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.


Carl F. Hinshaw



06/19/1938-05/05/2016
Carl F. Hinshaw age 77, passed away early Thursday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. He was born in Jay County June 19, 1938 the son of Dale and Wilma (Whipple) Hinshaw. He was married August 27, 1960 to Joyce A. Gillum and she passed away June 11, 1999. He was employed at Joyce-Dayton and was a member of Jay Lodge #87 F&AM, Scottish Rite and Trinity United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two brothers Jay Hinshaw of Ft. Recovery and William Hinshaw of Portland. Several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Rice presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or Trinity United Methodist Church.


Harley Campbell



04/04/1920-04/29/2016
Harley Campbell age 96, passed away April 29th at his home in Carbondale, Colorado. Born in Bryant, Indiana on April 4, 1920 he was the son of Irvin and Lillie (Heiston) Campbell. He was a farmer and construction worker having worked for Deaner Construction in Fort Wayne. He helped build the Mississinawa Dam and was a member of the Conservation Club. He was an avid Fisherman, Hunter and Horseshoe pitcher.
Surviving are a daughter Kathie Bollock (husband Bill) of Carbondale, Colorado, step son-Brad Gage (wife Lisa) of Bryant, step-daughter Judy Graves (husband Ron) of Summerset, IN., four sisters Beatrice Wolfe of Muncie, Joann Stein of Portland, Marilyn Parrish of Ft. Wayne and Kay Garner of Decatur., Nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 12:00 PM in the Westchester United Methodist Church with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 -12:00 PM Memorials can be made to the Westchester Church.


Gary Brown



11/2/1942-05/01/2016
Gary Brown age 73, 1616 North Meridian Street Portland owner of the Brown Bowl in Portland passed away early Monday. He was born November 3, 1942 in Moorehead, Ky the son of Pearl and Greta (Walsh) Brown. He served in the U.S. Airforce and was a member of Builders Lodge #60 Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and American Legion. He was a 1960 Redkey High School graduate and attended Ft. Wayne Business College. He was owner and operator of the Brown Bowl Bowling Lanes for over thirty three years.
Surviving are his son Gary Brown Jr of Florissant, MO., one daughter Kirsten Brown of Muncie, his companion Paula Lennertz of Portland, one brother Roger Brown of Bradenton, FL., and two sister Caroline Rayburn of Redkey and Linda Smith of Muncie, Five grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. In the Brown Bowl with Pastor Larry Eads officiating. Burial will be in the Gardens of Memory in Muncie. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at the Brown Bowl. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society, or State of the Heart Hospice


Lelia DeBoy



06/17/1918-04/28/2016

Lelia DeBoy age 97 passed away Thursday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. She was born in Portland June 17, 1918 the daughter of William and Cora (VanSkyock) Hoover. She was married to Joe DeBoy and he died March 14, 1985. She had worked for State Farm Insurance, Field Enterprises Educational Organization, Jay Garment and was a cake decorator. She was a member of Clearcreek Christian Church.
Surviving are a son Rick DeBoy of Portland, one brother Weldon Hoover of Ridgeville, Four grandchildren Jennifer DeBoy of Dunkirk, Wendy DeBoy of Portland, Kathy Caldwell of Farmstown, Ky and Julie Caldwell of Farmstown, Ky, Nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Larry.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Smith presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor. 


Virginia Vasquez



04/02/1964-04/26/2016
Virginia Vasquez age 52, 816 West Water Street Portland passed away Tuesday in the I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital. She was born in Portland April 2, 1964 the daughter of David and Margarita (Esparza) Vasquez. She was a homemaker and member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Surviving are her father David C. Vasquez of Portland, one son Alejandro David Vasquez of Portland, three brothers David Vasquez Jr. of Pennsylvania, Visente Vasquez of Portland and Ruben Vela of Portland, one sister Paulina Vasquez of Portland, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother Margarita and a sister Teresa Vasquez.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 AM in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be directed to the family.


