Virginia Ura Laux



Virginia Ura Laux, 85, passed away peacefully at home on March 25, 2015 surrounded by her beloved husband, Ralph W. Laux, and their family. Virginia was born in Jackson, Michigan to Jozef & Rozalia Ura, Polish immigrants. Virginia’s two older siblings, Josephine and Edward, preceded her in death.
Virginia & Ralph married on August 20, 1955 and raised nine children: Teresa Laux; Christopher (Michelle) Laux; Frank (deceased – his wife Antonia) Laux; Daria Laux (Mike) Walpole; Maureen (Mark) Baker; Terence Laux; Giles (Barbie) Laux; Amy Laux; and Nicole (Jon) Sholly. Virginia & Ralph have 11 grandchildren: Jessica (Stephen); Cole; Abby (Kerry); Ruby (Tim); Caleb (Kimberly): Cassidy; Michelle R.; Ralph II; Emma; Madeline; and Lucy; along with three great-grandchildren: Abraham; Ezekiel; and Corinne.
Virginia was a voracious reader and meticulous planner, juggling the raising of their nine children while being actively involved in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Virginia worked at New Idea, the Jackson, Michigan branch, for eight years before marrying Ralph and settling down in Trinity, Indiana. Years later, after Niki, their youngest child started high school, Virginia returned to work, working at the Jay County Assessor Office - later becoming Deputy Assessor.
Virginia was known for being extraordinarily gracious, kind to all, and possessing a quick wit. Virginia, above all else, cherished her beloved husband, Ralph, and their family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trinity, Indiana, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 10:30 a.m. with Father David A. Hoying, C.P.P.S. presiding. Graveside services and burial follow immediately. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, Indiana.
Contributions may be made in Virginia’s memory & spirit to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trinity, Indiana and/or State of the Heart Hospice, Jay County, Indiana.


Michael Lee “Sparky” Spahr



07/31/1961-03/11/2015
Michael Lee “Sparky” Spahr age 53, 721 East High Street Portland passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was born in Fort Wayne July 31, 1961 the son of Harold “Chick” and Barbara (Gray) Spahr. He worked for Meschbergers in Portland and was a member of the Portland Moose Lodge and 1979 Jay County High School graduate.
Surviving are one daughter Erin Gillette (husband Steven) of Redkey, his mother Baarbara Loy (husband Calvin) of Portland , one brother Robert “Bubba” Spahr of Portland, two sisters Kay Corle of Portland and Jane Hernandez of Fort Wayne, one step-brother Rick Loy of Portland, two step-sisters Nancy Pease of Fort Wayne and Judy Stolz of Lexington, IN. Four grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Clarence Imel



12/10/1932-03/06/2015
Clarence Imel age 82 of Portland passed away Friday afternoon in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. He was born in Portland December 10, 1932 the son of John and Mazie (Spade) Imel. He was married April 25, 1955 to Betty Dickey and she passed away May 22, 1987. He then married Penny Hayden on November 13, 1988 and she survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1952-1956. He retired in 1995 from Teledyne Portland Forge and was owner of Imel's Mowing Service. He was a member of Fairview Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife Penny, Two sons Randy Imel of Bryant and Mike Imel of Portland, Two daughters Mrs. Dave (Kathy) Rogers of Portland and Angela Vasquez of Fort Wayne, Two sisters Mrs. Jim (Vera) Jackson of Portland and Frances Brown of Portland, Eight grandchildren, Two step-grandchildren and Fourteen great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by a son Gary and two grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in the Little Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Diana Glessner



05/01/1946-03/06/2015
Diana Glessner age 68, 121 East North Street Portland passed away Friday morning at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Portland May 1, 1946 the daughter of Elmer and Betty (McAbee) Ineichen. She was married July 4, 1970 to Samuel M. Glessner who survives. She had worked for Jay Garment in Portland and Berco in Berne. She was a 1964 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Sam, one son Samuel D. Glessner of Portland and one daughter Sondra J. Lewis of Portland, three sisters Barbara Howe of Berne, Joyce Augsburger of Geneva and Gloria Hicks of Portland, One grandson Dylan Lewis
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Darrel Borders presiding. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. Memorials can be made to the State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Cancer Society.


