Clyde E. Smith



09/07/1922-11/02/2013
 
Clyde E. Smith age 91, rural Portland passed away Saturday afternoon at his residence.  He was born in Portland September 7, 1922 the son of Ara R. and Ruth A. (Caster) Smith.  He was married June 13, 1942  to Edna M. Tucker who survives.  He was retired from Sheller Globe in Portland after thirty six years.  He was a member of Portland Moose Lodge.
 
Surviving are one son Tom Smith of Portland., Two daughters Mrs. Gary ( Sue) Trobridge of Portland and Mrs. Robert (Brenda) DeWitt of Portland, Two sisters Freeda Fiely of Portland and Thelma Bock of Portland, Sister in law Marilyn Smith of Portland, Seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Horsman presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.


Rita Lynne Fairchild



05/11/1964-10/27/2013
 
Rita Lynne Fairchild age 49, 703 East High Street Portland passed away early Sunday morning at her sister’s residence here in Portland.  She was born in Libertyville, Illinois on May 11, 1964 the daughter of William and Lucille (Bleile) Fairchild.  She was a 1982 Jay County High School graduate and graduate of International Business College.  She was a secretary for Wells County Department of Child Services for twenty nine years.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed doing needle point.
 
Surviving are her parents William and Lucille Fairchild of Portland, Companion Bruce Williamson of Portland, brother Robert Fairchild of Portland, two sisters Donna Bailey and Faye Bailey both of Portland, Two nieces Jody Huey of Portland and Jamie Fairchild of Portland and two nephews Greg Geesaman of Geneva and Scott Geesaman of Union City, Ohio.
 
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville.  Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Jay County Humane Society or Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana.


Everett D. Steen



12/26/1929-10/25/2013
 
Everett D. Steen age 83, 722 North Franklin Street Portland passed away Friday at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton, Indiana.  He was born in Portland December 26, 1929 the son of Floyd and Ema (Hudson) Steen.  He was an educator for thirty two years in South Bend Community Schools.  He received a Masters Degree from Ball State in biological science.  He taught in the following schools, Madison Twp. School, Lincoln Junior High, Washington High School and LaSalle High School.  In South Bend he very much enjoyed spending time with his good friends Frank and Cece Matthews.  He served three years with the U.S. Army and achieved rank of a Sargeant.  He had duty in Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., Freiberg Kaserne Frankfort, Germany, LaChapelle France in the 34th General Hospital where he was a laboratory technician.  He attended several universities including University of California at Berkeley, Kansas State University and Loretto Heights College in Denver.  He was a member of the Lions Club, Optimist Club, Jay County Historical Society, Dunkirk Elks, Museum of the Soldier, American Legion, VFW, DAV, Amvets, 40 & 8 and Eagles Lodge.  He was also a member of National Education Association, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, South Bend Teacher’s Association, American Biology Teachers Association. He was a great traveler having been to China twice, Russia, the Holyland, Greece, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Portugual, England, Scotland, Belgum, Switzerland, Austria, Puerto Rico, Nassaw, Ephesius, Finland, Mexico and Canada.  He was guardian of his Aunt Taleen for eight years and helped take care of his Aunt Marjorie. 
 
I tried to be good to the whole family.  The First Baptist church meant a lot to my mother and I am grateful for all the nice things they did for her.  I never forgot the kindness you showed her especially Mabel Beard and Mary Ann Caster.  I never lived a perfect life, but like President Truman said “I did my Damdest.”  And as Bishop Sheen said “ You should say to the Lord---Jesus have mercy.”
 
He is survived by many cousins including Pat Armstrong of Portland
 
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Ronald Ross presiding.  Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland are in charge of arrangements.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society or First Baptist Church.


Mickey J. Haviland



11/23/1928-10/24/2013
 
Mickey J. Haviland age 84, 4269 West 800 South Portland passed away Thursday morning in Lutheran Life Village in Kendallville, Indiana.  He was born in Jay County November 23, 1928 the son of Joe and Mabel (Heston) Haviland.  He was married June 13, 1954 to Joyce Kidder and she passed away February 28, 2003.  He was retired as a truck driver for McClain Trucking.  He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Portland Moose Lodge, Jay Lodge #87 F&A M,  Scottish Rite and Shrine.
 
Surviving are two sons James Haviland of Decatur and Chris Haviland of Zionsville, One daughter Mrs. Craig (Cheryl) O’Neal of Kendallville, One brother Merrill Haviland of Birmingham, Mi. and Seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.  He was preceded in death by two children Lynette and Michael and a grandchild Danah.
 
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 Lawndale Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. with Masonic services at 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the State of the Heart Hospice


Harriett A. Spears



05/14/1927-10/21/2013
 
Harriett A. Spears age 86, 3610 South Como Road passed away Monday in the I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  She was born in Portland May 14, 1927 the daughter of Albert and Jessie Lucille (Lawson) Steen.  She was a homemaker.
 
Surviving are a son Stephen Spears of Michigan, One brother Wayne Steen of Albany, One sister Gloria Holcomb of Pennville and a niece Daralee Donathan of Portland.
 
Private services were held through Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or Choice of the Donor.


John Heber Binegar



04/19/1921-10/21/2013
 
John Heber Binegar age 92, 3040 South State Road 27 Portland passed away Monday in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  He was born in Jay County April 19, 1921 the son of Alva Schooler and Artis Gladys (Coon) Binegar.  He was first married to Mary Elizabeth Davis, then to Eva Rosalie Greenfield and had a companion Marie Stultz all who preceded him in death.  He was retired from Sheller-Globe in Portland and worked for Ludwigs of Portland.  He served with the U.S. Army during WW II in the Philippines and worked on the Alaskan Railroad.  He was a member of Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge, VFW, American Legion Post #211, American Legion Honor Guard and Honor Class of the First Church of the Nazarene.
 
Surviving are three daughters Mrs. Marvin (Sue) McBride Sr. of Portland, Mary Jo Shawver of California and Jeannie McKinstray of Arizona, Two sisters Joanna Bailey of Tennessee and Marjorie Hough of Portland, Seven grandchildren, Seventeen great grandchildren and Three great great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two sons James and John Binegar.
 
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Clark presiding.  Burial will follow in the New Pittsburgh Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211.  Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society, Indiana Home Health Care or American Diabetes Association.


Glenn E. Shreeve



10/20/1927-10/21/2013
 
Glenn E. Shreeve age 86, 103 North Spencer Street Redkey passed away Monday in the Bluffton Regional Medical Center.  He was born in Portland October 20, 1927 the son of Charles and Mabel (Schmidt) Shreeve.  He was married August 12, 1951 to Nada Lea Coble who survives.  He was retired after thirty eight years with Sheller Globe Corp.  He served with 13th United States Army Aircorp in the Philippine Islands during WW  II.  He was a member of the Salamonia V.F.W. Post #2840, Life member of Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association and Jay County Historical Society.
 
Surviving are his wife of 62 years Nada Lea,  He is the father of three children Jerry, Janet and Roger, Several grandchildren and great grandchildren, One brother Virgil Shreeve of Portland and one sister Mary Ellen Bickel of Portland and several nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding.  Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. and one hour prior to the services on Friday.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


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.


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