John “Mike” Retter



10/3/1951-01/17/2017
John “Mike” Retter age 65, 6702 West 900 South Ridgeville passed away Tuesday at his residence. He was born in Portland October 3, 1951 the son of Carl and Melba (Grady) Retter Jr. He was married to Christa Watson who survives. He was a lifelong farmer, served in the National Guard, 1970 Redkey High School graduate and attended Gray Schools. He was a member of the American legion, Little League Baseball coach and West Jay Junior High School baseball coach. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds Baseball fan.
Surviving are his wife Christa, Five sons Chance Retter (wife Felicia) of Redkey, John Retter Jr. (wife Hannah) of Redkey, Rhett Retter of Redkey, Case Retter of Redkey and Travis Steed of Indianapolis, one brother Barry Retter (wife Judy) of Redkey, Uncle Max Grady (wife Jackie) of Portland, Four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Melba Retter and a sister Karen Robbins.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Redkey. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 – 2:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Dick O. Kelly



05/3/1928-1/17/2017
Dick O. Kelly age 88 Fort Wayne and former Portland resident passed away Monday in Parkview North Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born in Portland May 3, 1928 the son of Jacob and Josephine (Harden) Kelly. He was married May 16, 1946 to Bettie Farris who survives. He was retired from Sheller-Globe as a product and tool designer. He was a member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ where he taught Sunday school and was a superintendant. He was a 1946 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are his wife Bettie, two daughters Kellie Kelly (husband Tony Tai) of Fishers and Linda S. Ford (husband Darrell) of Greenfield, Four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Gil Alicia presiding. Burial will follow in the Wells Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM.
Memorials can be made to the West Walnut Street Church of Christ.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Dearth and Staff, Dan and Vicki Raber and Susan Griffith and Family for all their support during this time.


William Clint Bookout



11/20/1930-1/6/2017
William Clint Bookout age 86, 2495 North 200 West Portland passed away Friday morning in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia November 20, 1930 the son of Clint and Gladys (Joy) Bookout. He was a retired painter and brick layer.
Surviving are two sons Greg Bookout (wife Angie) of Sun City, Az and Gary Bookout of Forest Grove, Or., One daughter Diane Mann (Husband Jim) of Hillsboro, Or., Companion Edna Stout of Portland, Six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 1:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Hines presiding. Visitation will be from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Community Center.


Ione Glasgow



08/17/1920-01/09/2017
Ione Glasgow age 96, 1121 South Bridge Street Portland passed away Monday morning in Miller House in Celina, Ohio. She was born in Ridgeville August 17, 1920 the daughter of Willard and Dortha (Mosier) Barrett. She was married August 2, 1941 to Paul Glasgow and he died October 8, 1996. She had worked for Sears for thirty two years. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Primetime, Eastern Star, Wesleyan Circle and Widow to Widow.
Surviving are a son Steve Glasgow (wife Marsha) of Celina, Ohio, one sister Betty Hathaway Boroff of Celina, Two grandchildren Julie Glasgow of Centerville and Matthew Glasgow of Aurora, IL. and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday at 1:30 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jill Howard presiding. Burial will follow in the Lawndale Cemetery in Ridgeville. Viewing will be one hour prior to the funeral services. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Teresa J. Eggers Dull



01/25/1957-12/26/2016
Teresa J. Eggers Dull age 59, 6717 North Apple Lane Muncie passed away Monday morning at her residence. She was born in Clinton, Indiana January 25, 1957 the daughter of Robert and Donna (Harmon) Eggers. She was married September 30, 2015 to John L. Dull who survives. She was retired from Lifetouch in Muncie and also had worked at US Leisure in Alexandria. She attended the Portland Friends Church and Yorktown Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are her husband John, two daughters Courtney Long (husband Derek) of Muncie and Keara Eggers (fiance Grant Hicks) of Muncie, two sisters Connie Fredricks (husband Dave) of New Castle and Jo Sparks (husband Russ) of Northport, FL., Three grandchildren Faith, Preston and Kennedy Long
Funeral services will be Thursday at 5:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Herb Hummel presiding. Visitation will be from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Memorials can be made to Friends Church of Portland.


