James E. Guntle



05/24/1938-02/04/2016

James E. Guntle age 77, 1372 East 400 North Portland passed away Thursday in Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio. He was born in Jay County May 24, 1938 the son of Earl and Ethel Marie (Landers) Guntle. He was married June 27, 1959 to Judith A. Stoner who survives. He was retired in 1990 from General Motors of Marion after thirty one years. He was a member of UAW Local 977 and Lifetime member of Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association.
Surviving are his wife Judy, two sons Shannon Guntle of Portland and Jeff Guntle of Portland, Four brothers Bob Guntle of Portland, Donald Guntle of Portland, Jerry Guntle of Clinton and Charles Guntle of Berne, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the State of the Heart Hospice.


Martha Sue Keener



10/10/1932-1/28/2016
Martha Sue Keener age 83, former 309 East Third Street resident passed away early Thursday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. She was born in Portland October 10, 1932 the daughter of Edward and Flora (Bell) Grady. She was married August 22, 1955 to Delbert Keener and he died August 10, 2007. She was a telephone operator for United Telephone Company. She had been a member of Evangelical Methodist Church and American Legion Women's Aux.
Surviving are a brother Max Grady (wife Jackie) of Portland and several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Evangelical Methodist Church.


Wendell D. Votaw



06/21/1927-01/23/2016
Wendell D. Votaw age 88, of Pennville passed away early Saturday morning at his residence. He was born in Portland June 21, 1927 the son of Kenneth and Dora (Sanders) Votaw and was raised by his father and step-mother Beulah (Frees) Votaw. He was married September 16, 1950 to Patty Jo Stultz who survives. He was a 1945 Poling High School graduate and served with the U.S. Army during WW II. He had worked for Sheller-Globe for thirty years and was a soil technician for USDA Soil Conservation Service for thirty five years. He was a member of the Pennville United Methodist Church, Pennville American Legion, Pennville Grange, Director of Pennville Food Bank for several years.
Surviving are his wife Patty Jo, one son Stan Votaw (wife Diane) of Fort Wayne, two daughters Sharon Ross of Pennville and Glenda Majcher (husband Joseph) of Mechanicsville, VA., one brother James Votaw (wife Nina) of Portland, one sister Anne Speer of Oxnard, CA. , One sister in law Judith Votaw of Portland, Six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Votaw.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Pennville United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Phillips presiding. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to Pennville Food Pantry or Pennville United Methodist Church.


Patricia S. Eads



03/02/1941-01/21/2016
Patricia S. Eads age 74, 415 West Main Street Portland passed away Thursday evening in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Portland March 2, 1941 the daughter of Paul and Irene (Loy) Bailey. She was married October 22, 1961 in Westchester Church to Les Eads who survives. She was a 1959 Bryant High School graduate where she was a cheerleader. She was known for her piano playing which she started at age six. She began playing in the Westchester Church and then for the next forty three years she played in the Trinity United Methodist Church in Portland. She had worked for Dr. Cripe's office, Loy's Realy, East Jay Junior High School, Peoples Bank, Mutual Security and for the last fifteen years for WalMart in the pharmacy retiring on February 28, 2015. She was an avid sports fan being involved with Jay Sports Boosters as Treasurer. She was a member of the Antique Car Club since 1970.
Surviving are her husband of 54 years Les, one son Clint Eads of Westlake, Ohio and one daughter Lana Eads Fleming (Husband Dustin) of Portland, two aunts Christine Loy of Portland and Pearl Thompson of Winchester , Nieces, nephews and cousins
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Jason Rice and Larry Eads presiding. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Redkey. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church orJay County High School Athletic Dept.


Jerry Boxell



10/10/1952-01/21/2016
Jerry Boxell age 63, 2209 West 300 North Portland passed away Thursday morning at his residence. He was born in Rushville October 10, 1952 the son of Gerald and Marjorie Joan (Stults) Boxell. He was married June 22, 1986 to Mary McGee who survives. He served in the U.S. Army and was a 1970 Portland High School graduate. He was a member of Jay Lodge #87 F&AM and Eagles Lodge.
Surviving are his wife Mary, his father Gerald Boxell of Portland, one son Tyler Boxell of Portland, three daughters Kylie Craig of Portland, Margaret Cardenas of Portland and Cynthia Rodriguez of Texas, one brother David Boxell of Union City and one sister Terry Werst (husband Kevin) of Monroe, Six grandchildren
Funeral services will be Monday at 6:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Terry Werst presiding, A masonic service by Jay Lodge #87 F&AM will follow. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 – 6:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Marilyn M. Bickel



