Eugene S. Miller



06/13/1944-07/18/2015
Eugene S. Miller age 71, 667 West 200 South Portland passed away Saturday at his residence. He was born in Portland June 13, 1944 the son of Orville and Gladys (Smiley) Miller. He was married in 1964 to Betty Bears who survives. He was retired as a machinist for Maul Technology in Winchester after forty years.
Surviving are his wife Betty, one son Tim Miller (wife Janelle) of Portland, two daughters Deb Cortner of Portland and Amy Weaver (husband Matt) of Muncie, one sister Joan Adcock (husband Lloyd) and two granddaughters
Private family services will be held in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Horsman presiding. Burial will be in the Weimer Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


Eugene S. Miller



06/13/1944-07/18/2015
Eugene S. Miller age 71, 667 West 200 South Portland passed away Saturday at his residence. He was born in Portland June 13, 1944 the son of Orville and Gladys (Smiley) Miller. He was married in 1964 to Betty Bears who survives. He was retired as a machinist for Maul Technology in Winchester after forty years.
Surviving are his wife Betty, one son Tim Miller (wife Janelle) of Portland, two daughters Deb Cortner of Portland and Amy Weaver (husband Matt) of Muncie, one sister Joan Adcock (husband Lloyd) and two granddaughters
Private family services will be held in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Horsman presiding. Burial will be in the Weimer Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


Robert Pfeifer



07/30/1941-07/17/2015
Robert Pfeifer age 73, 942 Boundary Pike Portland passed away Friday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born in Portland July 30, 1941 the son of Loren “Jack” and Reona (McAbee) Pfeifer. He was married in 1966 to Kathy Stults and she passed away December 17, 2014. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He retired from Pretzels in Bluffton and was a member of Portland Moose Lodge, DAV and American Legion.
Surviving are two sons Greg Pfeifer (wife Donna) of Bryant and Andy Pfeifer (wife Carol) of Portland, one brother Jim Pfeifer of Salamonia, Five grandchildren and two great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Tonya J. Gibson



02/23/1938-07/10/2015
Tonya J. Gibson age 77, 216 West McNeil Street Portland passed away Friday at her residence. She was born in Hartford City February 23, 1938 the daughter of Henry Clay and Elsie (Ingrid) McGahey. She was married February 28, 1953 to William “Bill” Gibson who survives. She was a homemaker and member of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are her husband Bill, one son Rocky Gibson (wife Karen) of Portland and Tammy Iliff (husband Larry) of Portland, two sisters Berniece Barger of Wayne Lakes, Ohio and Maxine Hartzell of Portland, Eleven grandchildren, Nineteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son Todd Gibson and a daughter Beth Wehrly.
Private family services will be held with burial in the Center Cemetery. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Human Society or Shrine Crippled Childrens Hospital.


James Allen Randall



02/06/1953-07/07/2015
James Allen Randall age 62, 821 East Main Street Portland passed away Tuesday in St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Hartford City February 6, 1953 the son of Eugene and Joann (Mumby) Randall. He had worked at Randall's Jewelry and was involved in banking, real estate and insurance businesses.
Surviving are two sons Grady Randall (wife Katherine) of Denver, CO. and Connor Randall (fiance Christina) of Santa Barbara, CA., One brother Terry Randall (wife Cindy) of Harrells, N.C., One sister Elizabeth Hudson (husband Barry) of Portland
Private family services will be held. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Jim Spade



12/19/1918-07/5/2015
Jim Spade age 96, 111 East Wilson Street Bryant passed away Sunday at his residence. He was born in Moonshine, Illinois December 19, 1918 the son of Frank and Goldia (Wilson) Spade. He was married to Martha Zook who preceded him in death and later married Fredia Nelson who survives. He was a meat cutter and construction worker. He was on the Bryant Town Board and Township Advisory Board.
Surviving are his wife Fredia, two daughters Darla Hamm of Winchester and Marlena James (Husband Herbie) of Ridgeville, Three grandsons Darin James (wife Memmer) of Mexico, IN., Tony Jackson of Winchester and Lanz Jackson (wife Stacey) of Daytona Beach Shores, Fl., One granddaughter Martie Stump (husband Greg) of Ridgeville, Three great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, Three step-sons Terry Billington (wife Chris) of Portland, Steve Billington (wife Becky) of Bryant and Jeff Billington (wife Carol) of Bryant, One step-daughter Debbie Espy (husband Ken) of Angola, Eight step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons Jimmy Spade and Douglas Spade.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Connor presiding. Burial will follow in the Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Jay County Heart Fund or Choice of the Donor.


