Kenneth L. (Ken) Tatman



01/07/1946-08/17/2015
Kenneth L. (Ken) Tatman, 69, of Portland died Monday, August 17, 2015 in Muncie, IN after an extended illness.
Ken was born on January 7, 1946 in Portland, IN to Glen and Betty (Weiler) Tatman. He was a 1964 graduate of Portland High School and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University. Ken was a former teacher and coach. He also worked at Naas Foods and Modern Bindery, and was president of Tap City Amusements.
Ken was a lifelong member of the Portland Elks Lodge #768, serving at the local, state, and district levels. He was a past Exalted Ruler and past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler. He was also and honorary Kentucky Colonel.
Ken was an avid sports fan, supporting IU Athletics, Colts football, and especially the Yankees. The only thing that made him happier than his team winning was spending time with his grandson, Asher, 7, and his daughter, Stephanie, of Naples, FL, who survives. Ken is also survived by his mother, Betty, his sister, Linda Ashcraft, brother Mark (Lois) Tatman, all of Portland, and his nieces and nephew, great nieces and nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte (Lipps) Tatman, and his father, Glen Tatman.
Ken will be remembered for his ornery sense of humor, his smile, and his ability to make everyone laugh.
Visitation for Ken will be at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 1-3 PM. The Portland Elks will have a service 3:00 PM followed by a memorial service with Pastor Flint Redwine presiding.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Portland Foundation, indicating either the Ken Tatman Memorial Elks Scholarship, or the Portland Rockets.


Franklin L. Franks



07/17/1941-08/16/2015
Franklin L. Franks age 74, 401 Canterbury Lane Portland Apt. 21 passed away Sunday at his residence. He was born in Portland July 17,. 1941 the son of James Franks and Irene Nickols. He was married December 22, 1962 to Judy Shauver who preceded him death. Franklin worked at Jay Products in Portland for twenty years, was a member of the Independent Order of Forresters, and the River of Life Church in Portland. He was a Portland High School graduate.
Surviving is a son Todd A. Franks of Portland, a daughter Carol A. Stocker (husband Bryan) of Bryant, a brother Paul Franks (wife Alice) of Portland and Four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paula R. Hunnicutt presiding. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Thursday. Memorials can be made to Comprehensive Mental Health Services.


Roberta Sue Keen



09/10/1951-08/09/2015
Roberta Sue Keen age 63, 5744 East 400 South Salamonia passed away Sunday at IU Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Portland September 10, 1951 the daughter of Jesse and Wilma (Wrightsman) Mills Jr. She was married September 13, 1969 to Charles Stanley Keen who survives. She had worked for Ft. Recovery Industries for thirty nine years, member of First Church of the Nazarene, Portland Moose Lodge and 1969 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Charles Stanley, her mother Wilma Mills of Portland, two sons Brian Keen (wife Staci) of Portland and Matt Keen of Portland, one daughter Tracy Keen of Portland, two brothers Jesse Mills III of Salamonia and Mike Mills of North Carolina, three sisters Linda McCormick of Dunkirk, Connie Lyons (husband Joe) of Portland and Debbie Clevenger of Troy, Ohio Four grandchildren and one great grandchild
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Steve Hunley and William Keen presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM. Memorials can be be made to Jay County Cancer Society or Choice of the Donor.


Sharon Brown



08/20/1953-08/05/2015
Sharon Brown age 61, 401 Cantebury Lane Portland passed away Wednesday in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Portland August 20, 1953 the daughter of William and Alyce (Totten) Lawrence. She was married July 19, 1975 to Robert L. Brown who survives. She worked at CTS in Berne for thirty two years and was a member of Home Extension Budget Bells and West Walnut Street Church of Christ. She was a 1971 Bryant High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Robert, one son Jeremy Brown (wife Danielle) of Portland, two step-sons David Brown (wife Lisa) of Portland and Darryl Brown of North Dakota, one step-daughter Christine Sprunger of Berne, one brother William Lawrence of Bryant and Six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Matthew.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 10:30 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Gil Alicea presiding. The family will meet guests prior to the services. Memorials can be made to West Walnut Street Church of Christ or Choice of the Donor.


