David R. Hapner



10/19/1958-03/21/2017
David R. Hapner age 58, of Pennville passed away Tuesday morning in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was born in Muncie October 19, 1958 the son of Thomas and Linda (Friddle) Hapner. He was a businessman and farmer. He had businesses in the furniture market as well as other endeavors. He was a 1977 Jay County High School graduate and attended Hickory Grove Church.
Surviving are his daughter Whitney Borgenheimer (husband Nathan) of Hartford City, his mother Linda Hapner-Jackson of Pennville, two sisters Diane Votaw (husband Stan) of Fort Wayne and Debbie Wilson (husband Greg) of Daleville, Aunt Becky Friddle of FortWayne and six nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Earl Doll presiding. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery in Pennville. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and prior to the services Tuesday. Memorials can be made to the Pennville Park or Hickory Grove Church.


Amanda E. Friend



5/31/1928-3/20/2017
Amanda E. Friend age 88, 807 West Arch Street Portland passed away Monday morning at her residence. She was born in Portland May 31, 1928 the daughter of Lew and Flora (Harford) Rines. She was married to Alden Copenhaver and he passed away in 1986, she later married Edwin Friend and he passed away in 2006. She was a homemaker and had worked at Jay Garment. She was a member of Fairview Methodist Church.
Surviving are one son Mike Copenhaver (wife Karen) of Blanchester, Ohio and one daughter Cheryl Martyne (husband Dave) of Portland, Four grandchildren, Seven great and One great great grandchild.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Perry presiding. Burial will follow in the Little Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


Dustin J. Fleming



02/24/1976-03/18/2017

Dustin J. Fleming age 41, 816 West Main Street Portland passed away Saturday at his residence. He was born February 24, 1976 in Denver, Colorado the son of Willis Albert and Mary Jeanine (Ragland) Fleming. He was a self employed businessman.
Surviving are his Fiance Lana Eads of Portland, Two brothers Ben Fleming of Branson, MO and Sam Fleming of Monterey Bay, CA. One sister Tecia True of Centennial, CO and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date in Colorado. Memorials can be made to Second Chance at Life Ministries or Jay County High School Athletic Dept. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Nelle Hampson



02/11/1929-03/13/2017
Nelle Hampson age 88, 114 Pilgrim Drive Portland passed away early Monday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. She was born in Portland February 11, 1929 the daughter of Harold “Cy” and Mina (Rowles) Maxwell. She was married October 18, 1952 to Reginald Hampson who survives. She was retired as a secretery for the Jay School Corporation having worked at several local schools. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Delta Theta Tau Sorority and a 1946 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Reginald, One son Bill Hampson (wife Lynn) of Portland, One daughter Lee Hampson of Austin, TX and one grandson Jack
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jill Howard presiding. Visitation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Burial will be in the Green Park Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Hospice Group of Indianapolis or Asbury United Methodist Church.


Sue Hilfiker



03/19/1940-03/10/2017
Sue Hilfiker age 76, of rural Portland and Avon Park, Florida passed away in the Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Sebring, Florida on Friday March 10, 2017. She was born March 19, 1940 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Kenneth and Ema Lucile (Mitchell) Newell. She was married December 7, 1959 to Allen Hilfiker who survives. She was a bookkeeper for the family farm and also worked at Portland City Hall and Abstract Offices in Portland. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Eastern Star in Ft. Recovery, D.A.R. and 1958 Madison Twp. High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Allen, two sons Scott Hilfiker (wife Kelli) of Portland and Brett Hilfiker of Dunkirk, one brother Kenneth Newell of Kokomo and two sisters Cheryl Newell of Warsaw and Betty Gibson of Hamilton, Four
Grandchildren and four great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Robin Owens presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or Mandy's Blessings.


