Mary Helen Derringer



07/07/1926-06/14/2015
Mary Helen Derringer age 88, of Portland passed away Sunday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. She was born in Portland July 7, 1926 the daughter of Kenneth and Minnie (Trafzer) Somers. She was married July 15, 1949 to Andrew Jackson Derringer and he died in 1972. She was a Bryant High School graduate. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are one son William Derringer (wife Janis) of Troutdale, Oregon, Two daughters Mrs. Jim (Jeanne) Craig of Maryville, Tennessee and Jacqueline Cowan of Portland, One sister Esther Anderson of Portland, Two brother in laws Lowell Menchhofer of Portland and Dick Nixon of Portland, Four grandchildren and four great grandchildren She was preceded in death by a daughter Rebecca Wyatt
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to any local Hospice Group.


Keith Kelley



06/20/1934-06/14/2015
Keith Kelley age 80 passed away Sunday at his home. He was born June 20, 1934 in Ossian, Indiana the son of Virgil and Agnes (Marshall) Kelley. He was married October 16, 1967 to Virginia Braun who survives. He served with the Naval Reserve, was a Geneva High School graduate and was active in Harness Racing and loved to fish. He was a truck driver for Ferrel Gas.
Surviving are his wife Virginia, one daughter Shari Jacobs (husband Brandon) of Dunkirk, one sister Sharon Chandler of Ft. Wayne, One grandson. He was preceded in death by a daughter Carrie Kelley
Funeral services will be held at a later date. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Henry VanDoornik



06/17/1926-06/09/2015
Henry VanDoornik age 88, 524 West North Street Portland passed away Tuesday evening in Chalet Village in Berne. He was born in Holland, MI. June 17, 1926 the son of Henry and Tina (Hoffman) VanDoornik. He was married April 22, 1954 to Florence Tien and she died May 13, 2013. He was retired from Michigan-Wisconsin Pipeline. He served with the U.S. Navy and was a member of American Legion Post #211.
Surviving are two sons Alan VanDoornik of Evansville and Dale VanDoornik of Benton Harbor, MI. One brother Donald VanDoornik of Holland, MI. and One sister Elaine VanDoornik of Holland, MI. One granddaughter Lindsey Leslie of Tennessee.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Memorials can be made to Habitat for Humanity.


William E. Coy



07/22/1940-06/15/2015
William E. Coy Sr. age 74, 720 West Walnut Street Portland passed away Monday morning in Golden Living Nursing Home in Richmond. He was born in Portland July 22, 1940 the son of Fred and Dorothy (Oldham) Coy Sr. He was married October 4, 1958 to Betty Stahl and she preceded him in death on January 19, 2009. He was a farmer, Pastor of Little Salamonia Church, worked at Cocal Cola and Klopfenstein Hardware and repaired electric mobility wheelchairs. He was a member of Full Gospel Businessmen.
Surviving are one son William E. Coy Jr. of Portland, Three daughters Kathy Fitzgerald of Fulton, Ky., Nancy Crites of Indianapolis and Linda Goldacker of Monclova, Ohio, One sister Ethel Spear of Muncie, Sixteen grandchildren and twenty five great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial in the Little Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Heart Fund.


Charles Hale



10/30/1923-6/15/2015
Charles Hale, Christ follower, Father, Teacher, Farmer passed away at 12:30 A.M. At Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana after a long battle with cancer.
Charles was born October 30, 1923 to Clarence and Marie (Fields) Hale at home in Ridgeville. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Deerfield in 1941, served with the U.S. Army during WW II in Germany and graduated from Purdue University.
He had a long career in education beginning at Otterbein then Lynn, Redkey and retiring from Jay County High School.
He was active in the Gideon's, the Congregational Christian Conference and teaching Sunday School until health prevented him from serving.
He is survived by two daughters Marilyn (Jim) Alberson of Ridgeville and Jean (Junior) Kahn of Decatur, Grandchildren Jeremy (Samantha) Alberson, Byron (Marjorie) Alberson, Jennifer Kelly, Jessica Hurd, Roger Hale Jr., Victoria Hale, Savannah Hale and Mylon Cox. Thirteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Leona (Steed) Hale of 65 years, son Roger Hale, grandson Bobby Kelly, sisters Mary Whitenack and Zelma (Betty) Payne.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Lawndale Cemetery in Ridgeville. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. At the funeral home. Memorials can be made to Gideon's International.


Betty Sue Manor



02/01/1934-06/03/2015
Betty Sue Manor age 81, 2119 South Highway 27 Portland passed away Wednesday evening in Jay County Hospital. She was born February 1, 1934 the daughter of Melvin and Rachel (Cramer) Shawver. She was raised by Howard and Frances Brinkerhoff. She was married February 12, 1955 to Richard Manor who survives. She was an accountant having worked for Grace LeMaster and Steed Tax Service. She also was a caregiver for children after retirement. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Homemakers Class, Wesleyan Circle, Red Cross and 1951 Gray High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Richard, one son Steven Manor (wife Pam) of Fort Wayne and one daughter Deanna Howell (husband Tony) of Laotto, IN., two sisters Jean Rines (husband Dick) of Portland and Jackie Hanks of Portland, Eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Dilley presiding. Burial will follow in the Lawndale Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. Saturday at the church. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Asbury United Methodist Church.


Jonathan Leon Stout



5/29/2015-05/30/2015
Jonathan Leon Stout one day old son of Nicholas Stout and Katie Runyon passed away Saturday in the Jay County Hospital. He was born on Friday May 29, 2015.
Surviving are his parents Nicholas Stout and Katie Runyon of Portland, one sister Kadilynn Stout of Portland, Paternal grandparents Shane Stout (wife Amy) of Montaque, Mass. And Amelita Hime (husband Darius) of Portland, Maternal grandparents John Mark and Carla Runyon of Portland,
Paternal great grandparents Edna Stout of Portland and LaVara Clifton of Portland, Maternal great grandparents Gary and Linda Runyon of Portland and Peggy Klefeker of Fort Recovery, Several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will be in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Memorials can be directed to the family.


Judith A. Adair



01/23/1935-05/25/2015
Judith A. Adair age 80, 1951 West 600 South Portland passed away Monday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. She was born in Delaware County January 23, 1935 the daughter of Lewis and Florence (Blodgett) Smith. She was married November 25, 1959 to Garrett Duane Adair who survives. She was retired in 1998 from Marsh Supermarkets after working for forty four years. She was a member of New Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband Duane, one daughter Tina Adair of Portland, one sister Phyllis Hoehamer of Pendleton.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2:00 P.M. In the Bluff Point Cemetery. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Janita Angele Stoner



04/21/1947-05/23/2015
Janita Angele Stoner age 68, 917 South Vine Street Portland passed away Saturday in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Portland April 21, 1947 the daughter of Melvin LeRoy and Wilma Francis (Reynard) Lyons. She was married April 7, 1968 to Glen Stoner who survives. She was a homemaker and 1965 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Glen, One son Michael Stoner of Portland, One daughter Michelle Cosner (Husband Jeff) of Portland and Three grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Mildred Shepherd



09/29/1926-05/16/2015
Mildred Shepherd age 88 of Fort Wayne and a former Portland resident passed away Saturday. She was born in Portland September 29, 1926 the daughter of Waldo and Latresha (Green) Spade. She was married December 29, 1944 to George Shepherd and he died September 11, 1999. She was a homemaker and a babysitter.
Surviving are a son Richard Shepherd of Royse City, Texas and one daughter Barbara Deming of Ft. Wayne, Four grandchildren and Five great
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 3:30 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor David Dupee presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:30 P.M. Memorials can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice.


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