Vienna DeFord



07/14/1960-09/14/2014

Vienna DeFord age 54, Fairfax, Virginia and former Jay County resident passed away Sunday morning at her residence.  She was born in Portland July 14, 1960 the daughter of Brian and Anita (Vasquez) Fields.  She was a field marketing representative for Warner Brothers.  She was a 1978 Jay County High School graduate and attended University of Evansville.  She was a member of Tapestry Church in Washington D.C. and attended Pleasant Vale Congregational Christian Church.

Vienna had a life long love of music, spending time with her daughter while enjoying various rock concerts at venues across the country.  The band she loved most recently was My Chemical Romance. She touched so many lives within the community of MCRmy and beyond.  The MCRmy is a network of incredible loving and devoted My Chemical Romance fans.  They are not just dedicated to the former band and its music, but to each other.  She will be remembered as a woman who made a huge impact and was incredibly loving, kind and strong.  With her battle with pancreatic cancer, she was always positive and had a winning attitude toward her circumstances and life in general.  Through her life and memory, she will always be a shining example of how tremendous of a positive impact one person can have on so many people.  She is proof that we can make a difference in others lives through love and kindness.

Surviving are a daughter Rhiannon DeFord (fiancé Corey Weidmann) of Arlington, Va., Two sisters Mrs. Vincent (Angela) Beck of Muncie and Regina Jewell (fiancé Andy Harris) of Dunkirk, former spouse Drexel DeFord of Seattle, Wa., Nephews Chazren Jewell (wife Amanda) of Muncie, Kealen Jewell of Dunkirk and Chase Beck of Muncie. Special friends Dustin and Lori Hedrick (children Anna, Elizabeth, Lydia Grace and Malachi) of Thurston, Md.  Also all of the loving friends she considered family throughout her life’s journey.  She was preceded in death by her parents Brian and Anita Fields and a brother Warren Fields.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland with Dustin Hedrick presiding.  Burial will follow in the Weimer Cemetery in Randolph County.  Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.  Memorials can be made to Pacreatic Cancer Action Network 1500 Rosecrans Ave. Suite 200 Manhattan Beach, Ca. 90266  www.pancan.org


Henry Koons



04/03/1926-09/09/2014

Henry Koons age 88, 923 West Walnut Street Portland passed away Tuesday in the I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  He was born in Arcanum, Ohio April 3, 1926 the son of Samuel and Ethel (Cromwell) Koons.  He was married September 24, 1947 to Norma Anders who survives.  He served with the U.S. Army during WW II.  He had worked for Sheller-Globe, Teledyne Portland Forge and was owner of Koons Upholstery in Portland.  He was a member of the American Legion, attended First Church of the Nazarene and played guitar in bands.

Surviving are his wife Norma, two sons Terry Koons (wife Kristy) of Geneva and Tim Koons (wife Sue) of Portland, two daughters Mrs. Rick (Debbie) Herman of Pennville and Mrs. Tim (Kathie) Danielson of Portland, Eleven grandchildren and twenty five great grandchildren

Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Clark presiding.  Burial will follow in the Saratoga Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be directed to the family.


Norman Gillett



08/14/1936-09/08/2014

Norman Gillett age 78, 2308 Boundary Pike Portland died Monday at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  He was born in Portland August 14, 1936 the son of Donald and Essie (Sims) Gillett.  He was married July 26, 2006 to Nilda Dombol who survives.  He was a past Fire Chief in the Portland Fire Department and a retired Fireman.  He had also worked for Muncie Novelties.  He served with the Air National Guard 122 Air wing out of Fort Wayne.  He was a member of the Farmland American Legion, Portland Moose Lodge, Portland Elks Lodge, Geneva V.F.W., D.A.V. and 1955 Portland High School graduate.

Surviving are his wife Nilda, Two sons Brian Gillett of Fort Wayne and Chad Gillett of Bothell, Wa., One daughter Annette Gillett of Kendalville, Two brothers Steve Gillett of Phoenix, Az. and Daniel Gillett of Phoenix, Az.  One sister Mrs. Ronald (Delayne) Myers of Portland, Four grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by three sisters Clara Shull, Nilda Beal and Sharon Kay Gillett.

Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Burk presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to Assembly of God Church or American Legion Honor Guard.


Betty Hahn



11/24/1937-09/3/2014

Betty Hahn age 76, 1688 South S.R. 1 Dunkirk passed away Wednesday at her residence.  She was born in Muncie November 24, 1937 the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Childs) Losh.  She was married November 24, 1956 to Warren Hahn and he passed away January 1, 2013.  She was a homemaker and attended Faith Evangelical Church.

Surviving are one son David Hahn of Dunkirk, two daughters Mrs. Mike (Carolyn) Hosier of Upland and Rebecca Hahn of Upland.  Two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Isch presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Faith Evangelical Church.


Paul L. Cavanaugh



11/20/1922-08/31/2014

Paul L. Cavanaugh age 91,  Portland passed away Sunday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare.  He was born in Muncie November 20, 1922 the son of Louis and Mary (Bridgewater) Cavanaugh.  He was married February 6, 1946 to Mildred Conner who passed away March 31, 2013.  He served with the U.S. Airforce during WW II.  He had worked for Sears and Roebuck, Ohio Valley Gas, Standard Oil, Baker Grain, Portland Industrial Products, Preferred Family Physicians and Jay County Hospital.  He was a member of Portland Lions Club, Jay Lodge #87, Scottish Rite, Shrine, American Legion and Jay County Hospital Aux.