Douglas L. Greenway



11/29/1953-02/27/2017
Douglas L. Greenway age 63, 409 East Seventh Street Portland died Monday evening in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born November 29, 1953 in Hollandsburg, Ohio the son of Paul and Ethel (Hosier) Greenway. He was married December 31, 1986 to Connie Fraze who survives. He worked at Teledyne Portland Forge and was a member of Local 1620.
Surviving are his wife Connie, Five sons Roby Greenway (wife Amy) of Carmel, Jeremy Greenway of Bluffton, Joshua Greenway of Bluffton, Gary Price (wife Mary Ellen) of Portland and Heath Ddailey of Portland, Six daughters Kristie O'Brien (husband Brent) of Anderson, Shawndra Falodun of Speedway, Stacy Craw (husband Onny) of Albany, Amy Greenway of Bluffton, Maggie Greenway of Angola and Karla Southworth (husband Chris) of Portland, one brother Ron Greenway (wife Teresa) of Berne and one sister Kay Shawver (husband Bill) of Ridgeville, Eighteen grandchildren and one great grandchild
Funeral services will be Sunday March 5th at 4:00 PM in the Freedom Life Church in Winchester with Pastor Jeff Bullard presiding. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the church. Memorials can be made to the Freedom Life Church. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Deanna F. Unger



6/28/1941-2/25/2017

Deanna F. Unger age 75 of Cadet, Missouri died February 25, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Mrs. Unger was a previous resident of Centerville, Indiana. She retired from IDOT as a highway dispatcher. She was born June 28, 1941 the daughter of Reed and Reba (White) Lewis of Jay County. She was married to David Steed and he passed away in 1969, she later married John Unger and he died in 2002. Deanna enjoyed her cats, taking care of her flower beds and hummingbirds.
Surviving are a son Brian Steed (wife Shannon) of Cadet, MO., a brother David Lewis (wife Charlene) of Carmel, IN., a sister Susie Sells (husband JC) of Pahrump, NV., Two grandsons Jacob (fiance Jessica Martin) and Lucas Steed granddaughter Melissa Grace Steed and one great granddaughter Ava Steed all of Cadet, MO.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow in the Lisbon Cemetery in Randolph County. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.


Norma Lou Hedges



4/24/1934-02/26/2016
Norma Lou Hedges age 82, 2021 West 75 South Portland passed away Sunday evening in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. She was born in Portland April 24, 1934 the daughter of Alden and Opal (Robbins) Zerkel. She was married June 1, 1952 to Benton Hedges who survives. She was a homemaker and had worked at Ballastran, Naas Foods and Jay Garment.
Surviving are her husband Benton, one son Bruce Hedges (wife Heather) of Fishers, IN., two daughters Sheila Baldauf (husband Tom) of Portland and June Craig (husband Mark) of Thomasville, GA., one brother Marvin Zerkel of Bradenton, FL., one sister Marilyn Shaneyfelt of Portland, IN,  Six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or Jay County Humane Society.


C. Justin Schafer



10/31/1916-02/19/2017
C. Justin Schafer age 100, 945 Patriot Drive Portland passed away Sunday evening in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. He was born in Randolph County October 31, 1916 the son of Charles and Vera Beatrice (Sarff) Schafer. He was married to Helen M. Spahr in 1937 and she passed away in 1986, he later married Ruth Starlin and she passed away in 2014. He was a Randolph and Jay County farmer and sold farm machinery through Justin Schafer Co. Inc. He was president of Indiana Implement Dealers Association, charter member of Jay County FFA, member of Saratoga United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Shrine. Member of Portland Rotary, Jay County Historical Society, recipient of Sagamore of the Wabash, traveled to Russia with Gov. Bowen on agriculture trip, graduate of Saratoga High School and served on the Jay County Hospital Board during construction of the new hospital.
Surviving are one son Richard Schafer of Waianae, HI., two step-sons Randy Starlin of Crawfordsville and Steve Starlin of North Salem, two step daughters Barbara White of Fremont, Ohio and Paula Norris of Greenfield, two granddaughters Dr. Erica Schafer of Santa Cruz, CA and Dr. Karen Ginn of Walnut Creek, CA and one great grandson Spencer Ginn, 12 step grandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Rogers Durham presiding and Jay Lodge #87 F&AM having a Masonic Service. Private burial rites will be held later in the Saratoga Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM Memorials can be made to the State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Historical Society.


Hedwige “Hattie” Perkins



10/21/1925-02/16/2017
Hedwige “Hattie” Perkins age 91, of Fort Wayne passed away early Thursday morning in The Cedars in Leo. She was born in Fort Wayne October 21, 1925 the daughter of Stanley and Hedwige Klejnot. She was married July 19, 1945 to George J. Perkins and he died December 22, 2016.
Surviving are two sons George A. Perkins of Fort Wayne and Mark Perkins of Kendalville, one daughter Lisa Pyle of Fort Wayne and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Linda Bovine.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Fort Wayne with visitation one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in the Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland are in charge of the arrangements.


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