Jack L. Blowers



07/10/1932-06/25/2015
Jack L. Blowers age 84, 5443 West 800 North Bryant died Thursday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. He was born in Allen County July 10, 1930 the son of Everett and Ruth (Buckey) Blowers. He was married October 4, 1952 to Shirley Weaver who survives. He was a self employed carpenter and electrician. He served with the U.S. Navy and was a Poling High School graduate.
Surviving are his wife Shirley, one son William Blowers (wife Sandi) of Bryant and one daughter Judy Balu (husband Brian) of Houston, Tx., one brother Max Blowers of Bryant, one sister Grace Smith of Hope, IN. Three grandchildren and three great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Morgan presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Jana Claycomb



06/17/1954-06/24/2015
Jana Claycomb age 61, 2401 North Walnut Street Muncie passed away Wednesday at her residence. She was born in Portland June 17, 1954 the daughter of Earl Robert and Janet June (Hoskins) Guntle. She worked for Little Learners PreSchool and Daycare through The Compass Church in Selma. She was a 1972 Portland High School graduate and member of Garden of Gethsamane Church in Muncie and The Compass Church in Selma.
Surviving are two sons Matthew Claycomb (wife Tonya) of Pennville and Damion Claycomb (wife Jennifer) of Bristol, Conn., Two daughters Charity St John (husband Jeff) of Colorado Springs, Co. and Wendy Roden (husband Jeff) of Ft. Smith, Ark., Parents Robert and Janet Guntle of Portland, One brother Robert Guntle (wife Connie) of Portland, Three sisters Carol Guntle of Portland, Sandy Atienzo of Portland and MaryBeth Kauffman of Selma, Nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland with Pastors Todd Austin, Vicky Perkins and Mark Ellcessor presiding. Burial will follow in the Claycomb Cemetery in Portland. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. At the funeral home. Memorials can be made to Little Learners PreSchool and Daycare, Garden of Gethsamane Church or The Compass Church.


Robert Max Codling Jr.



11/1/1959-06/19/2015
Robert Max Codling Jr. age 55, 958 South Shank Street Portland passed away Friday morning in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He was born in Portland November 1, 1959 the son of Robert Max and Shirley (Morgan) Codling Sr. He was married to Lynn Sutton and she died January 13, 1982. He had been a CNC operator for Franklin Electric in Bluffton.
Surviving are his compnion Donna Imel of Portland, one daughter Elizabeth Marie Codling of Portland, step-daughter Michelle Uptgraft of Craigville, Sister Melinda Codling of Portland, one granddaughter and one step-grandson
Private services will be held through Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the family to help with expenses


Gladys E. Kaderly



03/20/1920-06/20/2015
Gladys E. Kaderly age 95, 318 East Elder Street Portland passed away Saturday morning in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Jay County March 20, 1920 the daughter of Asa and Viola (Sherman) Smith. She was married to Ora Kaderly and he died in 1956. She was retired from Jay Garment Co. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Wesleyan Circle, Primetime, Professional Business Women and Widow to Widow.
Surviving are one son Duane Kaderly (wife Sandy) of Portland, two daughters Sharon Bentz (husband Charlie) of Portland and Pam Hart (husband John) of Portland, one sister Beulah Hiser of Portland, Seven grandchildren and Fourteen great grandchildren.
Private family services will be held with burial in the Salamonia Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to Asbury Next Steps Family Ministry or Jay County Heart Fund.


Marjorie A. Ferguson



07/31/1922-06/2015
Marjorie A. Ferguson age 92, 210 West 12th Street Portland passed away early Tuesday morning in Crown Pointe in Portland. She was born in Portland July 31, 1922 the daughter of Cecil and Beatrice (Cunningham) Silvers. She was married July 31, 1942 to Hamilton Ferguson who survives. She was retired from Sheller-Globe as a secretary. She was valedictorian of 1940 Portland High School graduating class, attended Purdue University, graduated from International Business Collage and was member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority.
Surviving are one son John Ferguson (wife Georgeann) of Portland and one daughter Cathy Baldauf (husband Tom) of Portland, Six grandchildren, Fifteen grandchildren and two great great grandchildren
Private family services will be held at a later date. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Gloria Holcomb



10/30/1935-06/17/2015

Gloria Holcomb age 79, 356 East Center Street Dunkirk passed away Wednesday evening at her residence. She was born in Portland October 30, 1935 the daughter of Albert J. and Jessica Lucille (Lawson) Steen. She was a caregiver.
Surviving are a daughter Mrs. Arlie (Daralee) Donathan of Dunkirk, one brother Dwaine Steen of Albany, Two grandsons and four step-grandchildren.
Private services will be held through Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society.


Lindsay Wenk



08/21/1987-06/16/2015
Lindsay Wenk age 27, 740 Katelyn Place Portland died Tuesday morning in an auto accident in Randolph County. She was born in Fort Wayne August 21, 1987 the daughter of Mike Wenk and Donna Corle. She was a home health aid worker for ISS and worked at Family Dollar in Dunkirk.
Surviving are three children Chandler, Brandon and Laylona all at home, her parents Mike Wenk of Portland and Donna Corle of Portland, her companion Roger Schmidt of Dunkirk, brother Ryan Wenk (wife Sarah) of Portland, two sisters Jennifer Hunt (husband David) of Portland and Laren Howard of Mississippi, Grandmother Louise Corle of Portland, Several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister Jamie in 1985.
Funeral services will be Monday at 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Hinshaw presiding. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be directed to the family.


Dorothy Timmons



01/06/1921-06/17/2015
Dorothy Timmons age 94, a Portland resident passed away Wednesday at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Portland January 6, 1921 the daughter of Lethal and Myrtle (Spitzer) McClung. She was married May 23, 1942 to Ross Timmons and he died September 30, 2013. She was retired as an office manager for Indiana and Michigan Electric Company. She was a member of Gamma Nu Sorority, Portland Moose Lodge, Portland Elks Lodge, Portland Lions Club, Church of the Bretheren, active in the local mental health organization and volunteered over 19000 hours with Jay County Hospital Aux.
Surviving are one son Michael E. Timmons of Clermont, FL. and one daughter Mrs. Michael (Nancy) Green of Ft. Recovery, Four grandchildren and Seven great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin McClung presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or I U Ball Memorial Hospice.


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.


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