Friday, July 24, 2015


Hartford City
Whitney Christine Blakley, 26, passed away Wednesday morning, July 22, 2015 after becoming ill at work.
Whitney was born in Bluffton, Indiana on December 27, 1988 to Robert and Heidi (Hudson) Blakley and lived here her entire life.
She graduated from Blackford High School in 2007, had attended Ivy Tech to become a dental assistant and had been employed at BRC Industries, Hartford City for the last three years, at the time of her passing.
A life member of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle, Dunkirk, Whitney also was a country music fan- especially Justin Moore; enjoyed kick-boxing and attended the “fight nights”. She enjoyed the 4th of July,  as much as any holiday and especially enjoyed spending time with family
She is survived by her parents, Robert and Heidi; sister, Betty Elizabeth Blakley, maternal grandparents, John and Marcella Hudson, her companion, James Sutton, all of Hartford City. Aunts:  Dreama (Tim) Hall, Amy (Shaun) West, Lisa Hall, Sharon Smith and Edie (Jeff) Hall; Uncle, Johnny (Kim) Hudson, Jr., nieces and nephews: Adalee Dream Rogers, Penelope Rose Cronin, Colin Cronin, Gibson Hall, and John, Christopher and Steven Sutton, as well as several Great-aunts, Great-uncles and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Donald Blakley in 1994; Barbara Blakley in 1997,  an aunt, Julie Pryor, and two uncles, Jeff Hudson and Mark Hall
Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 – 6 P.M. Sunday,  July  26th at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City, and an hour before the funeral Monday, at the church in Dunkirk.  
Whitney’s home-going celebration will begin at 10:30 A.M. Monday, July 27, 2015 in the Full Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle, 468 E. Washington St., Dunkirk, with Rev. Bobby Thomas presiding. Burial will be in Hartford City Cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be directed to the family, in care of the funeral home.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Eaton, IN
Genevieve Lee “Dolly” Wesolowski, 82, of Eaton, Indiana, passed away July 14, 2015 surrounded by her family.

She was born on February 11, 1933 to Joseph and Barbara Piotrowicz.  She loved gardening, cooking and baking.  She especially loved spending time with her family. 
Survivors include her son, Doug (Barb) Wesolowski; daughters: Rose Marie (Tony) Slack, Teresa (Kent) Hoover, Karen (Jeff) Gill, and Patty (Rick) Elwell, daughter-in-law, Barbie Wesolowski; a sister, Helen Enders; brother, Joseph Piotrowicz; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Anthony “Tony” Wesolowski, her parents, three sisters, four brothers, a son, Joseph Wesolowski and a granddaughter, Michelle Wesolowski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dave Newton at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 209 S. Spring St. Hartford City.  Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, July 17, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Saturday, July 18, from 10:00 to 10:30 A.M. at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St. Hartford City.
 A Christian Wake Service will be held on Friday at the funeral home, starting at 4:00 P.M.

The family requests memorial contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Benjamin Mullins, 80, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015 at his home.
The son of Oscar and Goldie (Stegall) Mullins, he was born on August 31, 1934 in Antigo, Wisconsin.
Ben served his country in the Army and attended Allied Institution of Technology in Chicago.  He married Frances Buie on March 10, 1956 in Liberty, Indiana.
He worked in construction as an iron worker for several years, and was a part of the team that worked on the Hartford City News Times, Hartford Concrete, and HP Products.  Ben then worked as a millwright for Delco Electric of Kokomo, retiring in 1996.
Mr. Mullins was a loving husband, father and grandfather. 
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances, three daughters: Glenda Hamilton (Mark), Muncie, Deborah Harper, Indianapolis, and Jean Cogan, Upland, two brothers, James Mullins (Dorothy), and Charles Bowen Jr. (Vickie),  two sisters: Sharon Hutchinson (Dan), and Beverly Masters, grandchildren: Michael Bennett (Stacy), Heather Thompson (Allen), Davin Cogan, and Danielle McClain, great-grandchildren: Michael Riddle, Aurora Bennett, Adrianna Cogan, Benjamin Bennett and Alison Bennett, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Mullins and Goldie Bowen, a brother Conrad Mullins, and two sisters, Ann Palmer and Dorothy Louise Bowen.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, July 18 at the Upland United Methodist Church, 214 E. Grant St., Upland with Rev. Rob Neel officiating.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 11:00 A.M. until services Saturday.
Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St. #100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
The family would like to thank the staff of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospice for their kind service.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Waters Funeral Home, Hartford City
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Monday, July 6, 2015


            Wayne Townsend of Hartford City, Indiana, passed away on July 3, 2015 surrounded by his family.  He was 89. 

