Elizabeth Faye Plummer



03/01/1918-06/21/2016
Elizabeth Faye Plummer age 98, former resident of 710 South Vine Street Portland passed away early Tuesday morning in Parker Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Parker City. She was born March 1, 1918 in Oak Hill, Ohio the daughter of Fred and Mary (Evans) Lewis.
She was married April 8, 1939 to Bevan Plummer and he died in 1987. She was retired from Jay Garment in Portland, member of Rebekkah Lodge #307 and Meredith Lodge #513. She was a member of Jay County Hospital Aux. She was a 1937 Oak Hill High School graduate.
Surviving are one son John David Plummer of Selma, Five grandchildren, Eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son Roger Lee Plummer.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Dennis Rush and Duane Plummer presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 – 1:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Christ United Methodist Church in Selma.


Ruth Ellenberger



03/13/1929-06/16/2016
Ruth Ellenberger age 87 a Portland resident passed away late Thursday evening in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. She was born in Jay County March 13, 1929 the daughter of Carl and Mabel (Sanders) Pfeifer.
She had worked at Jimmy's Restaurant and the Portland Country Club.
Surviving are two sons Daniel Ellenberger of Kokomo and Dale Ellenberger of Marion, two daughters Diane Landers of Portland and Dorena Ellenberger of Columbia City, one sister Norma Brumbaugh of Portland, Five grandchildren, Six great grandchildren and two great great.
Private family services will be held at a later date with burial in the Salamonia Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society or Jay County Heart Fund.


David C. Vasquez



08/16/1937-06/05/2016
David C. Vasquez age 78, 816 West Water Street Portland passed away Sunday in Ried Hospital in Richmond. He was born in Hughes, Arkansas on August 16, 1937 the son of Daniel and Paulina Vasquez. He was married to Margarita Esparza and she died in 2012. He was retired from Ft. Recovery Industries and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Surviving are three sons Ruben Vela of Portland, David Vasquez Jr. of Meadville, PA. And Visente Vasquez of Portland, one daughter Paulina Vasquez of Portland, three sisters Lupe Bennett of Redkey, Carmin Zigler of Dunkirk and Mary Conley of Bluffton, Eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters Virginia Vasquez and Teresa Gutierrez.
Funeral services will be Friday at 3:00 P.M. In the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Michael Brown



02/20/1948-06/05/2016
Michael Brown age 68, 207 West Race Street Portland passed away Sunday at his residence. He was born in Portland February 20, 1948 the son of Ernest and Ann Mae (Combs) Brown Sr. He was married August 10, 1969 to Sharon Platt who survives. He was a minister and worked at Teledyne Portland Forge and Menards in Muncie and Kokomo. He surved with the U.S. Navy for four years. He was a 1966 Portland High School graduate and member of Faith Evangelical Church in Dunkirk.
Surviving are one son David Brown (wife Joanna) of Fishers, two daughters Jennifer Rupe (husband Michael) of Portland and Christie Timmons (husband Randy) of Ft. Wayne, one sister Helen Rouch (husband Jack) of Portland, eight grandchildren
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Stan Gockel presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Riley Childrens Hospital.


Helen Long



02/20/1926-06/05/2016
Helen Long age 90, 3937 East S.R. 26 Portland passed away Sunday morning in Albany Healthcare and Rehabilitation. She was born in Jay County February 20, 1926 the daughter of Harry and Ruth Alice (Hilfiker) Stoner. She was married September 1, 1945 to William Howard Long and he survives. She was a co-owner of Bill's Big Bar in Portland for many years. She was a 1944 Madison High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Bill, Five daughters Billie Girton (husband Keith) of Portland, Linda Rhodehamel (husband Kevin) of Portland, Vickie Long of Indianapolis, Elaine Murray (husband Mike) of Eaton and Nancy Kreider of Union City, IN., two sisters Eva Hawley of Economy and Judy Guntle of Portland, 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one great great grandchild.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 – 1:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


Tim Case



09/02/1952-06/02/2016
Tim Case age 63, 830 East Main Street Portland passed away Thursday at his residence. He was born in Portland September 2, 1952 the son of Charles and Norma (Pogue) Case. He was married November 7, 1971 to Tamara Williams who survives. He worked at Teledyne Portland Forge and was a member of Portland Moose Lodge, Portland Eagles Lodge and American Legion. He was a 1971 Pennville High School graduate.
Surviving are his wife Tamara, one son Ryan Case of Noblesville and one daughter Jocelyn Beer (husband Kurt) of Fishers, three grandchildren Alivia, Lila and Audrey.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor David Wade presiding. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.



