Veryl James Elzey



06/12/1936-02/25/2015

Veryl James Elzey age 78, 1704 Hamilton Drive Eaton, Indiana passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was born in Berne Indiana June 12, 1936 the son of Arthur James and Ida (Armantrout) Elzey. He was married September 28, 1957 to Clairbel Stanton and she died August 2, 2010. He was then married November 15, 2014 to Lynda Mariani who survives. He was retired from 3-M Company in Hartford City and attended First Christian Church in Eaton.
Surviving are his wife Lynda, two sons Carl Duane Elzey of Hartford City and Kevin Lee Elzey Sr. of Andrews, two daughters Barbara Ann Elzey of Eaton and Judith Faussett of Eaton, two brothers Robert Elzey of Geneva and Jerry Elzey of Portland, three sisters Shirley Bollenbacher of Bryant, Patricia Lee of Portland and Donna Wendel of Portland, three step children Cindy Stowers of Muncie, David Stowers of Muncie and Susan Moonjean of North Ridge, Ca. Five grandchildren and four great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Penny Brown presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice or to the family.


Jack L. Haffner



04/14/1934-02/23/2015
Jack L. Haffner age 80, 564 West 100 North Portland passed away early Monday morning at his residence. He was born in Portland April 14, 1934 the son of Kenneth and Katherine (Glassford) Haffner. He was married December 29, 1953 to Betty Snow who survives. He was a retired machinist from Teledyne Portland Forge and was a farmer.
Surviving are his wife Betty, one son Randy Haffner (wife Lynn) of Pendleton, two daughters Mrs. Michael (Karen) Hirschey of Portland and Mrs. Mark (Teresa) Myers of Dunkirk, one sister Mrs. Harold (Ann) Ridgeway of Portland, Five grandchildren and Four great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by a daughter Cheryl Jo.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 6:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.


Laurence “Yogi” Carlin



09/17/1947-02/22/2015
Laurence “Yogi” Carlin age 67, 3149 East 800 South Ridgeville passed away Sunday morning at his residence. He was born September 17, 1947 in Richmond the son of Francis and Martha (Haworth) Carlin. He was married December 7, 1974 to Joyce L. Baker who survives. He was retired from Union City Body Company.
Surviving are his wife Joyce, three sons Robert Carlin of Portland, Michael Carlin (wife Ashley) of Portland and Robbie Carlin (wife Michelle) of Ft. Recovery, two daughters Mrs. Danny (Lisa) Sullivan of Portland and Mrs. Jeremy (Amy) Horman of Winchester, one brother Ron Carlin of Portland, one sister Mrs. Jerry (Sue) Hartley of Portland, Seven grandchildren and Six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Gary and a grandson Matthew.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Gates presiding. Burial will follow in the Lawndale Cemetery in Ridgeville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Cancer Society.


James L. Vermillion



08/27/1929-2/16/2015
James L. Vermillion age 85, 8533 South 600 East Portland passed away Monday afternoon at his residence. He was born in Darke County, Ohio August 27, 1929 the son of Roy and Florence (Lightle) Vermillion. He was married October 27, 1950 to Eileen Cortner and she passed away May 21, 1997. He had worked for Campbells Soup in Saratoga for thirty years, was a bus driver for Jay School Corp. for sixty years, longtime field reporter for Jay County Farm Service Agency and was a farmer. He was a 1947 Madison High School graduate.
Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Michael (Rheta) Kaufman of Union City and Marla Vermillion of Portland, one brother Lloyd Bickel of Boerne, Texas, three grandchildren Jamie Handy (husband Eric) of Ridgeville, Tricia Storie (husband Dave) of Eaton and Brian Kaufman of Union City, Five great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Harris presiding. Burial will be in the New Pittsburgh Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Richard Ramey



05/13/1935-02/06/2015
Richard Ramey age 79, 1007 West Race Street Portland died Friday morning at his residence. He was born in Portland May 13, 1935 the son of Lawrence and Florence (Saunders) Ramey. He was married June 2, 1963 to Shirley Bailey who survives. He was retied from Coca-Cola. He served with the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the American Legion, Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Vintage Motorbikes and Portland Moose Lodge.
Surviving are his wife Shirley, Two sons Dave Ramey (wife Tammy) of Eminence, IN and Mike Ramey of Portland, One daughter Sarah Dirksen (Husband Patrick) of Rossburg, Ohio, Four grandchildren

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Harris presiding. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.


