Joyce C. Ingram



04/17/1930-09/26/2015
Joyce C. Ingram age 85, 997 Boundary Pike Portland passed away Saturday in Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur. She was born in Pike County, Kentucky April 17, 1930 the daughter of John and Marjorie (Burk) Brock. She was married November 1, 1951 to Herman Ingram and he died March 13, 2012. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are four sons Herman Jr. Ingram of Portland, Danny Ingram of Portland, Randy Ingram of Portland and Fred Ingram of Portland, one daughter Meranda Barnes (husband Richard) of Houston, Tx., Two sisters Sarah Overmeyer of Portland and Phyllis Bolin of Portland, Thirty two grand and great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery.


M. Sue Schoenlein



12/28/1927-09/24/2015
M. Sue Schoenlein age 87, 422 West Walnut Street Portland passed away Thursday morning in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Portland December 28, 1927 the daughter of John Paul and Thelma (Wagner) O'Shaughnessy. She was married April 4, 1947 to William E. “Bill” Schoenlein and he passed away on April 29, 2007. She was the first treasurer and manager of the Portland Forge Credit Union. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Psi Iota Psi, Wesleyan Circle, Primetime and 1945 Portland High School graduate.
She is survived by two sons Bill Schoenlein of Lafayette and Bob Schoelein of Portland, One daughter Mrs. Curt (Chris) Compton of Portland, One sister Marilou Cannici of Sarasota, Florida, Two grandchildren Sammi and Colton Compton.

Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 P.M. In the Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Dilley presiding. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 – 2:00 at the church. Burial will be in the Green Park Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Jeanine Lanning



02/05/1938-09/13/2015
Jeanine Lanning age 77, 615 East Votaw Street Portland passed away Sunday. She was born in Ft. Recovery, Ohio February 5, 1938 the daughter of Ronald and Millie (Sellers) Heis. She was married June 7, 1959 to Forrest Lanning and he died February 27, 1980. She was retired as a cook having worked for Bisel's 76 Truckstop, Tom and Rod's Steakhouse, Laramie Lunch and Crown Pointe Assisted Living.
Surviving are two sons Terry Lanning of Gulfport, MS and Forrest Lanning (wife Hope) of Winchester, One daughter Donna Shreeve (husband Steve) of Portland, One sister Phyllis Funk (husband Jerry) of Portland, Five grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by a daughter Deborah Shaneyfelt in 2014.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Ft. Recovery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or The Hospice Group.


Karla Lee Weesner



07/30/1954-09/12/2015
Karla Lee Weesner age 61, 1343 North 300 East Portland passed away Saturday afternoon at her residence. She was born in Muncie July 30, 1954 the daughter of Bob and Joy (Bowne) Friddle. She was married June 27, 1975 to David Weesner who survives. She was deputy Jay County Auditor for forty years retiring in 2014. She was a 1972 Dunkirk High School graduate, Indiana Business College graduate, member of Collett Church of the Nazarene and Delta Theta Tau Sorority.
Surviving are her husband David, One son Josh Weesner ((wife Suzie) of Marion, one daughter Nikki Torre (husband Sean) of Dunkirk, her mother Joy Friddle of Dunkirk, two brothers Robert Friddle of Dunkirk and Mike Friddle of Tampa, FL., One sister Donna Friddle of Dunkirk, Six grandsons Austin, Xander, Micah, Memphis, Levi and Grayson.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Billy Stanton presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Directed to the Family.


Gladys Helen Priest



10/7/1927-09/09/2015
Gladys Helen Priest age 87, 2030 South Central Lutes Drive Portland passed away late Wednesday evening at her home. She was born in Randolph County October 7, 1927 the daughter of Amos Edward and Cecil Viola (Kelly) Philabaum. She was married April 20, 1947 to Norman Priest who survives. She had worked for Pierless Cleaners and Cline-Wilt Lumber Company both in Portland. She was a member of Redkey Faith Ministries.
Surviving are her husband Norman, her daughter Karen Saxman of Portland, one sister Norma DeVoss of New Mt. Pleasant, Two grandchildren, Seven great grandchildren and Three great great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Memory in Muncie. Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice.


