Peggy Wood



07/6/1943-09/18/2016
Peggy Wood age 73, 113 Green Park Drive Portland died Sunday morning in IU Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born inn Portland July 6, 1943 the daughter of Charles and Ilene (Ludy) Conn. She was married August 24, 1961 to Anthony “Tony” Wood and he died January 1, 2000. She was a homemaker, member of Jehovah's Witness and a Richmond High School graduate.
Surviving are four sons Charles “Chuck” Wood (wife Marie) of Portland, Nathan Wood (wife Becky) of Yorktown, Steven Wood of Birmingham, AL and Bruce Wood (wife Sylvia) of Portland, one daughter Amanda Specht (husband Hugh) of Richmond, two sisters Sue Breese of Richmond and Amy Conn of Delaware, Ohio, Thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 3:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Keith Pepple presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM Memorials can be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.


Eugene “Gene” Jackson



11/1/1935-09/18/2016

Eugene “Gene” Jackson age 80, 1141 Wayside Place Portland passed away Sunday morning at his residence. He was born in Vincennes, Indiana on November 1, 1935 the son of George and Dorothy (Farmer) Jackson. He was married February 27, 1960 to Sharon Lynn Carter who survives. He had been the owner of Display Craft in Portland, member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club, Board of Directors of Credit Union and was the voice in the Credit Union radio commercials. He served in the U. S. Air force and member of American Legion Post #211. He was former treasurer of the Jay County Hospital Aux and a salesman for Jewel-T.
Surviving are his wife Sharon, two sons Christopher Jackson (wife Kim) of Indianapolis and Rusty Jackson (wife Jennifer) of Washington D.C., one daughter Tracy Jackson of Portland, three brothers Ted Jackson of Riverside, CA, Donald Jackson of Logan, OH., and Fred Jackson of Portland, Nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren Briar, Kelsey, Emily, Olivia, Ava, Ana, Ben, Christian, Madison, Benson and Duke.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 AM in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM with a scripture service at 7:00 PM and Thursday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the American Legion or Little Sisters of the Poor.


Jerry Joe Codling



Jerry Joe Codling age 75, 316 West 8th Street Portland passed away at his residence. He was born in Portland November 19, 1940 the son of Walter and Louella (Glessner) Codling.

Surviving are a brother Robert Codling of Union City and two sisters Wanda Besser of Geneva and Carol Mettert of Portland.
Private family services will be held through the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial in the Center Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Shane Brotherton



5/4/1973-9/14/2016

Shane Brotherton age 43, 107 South Meridian Street Bryant passed away Wednesday near Ottowa, Ohio after a sudden illness. He was born in Decatur May 4, 1973 the son of Randy and Vickie (Doherty) Brotherton. He was a truck driver in his family owned trucking business. He was a 1991 Jay County High School graduate and was active in Derby and Race Cars.

Surviving are his parents Randy and Vickie Brotherton of Bryant, His longtime companion Donna Wendel of Bryant, three sons Dylan Brotherton of Bryant, Cole Brotherton of Bryant and Caleb Brotherton of Bryant, two daughters Dacia Huntsman of Portland and Carly Brotherton of Bryant, one brother Shaun Brotherton (wife Kayla) of Portland, Two grandchildren and a niece and nephew.
Funeral services will be Sunday at 5:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Bob Miller presiding. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the choice of donor.


Mary Frances Bickel



10/17/1952-9/12/2016

Mary Frances Bickel age 63, New Haven passed away early Monday morning in New Haven Care Center. She was born in Portland October 17, 1952 the daughter of James and Enid (Schaub) Ramsey. She was married June 24, 1972 to Dennis Bickel who survives. She had worked for Allen County Public Library for twenty years. She was a 1971 Portland High School graduate.

Surviving are her husband Dennis, two daughters Sarah Reagin (husband Pat) of Ft. Wayne and Abigayle Taylor (husband Curt) of Martinsville, two sisters Nikki Pollard (husband Wes) of Yuma, Arizona and Jani Littler (husband David) of Portland, three grandchildren Gretchen, Max and Cutler.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Curt Snyder presiding. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to Parkview Home Health and Hospice or Allen County Cancer Services.