01/28/1946-01/15/2016
Marilyn M. Bickel age 68, 783 South 600 East Portland passed away Friday in Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born in Jay County January 28, 1946 the daughter of Calvin and Marie (Smith) Flory. She was married August 2, 1964 to Larry L. Bickel who survives. She was a a 1963 Portland High School graduate. She had worked for the E.M.S., E P Graphics in Berne, Marsh Supermarket and J.R.D.S.
Surviving are her husband Larry, her mother Marie Flory of Portland, one son Kent Bickel (wife Samantha) of Portland, two daughters Tane Beckman (husband Steven) of Hoagland and Danielle Bickel (husband Lee Lawson) of California, Seven grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


James Smitley



08/22/1935-01/16/2016
James Smitley age 80, 610 East 700 South Portland passed away Saturday in Ambassador Healthcare in Centerville. He was born in Fort Wayne August 22, 1935 the son of Harold and Fern (Ireland) Smitley. He was married April 4, 1954 to Sharon Ickes who survives. He was owner and operator of Portland Tire Center before retirement. He had also worked for Bone and Smitley Milk Haulers. He was a a member of Jay Lodge #87 F&AM.. He served with the National Guard for eighteen years.
Surviving are his wife Sharon, two sons Steve Smitley (wife Norma) of Richmond and Mike Smitley of Cadiz, KY., two brothers Dr. Richard Smitley of Washington State and Charles Smitley of Fort Wayne, one sister Carolyn Jane Hathaway of Indianapolis, Four grandchildren and six great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Shrine Childrens Hospital.


Thomas Giffe Stephenson



03/12/1923-01/05/2016
Thomas Giffe Stephenson, 92, passed away January 5, 2016 in Chesterfield, Missouri. He was born March 12, 1923 in Jay County to Giffe and Nellie Fern Wiest Stephenson. A World War II veteran, He served as a B-24 bombadier in the 8th Airforce. After the war he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where he met and married Joan Johnson. The couple raised two daughters while he pursued a career in the oil and gas industry, first at El Paso Natural Gas Company in Texas and later at Mississippi River Transmission Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his wife, a teacher retired in 1986. He was a member of Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church in St. Louis and Jay Lodge #87 F&AM in Portland.
Surviving are his wife of 67 years Joan, daughter Pamela Stephenson Johnson of Venice, Florida, five grandchildren Dr. Giffe Thomas Johnson of Tampa, Florida, U.S. Army Capt. Wallace Malcolm Graham of Ft. Hood, Texas, Katherine Graham Ayers, William Thomas Graham and James Graham Jr. all of Memphis, TN., Six great grandchildren , son in law Rev. James Graham of Memphis He was preceded in death by a daughter Deboraha Giffe Stephenson Graham and a sister Marjorie Stephenson Bryan.
A funeral was held in St. Louis. Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. In the Green Park Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Stan Gockel presiding. Masonic Services will be conducted by Jay Lodge #87. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home


Alice F. Valentine



08/18/1947-01/07/2016
Alice F. Valentine age 68, 215 North Harrison Street Portland passed away early Thursday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. She was born in Portland August 18, 1947 the daughter of Marion and Thelma (Grile) Valentine. She was a 1965 Portland High School graduate and worked at CTS in Berne.
Surviving are one brother David Valentine of Portland and one sister Ellen Caupp of Portland, two nieces.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 3:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society.


John D. Schisler Jr.



John D. Schisler Jr. age 46 passed away early Monday morning at the home of his mother. He was born in Union City, Indiana on February 10, 1969 the son of John D. Schisler Sr. and Shirley Lewis. He was a 1987 Jay County High School graduate and served with the U.S. Navy from 1987 – 1991. He worked at Accelerated Curing and was a member of Bryant Wesleyan Church.
Surviving are his mother Shirley Bisel (husband Keith) of Portland, his companion Kristine Alexander of Portland, one brother Scott Miller (wife Sara) of Portland, five sisters Susan Kelly (husband Danny) of Bryant, Lauren Farelle of Marshfield, WI., Terri Eldridge of Portland, Melissa Cox (husband Matt) of Portland and Amanda Bisel of Union City, Indiana Several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Van Cise presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or State of the Heart Hospice.


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