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.


Pauline J. Perkins



12/11/1932-03/15/2014
Pauline J. Perkins age 81, 106 Rayburn Drive Portland passed away Friday afternoon in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  She was born in Madison Twp. December 11, 1932 the daughter of Lilse and Cora (Bauldauf) Wehrly.  She was married to Bill Perkins who preceded her in death.  She with her husband owned a Rental Car Sales business in Florida.   She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Portland.
Surviving are a step-daughter Judy Perkins of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or State of the Heart Hospice.


Ezra "Jiggs" Byrum



05/07/1920-03/12/14
Ezra E. “Jiggs” Byrum age 93, 1203 East 450 South Portland passed away Wednesday morning at his residence.  He was born in Saratoga May 7, 1920 the son of Albert and Cora (Fields) Byrum.  He was married June 22, 1941 to Viola Garringer who survives.  He worked for Naas Foods, Imes Barber Shop and retired from E.P.C. in Geneva.  He attended Collett Church of the Nazarene, member of the Coon Hunters Club and was an avid coon hunter.
Surviving are his wife Viola, three sons Darrell Byrum (wife Debbie) of Warsaw, Richard Byrum (wife Diane) of Portland and Jerry Byrum (wife Angie) of Portland, three daughters Mrs. John (Janice) Fisher of Portland, Mrs. Doug (Glenda) Votaw of Portland and Mrs. Dave (Rhea) Holcomb of Portland, Twenty five grandchildren, Fifty eight  great grandchildren and Five great great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Billy Stanton presiding.  Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Steve Clott



2/18/1943-3/9/2014
 
Steve “Hap” Clott age 71, 4624 West 575 South Portland passed away Sunday morning in Summers Pointe in Winchester.  He was born in Portland February 18, 1943 the son of Hobart and Mildred (Wilhelm) Clott.  He was married September 3, 1974 to Linda Betz and she passed away November 21, 2011.  He was a retired supervisor for Box USA in Portland. 
 
Surviving are his mother Mildred Clott of Fort Recovery, Two sons Rodney Clott (wife Rhonda) of Bryant and Brad Clott (wife Anita) of Winchester, Two daughters Mrs. Joe (Shelly) May of Bryant and Mrs. Brian (Jennifer) Bailey of Portland, One brother Don Clott of Portland, Nine grandchildren and one great grandson
 
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Private family services will be held with burial in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Fort Recovery. 


Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Schwartz



05/31/1922-03/01/2014
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Schwartz age 91, 225 Zermatt Drive Berne and former Portland resident passed away Saturday evening in Swiss Village in Berne. 
She was born in Portland May 31, 1922 the daughter of Clynas and Edith (Frank) Flesher.  She was married November 27, 1943 to Millard J. Schwartz who survives.  She was a 1939 Poling High School graduate and attended International Business College for two years.  She worked as a secretary at Wright Patterson Airforce Base. She was retired in 1983 from Teledyne Portland Forge in Portland.  She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church where she was active in the Homemakers Class, Kitchen Coordinator and was active in the Choir for thirty four years. She made noodles each year for the Jay County Hospital Aux. fundraiser. She was a member of the Quilt Club and a 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Surviving are her husband of seventy years Millard, Two sons James E. Schwartz (wife Jane) of Chester Springs, Pa. and William J. Schwartz (wife Linda) of St. Louis, Mo.  Five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 A.M. in the Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Dilley presiding.  Burial will be in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 P.M. at Swiss Village in Berne and Friday  from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. at Asbury United Methodist Church.  Memorials can be made to Portland Foundation Millard and Mary Schwartz Endowment Fund for 4-H and Military Museum or Samaritan Fund at Swiss Village.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Agnes I. Bubp



03/07/1922-02/08/2014
 
Agnes I. Bubp age 91, former 939 West High Street Portland resident passed away early Saturday morning in Swiss Village in Berne.  She was born in Portland March 7, 1922 the daughter of Forrest and Letha (Thornton) Miller.  She was married February 27, 1943 to LaDoyt Bubp and he passed away October 30, 2002.  She was a retired Registered Nurse having worked for Dr. Steffy, Dr. Badders and C.T.S. and Sheller Globe Co. as a corporate nurse.  She was a member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ, Eastern Star #91, Rebecca Lodge #307 and Bryant Senior Citizens Club.
 
