John W. Mills



07/05/1929-10/19/2013
John W. Mills age 84, 620 North Commerce Street Portland passed away Saturday morning at his residence.  He was born in Portland July 5, 1929 the son of William and Bertha (Steed) Mills.  He was married in 1955 to Eileen Nichols who survives. He served with the U.S. Army during WW II.  He was a member of American Legion Post #211 in Portland, V.F.W. in Fort Recovery and Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association.  He had worked at Sheller-Globe for thirty years, Caretaker for Bess Baird, Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Heniser Motor Sales, Coby-Brookbank Chevrolet and Kunkle Chevrolet.
Surviving are his wife Eileen, Five sons Terry Mills (wife Carol) of Indianapolis, Richard Mills (wife Patty) of Marengo, Ohio, Barry Mills of Portland, Wade Mills (wife Kim) of Portland and Steve Mills (wife Julie) of Portland, One daughter Mrs. Doug (Connie) Osborne of Mt. Gilead,  Sixteen grandchildren, twenty six great grandkids and four great great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with military graveside by American Legion Post #211 to follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


Helen Lewellen



01/20/1918-10/15/2013
 
Helen Lewellen, 95, died early Tuesday morning, October 15, at Woodcrest Nursing Center in Decatur.  She was born in Barnhill, Illinois, January 20, 1918, to John Anderson and Lillie (Tucker) Powless.  She was the tenth of twelve children and was the last remaining Powless sibling.  The family moved frequently until finally settling in Piggott, Arkansas.  She married Ralph Lewellen on July 16, 1937, and they farmed together near Winchester, Indiana, until his death on October 1, 1984.  Since her husband’s death, she had lived in Piggott, Arkansas, Berne, Portland, and Redkey, Indiana.  Before moving to Woodcrest in July 2011, Helen had lived for more than ten years in Geneva, Indiana.  Helen often remarked that she could be content anywhere she lived, and those who knew her well saw that contentment and happiness. She was a gifted seamstress, crafting many quilts and articles of clothing.  She told countless stories to all who would listen and had a delightful sense of humor.   Helen’s constant message was to be faithful to God, to work hard and to help wherever possible.  Her last conversation just an hour before her death was to express her love to her caregivers. 
 
Helen Powless Lewellen is survived by many nieces and nephews.  Local survivors include her niece, Neva Schwartz, and great-nephew Scott (Jennifer) Peters, both of Geneva.  Additional survivors include two special friends, Betty Stone of Portland and Donna (Barry) Ryder of Muncie. 
 
Visitation will be at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland on Thursday, October 17, 3:00-7:00 p.m.  Funeral service will be on Friday, October 18, at 10:00a.m. at the Bryant  Wesleyan Church, Bryant, Indiana, with calling one hour before the service.  Rev. Paul Van Cise will officiate the funeral. 
Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester, Indiana, with Rev. Kent Fahl officiating.   
 
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross in memory of Helen’s many years of service to the organization.


Robert H. McCreery



09/11/1925-10/13/2013
 
Robert H. McCreery age 88, 321 East High Street Portland passed away Sunday afternoon in the Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  He was born September 11, 1925 in Muncie, the son of Herman and Margaret (McKinley) McCreery.  He was married December 21, 1947 to Helen Brown who survives.  He served with the U.S. Army during WW II.  He was a Metallurgical Engineer at Teledyne Portland Forge retiring in 1990.
 
He was a Eagle Scout and graduated from Muncie Burris High School in 1943, he earned his B.S. from Purdue University, Member of Zion Lutheran Church, Life member of American Society Mechanical Engineers, Life member American Society Metals, Licensed Professional Engineer, Trustee ASM International, Fellow ASM International,  Past President of Portland Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation, Paul Harris Rotary Fellow, former Portland City Councilman, Stephen Minister, member of American Legion Post #211, member of Scottish Rite and Jay Lodge #87 F&AM, Cincinnatus League Hall of Fame Lifetime of Services recipient, Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Indiana Lives, International Biography and Engineers of Distinction, Author of several technical articles including Non Destructive Case Depth Measurements and Effects of Reduction on Strand Cast Steel.
He was a heart transplant recipient on February 14, 1990.
 
Surviving are his wife Helen, Two daughters Ann McCreery Oswalt of Hartford City and Sarah Brown McCreery  of Warsaw, One brother James McCreery of Brandon, MS.  Two grandchildren Courtney Oswalt and Scott Wappes.
 
Memorial services will at a later date. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.  Memorials can be made to the Robert and Helen McCreery Scholarship Fund through the Portland Foundation.


Norma Jane Puckett



 
 
Norma Jane Puckett age 90, formerly of Farmland passed away August 12, 2013 in Cape Coral, Fl.  She was married to Fredrick E. Puckett who passed away January 19, 1972.  She had been the owner of the Home Café in Portland and retired from C.T.S. in Berne.
 
She is survived by her daughter Barbara Jones of Cape Coral, Fl., One grandson Carson Jones of Gulfport, Ms., One sister Wanda Hilgeman of Payne, Ohio and she was preceded in death by a son Gerald “Jerry” Puckett on October 4, 2009.
 
A memorial graveside service for Norma Jane Puckett and Jerry Puckett will be Saturday October 12th at 11:00 A.M. in the Green Park Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Tim Dilley presiding.


