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.


Keith D. Pensinger



08/10/1927-04/19/2015
Keith D. Pensinger age 87, 1355 Meadow Lane Portland passed away early Sunday morning in Dayton VA Hospice Center. He was born in Portland August 10, 1927 the son of Albert and Viola Mae (Renner) Pensinger. He was married in 1962 to Vera Stigelman and she died in 1997. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 as a Storekeeper 3rd Class. He had worked for Coca Cola Bottling, Sheller Globe, Aunt Molly's Bread Co., Perfection Bread Co., Hostess Bread Co. and was an Amish driver.
Surviving are one son Gary Pensinger of Portland, two daughters Kathy Pensinger of Portland and Reba Wehrly of Portland, two step-daughters Sandra Kaderly of Portland and Betty Gilbert of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, two sisters Joan Smith of Portland and Madonna Crouch of Celina, Twelve grandchildren and several great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to VA Hospice Fund


Oakland Mitchell Roberts Sr.



03/23/1931-04/17/2015
Oakland Mitchell Roberts Sr. age 84, 6581 Spooky Hollow Road Union City, Indiana passed away Friday evening in Briarwood Village in Coldwater. He was born in Lynn, Indiana March 23, 1931 the son of Troy and Leatha (Phenis) Roberts. He was married March 16, 1954 to Marguerite Hehr and she died February 27, 2006. He served with the U.S. Airforce during the Korean Conflict, 1949 Madison High School graduate, attended Northwestern Ohio University for business management and attended Ft. Recovery Church of the Nazarene. He was plant supervisor for Balstram in Upland, supervisor for Champion Homes in Monroe and District Manager for Burger Chef then Hardees Restaurants affiliated with Norris Foods retiring in 1996.
Surviving are one son Oakland Roberts Jr. (wife Deborah) of Union City, Indiana and one daughter Vickee Schoenherr (husband Gary) of Portland, two brothers Lawrence Roberts (wife Kay) of Portland and Lowell Roberts of Ft. Worth, Arkansas. One sister Jeanettia Goubeaux (husband Larry) of Witts Springs, Arkansas, Six grandsons and three great grandsons, several nieces and nephews
Private family services will be held at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Kelly presiding. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.


Don A. Alexander



12/26/1938-04/16/2015
Don A. Alexander age 76, 1450 West S.R. 67 Portland passed away early Thursday morning at his residence. He was born December 26, 1938 in Morgan County, Indiana the son of Lora and Rebecca (Kirk) Alexander. He was married August 11, 1962 to Alice Davis who survives. He was a 1957 Plainfield High School graduate and 1961 Milligan College graduate where he played basketball and track. He was retired from the Jay School Corporation as a teacher and coach. He had coached at Eminence, Belle Union, Monrovia, Bryant and Jay County Schools. He was a huddle leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ and Portland Golf Course.
Surviving are his wife Alice, One son Bryan Alexander (wife Terra) of Fishers, IN. , Two daughters Kristie Alexander of Johnson City, TN. And Mrs. Neil (Gina) Denton of Portland, one sister Karla Green of Muncie, Six grandchildren Maddie Alexander, Bridget Alexander, Hymne Deveaux, Alex Denton, Isabella Denton and Jackson Denton. He was preceded in death by a stillborn son Darrin and a brother Neil Alexander.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Gil Alicea presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 P.M. and one hour prior to the services on Monday. Memorials can be made to West Walnut Street Church of Christ.


Landon Scott Jones



Landon Scott Jones infant son of Geoffrey Jones and Tailor Frazier passed away Sunday in Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Muncie March 27, 2015.
Surviving are his parents Geoffrey Jones and Tailor Frazier both of Portland, Maternal grandparents Brian and Bridgett Frazier of Portland, Paternal grandparents Dalton and Rhonda Auker of Ridgeville, Maternal great grandparents Patty Bradshaw of Hartford City and Ed and Lisa Bradshaw of Tennessee, and Mike and Kathy Frazier of Ridgeville Paternal great grandparents Scott and Trina Swingley of Parker City, Mary Jane Auker of Ridgeville and Jeff and Laura Nichols of Georgia, Several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by great grandfather Dallas Auker Sr.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Edwards presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. At the funeral home. Memorials can be directed to the family to help with expenses.


