Wayne Baughman



12/5/1946-04/17/2014
 
Wayne Baughman age 67, 600 South Meridian Street Apt. 17 Portland passed away Thursday at his residence.  He was born December 5, 1946 the son of Glen and Laura F. (Jennings) Baughman.  He was married June 6, 1999 to Pam Smith Bazzle who survives.  He was retired from American Vending Inc.  He was a member of Bellfountain Eagles Lodge, a Boy Scout Leader, volunteer for the Food Pantry, avid Cleveland Browns Fan, Nascar Fan and loved trains and John Deere tractors.
 
Surviving are his wife Pam, step-son Theodore Davis III of Portland, step-daughter Sarah Barton of Winchester, Two brothers Warren Baughman of Belfountain, Ohio and Wendell Baughman of Urbana, Ohio, step-mother Jacqueline Baughman of Bellfountain, Ohio, step-sister Clara Green of DeGraft, Ohio, two step-brothers Mark Manahan of DeGraft, Ohio and Richard Manahan of DeGraft, Ohio, Six step-grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Spalding presiding.  Visitation will be from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the family to help with funeral expences.


Michelle R. Theurer



03/01/1970-04/12/2014
 
Michelle R. Theurer age 44, 7589 South 600 East Portland passed away Friday morning at Parkiew Hospital in Fort Wayne.  She was born in Portland March 1, 1970 the daughter of Jim and Penny (Money) Sanders.  She was married June 19, 1988 to Rich Theurer who survives.  She was an office manager for U.S. Aggregate and a dispatcher for the Jay County Sheriff’s Department.  She was a member of the Salamonia Volunteer Fire Department and Salamonia Volunteer Fire Department Aux.  She was also a member of Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association and a 1988 Jay County High School graduate.
 
Surviving are her husband Rich, her parents Jim and Penny Sanders of Portland, one son Matthew Theurer of Portland, one daughter Ashley Theurer of Portland, one brother Aaron Sanders of Portland and one sister Lisa Holcomb of Portland, Four grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Wednesday 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 Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Salamonia Volunteer Fire Department or to the family.


Suzzette Randall



02/07/1960-04/08/2014
 
Suzzette Randall age 54, 128 East Penn Street Portland passed away Tuesday in the Jay County Hospital.  She was born in Portland February 7, 1960 the daughter of Billy and Joan (Bruner) Kelly.  She was married in 2010 to Lewis Randall who survives.  She was a 1978 Jay County High School graduate, member of the Eastern Star and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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urviving are her husband Lewis, her mother Joan Kelly of Portland, two daughters Sarah Suddarth of Ft. Wayne and Beth Ellis of Geneva, one brother Fred Kelly of Portland, two sisters Cindy Dyer of Clinton, Ill. and Dianna Miller of Portland, Six grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a sister Sandra Kelly.
 
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with President Mike Baker presiding.  Burial will follow in the Zoar Cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. with an Eastern Star service preceding the funeral.  Memorials can be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.


Russell Lee Heston



06/01/1947-04/08/2014
 
Russell Lee Heston age 66, 924 East Race Street Portland passed away Tuesday at his residence.  He was born in Winchester June 1, 1947 the son of George Weldon and Evelyn (Medler) Heston. He had worked in construction for many years and served with the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the Ridgeville American Legion, Eagles Lodge and Carpenters Union.
 
Surviving are two sons Jason Lee Heston (wife Yvonne) of Gosport, IN. and Sonny Lee Heston of Bloomington, Two daughters Traci Lee Hilfiker of Portland and Karin Coleen Jenkins of Portland, Seven brothers Robert Heston of Westfield, Kerry Heston of Carmel, Tim Heston of Indianapolis, Ted Heston of Kokomo, Glenn Heston of Tipton, Mike Medler of  Economy and Larry Joe Heston of Tennessee.  Ten grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Craig Cotherman presiding.  Burial will follow in the Lawndale Cemetery in Ridgeville with military graveside services by American Legion Post #211 of Portland.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or St Jude Children’s Hospital.


Duran “Dobie” Balyeat



12/5/1929-04/7/2014

Duran “Dobie” Balyeat age 84, passed away Monday April 7th at his residence in Berne.  He was born in Conneaut, Ohio December 5, 1929 the son of Charles Wayne and Helen Ruth (Gongwer) Balyeat.  He was married June 2, 1967 to Jo-Ann O’Brien who survives.  He had been District Manager for H&R Block in Toledo, Ohio retiring in 1988.  He later worked for Bearcreek Farms in Bryant for 16 years.  Dobie had a rich and full life sharing abundant love and happiness with his family and friends.  He was always witty and quick with a joke. Dobie would tell anyone he met how blessed he was to have such a wonderful family. He was so proud of all his children, their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He always kept up with the happenings in their lives, offering advice and praying daily for them in all their endeavors.  Dobie had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and sitting on the porch taking in all of God’s wonders.
 
