William A. “Bill” Lykins



04/01/1948-11/15/2014

 

William A. “Bill” Lykins age 66, 3272 North 250 West Portland passed away Saturday.  He was born in Portland April 1, 1948 the son of Robert and Thelma Mae (Gibbs) Lykins.  He was married May 24, 1969 to Carol Hough who survives.  He served with the U.S. Army and was a member of American Legion Post #211, Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor and a 1966 Portland High School graduate.  He worked as a bus driver for Jay School Corp., groundskeeper for Jay County Fairgrounds, worked for Harvest Land Co-Op in Bryant and had worked for G.E. in Decatur for twenty three years.

 

Surviving are his wife Carol, two sons Scott Lykins (wife Lisa) of Bryant and Chad Lykins (wife Briggett) of Portland, one daughter Mrs. Jamie (Amy) Shaneyfelt of Portland, one brother David Ferguson (wife Judy) of Fort Wayne, one sister Roseanna Moore of Ridgeville, Ten grandchildren

 

Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Wilbur Taylor and Randy Davis presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery west of Bryant.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 – 8:00 P.M. and one hour prior to the services Thursday.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor


Norma Koons



10/4/1928-11/14/2014

 

Norma Koons age 86, 923 West Walnut Street Portland passed away Friday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare.  She was born in Union City, Indiana October 4, 1928 the daughter of Jesse and Ina (Miller) Anders.  She was married September 24, 1947 to Henry Koons and he passed away September 9, 2014.  She was a homemaker.  She attended the First Church of the Nazarene and had been a member of Wesleyan Methodist Church.  She was an avid bingo player.

Surviving are two sons Tim Koons (wife Sue) of Portland and Terry Koons (wife Kristy) of Geneva, 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 Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Phil Jellison presiding.  Burial will follow in the Saratoga Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be directed towards the family.


Marion E. Lairson



08/18/1939-10/31/2014

Marion E. Lairson age 75, 321 East Water Street Portland passed away Friday morning at his residence.  He was born in Clay City, Kentucky August 18, 1939 the son of James and Senthie (Crowe) Lairson.  He was married May 21, 1961 to Nancy J. Conley who passed away August 8, 1999.  He served with the U.S. Army and was employed at Avco New Idea in Coldwater.

Surviving are one son Marion Lairson of St. Henry, Ohio, Three daughters Lisa Lairson of Portland, Pamela Bullock of Portland and Erica Lairson of Portland, One sister Darlene Larison of Salem, Eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter

Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Private services will be held at a later date.  Memorials can be made to Family Life Care Hospice.


Gerald D. “Ace” Chapman



04/05/1930-10/30/2014

Gerald D. “Ace” Chapman Sr. age 84, 614 South Vine Street Portland passed away Thursday morning in the Jay County Hospital.  He was born in Blackford County April 5, 1930 the son of Arthur and Etta Belle (Fetty) Chapman.  He was married July 30, 1949 to Ilene Gephart who survives.  He had worked for New Idea, Sheller-Globe and the City of Portland.

Surviving are his wife Ilene, Two sons Dean Chapman (wife Crystal) of Bryant and Arthur Chapman (wife Cindy) of Portland, Five daughters Mrs. David (Mary Lou) Ward of Ft. Wayne, Mrs. Russell (Kathy) Dalrymple of Ridgeville, Mrs. Jeff (Joyce) Landers of Portland, Mrs. David (Bonnie) Pogue of Portland and Mrs. Charles (Connie) Pogue of Portland, Two sisters Anna Chaney of Portland and Betty Bell of Hartford City, Twenty eight grandchildren, Fifty seven great grandchildren and Six great great grandchildren

Funeral services will be Saturday at 12:00 Noon in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 – 12:00.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


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.


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