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.


Gretchen Darlene Walton



08/10/1920-08/14/2014

Gretchen Darlene Walton age 94, 430 West Lafayette Street Portland and former Florida resident passed away early Thursday morning in Albany Healthcare and Rehabilitation.  She was born in Lima, Ohio August 10, 1920 in the daughter of John R. and Lillie Annette (Harrod) Ackerman.  She was married to Paul Gillespie who passed away in 1984 and later married Charles Walton who passed in 2002.  She was a homemaker and member of Saint Maximillian Catholic Church, Woman’s Guild and Isabell Guild of the Knights of Columbus.  She also attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Portland.
Surviving are one son Donald Gillespie of Portland, Three grandsons and four great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Henry R. Jones



01/20/1935-08/13/2014

Henry R. Jones age 79, 412 East Seventh Street Portland passed away Wednesday at his residence.  He was born in Alexandria January 20, 1935 the son of Henry A. and Nora (Croucher) Jones.  He was married February 7, 1969 to Wanda Ferry who survives.  He served with the U.S. Army and was retired from Indiana Glass in Dunkirk.

Surviving are his wife Wanda, two sons Nolan Jones of Portland and Henry Jones Jr. of Portland, one daughter Mrs. James (Bobbi) Ward of Portland, two step-daughters Diane Dickerson (companion Ron Pollock) of Marion and Mrs. Scott (Angela) Cleavenger of Dunkirk, Seven brothers Kenny Jones of Dunkirk, Earl Jones of Dunkirk, James Jones of Dunkirk, Albert Jones of Dunkirk, Rick Jones of Dunkirk, Phil Jones of Madison and Tom Jones of Florida, Four sisters Vickie Beavers of Dunkirk, Betty Vaughn of Pennville, Jane Wolfe of Pennville and Ann Regnault of Marion, Nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren

Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211.  Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 – 1:00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the family to help with expences.


Joy “Jean” Lybarger



11/20/1926-08/12/2014

Joy “Jean” Lybarger age 87, 1977 C.R. 3000 North Rantoul, Illinois and former Bryant resident passed away Tuesday at her residence.  She was born in Bryant November 20, 1926 the daughter of Lafe and Martha (Hicks) Goff.  She was married July 12, 1946 to John “Pat” Lybarger and he died July 5, 1997.  She had worked at Jay Garment in Portland and C.T.S. in Berne.  She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion Aux. and 4-H Leader.

Surviving are one son Patrick Lybarger (wife Shar) of McAllen, Tx. and two daughters Mrs. John (Sondra) Sipes ofRantoul, Il. and Mrs. John (Marilyn) Zielinski of Toledo, Oh.  Four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Zion Lutheran Church or American Cancer Society.


Steven M. Patch



Steven M. Patch age 66, 3916 Pasadena Drive Lafayette, Indiana passed away at his residence.  He was born in Decatur, Indiana April 23, 1948 the son of Howard and Delores (Patterson) Patch.  He was retired elementary school teacher having taught in Alexandria and Tippecanoe County School systems for forty years.  He was a member of the teachers association, 1966 Bryant High School graduate and earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Ball State University.  He was an avid traveler.

Surviving are his parents Howard and Delores Patch of Bryant, two sisters Mrs. Steven (Susan) Hoover of New Castle and Mrs. Larry (Cindy) Betz of Geneva, two nephews and one niece.

Memorial services will be Friday at 3:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Isch presiding. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. prior to the services.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Bettie Jean Kunkle



04/22/1923-08/9/2014

Bettie Jean Kunkle age 91, 406 South 200 West Portland passed away Saturday evening in Albany Healthcare and Rehabilitation.  She was born in Portland April 22, 1923 the daughter of Robert and Velma (Hotsenpiller) Valentine.  She was married November 25, 1943 to Joe Jay Kunkle and he died November 21, 2003.  She was a homemaker.  She was a Portland High School graduate and member of Salamonia Christian Church and West Walnut Street Church of Christ.

Surviving are one son Ken Kunkle (companion Luanna Detro) of Portland, two daughters Pamela Whittington (fiancé Randy LeMaster) of Portland and Mrs. Roger (Patricia) Clay of LaGrange,  Eight grandchildren, Twelve great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son Stephen.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Nichols presiding.  Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


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