William Alberson



02/12/1947-07/21/2016
William Alberson age 69, 3204 East 400 North Portland passed away Thursday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born in Bluffton February 12, 1947 the son of Dennis Edward and Martha (Scott) Alberson. He was a retired farmer and Pennville High School graduate.
Surviving are one son Shane Alberson (wife Holly) of Bryant, Four daughters Lori Hemmelgarn (husband Mitch) of Ft. Recovery, Ohio, Linda Kunk (husband Todd) of St. Henry, Ohio, Susan Prince (husband Steven) of New Paris, Ohio and Misty Alberson (husband Tony Girod) of Decatur, one brother Jim Alberson of Albany, two sisters Ann Bussel (husband Bill) of Logan, Ohio and Beth Suman (husband Dave) of Decatur, Twenty one grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Rodgers presiding. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Homer Money



09/03/1925-07/21/2016
Homer Money age 90, of Kokomo, Indiana, and former Portland resident passed away Thursday morning in Aperion Health Care in Peru. He was born in Jay County September 3, 1925 the son of Clyde and Edith Louise (Case) Money. He was married in 1972 to Marilyn Hole who survives. He was retired from Chrysler and served with the U.S. Army Aircorp during WW II. He was a member of the American Legion, Drum and Bugle Corp., Jay Lodge #87 and 14th Air Force Flying Tigers with the CBI that flew supplies to our troops.
Surviving are his wife Marilyn, one son Rhett Money of Muncie and one daughter Marvi Money of Muncie, one step-daughter Susan Kotterman (husband Dave) of Lafayette, three grandchildren Aaron Money, Mitchell Kotterman and Cameron Kotterman.. He was preceded in death by sons Rick and David.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow in the Liber Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211. Memorials can be made to American Legion Post #211. Online condolences at www.bairdfreeman.com.


Jean A. Rines



Jean A. Rines age 79, 309 East Union Street Portland passed away Saturday evening in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. She was born in Marion August 7, 1936 the daughter of Ira and Rachael (Cromer) Shawver. She was married January 18, 1954 to Dick L. Rines who survives. She was an accountant for Community and Family Services for over twenty years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Red Cross, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Advisory Council for Community and Family Services.
Surviving are her husband Dick, two daughters Leeanne Davidson (husband Larry) of Redkey and Judy Comstock of Decatur, one sister Jackie Hanks of Portland, Seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Lorraine and a son Rick.
A Memorial Funeral Mass will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Robert Moran presiding. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 – 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Ruth E. Dunbar



1/13/1924-07/17/2016
Ruth E. Dunbar age 92, Bluffton and a former Portland resident passed away Sunday in Bluffton Medical Center. She was born in Berne January 13, 1924 the daughter of Wilson and Myrtle (French) Dunbar. She worked at Sheller-Globe for thirty five years.
Surviving are three cousins.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:30 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Burial will follow in the Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton. Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 – 11:30 AM on Thursday. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or Jay County Heart Fund.


Linda J. Cox



09/01/1944-07/12/2016
Linda J. Cox age 71, 1114 South Bridge Street Portland passed away Tuesday in Bluffton Regional Medical Center. She was born in Portland September 1, 1944 the daughter of Charles and Irene (King) Ferguson. She was married October 6, 1983 to Dan Cox who survives. She had been an apartment manager in Springfield, Ohio. She was a Portland High School graduate and member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Surviving are her husband Dan, three sons Dr. Michael Bibler (wife Sue) of Kearney, NE, Matthew Bibler of Niles, MI and Peter Bibler (wife Mei Lin) of Shanghai, China, Six step-children Renee Klink of Angola, Rhonda Cox of Wheat Ridge, CO, Raelynn Cox of Angola, Robert Cox of Freemont, Richard Cox (wife Megan) of Ft. Wayne and Scott Cox (wife Debbie) of Ft. Wayne, Thirteen Step-grandchildren and several step great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Father Robert Moran presiding. Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 AM Monday. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or Family Lifecare Hospice.


Betty J. Lyons



07/14/1953-07/10/2016

Betty J. Lyons age 62, passed away Sunday afternoon at her residence. She was born in Portland July 14, 1953 the daughter of George and Mildred Pauline (Whipple) Myron. She was married July 19, 1975 to John Lyons who survives. She was a Social Worker for the state of Indiana. She was a 1971 Portland High School graduate and a 1974 Purdue graduate in Home Ec.

