Leona Ruth Lykins



01/27/1917-12/4/2015

Leona Ruth Lykins age 98, 600 South Meridian Street Portland passed away Friday in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Portland January 27, 1917 the daughter of George W. and Beatrice I. (Miller) Franks. She was married in 1936 to Nat Lykins and he died May 22, 1962. She was retired from CTS in Berne.

Surviving are one son James Lykins of Germany and one daughter Carolyn Ann Tighe of Gas City, two brothers George Franks of Florida and Fred Franks of Portland, Eleven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Nat Lykins Jr. and a daughter Jackie VanSkyock.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding, Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Joan Hart



07/20/1927-12/2/2015
Joan Hart age 88, 2846 North U.S. 27 Portland passed away Wednesday at her residence. She was born in Portland July 20, 1927 the daughter of Richard and Marie (Liggett) Downing. She was married October 18, 1947 to Herbert Jess Hart and he died October 2, 1984. She was a beautician and had worked for Subway in Portland. She was a member of the American Legion Aux. And was a Poling High School graduate.
Surviving are two sons Rodney Hart of Eaton, Ohio and Kim Hart of Oak Grove, TN., one sister Verda Freed of Portland, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Rick Downing presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Richard S. Reynard



02/27/1926-12/2015
Richard S. Reynard age 87, former Portland resident passed away Tuesday evening in Lifecare Center in LaGrange, Indiana. He was born in Jay County February 27, 1926 the son of H. Don and Pearl (Pratt) Reynard. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was owner and operator of Reynard and Lyons Concrete in Ridgeville. He had been a member of the Eagles Lodge, American Legion and D.A.V.
Surviving are one son Geoffrey Reynard of Portland, Fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons David and Greg Reynard and one daughter Nancy Nelson.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Green Park Chapel with Pastor Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Ronald L. Runyon



02/27/1939-12/01/2015
Ronald L. Runyon age 76, 40 Sesame Street Portland passed away Tuesday evening in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Portland February 27, 1939 the son of Leonard and Katherine (Thornburg) Runyon. He was married February 26, 1983 to Marlene Morris who survives. He was a local car salesman for many years and retired from Wal-Mart. He was a 1957 Portland High School graduate. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and Portland Elks Lodge where he was Exhalted Ruler for two terms.
Surviving are his wife Marlene, three sons Matthew Runyon of Indianapolis, Jeffrey Armie of Noblesville and Thomas Armie of Dallas, Tx., Two daughters Nancy Ford of Orlando, Fl. And Robin Pijnapples of Portland, one brother Gary Runyon of Portland, Five grandsons, three granddaughters and two great granddaughters.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Greg Rittenhouse presiding. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Portland Elks Lodge.


Richard L. Guntle



09/12/1940-11/16/2015
Richard L. Guntle age 75, 1451 West 550 South Portland passed away Monday evening at his residence. He was born in Portland September 12, 1940 the son of Earl and Ethel Marie (Landers) Guntle. He was married November 22, 1967 to Jacqueline Jones who survives. He had worked for the City of Portland Water Dept. and Astral Industries.
Surviving are his wife Jackie, Six sons Doug Guntle (wife Becky) of Portland, Todd Guntle of Decatur, Rodney Guntle of Tennessee, Chad Guntle of Geneva, Mitchel Guntle of Illinois, Richard Guntle (wife Jodi) of Decatur, Two daughters Lisa Johnson (husband Ken) of Muncie and Penney Price (husband Les of Montpelier, Five brothers Earl Guntle of Portland, Donald Guntle of Portland, James Guntle of Portland, Jerry Guntle of Clinton and Charles Guntle of Berne, Eighteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Bradley Guntle.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Rice presiding. Burial will follow in the Wells Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the family to help with expenses.


Wanda Jean Jones



06/13/1943-11/12/2015
Wanda Jean Jones age 72, 631 East Water Street Portland passed away Thursday at her residence. She was born in Marion June 13, 1943 the daughter of Franklin and Florence (Miller) Bennett. She was married to Henry Jones and he died August 13, 2014. She was a homemaker.  She attended Dunkirk Nazarene Church and Mississenewa High School.
Surviving are two sons Nolan Jones (wife Tonya) of Portland and Henry Jones Jr. (wife Heather) of Portland, three daughters Diane Dickerson of Marion (companion Ron Pollack) , Angela Cleavenger (husband Scott) of Dunkirk and Bobbi Ward (husband James) of Portland, Nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday at 3:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Fett presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.


Gerald E. “Mus” Heniser



04/17/1925-11/2015

Gerald E. “Mus” Heniser age 90 102 Pilgrim Drive Portland passed away Thursday morning at his residence. He was born in Portland April 17, 1925 the son of Elmer and Goldie (Ashley) Heniser. He was married December 26, 1948 to Vecil Bookout who survives. He served with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was retired from Naas Foods and Teledyne Portland Forge. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post #211, Jay Lodge #87, Portland Elks Lodge, Scottish Rite and 1943 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are his wife Vecil, three daughters Linda Warner (husband Randy) of Indianapolis, Susan Horsman (husband John) of Colorado Springs, CO. and Lisa Lyons (husband Dan) of Portland, Seven grandchildren and one great grandson
Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Stan Gockel presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Memorials can be made to Family Life Care or First Presbyterian Church.


Garold E. Thomas



02/22/1940-11/6/2015
Garold E. Thomas age 75, 3618 East 500 South Portland passed away Friday evening in Swiss Village in Berne. He was born in Jay County February 22, 1940 the son of John Robert and Sculey (Butcher) Thomas. He was married January 21, 1961 to Joyce Fields who survives. He was a 1958 Portland High School graduate and served with the U. S. Army. He was a truck driver for Naas Foods, Fruehauf and Active USA. He was a member of the American Legion and Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association.
Surviving are his wife Joyce, two sons Gerold “Jerry” Thomas and Brian Thomas both of Portland, one daughter Cheryl Thomas of Portland, two brothers Robert Thomas of Indianapolis and John Thomas of Craigville, one sister Elizabeth Bryan of Kokomo, Six grandchildren and three great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will follow in the Weimer Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Janet G. Green



07/13/1934-11/6/2015
Janet G. Green age 81 passed away early Friday morning in Swiss Village in Berne. She was born in July 13, 1934 the daughter of Russell and Thelma (Berrier) Purcifull. She was married October 17, 1953 to Milo Green and he died March 24, 1992. She had worked in the Jay County Treasurer's Office and Jay County Clerk's Office. She was a member of Jay County Hospital Aux and Trinity United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one son Kenton Green of Wilmington, Delaware and one daughter Marsha Medler (husband Fred) of Portland, one sister Ferol Hudson (husband Bill) of Swartz Creek, Mi., Seven grandchildren and Thirteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Janelle Price.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Davis presiding. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Alzheimer's Association, Juvenile Diabetes Association or Family Life Care Hospice.


Freddie Joyce Davies



08/24/1938-11/6/2015
Freddie Joyce Davies age 77, former Muncie resident passed away early Friday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. She was born in Portland August 24, 1938 the daughter of Winfred and Lillian (Arnett) Hammitt. She was married in 1959 to Paul G. Davies and he died in 2004. She was an LPN at Ball Hospital in Muncie. She was a member of Yorktown Christian Church, Eastern Star, Muncie Eagles Lodge and a Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are a son John Davies (companion Darlene Alfrey) of Hartford City and a daughter Mrs. Tom (Mary) Hummel of Selma, Five grandchildren and one great grandchild
Funeral services will be Monday at 3:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Herb Hummel presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.


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