Roberta Sue Keen



09/10/1951-08/09/2015
Roberta Sue Keen age 63, 5744 East 400 South Salamonia passed away Sunday at IU Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Portland September 10, 1951 the daughter of Jesse and Wilma (Wrightsman) Mills Jr. She was married September 13, 1969 to Charles Stanley Keen who survives. She had worked for Ft. Recovery Industries for thirty nine years, member of First Church of the Nazarene, Portland Moose Lodge and 1969 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Charles Stanley, her mother Wilma Mills of Portland, two sons Brian Keen (wife Staci) of Portland and Matt Keen of Portland, one daughter Tracy Keen of Portland, two brothers Jesse Mills III of Salamonia and Mike Mills of North Carolina, three sisters Linda McCormick of Dunkirk, Connie Lyons (husband Joe) of Portland and Debbie Clevenger of Troy, Ohio Four grandchildren and one great grandchild
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Steve Hunley and William Keen presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM. Memorials can be be made to Jay County Cancer Society or Choice of the Donor.


Sharon Brown



08/20/1953-08/05/2015
Sharon Brown age 61, 401 Cantebury Lane Portland passed away Wednesday in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Portland August 20, 1953 the daughter of William and Alyce (Totten) Lawrence. She was married July 19, 1975 to Robert L. Brown who survives. She worked at CTS in Berne for thirty two years and was a member of Home Extension Budget Bells and West Walnut Street Church of Christ. She was a 1971 Bryant High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Robert, one son Jeremy Brown (wife Danielle) of Portland, two step-sons David Brown (wife Lisa) of Portland and Darryl Brown of North Dakota, one step-daughter Christine Sprunger of Berne, one brother William Lawrence of Bryant and Six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Matthew.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 10:30 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Gil Alicea presiding. The family will meet guests prior to the services. Memorials can be made to West Walnut Street Church of Christ or Choice of the Donor.


Edith Maxine Yaney



07/23/1922-07/28/2015
Edith Maxine Yaney age 93, 2411 East 100 South Portland passed away Tuesday at her residence. She was born in Adams County, Indiana July 23, 1922 the daughter of Moses and Bertha (Tumleson) Myers. She was married in 1938 to Virgil Yaney and he died in 1989. She was retired from Franklin Electric in Bluffton. She was a member of U.M.W. and was an avid bowler.
Surviving are one son Jesse Yaney of Bryant, Four daughters Marcella Steveson of Portland, Janice Schmidt of Geneva, Judy Bruns of Bryant and Sharlene Duncan of Portland, Fifteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday at 3:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Gordon Jackson and Bob Denney presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.


Betty L. McCoy Hummel



08/08/1941-07/26/2015
Betty L. McCoy Hummel age 73, 107 West Main Street Bryant passed away Sunday in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Cadiz, Kentucky on August 8, 1941 the daughter of Clarence and Birtie Lou (Dunn) McCoy. She was married August 4, 1958 to Clayton Hummel who survives. She was retired from CTS in Berne in 2003 after working there for thirty seven years. She was a member of the Bryant Wesleyan Church.
Surviving are her husband Clayton, Two sons Jeff Hummel (wife Dawn) of Monroe and Randy Hummel of Bryant, one brother Gary McCoy (wife Debbie) of Geneva, one sister Shirley Thobe of Celina, Five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters Loraine Causey and Sue Adams and one brother Larry McCoy.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Bob Schroeder presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the services. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Gary L. Jones



08/01/1956-07/26/2015

Gary L. Jones age 58, 4014 West Division Road Portland passed away Sunday in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Portland August 1, 1956 the son of Arvin and Bettie (Nelson) Jones. He was married July 2, 1982 to Theresa Ankrom who survives. He was a rotary operator at FCC in Portland. He was a 1974 Portland High School graduate, member of Portland Moose Lodge, Lifetime member of NRA and HOG Chapter 1277 member.
Surviving are his wife Theresa, his mother Bettie Jones of Portland, three nephews, one niece and several great nieces, nephews and aunts.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Harris presiding. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or Jay County Heart Fund.


Weldon Lee Hamma



07/23/1920-07/27/2015
Weldon Lee Hamma age 95, 42 Sesame Street Portland passed away Monday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. He was born in Berne July 23, 1920 the son of Joseph and Ella (Stauffer) Hamma. He was married to Dorothy H. Grimes who survives. He was owner and operator of Hamma's Grocery in Portland for twenty eight years. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Dilley presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the services. Memorials can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church.


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.


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