Surviving are her husband John Lyons of Portland, IN, Two son Rex Lyons (wife Kendra) of Portland, IN and Curtis Lyons (wife Joni) of Portland, IN, One Brother Dr. Stephen Myron of Portland, IN, one Sister Bonnie Dixon (husband Bruce) of Laurenceville, GA, and Four Grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services. Memorials can be made to Family Life Care.  


Gary L. Pyle



07/24/1960-07/09/2016

Gary L. Pyle Age 53, 1610 W. 650 S. passed away Saturday morning in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Jay County on July 24, 1962 the son of Jack L. and Nora E. (Landers) Pyle. He was married September 6, 1980 to Cindi (Clevenger) Pyle. He worked at Cochrans hatchery, Jay County REMC for twenty two years Dunhams Athlesure Corp for ten years. He was a life time member of the NRA.

Surviving are his father and mother Jack L. and Nora E. (Landers) Pyle of Portland, IN, His wife Cindi (Clevenger) Pyle of Portland, IN, one Son Benjamin Pyle of Penville, IN, one daughter Sara Pyle of Portland, IN, two sisters Sherry(Pyle) Craw husband Rev. David Craw of Losantville, IN, and Susan (Pyle) Craig of Bryant, IN, one granddaughter Trinity Pyle, several nieces and nephew's and in laws.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Rev. David Craw presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Donors Choice.


Arleta Rae (Miller) Glover



02/08/1931-07/05/2016
Arleta Rae (Miller) Glover age 85, 1205 Wayside Place Portland passed away Tuesday at Prairie Lakes Health Campus in Noblesville. She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, February 8, 1931, the daughter of Buhrman Silas and Elizabeth Rachel (Spalding) Miller. She was married in 1970 to John W. “Bill” Glover and he died in 1985. She was a district manager for Avon from 1967-1993. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Portland where she was an Elder, a Deacon for four years, and served on session for three years. She also sang in the choir and was a member of Stephen Ministry.
Surviving are one son, Ronald Allen (wife Dani) of Indianapolis, three daughters, Adell Hold (husband Kenneth) of Lexington, KY., Lisa Allen (husband Denis O'Hayer) of Atlanta, GA and Leslie Allen (husband Kurt Zimmerman) of Blacksburg, VA., five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John William Glover, brother, Trenham Miller, and sister, Caroll Miller.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM in the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Stan Gockel presiding. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the church. Burial will be at the Garden of Memories in Muncie. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Portland Foundation.


Melvin L. Gillespie



10/9/1930-7/4/2016
Melvin L. Gillespie Age 85, 125 West Second Street Portland passed away Monday evening in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Portland October 9, 1930 the son of John and Blanch (James) Gillespie. He was married June 25, 1955 to Phyllis Elmore who survives. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, 1948 Portland High School graduate, member of American Legion Post #211 where he served with the Honor Guard, VFW of Salamonia and DAV. He was retired from Rodefelds Auto Parts in 1996 and before that worked for Elbersons Auto Parts both in Portland.
Surviving are his wife Phyllis, one son Randy Gillespie (wife Deb) of Portland and one granddaughter Randa Gillespie. One son Eric Gillespie preceded in death.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Harris presiding. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Burial will be Friday at 10:00 AM in the Green Park Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice, Jay County Library or Choice of the Donor.


Elizabeth Faye Plummer



03/01/1918-06/21/2016
Elizabeth Faye Plummer age 98, former resident of 710 South Vine Street Portland passed away early Tuesday morning in Parker Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Parker City. She was born March 1, 1918 in Oak Hill, Ohio the daughter of Fred and Mary (Evans) Lewis.
She was married April 8, 1939 to Bevan Plummer and he died in 1987. She was retired from Jay Garment in Portland, member of Rebekkah Lodge #307 and Meredith Lodge #513. She was a member of Jay County Hospital Aux. She was a 1937 Oak Hill High School graduate.
Surviving are one son John David Plummer of Selma, Five grandchildren, Eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son Roger Lee Plummer.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Dennis Rush and Duane Plummer presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 – 1:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Christ United Methodist Church in Selma.


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