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.


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.

 


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