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Walter M. Waltz

Walter Monroe Waltz, 84, R.3, Hartford City, a native of Hamilton County, died Mar. 10 in Blackford County Hospital.

Mr. Waltz was born in Arcadia Sept. 17, 1886 to Peter A. and Barbara Kathryn Schmidt Waltz. On Mar. 28, 1921 he was married to Sarah E. Willman in Hartford City. The deceased was a member of Zion Lutheran Church; the Farm Bureau; American Legion and World War I Barracks.

Surviving with the widow are four daughters, Virginia, at home; Mrs. Jesse (Kathryn) Rogers, Montpelier; Mrs. James (Audra) Hoell, Fort Wayne; Mrs. Richard (Donna) Hileman, Fort Wayne; six grandchildren; a brother, Charles E. Waltz, Arcadia and several nieces, nephews and cousins

A brother-in-law, Walter Bardonner, of Columbia City and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Harry Waltz, Arcadi

Gerald E. Wentz

Gerald Eugene Wentz, 81, Hartford City -- Gerald 'Cork' Eugene, 81 went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 8:50 a.m. at the Warren United Methodist Home in Warren, IN of complications.

Marion, Indiana
February 20, 2005

C. Keith Wentz

HARTFORD CITY -- C. Keith Wentz, 97, died at 10:00a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Westminister Village in Muncie. Arrangements are pending at Keplinger Funeral Home, Hartford City.

Star Press, Muncie, Indiana
March 17, 2009
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Earl R. Willman

HARTFORD CITY-Earl Robert Willman,71, lifelong resident of Hartford City, passed away suddenly at 11:52 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4,2010,at Blackford Community Hospital.

He was born on May 20,1939 in Hartford City (Blackford County) the third son of George Adam and Nellie Irene (Leech) Willman. His parent preceded him in death.

Earl graduated from Hartford City High School in 1957 and served in the United States Army.

He was a devoted husband to his wife, Vicki Ann (Myers) Willman, who he married on August 11,1963 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hartford City.

Earl worked for 3M Company over thirty-nine years and retired in 2001. He was very active in community service organizations where he was past Exalted Ruler and Secretary/Treasurer for Elks #625. He was Treasurer for the Civil War Reenact-ment Club and Treasurer for the 3M Retirees Club. He was a member of "Build a Better Blackford" and Timeless Treasures.

He was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hartford City.

Earl was the local caretaker of the Historical Family Farm in Hartford City along with his brothers. The farm has been in his family for over 150 years. He raised sheep for many years and was an avid golfer.

Earl will be sadly missed by his wife, Vicki Ann Willman of Hartford City; daughter, Laura (husband: Brian) Leist of Coldwater, MI; his favorite son, Jason Willman of Miami, FL; grandsons, Cameron and Spencer Leist; his two brothers, George (wife: Mary) Willman of Carmel and Donald Willman of Fishers; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service for Earl will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10,2010 at Zion Lutheran Church,308 S. Monroe St., Hartford City with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Hartford City.

Homer Woodard

Death seldom comes to men in more horrible shape than it came to Homer Woodard at the home of his uncle near the Wells-Blackford county line Wednesday morning. Three weeks ago he was helping pull the rods out of an oil well and had gone to the top of the derrick to adjust a rope. He intended to descend on the rope but accidentally took hold of the long end of the rope which came out of the pulley before the young man had descended more than ten feet. He fell upon the polish rod which entered his abdomen and ploughed its way through his body to a depth of ten inches or more. The injured man was taken to the home of his uncle where he lingered in terrible agony until Wednesday morning when he submitted to an operation from which he never rallied, dying a few hours afterwards.

The deceased was a nephew of Mrs. Calvin Perdue of this city and had been here a number of times, being employed one summer on Mr. Perdue's farm east of town. The funeral will be held Friday with Rev. J.E. Etter in charge.


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