Wilma P. Rigby

Wilma P. Rigby age 89, rural Pennville passed away Tuesday morning at her residence. She was born in Portland April 20, 1927 the daughter of Samuel and Opal (Abbott) Butcher. She was married to Dorwin Rigby and he died in 1981. She was a kindergarten teacher's assistant in the Jay School Corp. and had also worked at Jay Garment. She graduated from Portland High School in 1945, member of Union Chapel Church, Pennville Eastern Star, Portland Vocational Women Club, Bryant Senior Citizens and was an avid bowler.
Surviving are three sons Terry Rigby (wife Mary Ann) of Bryant, Randy Rigby (wife Amy) of Bluffton and David Rigby (wife Jan) of Portland, two daughters Anita Boice (husband Randy) of Portland and Sheryl Lawrence (husband Charlie) of Bryant, Son in law Jim Haffner of Bryant, Nineteen grandchildren and two step grandchildren, Twenty great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Leta Haffner.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Morgan presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM Memorials can be made to Family Life Care or Choice of the Donor.

Lowell Nevada Menchhofer

Lowell Nevada Menchhofer, 91, of Portland, IN passed away on April 23, 2016 at Parkview Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Lowell was born September 21, 1924 at home in Washington Township, Ohio the son of Daniel and Alice May (Schroyer) Menchhofer.
He graduated from Fort Recovery High School class of 1942. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Army during WWII. During the war on December 8, 1943 he married his sweetheart, Martha Alberta Somers and they settled in Portland, Indiana. After the war Lowell took advantage of the GI bill to get a degree from Capitol University, and spent many of his working years as an insurance agent in Portland. He was an active member and positively contributed to Zion Lutheran Church during his life. Lowell and Alberta lived, raised their children, met their grandchildren and great grandchildren in the home they made in Portland. They celebrated 70 years of marriage before Alberta's passing in 2014. Friends and family remember Lowell as having a quick wit, delivering clever one liners that brought easy laughter to every moment. He loved a good discussion, a good puzzle, and to spend time with family. He was always available for a wise word of advise. He and Alberta kept a garden and cooked at home for every meal so of course everyone loved to eat there. Lowell was proud of the family legacy he watched blossom before him over the years and we are proud to call him our Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Alberta Menchhofer (Somers), a sister Leila Maury (Menchhofer), two brothers George Ivan and Albert Irvin Menchhofer and grandson Ben Enyart.
Surviving are his sister Marcell Yarian (Menchhofer) and his four daughters Brenda Bradley (husband Jack), Carol Orr (husband Larry), Marla Laux (husband Jim) and Anita Enyart (husband Don). Also eight grandchildren Heather Kime, Kim Adkins, Sean Enyart, Tansy Williams, Clare Rakestraw, Andrew Orr, Casie Meijome and Missy Orr. Nine great grandchildren Jordan, Trinity, Taylor, Brett, Foss, Dylan, Frederick, Abby and one more on the way (Anna). Finally of course many nieces and nephews who loved him as well.
The family invites relatives and friends to share thoughts and memories during visitation on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday April 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Wabash Ohio. Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Choice of the Donor.

Jay H. King


Jay H. King age 90, 1248 West Main Street Portland passed away Friday afternoon at his residence. He was born in Portland December 3, 1925 the son of Cyrus and Lucretia (Miller) King. He was married June 7, 1953 to Alice Baeumel who survives. He was retired as an electrician with IBEW Local 855. He served with the U.S. Navy during WW II and the Korean Conflict. He was a Deacon, Elder and Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church, Volunteer Fireman with Portland and Bryant Fire Depts. for over 50 years, Arson Investigator, member of Jay Lodge #87 F&AM, Red Cross Lifetime Achievement winner, active in the Civil Defense, member of American Legion Post #211 and was in Portland Comets Drum and Bugle Corps, ABC Board, Boy Scout Leader and 1944 Portland High School graduate, Indianapolis 500 fan, Colts fan, avid fisherman, loved his family and was always ready to help.
Surviving are his wife Alice, two sons Daniel King (wife Carol) of Warsaw and Kevin King (wife Lori) of Fishers, one daughter Janet Jackson (husband Mark) of Piqua, Ohio and three grandchildren Nicholas King, Eric King and Ellie Jackson.
Funeral services will be Saturday April 30th at 1:00 P.M. In the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Stan Gockel presiding. Family will receive guests from 11:00 – 1:00 at the church. Private graveside services will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Bryant Volunteer Fire Dept., First Presbyterian Church, Shrine Children's Hospital or State of the Heart Hospice. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie A. Stults

Marjorie A. Stults age 85, 408 South Wayne Street Portland passed away late Monday evening at her residence. She was born in Winchester October 8, 1930 the daughter of Hugh Clifford and Virginia (Handford) Cole. She was married September 15, 1951 to Francis “Salty” Stults who survives. She was a homemaker and 1948 Winchester High School graduate. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Jay County Hospital Aux., Delta Theta Tau Sorority and charter member of Summer Swim Team for over fifty years.
Surviving are her husband Francis, one son Mike Stults (companion Tina Brenner) of Portland, Four daughters Mindy Kelly (husband John) of Anderson, Marcie Vormohr (husband Frank) of Portland, Maria Snow of Portland and Missy Bader (husband Christian) of Portland, one sister Nida “Tootie” Hummel of Winchester, brother in law Robert Beatty of Winchester, sister in law Norma Garringer (husband Joe) of Portland, Fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Fountain Park Cemetery Chapel in Winchester. Pastor Darrell Borders will officiate. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Cancer Society. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

