Sheila Baldauf



4/5/1955-5/24/2017
Sheila Baldauf age 62, 823 West Main Street Portland passed away Wednesday evening in the Jay County Hospital after a sudden illness. She was born in Portland April 5, 1955 the daughter of Benton and Norma (Zerkel) Hedges. She was married April 2, 1977 to Tom Baldauf who survives. She was a homemaker and 1974 Portland High School graduate. She was a member of the Moose Lodge, The Rock Church and Optimist Club.
Surviving are her husband Tom, her father Benton Hedges of Portland, two daughters Stephanie Baldauf of Portland and Crystal Burress (husband Kevin) of Portland, one brother Bruce Hedges (wife Heather) of Fishers and one sister June Craig (husband Mark) of Thomasville, GA., Seven grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 AM in The Rock Church with Pastors Jeff Horsman and Mark Hinshaw presiding. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society or The Rock Church.


Carl S. Bowen



3/6/1927-5/22/2017
Carl S. Bowen age 90, 107 Silvers Lane Portland passed away Monday at his residence . He was born in Portland March 6, 1927 the son of Ray and Opal (Wood) Bowen. He was married July 17, 1948 to Ruth Ann Smiley and she died April 25, 2001. He was married on July 19, 2002 to Joan Robbins who survives. He was a farmer, owner and operator of B&G Oil Company in Portland and a school bus driver for over forty years. He served in the US Army and was a member of American Legion Post #211. He was a member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ and 1945 Portland High School graduate. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds Fan.
Surviving are his wife Joan, Two sons Tim Bowen (wife Vicki) of Ringgold, GA and Bruce Bowen (wife Jane) of Portland, one daughter Melanie Metzler (husband Jim) of Zionsville, one brother Roger Bowen (wife Luetta) of Portland, Ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son Greg.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM in the West Walnut Street Church of Christ with Pastor Gil Alicia presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials can be made to the West Walnut Street Church of Christ or Jay County Cancer Society.


Sally A. Schneider



03/29/1935-5/13/2017
Sally A. Schneider age 82, former Portland resident passed away Saturday morning May 13th in Swiss Village in Berne where she was a resident. Born in Richmond on March 29, 1935 she was the daughter of Joseph and Flora (Schroeder) Holthouse. She was married to Elmer M. Schneider in 1983 and he passed away on November 20, 2011. She was a Registered Nurse having worked in Drs. Fitzpatrick and Schenck office in Portland for over twenty years. She was owner of Schneider Antiques in Portland for many years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Alter Rosary Society, 1953 Portland High School graduate and 1954 Good Samaritan Nursing School graduate in Dayton.
Surviving are two sons Michael J. McIntosh (wife Suzette) of New Castle and Steve W. McIntosh (wife Lori) of Portland, three daughters Marcia McIntosh of Richmond, Cynthia Cook of Richmond and Mary Beery (husband Bruce) of Decatur, one sister Marcia Edwards of Centerville, step-son Philip Schneider (wife Loretta) of Portland, Step-daughter Mary Jo Pearson of Celina, Eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, eight step grandchildren and nine step great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 AM in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Portland with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Swiss Village Auditorium in Berne and Wednesday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland. Memorials can be made to the Swiss Village Endowment Fund or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.


Barbara Sue Boggs



7/16/1932-5/3/2017
Barbara Sue Boggs, age 84, a resident of Portland, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 9:37 P.M. in her home surrounded by family. 


Barbara was born on July 16, 1932, in Hartford City, the daughter of Harry and Thelma (Stewart) Kimmel. She graduated from Hartford City High School in 1950. Barbara worked in the lab of the Portland Hospital and during the 1980’s was the owner of The Shoestring, a shoe store in Portland. She later became a realtor for Hanlin Real Estate. She was member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority. She married Lewis E. Boggs who survives her, on March 19, 1954.
Other survivors include:
Son:  John William Boggs –Portland, Indiana
Son:  Michael Stewart Boggs – Coldwater, Michigan
Twin Sons:  Douglas Kirk Boggs (wife – Marilyn) – Portland, Indiana
Gregory Walden Boggs – Portland, Indiana
4 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren
11 great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren
Sister: Kathy Price – rural Portland, Indiana


Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 7th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Baird Freeman Funeral Home in Portland. 
Funeral services will be held on Monday May 8th at 10 a.m. at the Baird Freeman Funeral Home in Portland. Pastor Mark Strietelmeier will officiate and burial will follow in the Green Park in Portland.