Wilma P. Rigby



04/20/1927-04/26/2016
Wilma P. Rigby age 89, rural Pennville passed away Tuesday morning at her residence. She was born in Portland April 20, 1927 the daughter of Samuel and Opal (Abbott) Butcher. She was married to Dorwin Rigby and he died in 1981. She was a kindergarten teacher's assistant in the Jay School Corp. and had also worked at Jay Garment. She graduated from Portland High School in 1945, member of Union Chapel Church, Pennville Eastern Star, Portland Vocational Women Club, Bryant Senior Citizens and was an avid bowler.
Surviving are three sons Terry Rigby (wife Mary Ann) of Bryant, Randy Rigby (wife Amy) of Bluffton and David Rigby (wife Jan) of Portland, two daughters Anita Boice (husband Randy) of Portland and Sheryl Lawrence (husband Charlie) of Bryant, Son in law Jim Haffner of Bryant, Nineteen grandchildren and two step grandchildren, Twenty great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Leta Haffner.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Morgan presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM Memorials can be made to Family Life Care or Choice of the Donor.


Lowell Nevada Menchhofer



09/21/1924-04/23/2016
Lowell Nevada Menchhofer, 91, of Portland, IN passed away on April 23, 2016 at Parkview Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Lowell was born September 21, 1924 at home in Washington Township, Ohio the son of Daniel and Alice May (Schroyer) Menchhofer.
He graduated from Fort Recovery High School class of 1942. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Army during WWII. During the war on December 8, 1943 he married his sweetheart, Martha Alberta Somers and they settled in Portland, Indiana. After the war Lowell took advantage of the GI bill to get a degree from Capitol University, and spent many of his working years as an insurance agent in Portland. He was an active member and positively contributed to Zion Lutheran Church during his life. Lowell and Alberta lived, raised their children, met their grandchildren and great grandchildren in the home they made in Portland. They celebrated 70 years of marriage before Alberta's passing in 2014. Friends and family remember Lowell as having a quick wit, delivering clever one liners that brought easy laughter to every moment. He loved a good discussion, a good puzzle, and to spend time with family. He was always available for a wise word of advise. He and Alberta kept a garden and cooked at home for every meal so of course everyone loved to eat there. Lowell was proud of the family legacy he watched blossom before him over the years and we are proud to call him our Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Alberta Menchhofer (Somers), a sister Leila Maury (Menchhofer), two brothers George Ivan and Albert Irvin Menchhofer and grandson Ben Enyart.
Surviving are his sister Marcell Yarian (Menchhofer) and his four daughters Brenda Bradley (husband Jack), Carol Orr (husband Larry), Marla Laux (husband Jim) and Anita Enyart (husband Don). Also eight grandchildren Heather Kime, Kim Adkins, Sean Enyart, Tansy Williams, Clare Rakestraw, Andrew Orr, Casie Meijome and Missy Orr. Nine great grandchildren Jordan, Trinity, Taylor, Brett, Foss, Dylan, Frederick, Abby and one more on the way (Anna). Finally of course many nieces and nephews who loved him as well.
The family invites relatives and friends to share thoughts and memories during visitation on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday April 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Wabash Ohio. Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Choice of the Donor.


Jay H. King



12/3/1925-04/22/2016

Jay H. King age 90, 1248 West Main Street Portland passed away Friday afternoon at his residence. He was born in Portland December 3, 1925 the son of Cyrus and Lucretia (Miller) King. He was married June 7, 1953 to Alice Baeumel who survives. He was retired as an electrician with IBEW Local 855. He served with the U.S. Navy during WW II and the Korean Conflict. He was a Deacon, Elder and Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church, Volunteer Fireman with Portland and Bryant Fire Depts. for over 50 years, Arson Investigator, member of Jay Lodge #87 F&AM, Red Cross Lifetime Achievement winner, active in the Civil Defense, member of American Legion Post #211 and was in Portland Comets Drum and Bugle Corps, ABC Board, Boy Scout Leader and 1944 Portland High School graduate, Indianapolis 500 fan, Colts fan, avid fisherman, loved his family and was always ready to help.
Surviving are his wife Alice, two sons Daniel King (wife Carol) of Warsaw and Kevin King (wife Lori) of Fishers, one daughter Janet Jackson (husband Mark) of Piqua, Ohio and three grandchildren Nicholas King, Eric King and Ellie Jackson.
Funeral services will be Saturday April 30th at 1:00 P.M. In the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Stan Gockel presiding. Family will receive guests from 11:00 – 1:00 at the church. Private graveside services will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Bryant Volunteer Fire Dept., First Presbyterian Church, Shrine Children's Hospital or State of the Heart Hospice. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


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