1961 in Speedway.

After a stint in the U.S. Army, Bob returned to Hartford City and the Overhead Door Company where he eventually became Plant Manager. He went to Hartford Packing Company as Plant Manager and finished his career with Burkhart Carolina. He then retired and lived his dream of living on a golf course with his wife Nancy.

Bob was a member of the Blackford Golf Club for 37 years, serving on the Board of Directors for 21 years.  He served on the Board of Directors for the Golf Trustees and was president for seven years.  He was also a Mason.

Dedicated to his community, Bob was a 50-year member of the Hartford City Presbyterian Church, serving four terms as an Elder.  He was a Kiwanian for 47 years and President in 1979. Bob served 12 years on the Blackford County School Board and 21 years on the Blackford Industrial Development Board.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Wilma Bales and his brother Glenn Bales.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Bales, daughters Pam Bales and Kelly (Bales) Sharp, son-in-law Tom Sharp, Grandsons Joshua Thomas Sharp, Patrick Rawson Bales-Parks, Jordan Robert Sharp, Ted Dewey Bales Parks and Joel Dillon Sharp.  He is also survived by his brother William Carl Bales (wife Sue), sister Sharon Bales and sister-in-law Vallis Bales.

Visitation will be held at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City, IN 47348 on Friday January 9, 2015 from 2 – 7 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10:30 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Hartford City, 117 W. Franklin St., Hartford City.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church and/or the Blackford Community Foundation (Bob Bales Scholarship) via envelopes at Waters Funeral Home.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Helen R. “Tommie” Huggins

Hartford City
Helen R. “Tommie” Arbogast Huggins, age 86, formerly of Hartford City, Indiana, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014 at Hillside Country Living in Bryan, Ohio.

Born in Akron, Ohio September 18, 1928, she was the daughter of Joseph and Monah Arbogast. Tommie graduated from Green Bank High School, Green Bank, West Virginia and also graduated from Indiana Business College in Muncie, Indiana. She married Joseph R. Huggins in 1947 in Madison, Indiana. She had been employed at Production Credit Association, the Blackford County, Indiana Auditors office and retired from Crist Incorporated.
Tommie attended the Walnut Corner Church near Portland and was a past Worthy Matron of Purity Chapter #126 of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the D. A. R.

Since her retirement, she had spent a number of winters at Sunny Breeze Harbor near Arcadia, Florida before moving to Hillside Country Living near Bryan, Ohio.
Survivors include one daughter, Millie (J.B.) Orendorff, Bryan, Ohio; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Andy) Fitzpatrick, Montgomery, Ohio, April (Greg) Brown, Woodhaven, Michigan and Christian Orendorff, Bryan, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Hilda G. (Billie) Wright and Patricia C. Fortney of Newport, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in Waters Funeral Home 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Pastor Steve Rogers officiating. Entombment will follow in the Gardens of Memory Mausoleum, Muncie.

Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until the service at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
Contributions in memory of Helen R. “Tommie” Huggins are suggested to the Walnut Corner Church or Hillside Country Living, Bryan, Ohio.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Hartford City

Loretta F. Hughes, 76, passed away Sunday, December 07, 2014 in Miller’s Merry Manor, Hartford City.
She was born April 20, 1938 to Virgil and Vesta (Neal) Hughes, Sr. in New Castle.

Loretta retired from Borg-Warner, Muncie, after years of employment. She was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Loretta was a loving and giving mother and grandmother. She will be sadly missed by her daughters; Jewel (Lennie) Binegar, Hartford City and Cynthia Lytle, Westfield; her sons, Howard (Sung) Faine, Hartford City and Brian (Betty) Lennon, Westfield; a brother, Virgil (Linda) Hughes, Jr., Muncie; sisters, Carolyn Wallace, Indianapolis, Kay McIntire, Florida, and Nancy (Jim) Berry, Holland, Michigan and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Terry and Robert Faine, a brother, Michael Hughes, and two sisters, Violet “Vicky” Guffey and Mary Brown.
The funeral service will be Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Elder Matthew Lufcy officiating.  Burial will follow at Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m. to the time of the service at 1:00 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Howard Faine Jr., Kayla Faine, Julian Lytle, Steve Alberts, Andy Baker and Brian Lennon.

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Friday, December 5, 2014


Hartford City, IN
Robert Andrew (Andy) Walker, 38, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in I. U. Health University Hospital, Indianapolis. He is survived by his parents, Robert A. & Delores “Lorry” LaMotte.
Services are 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 8, 2014 at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City, with Rev. Bobby Thomas presiding. Calling hours will be from 1:00 p.m Monday, until the time of funeral. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.
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