Surviving are two sons Kenneth Bubp of Gaston and Stephen Bubp of New Port Richey, Florida, one sister Althea Millsap of Portland, Five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. 
 
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Phillips presiding. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Burial will be in the Green Park Cemetery.  Memorials can be made to the West Walnut Street Church of Christ.


Donald C. Dow



10/15/1941-01/31/2014
 
Donald C. Dow age 72, 304 East Race Street Portland passed away Friday morning at his residence.  He was born in Cadillac, Michigan October 15, 1941 the son of Everett and Ida Mae (Hampton) Dow.  He was married in 1970 to Wanda Reitenour and she passed away in 2003.  He was a self employed construction worker and owner and creator of Stik Bows a custom made long bow.
 
Surviving are three sons Cory Dow of Portland, Tim Thomas of Springfield, Illinois and Randy Thomas of Pennville.  Three dadughters Kelly Stoerman of Muskegon, Michigan, Sabra Sell of Pennville and Dayle Mentzer of Bluffton, One brother Ralph Dow of Granville, Michigan, Twenty four grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren
 
There will be no funeral services.  Memorials can be made to Ossian Conservation Club Hunt of a Lifetime.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Gladys M. Strong



04/24/1912-01/29/2014
 
Gladys M. Strong age 101, Swiss Village, Berne and former Bryant resident passed away Wednesday evening in Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur.  She was born in Whitley County, Indiana April 24, 1912 the daughter of James and Ottie (Duglay) Leitch.  She was married November 27, 1930 to Rev. Lewis Strong and he died January 14, 1997.  She worked for Richard’s Restaurants and General Electric in Fort Wayne and was a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Portland.
 
Surviving are three sons Paul Strong of Bryant, Robert Strong of Chattanooga, TN. and Don Strong of Berne, Eleven grandchildren, Twenty six great grandchildren and thirteen great great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Sunday at 3:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding.  Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Churubusco.  Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church.


Timmy Riddell



08/11/1965-01/27/2014
 
Timmy Riddell age 48, 819 East North Street Portland passed away Monday in the Jay County Hospital Emergency Room.  He was born in Holland, Michigan August 11, 1965 the son of Darvin Riddell and Ruby Pearl Teague.  He was married October 13, 2012 to Chastity Paul who survives.
 
Also surviving are two sons Austin Derringer of Portland and Derek Riddell of Hartford City, two daughters Stacey Riddell of Hartford City and Jamie Riddell of Hartford City, Step-father John Theurer of Portland, Step-mother Linda Riddell of Little Rock, Arkansas,  Two step-daughters Brittany Paul of Portland and Cierra Paul of Portland, Five sisters Theresa Hurst of Williamstown, Ky., Ruby Maynard of Berry, Ky., Frances Brotherton of Arkansas, Faye Riddell of Arkansas and Lena Colindres of Indianapolis, Four step-brothers Mike Theurer of Portland, Mark Theurer of Portland, Rich Theurer of Portland and Randy Theurer of Portland, Four grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Culy presiding.  Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to Baird-Freeman to help the family with funeral expenses.


John Reitz



02/21/1951-01/25/2014
 
 
John Reitz age 62, 9931 West 400 South Redkey passed away Saturday at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  He was born in Portland February 21, 1951 the son of Paul and Mildred (King) Reitz.  He was married November 10, 1984 to Delores Gettinger Segraves who survives.  He was a bus driver for Jay Schools Corporation and owner of John’s Small Engines.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dunkirk and 1969 Portland High School graduate. 
 
Surviving are his wife Delores, one son Brian Reitz of Portland, one daughter Lisa Schwartz of Portland, one step-son Dean Segraves (wife Robin) of Bluffton, S.C., three brothers Alan Reitz (wife Nancy) of Portland, Harold Reitz of Portland and Mark Reitz (wife Brenda) of Greenville, three sisters Mrs. Jerry (Evelyn) Zearbaugh of Portland, Mrs. Denny (Rosie) Schumann of New Haven and Mrs. Vic (Diane) Villhard of Colorado Springs, Five grandchildren Mikaila, Kortney, Josh, Colton and Rylee.
 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 A.M. in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dunkirk with Fr. Dave Newton presiding.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with a rosary service at 7:00 P.M. and Thursday from 9:00 – 10:00 A.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


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