Samantha Kaye Pinkston



10/30/1988-11/26/2016
Samantha Kaye Pinkston age 28, Piedmont Apartments Portland passed away Saturday at her residence. She was born in Portland October 30, 1988 the daughter of Samuel L. Pinkston and Lisa Denney. She was a member of the River of Life Church.
Surviving are her father Samuel Pinkston (wife Tamme) of Muncie, her mother Lisa Buckner (husband Robbie) of Portland, daughter Willow McCallister of Portland, two sisters Brittany Pinkston of Redkey and Stacie Pinkston of Pendleton, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paula Hunnicut presiding. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery in Dunkirk. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 – 2:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the funeral home to help the family with expenses.


Connie Laux



07/05/1945-11/26/2016

Connie Laux age 71, 400 East Water Street Portland passed away early Saturday at her residence. She was born in Portland July 5, 1945 the daughter of Harry and Pauline (Tucker) Koon. She was married July 10, 1965 to Robert Laux and he died February 22, 1990. She was retired from Jay Randolph Developmental Center. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Portland Moose Lodge, Portland Elks Lodge and American Legion Aux.

Surviving are a daughter Michelle Laux of Portland, one sister Diana Goth of Portland and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 AM in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with a scripture service at 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or Jay Randolph Developmental Center.


Alma M. Miller



04/25/1929-11/21/2016
Alma M. Miller age 87, 210 Bittersweet Lane Geneva and a former Bryant resident passed away Monday in Swiss Village in Berne. She was born in Jay County April 25, 1929 the daughter of Roy and Dorothy (Abbott) Bergman. She was married to George Earl Foltz then later to Cecil Miller who died in 1998. She was retired from CTS in Berne and also had worked at Jay Garment. She was a member of Macklin Methodist Church and Bryant Senior Citizens.
Surviving are one son Keith Foltz (wife Deb) of Geneva and a step son Greg Miller of Pennville, Five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons Gary Foltz and Kevin Joe Foltz.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Van Cise presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Memorials can be made to Bryant Senior Citizens.


Robert J. “Bubba” Spahr



11/10/1963-11/5/2016
Robert J. “Bubba” Spahr age 52, 8137 East 200 North Portland passed away Saturday in St. Rita Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. He was born in Fort Wayne November 10, 1963 the son of Harold “Chick” and Barbara (Gray) Spahr. He was married in 1986 to Mary Wendel who survives. He was a truck driver for Equity and Granell. He was a member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ and a 1982 Jay County High School graduate.
Surviving are his wife Mary, his mother Mrs. Calvin (Barbara) Loy of Portland, three sons Bill Spahr (wife Sara) of Portland, Alan Spahr (Fiance Abby) of Portland and Nick Spahr (Fiance Kylie) of Portland, two sisters Kay Corle (husband Jeff) of Portland and Jane Hernandez (husband Oscar) of Fort Wayne, one step brother Rick Loy of Portland and two step sisters Nancy Pease of Fort Wayne and Judy Stoltz of Lexington, IN., One granddaughter Allison
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Florence Haney



04/5/1917-11/3/2016

Florence Haney age 99, Decatur passed away Thursday in Woodcrest Nursing Home in Decatur. She was born in Portland April 5, 1917 the daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Minch) Hartnagel. She was a sales lady and bookkeeper for Singer Sewing Machine in Fort Wayne. She was a member of St. Mary of Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and Women of St. Mary.

Surviving are a son Richard Knoth of Portland, one daughter Carolyn Carpenter of North Canton, Ohio, Twenty grandchildren, fifty one great grandchildren and twenty seven great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Jeanette Secaur.
Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 AM in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Portland with Father Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery in Portland. Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 -10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to masses or Diabetes Association.


Lewis L. Miller



06/25/1930-11/1/216

Lewis L. Miller age 86, 840 South 200 West Portland passed away at his residence Tuesday. He was born in Portland June 25, 1930 the son of Milo and Marie (James) Miller Sr. He served with the US Army and worked as a carpenter for Mangold Enterprises.

Surviving are two sons John Miller (Wife Paula) of Portland and David Miller (wife Lindsey) of Indianapolis, one daughter Debra Collins (husband Rob) of Santa Claus, Indiana, one brother Milo Miller of Portland and one sister Betty Reynolds of Portland, Seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will follow in the Mount Zion Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


John Richard “Buck” Bellis



John Richard “Buck” Bellis age 63, Bryant passed away at his residence. He was born in Decatur August 10, 1953 the son of Richard and Duetta (Frakes) Bellis. He had worked at New Idea in Coldwater.

Surviving are a son Chad Bellis of Portland and a daughter Tara Leese of Winchester, three sisters Judy Miller of Ossian, Jenny Patterson of Deatur and Jackie Vickery of Bryant, Seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul VanCise presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Heart Fund. 


Donnie W. Ware



08/28/1960-10/23/2016
Donnie W. Ware age 56, Portland passed away Sunday morning in the Jay County Hospital. He passed away peacefully with his daughter, son in law and dog Betsy Grace by his bedside. He was born in Peru, Indiana August 28, 1960 the son of Ralph and Bertha (Davis) Ware. He served with the US Army and was a self employed truck driver.
Surviving are his daughter Diana Englehardt (husband Greg) of Portland, three sisters Paula Joseph of Hyden, Kentucky, Clover Bearfield of Ridgeville and Carla Hart of Portland, two grandchildren Kaeleigh and Ezechiel Englehardt.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 5:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Edwards presiding. Visitation will be from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or to the family.


Peggy Burkey



06/04/1944-10/21/2016
Peggy Burkey age 72, 200 North Park Street Portland passed away Friday in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Union City, Ohio June 4, 1944 the daughter of Cloyd and Norma (Poling) Erwin. She was married February 4, 1992 to Gary Burkey and he died April 26, 1999. She had worked in local nursing homes.
Surviving are a son Wade Lanning of Portland, daughter Wendy Snyder of Aberdine, Ohio, sister Patricia Litmer of Burkettsville. Three grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Flint Redwine presiding. Burial will be in the Little Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the services. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Phyllis Jean Ballard



09/23/1933-10/18/2016
Phyllis Jean Ballard age 83, former rural Portland resident passed away early Tuesday morning in Miller's Merry Manor in Dunkirk. She was born in Jay County September 23, 1933 the daughter of Kenneth and Onda (Jetter) Stump. She was married September 20, 1952 to Frank Ballard and he died March 25, 2013. She was a bookkeeper for Equity Exchange and member of Bellfountain Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son Troy Ballard (wife Diane) two daughters Connie Southworth (husband Tim) of Salamonia and Terri Mast (husband Doug) of Portland, three bothers Jim Stump of Ft. Recovery, Larry Stump of Hudson, WI and Steve Stump of Plymouth, MI, Nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren
Funeral services are Friday at 10:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Phillips presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.


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