Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Hartford City, IN

Wava Lea Reader, 59, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at her home after a lengthy illness.

She was born on February 25, 1955 in Roll, Indiana, and graduated from Blackford High School in 1973. She married her husband, Jeff Reader, on March 1, 1980 in Roanoke, Indiana.

Wava resided in Japan and Hawaii. While in Japan, Wava was awarded the Nippon Zenkokai award by the emperor of Japan in 1991 for community relations. She also spent many years manufacturing Native American crafts and was well known for her dream catchers.

Her hobbies include gardening, Native American crafts, traveling, spending time with family, as well as her cats, Diva and JoJo.

Wava attended the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, Dunkirk.

She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Patricia and Victor West; grandparents, Hoyt R. and Gertrude (Foley) Bridges; and uncles, Russell and Herb Bridges.
Survivors include her husband, Jeff; two daughters, Brandy M. E. Reader, Hartford City, and Leigh A. (Dallas) Gray, Millgrove; four grandchildren, Cassidy M. Reader, Mazy M. E. Reader, Izzy M. E. Reader, and Brody M. Gray; a brother, Richard A. Brown, Hartford City; a sister, Ulondra E. (Brown) Dawson, Hartford City; step-sisters, Vicki M. (West) Ingersoll, Westfield, and Stormy D. West, Columbus, GA; two uncles, William A. (Nancy) Bridges, Rhode Island, and Hoyt R. (Kathy) Bridges (retired Army MSGT), Marietta, GA; an aunt, Clara Bridges, Hampton, VA; cousins, Herbie J. Bridges, Hampton, VA, Stephen Bridges, Bear, Delaware, and Paul Bridges, Spiceland, Delaware; and a nephew, Cory M. Dawson, Greenwood.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., with Rev. Bobby Thomas officiating. Cremation will follow.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:30 A.M. to the start of the service on Thursday.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Hartford City

Betty Rae Crist, 85, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at her home.

She was born in Covington, Kentucky on July 17, 1928 to Emery Ray and May (Elmer) Plummer. She grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Shortridge High School in 1944. Betty married John W. Crist in Blackford County on July 17, 1948.

Betty was a member of Omega Nu Tau Sorority, Blackford Country Club and Matthews Community Church.

Survivors include a brother, John H. (Judy) Plummer, Unionville, Indiana, a niece, Betty J. (Kenneth) Whitlow, Indianapolis, a great-niece, Teri Langley, nephews, Tony Plummer, Jim, Danny, Larry and Donnie Pierson, step-children, Sandra (Michael) Collins, Hartford City and Patricia (Jack) Bergdoll, Royerton, step-grandchildren, Tammy Rea, Julie Lemons, Barry Bergdoll, Bill Hayworth, Lisa Niemin and Brian Frost.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, on March 9, 1991, a sister, Ruth Pierson, a half-sister, Mary Jane Leathers, two nephews, Marc Whitlow and John H. Plummer II and a step-grandson, Bret Bergdoll.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, April 6 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Rev. Lloyd Hall officiating. Entombment will follow in the Crist family mausoleum at Elizabethtown Cemetery, Delaware County.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 5 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Sunday one hour prior to the service.
Memorials are requested to Children’s Wish Foundation International, P.O. Box 28785, Atlanta, Georgia 30358.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Hartford City

M. Lane Fisher, 72, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Connersville on January 12, 1942 to Ray J. and Bernice (Riddle) Fisher and lived most of his life in Blackford County. Lane graduated from Roll High School and married M. Sue Girod. She preceded him in death on November 30, 1978.

Mr. Fisher was a former co-owner of the NAPA store in Hartford City. He was a former member of Hartford City Elks #625 and was a Past Exalted Ruler.

He is survived by two children, Michael “Mike” Fisher (wife, Stacey Terhune), Pendleton and Michele (husband, Matthew) Mentis, Muncie, three grandchildren, Claire Fisher, Mabrey Mentis and Myla Mentis.

He was preceded in death by his father on December 12, 1985, his mother on June 1, 2009 and a granddaughter, Melia Mentis, on April 17, 2002.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City.

