Don A. Alexander



12/26/1938-04/16/2015
Don A. Alexander age 76, 1450 West S.R. 67 Portland passed away early Thursday morning at his residence. He was born December 26, 1938 in Morgan County, Indiana the son of Lora and Rebecca (Kirk) Alexander. He was married August 11, 1962 to Alice Davis who survives. He was a 1957 Plainfield High School graduate and 1961 Milligan College graduate where he played basketball and track. He was retired from the Jay School Corporation as a teacher and coach. He had coached at Eminence, Belle Union, Monrovia, Bryant and Jay County Schools. He was a huddle leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ and Portland Golf Course.
Surviving are his wife Alice, One son Bryan Alexander (wife Terra) of Fishers, IN. , Two daughters Kristie Alexander of Johnson City, TN. And Mrs. Neil (Gina) Denton of Portland, one sister Karla Green of Muncie, Six grandchildren Maddie Alexander, Bridget Alexander, Hymne Deveaux, Alex Denton, Isabella Denton and Jackson Denton. He was preceded in death by a stillborn son Darrin and a brother Neil Alexander.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Gil Alicea presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 P.M. and one hour prior to the services on Monday. Memorials can be made to West Walnut Street Church of Christ.


Landon Scott Jones



Landon Scott Jones infant son of Geoffrey Jones and Tailor Frazier passed away Sunday in Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Muncie March 27, 2015.
Surviving are his parents Geoffrey Jones and Tailor Frazier both of Portland, Maternal grandparents Brian and Bridgett Frazier of Portland, Paternal grandparents Dalton and Rhonda Auker of Ridgeville, Maternal great grandparents Patty Bradshaw of Hartford City and Ed and Lisa Bradshaw of Tennessee, and Mike and Kathy Frazier of Ridgeville Paternal great grandparents Scott and Trina Swingley of Parker City, Mary Jane Auker of Ridgeville and Jeff and Laura Nichols of Georgia, Several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by great grandfather Dallas Auker Sr.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Edwards presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. At the funeral home. Memorials can be directed to the family to help with expenses.


James Barrett



06/29/1944-04/07/2015
James Barrett age 70, 1051 Westwood Drive Van Wert, Ohio and a former Redkey resident passed away Tuesday in Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. He was born in Tennessee June 29, 1944 the son of Fred and Rosie (Miller) Barrett. He had been married to Carrie Buffenberger who preceded him in death. He was retired from Borg-Warner in Muncie.
Surviving are a son Scott Barrett of California, Four sisters Marjorie Hudson of Van Wert, Linda Corn of Portland, Sue Hill of Montpelier and Brenda Hale of Redkey. He was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Barrett.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Isch presiding. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Redkey. Visitation will be Friday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Glen McLaughlin



08/05/1932-03/05/2015
Glen S. McLaughlin age 82, 315 West Seventh Street Portland passed away Sunday afternoon at his residence. He was born in Portland August 5, 1932 the son of Charles and Dema (Reynolds) McLaughlin. He was married May 31, 1954 to Nancy Jo Gillespie and she died September 18, 2010. He was a U.S. Army veteran, Gray High School graduate, member of American Legion Post #211, Jay Lodge #87 F& AM, D.A.V., 40/8, and Arch Bridge Cruisers. He was retired from Meshbergers as Fine Plant Operator.
Surviving are three sons Curt McLaughlin (wife Tammy) of Portland, Scott McLaughlin (wife Tiffany) of Redkey and Clint McLaughlin of Portland, One granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a daughter Sherry.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastors Kevin McClung and Sharon Taylor presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Ball Memorial Hospice or Jay County Cancer Society.


Virginia Ura Laux



Virginia Ura Laux, 85, passed away peacefully at home on March 25, 2015 surrounded by her beloved husband, Ralph W. Laux, and their family. Virginia was born in Jackson, Michigan to Jozef & Rozalia Ura, Polish immigrants. Virginia’s two older siblings, Josephine and Edward, preceded her in death.
Virginia & Ralph married on August 20, 1955 and raised nine children: Teresa Laux; Christopher (Michelle) Laux; Frank (deceased – his wife Antonia) Laux; Daria Laux (Mike) Walpole; Maureen (Mark) Baker; Terence Laux; Giles (Barbie) Laux; Amy Laux; and Nicole (Jon) Sholly. Virginia & Ralph have 11 grandchildren: Jessica (Stephen); Cole; Abby (Kerry); Ruby (Tim); Caleb (Kimberly): Cassidy; Michelle R.; Ralph II; Emma; Madeline; and Lucy; along with three great-grandchildren: Abraham; Ezekiel; and Corinne.
Virginia was a voracious reader and meticulous planner, juggling the raising of their nine children while being actively involved in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Virginia worked at New Idea, the Jackson, Michigan branch, for eight years before marrying Ralph and settling down in Trinity, Indiana. Years later, after Niki, their youngest child started high school, Virginia returned to work, working at the Jay County Assessor Office - later becoming Deputy Assessor.
Virginia was known for being extraordinarily gracious, kind to all, and possessing a quick wit. Virginia, above all else, cherished her beloved husband, Ralph, and their family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trinity, Indiana, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 10:30 a.m. with Father David A. Hoying, C.P.P.S. presiding. Graveside services and burial follow immediately. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, Indiana.
Contributions may be made in Virginia’s memory & spirit to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trinity, Indiana and/or State of the Heart Hospice, Jay County, Indiana.