John Roger “Big John” Hicks



5/22/1947-07/01/2015
John Roger “Big John” Hicks age 68, 417 Roosevelt Ave. New Castle passed away Wednesday in The Waters of Muncie Nursing Home. He was born May 22, 1947 in New York, NY the son of Don E. and Marie (Trapp) Hicks and raised by his stepmother Frances M. Hicks. He was a 1965 Portland High School graduate and had worked for Fisher Packing, Clark Stations in Muncie and Portland and was manager of New Lisbon Truck Plaza until 2011.
Survivng are his son John Ryan Hicks of New Castle, two brothers Joe Nelson (wife Donna) of Greenwood and Tom Hicks (wife Carol) of Portland, one sister Mrs. Sam (Donna) Voght of Portland, three granddaughters Lexi Hicks, Bobbie Turner and Emmalee Hicks.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland with Pastor Mark O'Brien presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


Ronda Sue Mock



05/23/1963-06/29/2015
Ronda Sue Mock Roth age 52, 266 West Franklin Street Berne passed away Monday at her residence. She was born in Portland May 23, 1963 the daughter of Ronald and Martha (Chowning) Mock. She was married and divorced from Scott Hug, John Elick and then Brad Roth. She worked at Keeblers in Bluffton and Wal Mart in TeAngela Hug of Portland and Christin Elick of Texas, two brothers Randy Mock (wife Deanna) of Portland and Lonnie Mock (wife Cathy) of Portland, one sister Janie Burklo (husband Bob) of Celina, Six grandchildren and several neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter Brittany Lee Elick.
Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Herb Hummel and Ruth Funk presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.


Deborah S. Atkinson



10/28/1952-28/2015
Deborah S. Atkinson age 62, 1237 North US 27 Lot 21 Portland passed away Thursday morning in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Connersville, Indiana October 28, 1952 the daughter of Paul and Ethel (Hosier) Greenway. She was married July 4, 1994 to Mike Atkinson who survives. She worked for Stoneridge in Portland.
Surviving are her husband Mike, one son Michael Atkinson of Portland, three daughters Ange Best (Husband Mike) of Portland, Julie Hart (Husband Phillip) of Portland and Nicole Butler (Husband Daniel) of Portland, Two Brothers Doug Greenway (wife Connie) of Portland and Ronnie Greenway (wife Teresa) of Berne, One sister Kaye Shawver (Husband Bill) of Ridgeville, Mother in law Sharon Atkinson of Ridgeville, Nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren She was preceded in death by a grandson
Private family services will be held through the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Paul A. Isch



08/03/1942-06/27/2015
Paul A. Isch age 72, 8968 West Division Road Dunkirk passed away Saturday in the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born in Portland August 3, 1942 the son of Edward and Ozema (Drake) Isch. He was married June 25, 1965 to Anita Lucile Hesher who survives. He was pastor of the Gilead Church and had been a pastor in church's in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, Blountsville, IN., Dunkirk, IN., Liberty, IN. and Dublin, IN. He was president of Jay County Ministerial Association, Itinerant Elder of the East Central Conference of the Evangelical Church, Jay County Hospital chaplain, Poling High School graduate and Asbury College graduate..
Surviving are his wife Anita, two sons Timothy Isch (wife Ann) of Fort Wayne and Andrew Isch (wife Kristen) of Greenfield, two daughters Amy Jordon (husband Michael) of McCordsville, IN. and Regina Harris (husband Kelse) of North Manchester, two sisters Jeanie Norris (husband Dick) of Clearwater, FL. And Pauline Haines (husband Don) of Bluffton, Seven grandchildren
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday in the Faith Evangelical Church 9560 West 200 South Dunkirk with Andrew Isch and Rev. Harold Miller presiding. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery in Pennville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 – 8:00 P.M. and Thursday from 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. at the Faith Evangelical Church. Memorials can be made to Gideon's International or Jay County Cancer Society. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland, Indiana are in charge of arrangements.


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