Surviving are one daughter Diana K. Goodman of Portland, Four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and seven step-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a son Paul L. Cavanaugh and son in law David Goodman.

Funeral services will be 12:00 P.M. Friday in Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Dilley and Tom Lightle presiding. 

Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 – 12:00 at the church.  Memorials can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church Building Fund,  Hospice at Persimmon Ridge, Jay Lodge #87, American Legion Post #211 or Portland Lions Club.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Eva Lake



07/28/1923-08/25/2014

Eva Lake age 91, 99 East 200 South Portland, Indiana passed away at her home Monday evening with her family at her bedside. She was born on July 28, 1923 the daughter of Acie and Ruth (Jones) Champ.  She was married September 3rd, 1944 to Warren (Pick) Lake who passed away September 26, 1997. She was a graduate of the class of 1940 from Portland High School. She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church, the American Legion ladies auxiliary post #211 since 1954 and the Senior Citizen group of Bryant. She worked at Jay Garment, Ballastran Corp, Sears, and at the Special Child Education Center and retired after working at the Jay County School Corp.

Surviving are her two sons Mike and Randy Lake both of Portland. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Rogers Durham presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M. and Friday one hour prior to services. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.

 


Kimberly Gibson



01/11/1965-08/19/2014

Kimberly Gibson age 49, 631 East North Street Portland passed away Tuesday August 19th in Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  She was born in Portland January 11, 1965 the daughter of Richard and Betty (Moser) Brumbaugh.  She worked for FCC in Portland , attended Evangelical Methodist Church and was a 1983 Jay County High School graduate.

Surviving are her parents Richard and Betty Brumbaugh of Portland, one son Robert Gibson of Portland, one brother Rick Brumbaugh of Portland, one sister Mrs. Bob (Karen) Hill and several nieces, nephews and cousins

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding.  Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


William Brigham



10/5/1916-08/15/2014

William Brigham age 97, former Portland resident passed away at his residence in Fullerton, Ca. on August 15, 2014.  He was born in Bloomington Illinois on October 5, 1916 the son of George and Annie (Pretzolff) Brigham.  He was married to Roberta Gray who passed away June 21, 2007.  He was a lead mechanic at Los Angeles International Airport.  He also owned and operated Brigham Airport in Portland and was a farmer.  He was a WW II veteran in the Army Aircorp.  He was a direct descendant of Thomas Brigham who came to America in 1635.

Surviving are two sons William Brigham of Fort Wayne and Don Brigham of Santa Barbara, Ca.  One daughter Joy Peoples of Fullerton, Ca. Nine grandchildren and twenty one great grandchildren

Funeral services will be Saturday at 3:00 P.M. in the Green Park Cemetery Chapel.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.
Online condolences at www.bairdfreeman.com


Sandra Kay Strietelmeier



01/15/1956-08/17/2014

Sandra Kay Strietelmeier age 58, Madison, Wisconsin passed away at her home Sunday August 17, 2014.  She was born January 15, 1956 in Columbus, Indiana the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Steinkamp) Strietelmeier.  She graduated from Columbus High School in 1974 and attended Purdue University.  She worked for Becton Dickinson for more than thirty years.  She was a member of the Unity Church in Madison actively involved with prayer ministry and prayer chaplaincy.

Surviving are her mother Elizabeth Strietemeier of Berne, brother Pastor Mark Strietemeier (wife Cindy) of Portland, one niece, one nephew and one great nephew and two great nieces.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday August 23, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Unity Church of Madison with Rev. Norman Marshall presiding.  Burial will be in Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana at a later date.  Memorials can be made to the Zion Early Learning Center in Portland.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of local arrangements.


Carl M. “Tom” Hoehamer



 07/04/1923-08/17/2014

 

Carl M. “Tom” Hoehamer age 91, 309 Ashwood Drive Pendleton, Indiana and former Bryant resident passed away Sunday in Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Greenfield.  He was born in Bryant July 4, 1923 the son of George and Addie (Bergman) Hoehamer.  He was married July 3, 1954 to Phyllis Smith who survives.  He was an estimator for Teledyne Portland Forge and was a custodian for Bryant High School.  He served with the U.S. Army during WWII.  He was a member of American Legion Post #211 in Portland, Asbury United Methodist Church, Bryant Volunteer Fire Department, Bryant Senior Citizens and 1941 Bryant High School graduate.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years Phyllis, one son Tom Hoehamer (wife Lynne) of DesMoines, Iowa, two daughters Mrs. Bob (Susan) Spicer of Crothersville, IN. and Mrs. Randy (Lynn) Haffner of Pendleton.  Six grandchildren Ashley Spicer, Matt Hoehamer (wife Inisha), Mitch Spicer, Claire Shaffer (husband Brock), Taylor Schweitzer (husband Nik) and Abbie Haffner, two great grandchildren Arya Hoehamer and Carson Schweitzer

Funeral services will be Wednesday evening at 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home  with Tom Lightle presiding. Burial will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Bryant Community Center or choice of the donor.


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