Mildred Shepherd



09/29/1926-05/16/2015
Mildred Shepherd age 88 of Fort Wayne and a former Portland resident passed away Saturday. She was born in Portland September 29, 1926 the daughter of Waldo and Latresha (Green) Spade. She was married December 29, 1944 to George Shepherd and he died September 11, 1999. She was a homemaker and a babysitter.
Surviving are a son Richard Shepherd of Royse City, Texas and one daughter Barbara Deming of Ft. Wayne, Four grandchildren and Five great
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 3:30 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor David Dupee presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:30 P.M. Memorials can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice.


Pamela J. Myers



08/31/1959-05/13/2015
Pamela J. Myers age 55, 1753 South 700 East Portland passed away Wednesday in Mercer County Hospital in Coldwater. She was born in Portland August 31, 1959 the daughter of Orval and Norma Jean (Kendall) Haffner. She was married September 15, 1980 to Ken Myers who survives. She was a homemaker, member of VFW Ladies Aux in Fort Recovery, Portland Eagles Lodge and 1977 Jay County High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Ken, one daughter Rashele McAbee (husband Darren) of Portland, one brother Daniel Haffner (wife Sherry) of Portland, one sister Angela Ingram (husband Fredrick) of Portland and she was preceded in death by a son Justin Myers.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Joy Jean Scotten



11/19/1938-05/10/2015
Joy Jean Scotten age 76, 112 Pilgrim Drive Portland passed away Sunday in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Portland November 19, 1938 the daughter of John and Edna (Platt) Moody. She was married November 26, 1976 to David A. Scotten who survives. She was a 1956 Portland High School graduate and earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Ball State University. She was retired as a school teacher for Jay Schools Corporation and owned and operated Portland Dairy Queen for twelve years. She was a life member of NEA, member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority and Jay County Hospital Aux.
Surviving are her husband David, One son John Sheller of Louisville, Ky. Two daughters Mary Ann Sheller of Valparaiso, IN. and Kendra Gasparovic, Eight grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 4:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin McClung presiding. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Burial will be in the Salamonia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Jay County Hospital Aux. or Psi Iota Xi Sorority.


Judith E. Massie



01/04/1960-05/04/2015
Judith E. Massie age 55, 086 West 700 South Portland passed away Monday evening at her residence. She was born in Portland January 4, 1960 the daughter of Ron and Nila (Kile) Rudrow. She was married October 14, 1991 to Randy Massie who survives. She was a homemaker and had worked for Jay School Corporation as a Industrial Aid and also worked at C.T.S. In Berne. She was a member and past director of Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, 4-H Leader, Pike Friends and Neighbors Home Ec. Club and 1978 Jay County High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Randy, One son Ryan Massie of Portland, One daughter Julie Acker (husband Nathan) of Portland, Parents Ron and Nila Rudrow of Portland, One brother Ronnie Rudrow of Portland, One granddaughter and one grandson
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Harris presiding. Burial will follow in the Bluff Point Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Patricia M. Steed



01/04/1970-05/04/2015
Patricia M. Steed age 45, 902 South Shank Street Portland passed away Monday in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Portland January 4, 1970 the daughter of Lester and Barbara (Short) Landers. She was married June 14, 1997 to Mark Steed who survives. She was retired from the military serving four years with the U.S. Army and nineteen years with the National Guard serving in Iraqi Freedom and Ramada. She was a L.P.N. At Parkview Nursing Center in Muncie, Immunization Nurse for Jay County Health Dept. and had also worked at Urgent Care. She was a 1988 Jay County High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Mark, one son Jordon Steed of Portland, one daughter Chelsey Barker of Orlando, FL., Her parents Lester and Barbara Landers of Portland and one brother James Landers of Portland.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Chuck Myers presiding. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Redkey with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Frederick W. Saxman