 Delaware County Veterans Honor Guard will perform military rites at 11 a.m. Friday, April 4 in Gardens of Memory.

Memorials may be sent to Riley Hospital or any cancer support charity.

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

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Hartford City

Janet E. Smith, 74, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Fort Wayne on May 3, 1939 to Leonard J. and Martha Jane (Hanley) Douglas and graduated from Central Catholic High School, Fort Wayne, in 1957. She attended Ball State University and married Joseph M. Smith on July 25, 1958 in Fort Wayne.

A homemaker, Janet was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Altar-Rosary Society and helped at the New to You Shop. Janet was a founding member of Cancer Support for Blackford County and was currently on its Board of Directors. She was a facilitator for Angels of Hope Breast Cancer Support Group in Blackford County and a member of Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group in Muncie. She was vice president of I.U. Health Blackford Hospital Auxiliary, volunteered in the Auxiliary gift shop, and served on the Medical Scholarship Committee for Blackford County. Janet also co-chaired the Survivors Committee for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for many years and volunteered for the Red Cross Blood drives.

Janet’s mission in life was to be the best wife and mother she could be and to be a friend to many and often a lifeline to local residents who received a cancer diagnosis and needed support all while she was fighting her own battle.

Surviving are: her husband, Joseph; daughter Lora Smith; sons, Chris, Curtis and Brett Smith; grandchildren, Zackarrie, Cameron and Nathan Smith; brothers, Robert Douglas and Joseph Douglas and sister, Sharon K. Ball.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dave Newton at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2 in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 209 S. Spring St., Hartford City.

Friends may call on Tuesday, April 1, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. A Christian Wake Service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Cancer Support for Blackford County with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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

Thursday, March 27, 2014



Monte A. “Cujo” Fowler, 52, passed away early Monday, March 10, 2014 at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after an unexpected illness.

He was born July 11, 1961 in St. Mary’s, Ohio to Lloyd E. and Ruth (Starr) Fowler and attended Jay County schools. Monte worked as a dental lab technician in his and his sister’s business. He loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle and Maid-Rite sandwiches from Greenville, Ohio.

Survivors include his mother, Ruth (Max) Rauch, Michigan, two children, Josh (Jessica) Fowler, Salamonia, and Tana (Thomas) Trammell, Portland, a brother, Ted Fowler, two sisters, Pam Griffith and Teresa McDaniel, two grandchildren, William and Gwyneth Trammell, and close friends, Sherri Cox, Rocky Lillard and John Vaughn and several nieces and nephews. 

Cremation was held according to his wishes.

A memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Rev. Bobby Thomas presiding. Friends and family may gather after 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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



Clarence Michael “Mike” Ehrhart, 57, died unexpectedly Monday morning, March 24, 2014 in St. Joseph County, Indiana of heart-related complications.

Mike was born in Marion, Indiana on July 7, 1956, one of three children to Carl V. and Flora “Flo” (Muniz) Ehrhart, Sr., spent his childhood years in Matthews, Indiana and was a 1975 graduate of Blackford High School, Hartford City.

An avid golfer, he belonged to Arbor Trace Golf Club, Grant County, was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, but most importantly…he dearly loved his grandchildren.

Mike was employed by OJC Trucking of Hartford City.

He leaves behind his son & daughter-in-law, Christopher Michael & Genie Ehrhart; his mother, Flo Ehrhart, all of Hartford City; brother, Carl V. Ehrhart, Jr. (wife, Carla) of Amboy;  sister, Sandra Hill (husband Joey) of Marion; two grandchildren, Collyn Michael and Arryana Ida-Lynn Ehrhart; former wives, Cynthia Jo Dooley  and step-son Paul Dooley, and Elizabeth Ann O’Hern and her sons, Nathan and Derek Reynolds; nieces, Ashley Nicole House, Cayla Marie Ehrhart, Cassandra Victoria Ehrhart and Angela Bishop, eight great-nieces and nephews and many special friends he loved.

His father preceded him in death on February 23, 2003.

Visitation and viewing hours will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. Mike will be cremated following the visitation.

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