Duane Hobley
1943 - 2021
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Duane Hobley

Indianapolis - Duane Hobley, a well-known and loved member of the Muncie and Farmland community, passed away February 15, 2021, at the age of 78, due to complications related to vascular dementia. He was at home surrounded by family who will strive to carry on his legacy of compassion, kindness and helping others.

Duane was born in Winchester, Indiana on July 2, 1943. He graduated from Farmland High School and went on to attend Indiana University, where he earned his undergraduate degree as well as his MBA. Following graduate school, Duane was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Finance Corps.

Duane took over his father's insurance and real estate business based in Farmland, Indiana. He enjoyed working in a small community, knowing his neighbors, and helping other small businesses and farms through good times and bad. Duane was proud to run Hobley Agency as a successful business out of Farmland for more than 35 years before it was acquired by First Merchants.

Duane and wife Marge were active members of their community in Muncie, where they lived for over 50 years. They raised 3 children and cared for their niece. They loved their communities at First Presbyterian Church and Riverside Baptist Church, where they developed lifelong friendships that exist to this day.

Duane genuinely loved people and this was apparent in all of his interactions. He truly "never met a stranger." He had a warm heart, a good work ethic, and was always curious about those he met. He truly valued his friendships and relationships and was known to reach out and support those who were struggling.

One of Duane's greatest joys was being a grandfather. He had a special gift and love for rocking a little one to sleep and giving cuddles (and he often insisted on this job). Over the last 10 years, he cherished his trips to be with granddaughters Halie Grace and Jordan, family beach vacations with his twin grandsons and new granddaughter Lilly, and coming out to NYC to celebrate (and help) with granddaughters.

Duane is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Marge, his daughters Melissa Hobley (Paul Yau) and Gwen Chastain (Tyson Chastain), his sisters Brenda Friedman, Lisa Welling, his grandchildren Halie Grace, Jordan, Harrison, Edison, Maddie, Chloe, Lilly, nieces and nephews, Shonna, Shana, Sophie, Miranda, as well as grand nieces and nephews. All of these he loved and touched deeply.

He will be greeted by loved ones who have passed, including his son Ryan and his niece Bobbie Jo.

Friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Mt. Pleasant Chapel, 7901 W. Isanogel Rd., from 11:00 am until service time at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, February 20, 2021 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Mt. Pleasant Chapel, 7901 W. Isanogel Rd., with Rev. Dr. Ronald Naylor officiating. Burial will follow in Elm Ridge Cemetery.

Duane loved a good snow, so it's fitting that he passed in the middle of one of the biggest storms in the Midwest in years. For those who are unable to travel, socially distant services will be livestreamed at www.Facebook.com/meeksmortuary at 1:00 pm Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Duane believed in helping others and he had a passion for reading (especially if the books were from the Muncie Public Library), so in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank here : https://www.classy.org/give/299182/#!/donation/checkout or at curehunger.org OR to the Muncie Public Library https://www.munciepubliclibrary.org/about/donate.




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Published in The Star Press from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2021.
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February 22, 2021
Dear Marge,
We will always treasure the memories with you and Duane. Tom was reminiscing the other day about the backyard parties at CB's. Duane seemed so quiet and gentle, then he'd let loose a zinger. Such a quirky, razor sharp wit!
With our love and deep sympathy,
Tom and Lauren
Lauren Bishop-Weidner
February 21, 2021
Duane will never be any further away than your Heart. Thoughts and Prayers for you and the Girls. I understand the Fishing is pretty good up there!
Ted
Ted Munn
Family
February 21, 2021
Dear Marge,

We were so very sorry to hear that Duane had passed away. You have our deepest sympathy. we are thinking of you. Your former W. Warwick neighbors, Liz Riddle and Paul Neubauer
Elizabeth Riddle & Paul Neubauer
Neighbor
February 19, 2021
Dear family, Please know that you are in our prayers at the present time and in the future when life seems to go on as usual for we know it won’t be as usual for you! We hope you will be comforted by the many prayers that are and will be sent forth for all of you. We feel so privileged to have had Duane in our lives. Duane could never have had an enemy! We will always remember that sly smile and his totally calm demeanor in all situations!

Your fellow Farmland classmates GO WILDCATS!!!

Terry and Linda Sayre. ❤
Terry Sayre
February 19, 2021
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Dave and Susan Chastain
February 18, 2021
Dear Marge- Sending you lots of love and comfort from your Kinesiology family. Hugs and prayers! Lindsey Blom
Lindsey Blom
Coworker
February 18, 2021
Dearest Marge, Melissa, and Gwen -- My deepest sympathy to you all. Sending love and hugs. I'm so glad we can join the service remotely. Love you all.
Melodie Carr
Friend
February 18, 2021
Duane lives in the memories of all he touched. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Mary Winfrey-Kovell
Coworker
February 17, 2021
I will always remember Duane's smile as he rode his bike past our house or walked by with Marge. He was a kind man and a good neighbor.
Stacey and Dan Ingram
Neighbor
February 17, 2021
So grateful for the opportunity to get to know Duane and his family. He had such a gentle and kind spirit. We will miss him. Enjoyed his many stories.
Claudia and Billy Walters
Friend
February 17, 2021
Marge, My sincere condolences. You both have added so much joy to our crazy world. Duane’s calming influence will be so missed. My prayers and affection.
Kristin Mueller
Friend
February 17, 2021
Duane was one of the kindest people we have ever met! He truly made everyone he met feel so special! I am very thankful for the impact he made in my family's lives! We are praying for each of you!
Chris, Vickie, Matt, Zach, & Josh Jones
Vickie Lynn Jones
Friend
February 17, 2021
My sympathy to the Hobley family. Duane was a very kind man, may he Rest In Peace.
Lori Crabtree
Friend
February 16, 2021
He was a friend that I enjoyed being around and talking about just about anything. He truly loved Farmland and the people there. Rest in peace Duane.
Earl J. Byrd
Friend
February 16, 2021
This is so sad to hear. He gave me my start in insurance, and we worked together 7+yrs. His knowledge and kindness, was vast and immeasurable. My thoughts turn to Marge and the girls, and his sisters. You have my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies. ❤
I also want to share a Duane chuckle, of my memories of both he and Ryan...He had brought Ryan to the office with him, on a Saturday. Duane was on the phone with a client, and Ryan had found a screwdriver in the back room office toolbox. Being deep in his phone conversation, Duane had not noticed Ryan behind him. That big executive chair hid him, well, and he snuck back out without being seen.
Duane became relaxed in his phone conversation, and leaned back in his chair...his feet flew up under the desk, phone went flying as he tried to grab the desk with both hands...Ryan had unscrewed the back of that executive chair, and sent his Dad flailing! He calmly grabbed the phone, and said, “I’ll have to call you back.” He turned to Ryan, and said, “What have you done?!? Give me that screwdriver. We can’t be doing this!” Duane then chuckled, and asked if we had seen what had just happened. Yes, we had all witnessed it from the point where Ryan had given us the sly “shhhhh” motion, with his finger. We all had a good long laugh, and Ryan probably got the stern talk from Dad! ❤
Lisa Stonerock
Coworker
February 16, 2021
Duane's caring spirit, kindness towards others and love over the years speak volumes of his character. RIH
Tammy Ballinger
February 16, 2021
Duane was one of the kindest most compassionate human I have ever had the Privilege of knowing!! May you RIP dear man!! You deserve it!!
Scarlett and Roy Ludwig
Friend
February 16, 2021
Always enjoyed working with Duane on his RE deals. He had a story each and every time we saw each other and was as sincere a person as I ever met.
Steve and Eleanor Selby
Friend
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