Carolyn Ann Hough



12/9/1940-10/26/2014

Carolyn Ann Hough age 73, 3027 Pawnee Court Indianapolis passed away Sunday at her residence.  She was born in Portland December 9, 1940 the daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Hiestand) Butcher.  She was married in 1959 to Lonnie Hough who survives.  She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband Lonnie, two sons Chad Hough of Ft. Wayne and Jarrod Hough of Indianapolis, three daughters LaVonnie Harden of Ft. Wayne, Cheryl Watkins of Ft. Pierce, Fl. and Vicki Lupkin of Ft. Wayne, one brother David Butcher of Dunkirk, three grandsons, six granddaughters and three great grandchildren

Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding.  Burial will follow in the Wells Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Amy Minnich



08/15/1975-10/24/2014

Amy L. Minnich age 39, died Friday October 24th in Harold Alfond Center for Health in Augusta, Maine.  She was born in Portland August 15, 1975 the daughter of Thomas Minnich and Donna (Mosier) Kendall.
She attended South Adams Schools and was employed in the deli at Lobills in Portland.  She also worked for Hearts of Integrity, providing homecare for clients.

Surviving are her mother Mrs. Steve (Donna Mosier) Kendall of Augusta, ME.  One son Preston Runyon of Portland, one daughter Grace Minnich of Augusta, ME., Maternal grandmother Carolyn (Freeman) Mosier of Berne, Three brothers Shane Minnich of Fort Wayne, Todd Hough of Ossian and Michael Keen of Fort Wayne, one sister Melissa Keen of Berne as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her father Thomas Minnich and a son Noah Minnich.
Amy’s first love in life was God, followed by her children, family and lighthouses.

A memorial service will be held Sunday November 2nd at 2:00 P.M. in the First Presbyterian Church, 402 North Ship Street Portland.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of local arrangements.


Virginia May Zimmerman



11/24/1930-10/26/2014

 

Virginia May Zimmerman age 83, 606 West Walnut Street Portland passed away Sunday at her residence.  She was born in Portland November 24, 1930 the daughter of Bert and Wilma (Bechdolt) Loyd.  She was married February 22, 1950 to Blaine Zimmerman who survives.  She had worked at Jay Garment and Ballestran both in Portland and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Surviving are her husband Blaine, one son James Zimmerman (wife Rachael) of Portland, two daughters Carol Gates of Portland and Susan Knight (friend Mark Hood) of Portland, one brother Gerald Loyd of Fort Wayne, one sister Mary Ann Stolz of Mooresville, Seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren

 

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. in the Zion Lutheran Church in Portland with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church.  Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Jay County Cancer Society or Hospice of the donor’s choice.


Nancy Ball



02/09/1936-10/18/2014

Nancy Ball age 78, 510 West 300 North Portland passed away Saturday in Chalet Village in Berne.  She was born in Bryant February 9, 1936 the daughter of Mahlon and Eva (Gibson) Houser.  She was married April 16, 1967 to Clifford Ball and he passed away April 3, 2012.  She was a first grade teacher having taught in Geneva and St. Marys, Ohio before retiring in 1988.  She was a graduate of Bryant High School and Ball State University.

Surviving are her mother Eva Houser of Berne, two step-sons Clifford J. Ball  (wife Sharon) of Celina and David L. Ball of Dunedin, Fl., two step-daughters Mrs. Steven (Susan) Dietz of Logan, Ohio and Mrs. Alan (Lee Ann) Sigler of Logan, Ohio, Seven step-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Robert Abner and Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant.


Deborah E. Shaneyfelt



02/05/1962-10/09/2014

Deborah E. Shaneyfelt age 52, 209 West Lincoln Portland passed away Thursday morning in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Portland February 5, 1962 the daughter of Forrest and Jeanine (Heis) Lanning.  She was a 1980 Jay County High School graduate and worked for Red Gold in Geneva and had worked at Tom and Rods.

Surviving are her mother Jeanine Lanning of Portland,  two brothers Terry Lanning of Gulfport, Ms. And Forrest Lanning Jr. (wife Hope) of Winchester, one sister Mrs. Steve (Donna) Shreeve of Portland, three nephews, two nieces and one great nephew

Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding.  Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Ft. Recovery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. and prior to the services Monday.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society or choice of the donor.


Teresa Vasquez



11/4/1965-10/6/2014

Teresa Vasquez age 48, 245 Jackson Street Union City, Indiana passed away Monday evening in Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond.  She was born in Portland November 4, 1965 the daughter of David and Margerita (Esparza) Vasquez.  She was a homemaker.

Surviving are one son Daniel E. Gonzalez of Alice, Texas, One daughter Celina Ann (Gonzalez) Vines of Bluffton, Her father David Vasquez of Portland, Her Fiance John Smart III of Union City, In., Three brothers Ruben Vela of Portland, David Vasquez Jr. of Pennsylvania and Visente Vasquez of Portland, Two sisters Virginia Vasquez of Portland and Paulina Vasquez of Portland, Five grandchildren

Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Fr. Robert Moran presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday prior to the services. Memorials can be made to the family to help with expenses.


Madonna W. Bisel



04/28/1945-09/24/2014

Madonna W. Bisel age 89, former 3698 South U.S. 27 Portland resident passed away Wednesday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare.  She was born in Mercer County, Ohio April 28, 1925 the daughter of Floyd and Grace (Ulmer) VanTrees.  She was married in 1965 to Thurl Bisel and he died in 1969.  She was retired from Jay Garment in Portland.  She attended the First Church of the Nazarene, Jay County Hospital Aux., Portland Moose Lodge and Eastern Star.  She was a Fort Recovery High School graduate.

Surviving are a step-daughter Sandra Wood of Florida, two step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews including Don Somers of Portland

Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Dave McClellan presiding.  Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Fort Recovery.  Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Hospital Aux. 


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.


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