James Barrett



06/29/1944-04/07/2015
James Barrett age 70, 1051 Westwood Drive Van Wert, Ohio and a former Redkey resident passed away Tuesday in Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. He was born in Tennessee June 29, 1944 the son of Fred and Rosie (Miller) Barrett. He had been married to Carrie Buffenberger who preceded him in death. He was retired from Borg-Warner in Muncie.
Surviving are a son Scott Barrett of California, Four sisters Marjorie Hudson of Van Wert, Linda Corn of Portland, Sue Hill of Montpelier and Brenda Hale of Redkey. He was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Barrett.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Isch presiding. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Redkey. Visitation will be Friday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Glen McLaughlin



08/05/1932-03/05/2015
Glen S. McLaughlin age 82, 315 West Seventh Street Portland passed away Sunday afternoon at his residence. He was born in Portland August 5, 1932 the son of Charles and Dema (Reynolds) McLaughlin. He was married May 31, 1954 to Nancy Jo Gillespie and she died September 18, 2010. He was a U.S. Army veteran, Gray High School graduate, member of American Legion Post #211, Jay Lodge #87 F& AM, D.A.V., 40/8, and Arch Bridge Cruisers. He was retired from Meshbergers as Fine Plant Operator.
Surviving are three sons Curt McLaughlin (wife Tammy) of Portland, Scott McLaughlin (wife Tiffany) of Redkey and Clint McLaughlin of Portland, One granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a daughter Sherry.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Kevin McClung and Sharon Taylor presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Ball Memorial Hospice or Jay County Cancer Society.


Virginia Ura Laux



Virginia Ura Laux, 85, passed away peacefully at home on March 25, 2015 surrounded by her beloved husband, Ralph W. Laux, and their family. Virginia was born in Jackson, Michigan to Jozef & Rozalia Ura, Polish immigrants. Virginia’s two older siblings, Josephine and Edward, preceded her in death.
Virginia & Ralph married on August 20, 1955 and raised nine children: Teresa Laux; Christopher (Michelle) Laux; Frank (deceased – his wife Antonia) Laux; Daria Laux (Mike) Walpole; Maureen (Mark) Baker; Terence Laux; Giles (Barbie) Laux; Amy Laux; and Nicole (Jon) Sholly. Virginia & Ralph have 11 grandchildren: Jessica (Stephen); Cole; Abby (Kerry); Ruby (Tim); Caleb (Kimberly): Cassidy; Michelle R.; Ralph II; Emma; Madeline; and Lucy; along with three great-grandchildren: Abraham; Ezekiel; and Corinne.
Virginia was a voracious reader and meticulous planner, juggling the raising of their nine children while being actively involved in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Virginia worked at New Idea, the Jackson, Michigan branch, for eight years before marrying Ralph and settling down in Trinity, Indiana. Years later, after Niki, their youngest child started high school, Virginia returned to work, working at the Jay County Assessor Office - later becoming Deputy Assessor.
Virginia was known for being extraordinarily gracious, kind to all, and possessing a quick wit. Virginia, above all else, cherished her beloved husband, Ralph, and their family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trinity, Indiana, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 10:30 a.m. with Father David A. Hoying, C.P.P.S. presiding. Graveside services and burial follow immediately. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, Indiana.
Contributions may be made in Virginia’s memory & spirit to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trinity, Indiana and/or State of the Heart Hospice, Jay County, Indiana.


Michael Lee “Sparky” Spahr



07/31/1961-03/11/2015
Michael Lee “Sparky” Spahr age 53, 721 East High Street Portland passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was born in Fort Wayne July 31, 1961 the son of Harold “Chick” and Barbara (Gray) Spahr. He worked for Meschbergers in Portland and was a member of the Portland Moose Lodge and 1979 Jay County High School graduate.
Surviving are one daughter Erin Gillette (husband Steven) of Redkey, his mother Baarbara Loy (husband Calvin) of Portland , one brother Robert “Bubba” Spahr of Portland, two sisters Kay Corle of Portland and Jane Hernandez of Fort Wayne, one step-brother Rick Loy of Portland, two step-sisters Nancy Pease of Fort Wayne and Judy Stolz of Lexington, IN. Four grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. 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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