Edith Maxine Yaney



07/23/1922-07/28/2015
Edith Maxine Yaney age 93, 2411 East 100 South Portland passed away Tuesday at her residence. She was born in Adams County, Indiana July 23, 1922 the daughter of Moses and Bertha (Tumleson) Myers. She was married in 1938 to Virgil Yaney and he died in 1989. She was retired from Franklin Electric in Bluffton. She was a member of U.M.W. and was an avid bowler.
Surviving are one son Jesse Yaney of Bryant, Four daughters Marcella Steveson of Portland, Janice Schmidt of Geneva, Judy Bruns of Bryant and Sharlene Duncan of Portland, Fifteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday at 3:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Gordon Jackson and Bob Denney presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.


Betty L. McCoy Hummel



08/08/1941-07/26/2015
Betty L. McCoy Hummel age 73, 107 West Main Street Bryant passed away Sunday in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Cadiz, Kentucky on August 8, 1941 the daughter of Clarence and Birtie Lou (Dunn) McCoy. She was married August 4, 1958 to Clayton Hummel who survives. She was retired from CTS in Berne in 2003 after working there for thirty seven years. She was a member of the Bryant Wesleyan Church.
Surviving are her husband Clayton, Two sons Jeff Hummel (wife Dawn) of Monroe and Randy Hummel of Bryant, one brother Gary McCoy (wife Debbie) of Geneva, one sister Shirley Thobe of Celina, Five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters Loraine Causey and Sue Adams and one brother Larry McCoy.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Bob Schroeder presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the services. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Gary L. Jones



08/01/1956-07/26/2015

Gary L. Jones age 58, 4014 West Division Road Portland passed away Sunday in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Portland August 1, 1956 the son of Arvin and Bettie (Nelson) Jones. He was married July 2, 1982 to Theresa Ankrom who survives. He was a rotary operator at FCC in Portland. He was a 1974 Portland High School graduate, member of Portland Moose Lodge, Lifetime member of NRA and HOG Chapter 1277 member.
Surviving are his wife Theresa, his mother Bettie Jones of Portland, three nephews, one niece and several great nieces, nephews and aunts.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Harris presiding. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or Jay County Heart Fund.


Weldon Lee Hamma



07/23/1920-07/27/2015
Weldon Lee Hamma age 95, 42 Sesame Street Portland passed away Monday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. He was born in Berne July 23, 1920 the son of Joseph and Ella (Stauffer) Hamma. He was married to Dorothy H. Grimes who survives. He was owner and operator of Hamma's Grocery in Portland for twenty eight years. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Dilley presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the services. Memorials can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church.


Eugene S. Miller



06/13/1944-07/18/2015
Eugene S. Miller age 71, 667 West 200 South Portland passed away Saturday at his residence. He was born in Portland June 13, 1944 the son of Orville and Gladys (Smiley) Miller. He was married in 1964 to Betty Bears who survives. He was retired as a machinist for Maul Technology in Winchester after forty years.
Surviving are his wife Betty, one son Tim Miller (wife Janelle) of Portland, two daughters Deb Cortner of Portland and Amy Weaver (husband Matt) of Muncie, one sister Joan Adcock (husband Lloyd) and two granddaughters
Private family services will be held in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Horsman presiding. Burial will be in the Weimer Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


Eugene S. Miller



06/13/1944-07/18/2015
Eugene S. Miller age 71, 667 West 200 South Portland passed away Saturday at his residence. He was born in Portland June 13, 1944 the son of Orville and Gladys (Smiley) Miller. He was married in 1964 to Betty Bears who survives. He was retired as a machinist for Maul Technology in Winchester after forty years.
Surviving are his wife Betty, one son Tim Miller (wife Janelle) of Portland, two daughters Deb Cortner of Portland and Amy Weaver (husband Matt) of Muncie, one sister Joan Adcock (husband Lloyd) and two granddaughters
Private family services will be held in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Horsman presiding. Burial will be in the Weimer Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


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