Michael Lee “Sparky” Spahr



07/31/1961-03/11/2015
Michael Lee “Sparky” Spahr age 53, 721 East High Street Portland passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was born in Fort Wayne July 31, 1961 the son of Harold “Chick” and Barbara (Gray) Spahr. He worked for Meschbergers in Portland and was a member of the Portland Moose Lodge and 1979 Jay County High School graduate.
Surviving are one daughter Erin Gillette (husband Steven) of Redkey, his mother Baarbara Loy (husband Calvin) of Portland , one brother Robert “Bubba” Spahr of Portland, two sisters Kay Corle of Portland and Jane Hernandez of Fort Wayne, one step-brother Rick Loy of Portland, two step-sisters Nancy Pease of Fort Wayne and Judy Stolz of Lexington, IN. Four grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Clarence Imel



12/10/1932-03/06/2015
Clarence Imel age 82 of Portland passed away Friday afternoon in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. He was born in Portland December 10, 1932 the son of John and Mazie (Spade) Imel. He was married April 25, 1955 to Betty Dickey and she passed away May 22, 1987. He then married Penny Hayden on November 13, 1988 and she survives. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1952-1956. He retired in 1995 from Teledyne Portland Forge and was owner of Imel's Mowing Service. He was a member of Fairview Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife Penny, Two sons Randy Imel of Bryant and Mike Imel of Portland, Two daughters Mrs. Dave (Kathy) Rogers of Portland and Angela Vasquez of Fort Wayne, Two sisters Mrs. Jim (Vera) Jackson of Portland and Frances Brown of Portland, Eight grandchildren, Two step-grandchildren and Fourteen great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by a son Gary and two grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 AM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in the Little Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Diana Glessner



05/01/1946-03/06/2015
Diana Glessner age 68, 121 East North Street Portland passed away Friday morning at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Portland May 1, 1946 the daughter of Elmer and Betty (McAbee) Ineichen. She was married July 4, 1970 to Samuel M. Glessner who survives. She had worked for Jay Garment in Portland and Berco in Berne. She was a 1964 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Sam, one son Samuel D. Glessner of Portland and one daughter Sondra J. Lewis of Portland, three sisters Barbara Howe of Berne, Joyce Augsburger of Geneva and Gloria Hicks of Portland, One grandson Dylan Lewis
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Darrel Borders presiding. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. Memorials can be made to the State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Cancer Society.


Anthony Joel “A J” Snyder



12/21/1970-02/02/2015
Anthony Joel “A J” Snyder age 44, of Portland died Monday at his residence. He was born in Portland December 21, 1970 the son of L. Clark Snyder and Beth Mills. He was a former project manager for Gilbane Construction Company. He was a member of Fairview Church and 1989 Jay County High School graduate.
Surviving are his former wife Sherry Deckman Snyder of Parker City, Three sons Rhett Snyder, Wyatt Snyder and Caleb Snyder all of Parker City, Three brothers Jeff Snyder (wife Nancy) of Portland, Steve Snyder (wife Janna) of Portland and Brad Snyder of San Diego, CA. Several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be Saturday at 5:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 – 5:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Ruthann Pinkerton



09/03/1938-03/01/2015
Ruthann Pinkerton age 76, 608 West North Street Portland passed away Sunday in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Portland September 3, 1938 the daughter of Carl and Pearl (Clapp) Foltz. She was married June 24, 1960 to Paul Pinkerton and he died April 4, 2013. She was retired as a teller for Portland Forge Credit Union and also worked for City of Portland, Peoples Bank, Teachers Credit Union and ASCS Office. She was a member of Sugar Grove Nazarene Church where she was the organist and pianist, Jackson Twp. Nu Kummers Home Ec. Club, Gideons Auxiliary, D.A.R. Recipient and 1956 Poling High School graduate.
Surviving are one son Rex Pinkerton (wife Cathy) of Portland, Four Daughters Lynn Pinkerton of Portland, Irene Pinkerton of Greenwood, Beth Pinkerton of Greenwood and Mrs. John (Rachel) Greene of Greenwood, Four grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Sheets presiding. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Gideon s International or Hemophilia of Indiana.


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