Melba M. Retter



02/02/1926-09/06/2015

Melba M. Retter age 89, 6702 West 900 South Ridgeville passed away Sunday in Jay County Hospital. She was born in Portland February 2, 1926 the daughter of Edward and Flora (Bell) Grady. She was married to Carl Retter Jr. and he died in 1977. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons Barry Retter of Redkey and Mike Retter of Ridgeville, one brother Max Grady of Portland, one sister Martha Sue Keener of Portland, Nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Karen Robbins and longtime companion Wayne May.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Sharon Taylor presiding. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 – 2:00 PM Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Mona Keen



10/18/1927-09/4/2015

Mona Keen age 87, lifelong Jay County resident passed away Friday in The Pines Nursing Facility in Canton, Ohio. She was born in Randolph County, Indiana October 18, 1927 the daughter of Charles and Hazel (Williams) Blankenbaker. She was married October 15, 1950 to Albert “Bill” Keen and he died July 11, 2002. She was a Beautician for over 50 years. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Pursuers Sunday School Class, Sunday School Teacher for many years, Member of United Methodist Women, Merry Minutes Home Extension Club and 4-H Leader in Bearcreek Twp. She graduated from Portland High School in 1945 and Wayne University of Cosmetology in Fort Wayne.

Surviving are one daughter Mrs. John (Kathy) McDowell of East Sparta, Ohio Two grandsons David McDowell of Canton and Dan McDowell (wife Sara) of Cazenovia, N.Y. Two great granddaughters Luella and Eileen, several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Rice presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery west of Bryant. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.


Mary Elizabeth Ninde



01/17/1922-09/01/2015
Mary Elizabeth Ninde age 93, Rural Portland resident passed away Tuesday in Swiss Village in Berne. She was born in Jay County January 17, 1922 the daughter of Vernon and Wilma (Freemyer) Haley. She was married October 20, 1942 to Fredric C. Ninde who survives. She was a Librarian Aid at Bloomfield Elementary, Member of Westchester United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Gideons Womans Aux. and Bryant High School graduate.
Surviving are her husband Fredric, two sons Michael C. Ninde (wife Lana) of Bryant and Thomas C. Ninde (wife Sharon) of Geneva, One daughter Elizabeth J. Brandt (husband Bill) of Portland, one brother Vernon Haley of Port St. Lucy, FL. Eleven grandchildren and Fourteen Great grandchildren, Several nieces and nephews in the Campbell Family.
She was preceded in death by a sister Sarah Haley Campbell.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday in the Westchester United Methodist Church with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery west of Bryant. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the church. Memorials can be ade to Westchester United Methodist Church or Gideons International. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Ralph Claytor



10/6/1933-08/31/2015
Ralph Claytor age 81, 911 West Walnut Street Portland passed away Monday in Millers Merry Manor in Dunkirk. He was born October 6, 1933 in Caladonia, Ohio the son of Ralph and Elizabeth Claytor Sr. He was married May 26, 1951 to Betty C. Bowers and she passed away March 21, 2011. He was plant manager of Jay Products for thirty nine years and was a reserve police officer for twenty four years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Shriners, American Legion, Grand Spinners Square Dance Club, City Reserve Police Officer, Jay County Sheriff Reserve and Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association.
Surviving are one son Rick Claytor of Portland, Friend Betty Stafford of Eaton, Three grandchildren and Four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son David Claytor.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Dilley presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Cedric McAbee



03/07/1929-08/31/2015
Cedric McAbee age 86, 111 North Hickory Court Portland passed away Monday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. He was born in Portland March 7, 1929 the son of William and Myrtle (Miller) McAbee. He was married March 23, 1979 to Margaret Powers and she passed away in 2008. He had worked at the Glass Factory in Dunkirk and at Wal-Mart in Portland. He had started girls fast pitch softball here in Jay County. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, played softball and was an avid bowler, served in the National Guard from 1947-1956.
Surviving are three sons Robin McAbee of Coldwater, Ohio, Gale McAbee of Connersville and Tim McAbee of New Castle, One daughter Susan Graves of Avon, IN., Step-daughter Elizabeth Smith of Avon, IN., Eleven grandchildren and Thirteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter Kimbra Stewart.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery west of Bryant. Visitation will be Friday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Girls Softball.


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