Norma Jean Tullis


Norma Jean Tullis age 78, 114 Bittersweet Lane Portland passed away Thursday at her residence. She was born in Bryant January 2, 1938 the daughter of Arthur Wendel and Ersie May (Rohrer) Worth. She was married May 4, 1956 to William J. Tullis who survives. She was a 1956 Poling High School graduate and retired from Jay Products in Portland.
Surviving are her husband Bill, two sons Tracy Tullis (wife Ann) of Indianapolis and Terry Tullis (companion Heidi) of Greenfield, one daughter Mrs. Karen Tullis Meckstroth (husband Allan) of Portland, two brother Lester Worth of Ohio and John Worth of Michigan, two sisters Viera Middaugh of Indiana and Mary Boozier of Portland, sister in law Barb Wehrly of Michigan, four grandchildren Kia Ann (McKee) Baughn, Trevor Scott Tullis, Taylor Michael Tullis and Kerri Jo Adair, Eight great grandchildren and one step-grandchild.
Services will be held at a later date. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of services. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Cancer Society.

Sandra J. DeHoff

Sandra J. (Millet) DeHoff passed on to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 11, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Sandy was born October 3, 1938 to the late Virgil and Leona (Greer) Millet and graduated from Portland High School in 1955. She worked for Portland Schools, Marsh and Jay School Corporation as a secretary and treasurer, as well as for the Portland Foundation until her retirement in 2003. Sandy was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Portland, serving in the choir and other roles, and was very involved in planning her high school class reunions.
Sandy was deeply loved and is survived by her son Greg DeHoff; son Brad DeHoff, daughter-in-law Beth and grandsons Brandon, Ryan and Kyle; son Stan DeHoff and daughter-in-law Carol; son Andy DeHoff, daughter-in-law Jill and grandsons Joshua and Zachary; and a sister, June (Millet) Wendel of Portland, Indiana, as well as nieces, nephews, other extended family, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Timothy DeHoff, and her brother Virgil Millet Jr.
Visitation will take place at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, 221 N. Meridian St., Portland, Indiana, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15. The funeral will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 402 N. Ship St., Portland, Indiana, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, with burial following at Green Park Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or Portland Foundation.

Paul McIntire

Paul McIntire age 77, former Ridgeville resident passed away Friday at his daughter's house in Muncie. He was born in Muncie April 30, 1938 the son of Corvin and Bessie (Jaynes) McIntire. He was married to LaVesta Crater and she preceded him in death. He was a union heavy equipment operator. He was a member of International Labors Union, Local 1112 and Operating Engineers Union.
Surviving are two daughters Brenda Hutchens of Muncie and Ruth Ann Hall of Muncie, one brother Phillip McIntire (wife Judy) of Portland, two sisters Ruth Garrett of Muncie and Claris Meeks of Muncie, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wtuesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Smith presiding. Burial will follow in the Bluff Point Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association

Norman Priest

Norman Priest age 88, 2030 South Lutes Central Drive Portland passed away Tuesday in the Albany Healthcare and Rehabilitation. He was born in Portland October 31, 1927 the son of Howard and Pearla (Sphoon) Priest. He was married April 20, 1947 too Gladys Helen Philabaum and she passed away September 9, 2015. He was manager of Cline-Wilt Lumber Company in Portland and was a member of Portland Kiwanis Club, Jay Lodge #87 F&AM and Redkey Faith Ministries.
Surviving are his daughter Karen Saxman of Portland, two granddaughters Mrs. Ray (Cindy) Newton of Portland and Mrs. Robert (Jodi) Lahmann of Glenwood, Maryland , seven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories in Muncie. Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Albany Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

Esther A. Laux

Esther A. Laux age 83, 804 East High Street Portland passed away Monday in Swiss Village in Berne. She was born in Celina April 11, 1932 the daughter of Clarence and Mary Ann (Remakulas) Wagner. She was married October 10, 1951 to Joseph E. Laux and he died March 16, 2012. She had worked at Fisher's Meat in Portland for many years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Surviving are two sons Ron Laux (wife Mary Ann) of Portland and Greg Laux of Geneva, two sisters Helen Wagner of Coldwater and Levina Laux of Coldwater, two grandsons Brad Laux of Ft. Wayne and Phil Laux of Portland and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Sarah E. Overmeyer

Sarah E. Overmeyer age 90 passed away Sunday at Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. She was born in Kentucky February 28, 1926 the daughter of John and Marjorie (Burk) Brock. She was married to Jack Overmeyer and he died in 2011. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are three sons Doug Sheets of Portland, Sandy Landfair of Wooster, Ohio and Steve Landfair of Wooster, Ohio, four daughters Brenda Armstrong of Portland, Linda Alday of Portland, Candy Armstrong of Portland and Teresa Turpin of Portland, one sister Phyllis Bolin of Portland, Twelve grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. In the Green Park Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Jeff Horsman presiding. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. In the chapel. Memorials can be made to Jay County Humane Society. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

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