He is survived by his wife of 46 years Jo-Ann Balyeat of Berne, a daughter Deborah Kerr-Brenner (husband Richard) of Mason, Ohio, a son Jeffrey Balyeat (wife Jacqueline) of Breckenridge, Colorado, a daughter Jill Schott (husband Jack) of North Lawrence, Ohio, a daughter Cynthia Balyeat of Westfield, Indiana, a step-daughter Pam Behrendt of Rockford, Michigan, a step-daughter Kimberly Wharton (husband Michael) of Snellville, Georgia, a step-son Richard O’Brien (wife Roxanne) of Westerville, Ohio, step-daughter Linda Page of Berne and step-son Timothy O’Brien (wife Lynn) of Toledo, Ohio.  He has Twenty two grandchildren and Thirteen great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Rev. Charles and Helen Balyeat, sisters Mary Gee, Ruth Malone and Lillian Horst, a brother Charles Balyeat, son-in law Harry Behrendt and a granddaughter Lindsay Schott.
 
Memorial services will be Saturday April 19th at 10:30 A.M. in the Westchester United Methodist Church in Portland with Rev. Darrell Borders presiding.  Family will receive guests from 10:00 – 10:30 A.M.  Burial will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Memorials can be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Way Memphis, TN. 38105 .  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland are in charge of arrangements.


Michael Nixon



08/03/1966-04/03/2014
 
Michael Nixon age 47, 3062 West 550 South Portland passed away Thursday afternoon at his residence.  He was born in Portland August 3, 1966 the son of Cleatus and Helen (Felix) Nixon.  He was married March 22, 2014 to Christina Kennedy who survives.  He was owner of Nixon’s Automotive, Engineering and Snow Removal of Portland.  He was also Great Lakes Region Director and Technical Advisor Coordinator for the Pontiac-Oakland Club International and had been an instructor for Ivy Tech in Muncie.  He was a 1984 Jay County High School graduate and graduate of University of Northwestern Ohio.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Portland.
 
Surviving are his wife Christina, Three sons Tray Nixon, Sydney Nixon and Adam Nixon all of Portland, Five step-daughters Jessica Cook (husband Kyle), Miranda Harris, Hannah Harris, Gwynth Harris and Cerridwen Harris all of Portland, and several cousins.
 
Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Harris presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  Memorials can be made to the Choice of the Donor.


Jacqueline J. Delauter



02/18/1931-04/01/2014
Jacqueline J. Delauter age 83, 1240 West State Road 67 Portland passed away Tuesday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  She was born in Portland February 18, 1931 the daughter of Orien and Erma (Shwier) Holsapple.  She was married August 19, 1951 to Bob W. Delauter and he died June 4, 1991.  She was a homemaker.  She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Tri Kappa Sorority, Eastern Star, 1949 Portland High School graduate and an avid bridge player.
Surviving are one son Stanley Delauter (wife Wanda) of Wolcottville, In. and one daughter Renee Delauter of Portland.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 6:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Tom Lightle presiding.  Burial will be in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 – 6:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or Jay County Heart Fund.


Donald “Donnie” Lee Cramer



12/5/1946-03/30/2014
Donald “Donnie” Lee Cramer age 67, 952 South Shank Street Portland passed away Sunday morning in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  He was born in Portland December 5, 1946 the son of Carlysle and Betty (Nelson) Cramer.  He worked at Teledyne Portland Forge, Sheller-Globe, Union City Body Company, Western-Southern Insurance Company, Lincoln Life Insurance Company and E.P.C. in Geneva.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968.  He was a member of National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture, Jay County Historical Society, Jay County Humane Society, D.A.V., Museum of the Soldier and American Legion.
Surviving are his mother Betty Missicano of Portland, Two daughters Mrs. Christopher (Kindra) Webster of Fishers and Brooke Aker of Portland, one sister Mrs. Robert (Susan) Armstrong of Portland, one nephew Michael Armstrong of Pennville and two granddaughters Alexis and Elliette Webster both of Fishers.
Funeral services will be Saturday April 5th at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Nelson presiding.  Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.   Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society, National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture or Jay County Historical Society.


Fannie M. (Liechty) Landfair



04/29/1924-03/22/2014
 
Fannie M. (Liechty) Landfair age 89, 220 West Seventh Street Portland passed away early Saturday morning at her residence.  She was born in Lynn Grove April 29, 1924 the daughter of Joel and Lydia (Reinhart) Liechty.  She retired from C.T.S. in Berne and also worked in the cafeteria for General Shanks Elementary School. She attended the Trinity United Methodist Church and was active with the Red Cross and Food Bank and was an avid gardener.
 
Surviving are two sons Kent Landfair of Portland and Phil Landfair of Troy, Ohio, Two daughters Cheryl Landfair of Portland and Diana Loomis of Union City, In.  Six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
 
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Ward presiding.  Private burial will be in the Apostolic Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or State of the Heart Hospice.


Stanley Burkett



07/14/1953-03/18/2014
 
Stanley R. Burkett age 60, 414 East North Street Portland passed away Tuesday at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  He was born in Portland July 14, 1953 the son of James and Donna Joan (Crouse) Burkett. He was an insurance inspector.  He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church and 1971 Portland High School graduate.
 
Surviving are one son Nathan Burkett of Portland, his father James Burkett of Portland, Two brothers Brad Burkett of Berne and Frank Burkett of Hilliard, Ohio, one niece, one nephew and several cousins.
 
Funeral services will be Friday at 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor David Wade presiding.  Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the United Pentecostal Church.


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