Chester Sells



05/17/1947-02/05/2015
Chester Sells age 67, 2127 S.R. 28 East Winchester passed away Thursday at Reid Hospital in Richmond. He was born in Muncie May 17, 1947 the son of J.C. And Viola (Thomas) Sells. He was retired from Champion Homes in Ridgeville. He was a member of Renegade Motorcycle Club and American Legion in Ridgeville.
Surviving are his mother Viola Sells of Ridgeville, two sons Phil Jones of Portland and Chris Jones of Portland, two daughters Judy Sells of Ridgeville and Shelly Ramsey (husband Mark) of Ridgeville, three brothers J.C. Sells of Nevada, David Sells (wife Glenda) of LaFayette, Ga. And John Sells (wife Tammy) of Union City, IN., one sister Nancy Herschberger (husband Dave) of Ridgeville, Four grandchildren
Memorial services will be Sunday at 1:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman
Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Family will receive guests from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to any Heart Fund.


Mary L. Newton



Mary L. Newton age 75, 1267 West Arch Street Portland died Wednesday in Bluffton Regional Medical Center. She was born in Michoacan, Mexico the daughter of Vicente and Maria De La Luz (Serna) Morales. She was married May 19, 1959 to Larry Newton who survives. She was owner of Mary's Salon DeVeyesa and Merle Norma Cosmetic Studio. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Portland Moose Lodge and graduate of Amber Beauty School.
Surviving are her husband Larry, one son Ray Newton (wife Cindy) of Portland, three daughters Linda Tucker (husband Richard) of Winchester, Diane Caster (husband Chuck) of Portland and Nancy Lininger (husband Michael) of Portland, several brothers and sisters including Lila Eyink (husband Jim) of Portland, Fifteen grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 – 8:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with a scripture service at 6:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Immaculate Conception Church or Choice of the Donor.


Marjorie M. Hough



08/07/1928-02/03/2015
Marjorie M. Hough age 86, 745 Patriot Drive Portland and former Bryant resident passed away late Tuesday evening in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. She was born in Jay County August 7, 1928 the daughter of Alve and Gladys (Coon) Binegar. She was married November 25, 1945 to William E. Hough and he died November 6, 1996. She was a homemaker and helped on the family farm. She was a member of the Riverside Holiness Church. Surviving are one sister Joanna Bailey of Beechgrove, Tennessee and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Hines presiding. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Riverside Holiness Mission Church.



Virginia Dority Young Frakes



05/31/1928-1/25/2015
Virginia Dority Young Frakes age 86, former Bryant resident passed away Sunday morning in Chalet Village in Berne. She was born in Jay County May 31, 1928 the daughter of Chester Lee Raymond and Florine May (Money) Dority. She was married March 11, 1950 to Jack Frakes and he died December 6, 2006. She was retired from Berco in Berne.
She was a member of the American Legion Aux., Moose Lodge, V F W in Geneva, Eagles Lodge and Jay County Historical Society.
Surviving are a son Richard D. Young (wife Sandy) of Portland, one daughter Mrs. Tom (Sherry Lee) Huffman of Bluffton, three grandsons, ten great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Chad Young presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery west of Bryant. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Historical Society.


Nancy Lee (Elliott) Garringer



Nancy Lee (Elliott) Garringer, 78, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on January 21, 2015 in Harlingen, TX. Born in Portland, IN to Raymond and Anna Mae (Rowland) Elliott, she graduated from Portland High School in 1953. She was the first girl scout in Jay County to earn the Curved Bar. She went on to graduate from Ball State Teachers College. She began teaching with Fort Wayne Community Schools in 1959 and retired in 1995. She taught at LC Ward, Harrison Hill, Adams, and Southern Heights. She enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid quilter.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Donald W. Garringer; her daughter Donna (Robert) Gaul of Fort Wayne; her brother Jeff (Brenda) Elliott of Vincennes, IN; nephew Chad (Danielle) Elliott of Sullivan, IN; niece Jennifer (Carl) Woods of Florence, NC; 5 great-nieces and nephews; and best friend of 55 years, Cornelia Shideler of Fort Wayne.

She is preceded in death by both of her parents. A memorial service will be held on a later date at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland, IN. Memorials can be made out to Fort Wayne Community Schools for their clothing bank.


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