Gerald W. Boxell



05/12/1928-09/10/2016

Gerald W. Boxell age 88, 614 South 200 West Portland passed away Saturday at his residence. He was born in Portland May 12, 1928 the son of F. Glen and Garnett (Bookout) Boxell. He was married February 3, 1950 to Marjorie Joan Stults and she died September 15, 1991. He was retired as a Federal Meat Inspector with the USDA. He was a US Army Korean Conflict veteran. He was a member of American Legion Post #211, Jay Lodge #87 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Demolay, Gold Wing Road Riders Association, graduate of Pennville High School and attended Fellowship Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son David Boxell (wife Becky) of Union City, IN., one daughter Terry Werst (husband Kevin) of Monroe, IN., Daughter in Law Mary Boxell of Portland, one brother Melvin Boxell (wife Val) of Palistine, TX., one sister Janice Martin (husband Charlie) of Dennison, TX., Seven grandchildren, six step grandchildren and thirty two great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with his daughter Terry Werst presiding. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery in Pennville with military rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM with Masonic Services at 7:00 PM by Jay Lodge #87 F&AM. Memorials can be made to Family Life Care Hospice.


Verda Freed



12/2/1924-09/06/2016

Verda Freed age 91, 3627 West 650 North Bryant passed away Tuesday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. She was born in Portland December 2, 1924 the daughter of Richard and Marie (Liggett) Downing. She was married in 1947 to Robert Freed and he died in 2007. She was retired from Jay Garment and was a Poling High School graduate.

Surviving are a nephew.
Private family services will be held in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


Barbara A. Lawrence



08/12/1938-09/04/2016
Barbara A. Lawrence age 78, 280 East South Street Pennville passed away Sunday at her residence. She was born in Westby, Wisconsin on August 12, 1938 the daughter of Oscar and Thelma (Boe) Vold. She was married April4, 1994 to Robert Lawrence and he died September 19, 2013. She was a deputy and secretary at Jay County Surveyors. She was a member of Olive Branch Nazarene Church, Gamma Nu Sorority and En Avant.
Surviving are two sons Charles Whittington (wife Janet) of Denver and Jeffrey Whittington of Portland, three daughters Deborah Maxwell (husband Bill) of Portland, Tamara George of Salisbury, NC and Teresa Bozzarello (husband John) of Augusta, GA, three brothers Dale Vold of Muncie, Steve Vold of Whitehall, MI and Mike Vold of Portland, one sister Carol Slaven of Hagerstown, Eight Grandchildren and Two great
Memorial services will be Saturday at 1:00 PM in the Olive Branch Nazarene Church with Pastor Dewey Miller presiding. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Olive Branch Nazarene Church. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Herbert May



02/26/1946-09/02/2016

Herbert May age 70, 768 South 100 East Portland passed away Friday morning at his residence. He was born in Portland February 26, 1946 the son of Velda and Mary (Wheeler) May. He was married August 15, 1984 to Margie Ontrop who survives. He had worked at Teledyne Portland Forge and did construction work. He was a 1964 Madison High School graduate.

Surviving are his wife Margie, one son Anthony May (wife Amanda) of Portland, three daughters Patricia Swanagan (husband Kerry) of Winchester, Michelle Miller (husband Kile) of Redkey and Brenda Funk (husband Shaun) of Monroe, one sister Janet Schaffer (husband Bill) of Portland, Thirteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Salamonia Church of Christ Church with Pastor Bruce Phillips presiding. Baurial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to Salamonia Church of Christ Church.


Anita L. Enyart



5/13/1956-08/30/2016

Anita L. Enyart age 60, 828 South Meridian Street Portland passed away Tuesday morning at her residence. She was born May 13, 1956 in Portland the daughter of Lowell and Martha (Somers) Menchhofer. She was married August 30, 1975 to Don Enyart who survives. She had worked for Dr. Banta Dental Office and Wee Care Child Center. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Jay County Civic Center and a 1974 Portland High School graduate.

Surviving are her husband Don, one son Sean Enyart (wife Lyndsey) of Portland, three sisters Brenda Bradley (husband Jady) of Elizabeth W.VA., Carol Orr (husband Larry) of Madison, IN., and Marla Laux (husband Jim) of Bryant, One grandson Dylan. She was preceded in death by a son B.J. Enyanrt.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to ALS Association.


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