Clara M. Huey



01/30/1929-10/07/2013
 
Clara M. Huey age 84, 615 East Water Street Portland passed away Monday in the Jay County Hospital.  She was born in Bryant January 30, 1929 the daughter of Arthur and Ersie (Rohrer) Worth.  She was married October 12, 1947 to Arthur L. Huey who passed away October 14, 1994.  She retired from Jay Products and also had worked at the Bryant Elevator and Terrace Lodge Motel.  She was a member of the Westchester United Methodist Church and was a bowler.
 
Surviving are three sons Roger Huey of Bryant, Jim Huey of Geneva and Arthur Huey of Geneva, Three daughters Mrs. Steve (Debra) Miller of Portland, Linda Hilgeford of Bryant and Mrs. Don (Kathy) Roberts of Dearborn Heights, Mi., Two brothers John Worth of Coldwater, Mi and Lester Worth of Heath, Ohio, Three sisters Mary Boozier of Portland, Norma Tullis of Portland and Vera Middaugh of Portland, Nineteen grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the Westchester United Methodist Church with Pastor Darrel Borders presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and prior to the services at the church.  Memorials can be made to the Westchester United Methodist Church Building Fund.


Barbara J. Logon



10/16/1930-10/05/2013
 
Barbara J. Logon age 82, 2818 Queen Palm Drive Edgewater, Florida passed away Saturday in Florida.  She was born in Bryant October 16, 1930 the daughter of Vernon and Vera (Butcher) Smith.  She was married July 2, 1948 to Marion F. Logan and he died September 2, 2005.  She was a homemaker.
 
Surviving are four sons Marlin Logan of New Smyrna Beach, Fl., Marshall Logan of Maryville, Tn., Marvin Logan of Edgewater, Fl. and John Logan of Marion, IN.  Six grandchildren and Five great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son Mark Logan.
 
Private services will be held through Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Colter presiding.  Burial will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Memorials can be made to
Online condolences at www.bairdfreeman.com


Peggy Robinette



10/08/1939-10/02/2013
 
Peggy Robinette age 73, 606 East Main Street Berne, Indiana and of Meadowvale Nursing Home in Bluffton passed away Wednesday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.  She was born in Portland October 8, 1939 the daughter of Evelyn and Ruby (Zeigler) Updike.  She was married to Jack E. Robinette who passed away on July 1, 1970. She was retired from C.T.S. in Berne.  She was a member of the Moose Lodge in Decatur.
 
Surviving are a son Charles Robinette of Decatur.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville. 
 
Visitation will be prior to the services.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Ross E. Timmons



 08/30/1921-09/30/2013
 
Ross E. Timmons age 92, 306 East Elder Street Portland passed away Monday afternoon in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He was born in Portland August 30, 1921 the son of Ross E. and Cora (Harmon) Timmons Sr.  He was married May 23, 1942 to Dorothy McClung who survives. He served with the U.S. Army under General Patton in the 95th Infantry in Germany.  He was retired from Sheller-Globe after thirty six years.  He was Past Exalted Ruler and Lifetime member of Portland Elks Lodge, Fifty year member of Portland Lions Club, Portland Moose Lodge, Bryant Senior Citizens  and member of American Legion Post #211.
 
Surviving are one son Michael E. Timmons (wife Deanna) of Clermont, Fl. and one daughter Mrs. Mike (Nancy) Green of Ft. Recovery, Ohio,  Four grandchildren and Seven great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military graveside rites by American legion Post #211.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. and one hour prior to services on Friday. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Cancer Society.


Fredrick D. Glessner



 10/15/1936-09/30/2013
 
Fredrick D. Glessner age 76, 2858 East 300 North Portland passed away Monday afternoon at his residence.  He was born in Portland October 15, 1936 the son of Haskell and Georgia (Shoemaker) Glessner.  He was married December 8, 1962 to Judith C. Bailey who survives.  He served with the U.S. Airforce and was a member of Harrisville Congregational Church.  He was retired from United and Sprint Telephone Companies. 
 
Surviving are his wife Judith, Two sons Alden Glessner of Portland and Fredrick D. Glessner Jr. of Geneva, Four daughters Edwina Sue Gorzen of Jackson, Mi. and Robbi Forslund of Spring Lake, Mi.,  Roxana Mortimer of Lowmansville, Ky. and Susan Knepper of Plymouth, In., One brother Sam Glessner of Portland, Seventeen grandchildren and twenty five great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two sons Stephen Glessner and William R. Tyson
 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Coleman Smith presiding. Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Shrine Childrens Hospital.


Herbert B. Boukater



01/20/1933-09/28/2013
 
Herbert B. Boukater age 80, 615 West Main Street Portland passed away Saturday evening in Celina Manor in Celina, Ohio.  He was born January 20, 1933 in Moultrie, Ga. the son of Brantley and Sarah (Lawrence) Murphy.  He was married August 21, 1981 to Joyce Brotherton who survives.  He served with the U.S. Navy.  He was an electrician and worked for E.P.C. in Geneva.
 
Surviving are his wife Joyce, Two sons Kenny Boukater of Ft. Myers, Fl. and Eddie Boukater of Florida, Two daughters Debbie Oberlies of Florida and Laura Kelly of Miami, Fl., Two step sons Robert Brotherton of Portland and Mark Brotherton of Dunkirk, Four step-daughters Julie Furby of Winchester, Teresa Affolder of Portland, Shelley Heaps of Fort Worth, Tx. and Diana Burkhart of Monroe, One grandson and several step-grandchildren and great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the family.


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