Joanna Ruth Bailey



01/6/1923-12/24/2016

Joanna Ruth Bailey age 93, former Portland resident passed away Saturday in Manchester, Tennessee. She was born in Portland January 6, 1923 the daughter of Alva and Gladys Coon (Binegar) Schuler. She was married to Joseph A. Bailey who preceded her in death.

Surviving are a son Bill Bailey (wife Becky) of Portland, daughter Joyce Brock of Beechgrove, TN., ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Mary Bradburn, two grandchildren, five brothers and a sister.
Funeral services will be Friday at 3:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


George J. Perkins



09/01/1923-12/22/2016
George J. Perkins age 93 of Fort Wayne passed away Thursday in Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne September 1, 1923 the son of George and Laura (Smith) Perkins. He was married July 19, 1945 to Hedwige “Hattie” Klejnot who survives. He was retired from Fruehauf Trailer Corporation.
He is survived by his wife Hattie, two sons George A. Perkins of Fort Wayne and Mark Perkins of Kendalville, one daughter Lisa Pyle of Fort Wayne and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter Linda Bovine.
Graveside services will be held in the Chapel of the Catholic Cemetery on Tuesday at 11:00 AM with burial to follow. Memorials can be made to Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church or choice of the donor. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland, Indiana are in charge of arrangements.


Edward J. Bailey



01/14/1936-12/10/2016
Edward J. Bailey age 80, 208 West Penn Street Portland passed away Saturday evening the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Jay County January 14, 1936 the son of Jess and Ethel Mae (Cox) Bailey. He was married July 12, 1952 to Emma Caroline Rinker and she survives. He was a retired longtime truck driver having driven for Jullerat Trucking, Same Day Trucking and Lil Leasing. He was a member of the Portland Moose Lodge and Portland Eagles Lodge.
Surviving are are his wife Caroline, three sons Eddie Lee Bailey of Portland, Fredrick E. Bailey of Portland and Michael Stephen Bailey of Portland, one daughter Carol Lynn Steen of Berne, Six grandchildren and Twenty Three Great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Brian Bailey presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Viewing will be from 12:00 – 2:00 on Wednesday. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society.


Mary Ruth Godfrey



7/27/1928-12/14/2016
Mary Ruth Godfrey age 88, former rural Portland resident passed away Wednesday evening in Miller's Merry Manor in Dunkirk. She was born in Jay County July 27, 1928 the daughter of Marion and Ocie (Coleman) Havens. She was married March 3, 1950 to Wilfred L. “Bud” Godfrey and he passed away May 26, 2004. She was a homemaker and attended the West Walnut Street Church of Christ. She was a Poling High School graduate.
Surviving are two sons Donald Godfrey (wife Cathi) of Bryant and Steve Godfrey (wife Gail) of Portland, two grandchildren and one great grandchild
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Phillips presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the West Walnut Street Church of Christ or the Choice of the Donor.


Linus F. Mescher



05/29/1938-12/12/2016

Linus F. Mescher age 78, 219 East Elder Street Portland passed away Monday evening at his residence. He was born in Yorkshire, Ohio May 29, 1938 the son of Joseph and Katherine (Walterbusch) Mescher. He was married in 1984 to Margaret Romine and she died May 25, 2013. He was a self employed barber. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion of Ft. Recovery, Optimists Club, Studebaker Club and Jay Land Antique Club.
Surviving are two step-daughters Sadonna Hinshaw of Saratoga and Barbara Whitenack of Portland, three brothers and one sister, three grandchildren and several step grand and great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son Scott Mescher and one daughter Trina Mescher and a step-son and step-daughter.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery in Pennville. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with a scripture service at 5:30 PM. Memorials can be made to Jay County Community Center or Jay County Humane Society.


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