Ted Roger Hare, 80, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:50 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born June 16, 1932 in North Manchester, he was the son of Orda Odell and Dorothy Marie (Baker) Hare-Hoover.
He lived in Wabash County, then moved to Whitley County in 1944. Ted graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1948 and later the Indiana Police Academy. On Nov. 1, 1991, he married Bonnie J. King-Crabill in Columbia City. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. He retired from the Columbia City Police Department in 1988 with 20 years of service, obtaining Captain of the Department. Prior to that, he worked at Daily Express, Columbia City, for 7.5 years. He attended Gospel Land Ministries, Columbia City American Legion Post #98 where he served as Past Commander and was a member for 50 years, and V.F.W. Post 5582.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Bonnie J. Hare of Columbia City; children, Cheryl D. (Scott) States and Kim L. (Dianna) Hare, all of Columbia City, Nicole R.(Robert) Fravel of Decatur, and Jason (Kende) Hare of Columbia City; step-daughter, Tracy L. (Jason McClanahan) Hare of Columbia City; step-son, Randy (Shantal) Crabill of Columbia City; two brothers, Joe L. (Alberta) Hare and Bill W. (Betty) Hare, both of Columbia City; sister, Patricia A. “Tish” (Bob) Allen of Murfeeesboro, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; one step-grandchild and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Shelly L. Cramer, and sister, Bonnie J. Jones.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral service will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastors Curtiss Johnson and Dale Moser officiating, with burial at Nolt Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be by the Whitley County Korean War Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Hare to American Diabetes Association. To send condolences, log on to www.demoneygrimes.com .