04/27/1935-05/01/2015
Frederick W. Saxman age 80, 1525 Patriot Drive Yorktown passed away Friday evening at his residence. He was born in Bryant, Indiana April 27, 1935 the son of William Harold and Grace Elizabeth (Wall) Saxman. He was married August 17, 1958 to Clela Treece whom he met in school when they had a school bus exchange and have been together ever since. He served in the National Guard and was retired as a truck driver for Gloucester Dispatch and was Owner and Operator of Saxman Harley Davidson in Muncie from 1965-1975. He was a graduate of Bryant High School and member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Muncie.
Surviving are his wife Clela, one daughter Mrs. Ted (Lizabeth Ann) VanHooser of Muncie, One granddaughter Kathryn VanHooser of Muncie , One brother Doug Saxman of Redkey. He was preceded in death by two brothers Herbert and Paul Saxman.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland with burial to follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospice.
The family would like to thank friends who provided help so Frederick could stay at home, Marlys, Jean, Rita, Gwen and Jane. Linda for providing communion every Sunday, I.U. Ball Hospice Staff Polly, Courtney, Colleen, Janice, Ashley, RuthAnn and Dr. Songer, Bath aids Shirley, Mileaka and Patty, Granddaughter Kathryn and friend Andrew and son in law Ted for sitting with Fred and helping with odd jobs and speicial thanks to daughter Lizabeth who guided us through Fredericks last months.


Esther Resler



08/28/1924-04/26/2015
Esther Resler age 90 passed away early Sunday morning in Swiss Village in Berne. She was born in Bryant August 28, 1924 the daughter of Frederick and Clara (Engle) Montgomery. She was married to John A. Resler and he died in 1977. She did clerical work for Jay County Abstract and John A. Resler Law Office. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Surviving are two adopted sons David Resler of Texas and Richard Resler of California, Sister in Law Helen (Resler) Hanger of McMinnville, Oregon and several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. Memorials can be made to the Bryant Community Center or Choice of the Donor.


Mildred Moses



12/10/1931-04/24/2015
Mildred Moses age 83, 2063 S.R. 67 Portland passed away Friday morning at her residence. She was born in Portland December 10, 1931 the daughter of Fred and Eva (Bergman) Wilson. She was retired after 34 years with United Telephone Co. She had also worked for Village Pantry, Handy Andy and did home cleaning. She was a member of the Jay County Hospital Aux., attended First Church of the Nazarene and was a 1949 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are a son Mark Moses of Shreeveport, La., Two daughters Cathy Zorn of Portland and Cheryl Faught of Portland, Six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Rogers Durham presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery west of Bryant. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Kidney Foundation.


Grace Irene Jenney



08/3/1929-04/23/2015
Grace Irene Jenney age 85, 745 Patriot Drive Portland passed away Thursday morning in Visiting Nurses Hospice Center in Fort Wayne. She was born in Madison Twp. Jay County August 3, 1929 the daughter of John Henry and Gladys Irene (Jordon) Prescott. She was married June 27, 1947 to Francis W. Jenney and he died April 12, 1999. She was a homemaker and had worked at Jay Garment. She was a member of the West Walnut Street Church of Christ.
Surviving are two sons John W. Jenney (wife Glenda) of Goshen and James K. Jenney (wife Kristi) of Portland, One daughter Mrs. Randy (Joyce) Heston of Portland, Three bothers Ben Prescott of Union City, Ohio and John Prescott of Saratoga Four sisters Maxine Aker of Portland, Margaret Cline of Portland, Marceil Isenbarger of Saratoga and Ruth Ranley of Fort Recovery, Six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Gil Alicea presiding. Burial will follow in the Lawndale Cemetery in Ridgeville. Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Visiting Nurses Hospice of Jay County Cancer Society.


Nancy Lee (Elliott) Garringer



02/24/1936-01/21/2015
A memorial services for Nancy Lee (Elliott) Garringer will be held Saturday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding. The family will receive visitors from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.
She passed away in January in Harlington, Texas. Born in Portland, Indiana she was the daughter of Raymond and Anna Mae (Rowland) Elliott. She graduated from Portland High School in 1953 and Ball State Teachers College. She began teaching in the Fort Wayne Community Schools in 1959 and retired in 1995. She taught at LC Ward, Harrison Hill, Adams and Southern Heights.
Surviving are her husband Donald W. Garringer, her daughter Donna Gaul (husband Robert) of Fort Wayne, her brother Jeff Elliott (wife Brenda) of Vincennes and several nieces and nephews. Memorials can be made to Fort Wayne School Clothing Bank.


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