Born on the family farm in Grant County, Indiana (near Upland) on May 1, 1926, Wayne was the sixth and youngest child of Jay Livingston Townsend and Blanche Gillespie Townsend.

He started school at Walnut Creek Elementary School at the age of five.  Wayne graduated from Jefferson Township High School in 1943.  Though his parents did not attend high school, they encouraged all of their children to attend college.  Like his older brothers and sisters, Wayne attended Purdue University.  He enrolled in the fall of 1947, and he graduated in June of 1951 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. 

Wayne returned to the family farm near Upland, Indiana and married his college sweetheart, Helen Hardin, in November of 1953.  In March of 1954, Wayne entered military service and trained at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas and Fort Holibird, Baltimore, Maryland.  For the remainder of his military career, he served in Washington D.C. as a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps.

            Wayne and Helen returned to the family farm near Upland, Indiana in March of 1956.  They have five children, Jay (born in 1954), Mark (born in 1955), Lisa (born in 1958), Steve (born in 1960), and Alan (born in 1963).  In 1965, Wayne and Helen purchased a farm in neighboring Blackford County, Indiana, and the family moved there the following year. 

Wayne was extremely proud of his children.  All five graduated from Blackford High School.  And all five also graduated from Purdue University. 

            Wayne enjoyed politics.  In 1958, at the age of 32, Wayne was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives from Grant County and Blackford County.  Wayne served six years in the House of Representatives.  In 1970, he was elected to the Indiana State Senate and served 16 years, retiring from the legislature in 1986.  During his 22 years in the legislature, Wayne served either on the House Ways and Means Committee or the Senate Finance Committee.

            In 1984, Wayne was the Democratic nominee for Governor in the State of Indiana.  He lost narrowly to Robert Orr even though the Republican candidate for President, Ronald Reagan, carried Indiana by a wide margin. 

            Wayne loved Purdue University.  He attended his first football game at Ross Ade Stadium in 1933.  He and Helen were regulars at the Purdue Christmas Show.  And he often invited the Purdue Glee Club to perform at his Hartford City home for family and friends.  Following his years of legislative service, Wayne served on the Board of Trustees of Purdue University for 15 years.  He forged an outstanding working relationship with then President of Purdue University, Steven C. Beering.  When President Beering retired, Wayne served on the search committee that recommended hiring Martin C. Jischke as President Beering’s successor. 

Wayne also served as a Director of the Purdue Research Foundation, a Trustee of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and a member of the Board of Directors at the Marion National Bank.  His other memberships include Lifetime Member of the Purdue Alumni Association, a 35 year member of the John Purdue Club, and 50 year member of the First Friends Church of Marion (where he also served as trustee).

            Wayne was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by four different Governors, Governor Matt Welsh, Governor Evan Bayh, Governor Joe Kernan, and Governor Mike Pence.  Wayne was recognized as a Master Farmer by Indiana Prairie Farmer, Distinguished Purdue Ag Alumnus by the College of Agriculture, and with a Certificate of Distinction by the Purdue Ag Alumni Association.  In 2014, Wayne was honored with the Order of the Griffin, the highest honor bestowed by Purdue University, by President Mitch Daniels.

            Wayne is survived by Helen, his wife of 61 years.  Wayne also is survived by: his son Jay (his wife Rebecca and their children Richard, James, Jonathan, Emerson, and Oliver); his son Mark (his children Katherine (married to Andy Glover), Hanna, and Ben); his daughter Lisa McHone (her husband Paul and their children Jenni (married to John Garrett), Ann, Katie, Chris, and Liz); his son Steve (his wife Beth and their children Sarah and Jacob); and  his son Alan (his wife Ruth Ann and their children Aja, Jay, and Jack).  Wayne also is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents (Jay and Blanche) and his siblings (Martha, James, George, Vida, and Mary).

            Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the First Friends Church of Marion, 2211 North Wabash Avenue, Marion, Indiana, 46952 with Dane Leitch officiating.  Burial will follow at Grant Memorial Cemetery in Marion, Indiana. 

Friends may call at the First Friends Church of Marion on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Friends also may call one hour before the funeral services. 

In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to contribute, in memory of Wayne, to one or more of the following charitable causes:  (1) First Friends Church of Marion, 2211 North Wabash Avenue, Marion, Indiana, 46952;  (2) Blackford County Community Foundation, 121 N. High Street, P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, Indiana 47348; and (3) Purdue Foundation (for the Wayne and Helen Townsend Writing Excellence Fund), Purdue University Development Office, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907.

Arrangements are being handled by Waters Funeral Home, Hartford City.

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Monday, June 29, 2015


Hartford City
Samuel L. Hines, 72, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Bridgewater Centre.
Mr. Hines was a native of Hartford City, born April 14, 1943, and had lived in Fort Wayne before returning to Hartford City.
Mr. Hines had been employed in hotel/motel maintenance most of his life.
He is survived by two sons, Christopher (wife, Crystal) and James Jeffery Hines, a sister, Linda (husband, Paul) Cox of Hartford City, an uncle, Bob (wife, Diane) Hines of Gaston as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of over forty years, Shirley A. (Cale) Hines, his mother, Ruby Ellen Fetty, a son, Andrew and two sisters, Anna Hurley and Sharon Dickey.
Visitation for friends and family will be from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. A Graveside Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 2 in Hartford City Cemetery with Father Dave Newton officiating.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Robert J. Oswalt, 88, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 at Bridgewater Centre, Hartford City.

He was born in Wells County August 3, 1926 to Wilford S. and Margaret (Beal) Oswalt and graduated from Hartford City High School in 1944. He married Mary E. Howard on September 30, 1944 and served in the Army during WW II in the European Theatre. After Mary died in 2002, Bob married Ruth (Wilson) Flatter and she survives.
Mr. Oswalt was the owner of Oswalt Menu Company of Hartford City, retiring in 1991.

Bob was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church, Elks Lodge #625 and the American Legion #156, Montpelier.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Oswalt, Hartford City, a daughter, Pamela (Michael) Balle, Pickerington, Ohio, two sons, Jon (Ann) Oswalt, Hartford City and Robert (Angie) Oswalt, Jr., Melbourne, Florida, a sister, Virginia Jean Mills, Fort St. Lucie, Florida, six grandchildren, Chris and Michael Balle, Courtney Oswalt, Robert J. Oswalt II and Emily and Elizabeth Oswalt and five great-grandchildren, Erica, Nick, Alexandra, Vincent and Ri.

A Memorial Service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2015 in Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City with Brian Waters officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 - 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Hartford City
Walter N. “Sonny” Jackson, 80, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Miller’s Merry Manor, Hartford City.

He was born in Montpelier February 17, 1935 to William and Ilah (Sharp) Jackson. Mr. Jackson died when Walt was quite young, so Ilah’s second husband, William Smith, was the only father Walt knew.
Walt was a 1953 graduate of Montpelier High School and played on their basketball and baseball teams.

He married Janice Perry in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on November 25, 1954.
Walt worked most of his life at Hartford Concrete, retiring in 2000. He also served his country in the Army. He was a sports enthusiast and an amateur artist.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and had served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council # 1639.
Survivors include his wife, Janice, Hartford City; son, Kevin (Suzy) Jackson, Fishers; daughter, Paula (Mark) Orr, Hartford City; four grandchildren, Chad and Marc Orr and Craig and Drew Jackson; three great-grandchildren, Hunter, Dane and Austin Orr; a brother, Bill Jackson, Coldwater, Ohio; a step-brother, Jack (Sally) Smith, Fort Wayne and a step-sister, Vonona Spaulding, Montpelier.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Raymond Jackson.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dave Newton at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 6 in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 209 S. Spring St., Hartford City. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.

Friends may call at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 5 and from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6.
A Christian Wake Service will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
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