Virginia Hunt



9/12/1928-4/17/2018
Virginia Hunt age 88, former Portland resident passed away Monday evening in Brookdale Senior Living in Marion. She was born in Portland September 12, 1928 the daughter of Glen and Hazel (Leonhard) Hutchens. She was married to Robert Hunt in 1951 and he died in 2010.
She was a retired school teacher having taught in the Jay School Corporation for 40 years. She was a Portland High School and Ball State graduate. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Portland Morning Optimists and Psi Iota Xi Sorority.
Surviving are two daughters Jani Jo Antrim (husband Todd) of Las Vegas and Kerri Andreshek (husband Michael) of Gaston and two grandsons.
Memorial services will be Monday at 5:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. The family will receive guests from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.
Memorials can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice in Marion.


Cheryl Lynn Rowles



4/14/1959-4/16/2017

Cheryl Lynn Rowles age 58, 1121 North 550 West Portland passed away Sunday morning at her residence following a sudden illness. She was born in Portland April 14, 1959 the daughter of Tim and Phyllis (Taylor) Upp. She was married June 25, 1983 to Darry Dane Rowles who survives. She worked in food services at the Jay County High School.

She had worked for People's Bank, volunteered for 4-H shooting sports, the Optimist Club and the German Club. She was an avid gardener and foreign exchange mother to Tanja, Patricia and Isabella from Germany.

Surviving are her husband Darry, parents Tim and Phyllis Upp of Pennville, two sons Dane George Timothy Rowles (wife Shelby) of Indianapolis and Will Henry Virgil Rowles of Cincinnati, one daughter Lydia Icy May Rowles of Indianapolis, two brothers Darrell Upp (wife Michelle) of Portland and Scott Upp (wife Melanie) of Dunkirk and a niece Lindzy Upp of Portland
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor John Retter presiding. Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM Memorials can be made to the Jay County High School German Club.


George Ronald Bickel



8/1/1928-4/17/2017

George Ronald Bickel age 88, 207 West 12th Street Portland passed away early Monday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. He was born in Jay County August 1, 1928 the son of Earl and Pearl (Whitacre) Bickel. He was married August 26, 1949 to Mary Ellen Shreeve and she died October 18, 2015. He was a parts manager for thirty two years working for Price Impliment in Portland and Lefeld's John Deere in Coldwater. He was a member of the West Walnut Street Church of Christ.

Surviving are two sons Dennis D. Bickel of New Haven and Edward L. Bickel of Portland, Seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Jeff.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Memorials can be made to the West Walnut Street Church of Christ.


Betty Messner



5/4/1934-4/13/2017
Betty Messner age 82, of Louisville, Kentucky and a Pennville native passed away Thursday morning in Louisville. She was born in Pennville May 4, 1934 the daughter of Harley and Catherine (Richey) Hapner. She worked in management with PNC Bank in Louisville.
Surviving are two sisters Linda Hapner of Ft. Mills, South Carolina and Shirley Hapner Thayer of Marco Island, Florida , sister in law Linda Hapner-Jackson of Pennville and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Thomas Hapner of Pennville.
Graveside services will be held 1:30 PM Sunday April 23rd in the IOOF Cemetery in Pennville with Pastor Earl Doll presiding. Memorials can be made to the Hickory Grove Church, Pennville , Indiana or Melbourne Heights Baptist Church on Taylorsville Road, Louisville.
Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland are in charge of arrangements.


George S. Lare



05/10/1942-4/13/2017
George S. Lare age 74, 3683 West 400 South Portland passed away Thursday in Oxford, Ohio following a sudden illness. He was born in Portland May 10, 1942 the son of Clyde and Anna Bell (Goodyear) Lare. He was married August 29, 1966 to Naomi Fields and she passed away May 17, 1996. He was a lifelong Jay County Farmer. He attended Union Chapel Church in Muncie.
Surviving are one son John Lare (companion Angie Hirst) of Ridgeville, three daughters Lynne Daurbert (husband Tom) of Oklahoma, Jane Brewer (husband Lonnie) of Redkey and Sarah Phipps (husband Gail) of LaFontaine, Four grandchildren and preceded in death by one granddaughter
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Collins Glenn presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Jay County Fair.


Jacqueline Sue Haffner



10/21/1938-04/14/2017

Jacqueline Sue Haffner age 78, 3413 West 100 South Portland passed away Friday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. She was born in Brazil, IN on October 21, 1938 the daughter of William Jackson and Mary Katherine (Wright) Carty. She was married March 21, 1957 to Dickie Haffner who survives. She was a school teacher and guidance counselor for Mercer County Schools, a certified Course of Miracles Counselor, Food Sponsor for Daycare Homes and entrepreneur of several businesses. She had been secretary for Indiana Ostrich Association and had earned her Masters at Ball State.

Surviving are her husband Dickie, two sons Jeffrey D. Haffner of Portland and Michael D. Haffner of Ridgeville, two daughters Kathleen S. Haffner of Indianapolis and Brenda E. Reitz of Greenville, Ohio, Eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Matthew Miller presiding. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to Bryant Community Center or The Hospice Group.


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