Ilene F. Chapman



10/2/1932-5/31/2016
Ilene F. Chapman age 83, 711 West Seventh Street Portland passed away early Tuesday morning in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Wells County October 2, 1932 the daughter of Marion and Mary Fern (Murray) Gephart. She was married July 30, 1949 to Gerald “Ace” Chapman and he died October 30, 2014. She had worked at Shellers in Montpelier and Jay Garment in the cafeteria.
Surviving are two sons Dean Chapman (wife Crystal) of Bryant and Arthur Chapman (wife Cindy) of Portland, five daughters Mary Lou Ward (husband David) of Ft. Wayne, Kathy Dalrymple (husband Russell) of Ridgeville, Joyce Landers (husband Jeff) of Portland, Bonnie Pogue (husband David) of Portland and Connie Pogue (husband Charles) of Portland, two brothers James Gephard of Florida and Jerry Gephard of Bluffton, one sister June Shaw of Bluffton, 28 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Renee S. Miller



10/26/1945-5/29/2016
Renee S. Miller age 70, 109 Bittersweet Lane Portland passed away Sunday at her residence. She was born in Portland October 26, 1945 the daughter of Jim and Enid (Schaub) Ramsey. She was married May 16, 1986 to Milo Miller who survives. She was a a secretary and the voice of First Merchants Bank in Portland. She was a 1963 Portland High School graduate, 1966 Elkhart School of Nursing graduate and an avid gardener.
Surviving are her husband Milo, two sons Chris Miller of Ridgeville and James Ward of Portland, one daughter Lori Smith of Portland, three sisters Nikki Pollard (companion Wes) of Yuma, Az., Eujania Littler (husband Dave) of Portland and Mary Francis Bickel (husband Dennis) of New Haven, Seven grandchildren and one great grandson. She was preceded indeath by a daughter Julie Barron.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or State of the Heart Hospice.


Jason Mock



05/12/1981-05/13/2016
Jason Mock age 35, 630 West Line Street Geneva passed away Friday evening in Portland. He was born in Bluffton May 12, 1981 the son of Bryan Mock and Patricia Hough. He was a 2000 Jay County High School graduate and worked as a handy man.
Surviving are his daughter Brooklyn Mock of Portland, father Bryan Mock (wife Jody) of Geneva, mother Patricia Hough of Pennville, brother Curtis Mock of Pennville, grandmothers Patsy Mock of Portland and Kay Hough of Pennville, several aunts, uncles and cousins
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mitch Corwin presiding. Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M. And prior to services on Saturday.


Jill E. Douglass



02/22/1957-05/14/2016
Jill E. Douglass age 59, 505 East North Street Portland passed away Saturday at her residence. She was born in Bloomington, Indiana February 22, 1957 the daughter of John S. and June (Everly) Burns. She was married November 13, 1976 to Earl Douglass Jr. and he died December 16, 2014. She was an LPN geriatric nurse having worked at many places including Persimmon Ridge in Portland. She was a 1975 Owen Valley High School graduate, 1976 Ivy Tech graduate, member and treasurer of Psi Iota Xi sorority, 4-H Leader, had attended First Presbyterian Church and more recently Zion Lutheran Church both in Portland and taught Sunday school.
Surviving are two daughters Magan Douglass of Fort Wayne and Laura Hough (husband Kris) of Bryant, one brother John J. Burns of Lizton, IN., four sisters Judith Burns of Indianapolis, Joanne Roudebush of Ashville, N.C., Janett Lowes of Indianapolis and Jane Ball of Bloomington, Four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. And Wednesday prior to the services. In lieu of flowers or gifts the family would like memorials to go to Persimmon Ridge Activities Dept., State of the Heart Hospice or Zion Lutheran Church.


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