Anthony Joel “A J” Snyder



12/21/1970-02/02/2015
Anthony Joel “A J” Snyder age 44, of Portland died Monday at his residence. He was born in Portland December 21, 1970 the son of L. Clark Snyder and Beth Mills. He was a former project manager for Gilbane Construction Company. He was a member of Fairview Church and 1989 Jay County High School graduate.
Surviving are his former wife Sherry Deckman Snyder of Parker City, Three sons Rhett Snyder, Wyatt Snyder and Caleb Snyder all of Parker City, Three brothers Jeff Snyder (wife Nancy) of Portland, Steve Snyder (wife Janna) of Portland and Brad Snyder of San Diego, CA. Several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be Saturday at 5:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 – 5:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Ruthann Pinkerton



09/03/1938-03/01/2015
Ruthann Pinkerton age 76, 608 West North Street Portland passed away Sunday in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Portland September 3, 1938 the daughter of Carl and Pearl (Clapp) Foltz. She was married June 24, 1960 to Paul Pinkerton and he died April 4, 2013. She was retired as a teller for Portland Forge Credit Union and also worked for City of Portland, Peoples Bank, Teachers Credit Union and ASCS Office. She was a member of Sugar Grove Nazarene Church where she was the organist and pianist, Jackson Twp. Nu Kummers Home Ec. Club, Gideons Auxiliary, D.A.R. Recipient and 1956 Poling High School graduate.
Surviving are one son Rex Pinkerton (wife Cathy) of Portland, Four Daughters Lynn Pinkerton of Portland, Irene Pinkerton of Greenwood, Beth Pinkerton of Greenwood and Mrs. John (Rachel) Greene of Greenwood, Four grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Sheets presiding. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Gideon s International or Hemophilia of Indiana.


Roger Huey



02/14/1957-03/02/2015
Roger Huey of 205 East Wilson Street Bryant passed away Friday in Clinton, Tennessee. He was born in Jay County February 14, 1957 the son of Arthur and Clara (Worth) Huey. He was married September 11, 1976 to Kathy Stapleton who survives. He was a shipping clerk for Elkhart Products in Geneva. He had been a Bryant Volunteer Fireman and member of Bryant Lions Club.
Surviving are his wife Kathy, Two sons Bob Harden (wife Jill) of Albany and Chance Huey (Wife Caren) of Portland, Two daughters Mrs. Scott (Mandy) Botts of Clinton, TN and Mrs. Chad (Crystal) Heimann of Berne, Two brothers Jim Huey (Wife Brenda) of Geneva and Arthur Huey of Geneva, Three sisters Mrs. Steve (Debra) Miller of Portland, Linda Hilgeford of Portland and Mrs. Don (Kathy) Roberts of Dearborn, MI Nine Grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul VanCise presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society.


Joseph Gaskill



06/04/1928-03/02/2015
Joseph Gaskill age 87, 722 East High Street Portland passed away early Monday morning in Millers Merry Manor in Dunkirk. He was born in Bluffton June 4, 1928 the son of John and Iney (Ramseyer) Gaskill. He was married in 1949 to Esther Maddox and she passed away June 29, 2010. He was retired from Teledyne Portland Forge.
Surviving are a son Joseph Gaskeill Jr. of Portland and one daughter Jane Irene Platz of Constantine, Mi. Daughter in Law Penny Gaskill of Portland, One brother Floyd Gaskill of Muncie and One Three sister Ruth Shinkle of Muncie, Eleven grandchildren and Ten great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by a son Richard and a daughter Peggy
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Dave McClellan presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Alzheimers Foundation or Jay County Cancer Society.


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.


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