Norma Jean Tullis



01/02/1938-04/21/2016

Norma Jean Tullis age 78, 114 Bittersweet Lane Portland passed away Thursday at her residence. She was born in Bryant January 2, 1938 the daughter of Arthur Wendel and Ersie May (Rohrer) Worth. She was married May 4, 1956 to William J. Tullis who survives. She was a 1956 Poling High School graduate and retired from Jay Products in Portland.
Surviving are her husband Bill, two sons Tracy Tullis (wife Ann) of Indianapolis and Terry Tullis (companion Heidi) of Greenfield, one daughter Mrs. Karen Tullis Meckstroth (husband Allan) of Portland, two brother Lester Worth of Ohio and John Worth of Michigan, two sisters Viera Middaugh of Indiana and Mary Boozier of Portland, sister in law Barb Wehrly of Michigan, four grandchildren Kia Ann (McKee) Baughn, Trevor Scott Tullis, Taylor Michael Tullis and Kerri Jo Adair, Eight great grandchildren and one step-grandchild.
Services will be held at a later date. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of services. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Cancer Society.


Sandra J. DeHoff



Sandra J. (Millet) DeHoff passed on to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 11, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Sandy was born October 3, 1938 to the late Virgil and Leona (Greer) Millet and graduated from Portland High School in 1955. She worked for Portland Schools, Marsh and Jay School Corporation as a secretary and treasurer, as well as for the Portland Foundation until her retirement in 2003. Sandy was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Portland, serving in the choir and other roles, and was very involved in planning her high school class reunions.
Sandy was deeply loved and is survived by her son Greg DeHoff; son Brad DeHoff, daughter-in-law Beth and grandsons Brandon, Ryan and Kyle; son Stan DeHoff and daughter-in-law Carol; son Andy DeHoff, daughter-in-law Jill and grandsons Joshua and Zachary; and a sister, June (Millet) Wendel of Portland, Indiana, as well as nieces, nephews, other extended family, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Timothy DeHoff, and her brother Virgil Millet Jr.
Visitation will take place at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, 221 N. Meridian St., Portland, Indiana, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15. The funeral will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 402 N. Ship St., Portland, Indiana, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, with burial following at Green Park Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or Portland Foundation.


Paul McIntire



04/30/1938-04/8/2016
Paul McIntire age 77, former Ridgeville resident passed away Friday at his daughter's house in Muncie. He was born in Muncie April 30, 1938 the son of Corvin and Bessie (Jaynes) McIntire. He was married to LaVesta Crater and she preceded him in death. He was a union heavy equipment operator. He was a member of International Labors Union, Local 1112 and Operating Engineers Union.
Surviving are two daughters Brenda Hutchens of Muncie and Ruth Ann Hall of Muncie, one brother Phillip McIntire (wife Judy) of Portland, two sisters Ruth Garrett of Muncie and Claris Meeks of Muncie, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wtuesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Smith presiding. Burial will follow in the Bluff Point Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association


Norman Priest



10/31/1927-03/29/2016
Norman Priest age 88, 2030 South Lutes Central Drive Portland passed away Tuesday in the Albany Healthcare and Rehabilitation. He was born in Portland October 31, 1927 the son of Howard and Pearla (Sphoon) Priest. He was married April 20, 1947 too Gladys Helen Philabaum and she passed away September 9, 2015. He was manager of Cline-Wilt Lumber Company in Portland and was a member of Portland Kiwanis Club, Jay Lodge #87 F&AM and Redkey Faith Ministries.
Surviving are his daughter Karen Saxman of Portland, two granddaughters Mrs. Ray (Cindy) Newton of Portland and Mrs. Robert (Jodi) Lahmann of Glenwood, Maryland , 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 Garden of Memories in Muncie. Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Albany Healthcare and Rehabilitation.


Esther A. Laux



04/11/1932-03/28/2015
Esther A. Laux age 83, 804 East High Street Portland passed away Monday in Swiss Village in Berne. She was born in Celina April 11, 1932 the daughter of Clarence and Mary Ann (Remakulas) Wagner. She was married October 10, 1951 to Joseph E. Laux and he died March 16, 2012. She had worked at Fisher's Meat in Portland for many years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Surviving are two sons Ron Laux (wife Mary Ann) of Portland and Greg Laux of Geneva, two sisters Helen Wagner of Coldwater and Levina Laux of Coldwater, two grandsons Brad Laux of Ft. Wayne and Phil Laux of Portland and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.


Sarah E. Overmeyer



02/28/1926-03/23/2016
Sarah E. Overmeyer age 90 passed away Sunday at Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland. She was born in Kentucky February 28, 1926 the daughter of John and Marjorie (Burk) Brock. She was married to Jack Overmeyer and he died in 2011. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are three sons Doug Sheets of Portland, Sandy Landfair of Wooster, Ohio and Steve Landfair of Wooster, Ohio, four daughters Brenda Armstrong of Portland, Linda Alday of Portland, Candy Armstrong of Portland and Teresa Turpin of Portland, one sister Phyllis Bolin of Portland, Twelve grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. In the Green Park Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Jeff Horsman presiding. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. In the chapel. Memorials can be made to Jay County Humane Society. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Samy Bunch



11/13/1941-03/19/2016
Samy Bunch age 74, 101 South Francis Street Bryant passed away Saturday at his residence. He was born in Tennessee November 13, 1941 the son of Robert and Pearl (Ward) Bunch. He was married January 5, 1963 to Ruthanne Shirk who survives. He was a truck driver and also painted semi tractors.
Surviving are his wife Ruthanne, one step-son Tim Brotherton (wife Carla) of Portland, three daughter Joyce Duke of Portland, Anita Foudray of Burlington, Ky. And Beth Longworth (husband Larry) of Winchester, one brother James Bunch of Tennessee, four sisters Liz Byrge of Dunkirk, Kathy Jones of Dunkirk, Reda Burress of Straight Fork, TN. And Roxie Thompson of Biloxi, Ms. Ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter Christina Bunch.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul VanCise presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Fredric C. Ninde



04/24/1920-03/17/2016

Fredric C. Ninde age 95, Rural Portland resident passed away Thursday morningin Swiss Village in Berne. He was born in Adams County April 24,1920 the son ofR. Claude and Aetna (Glendining) Ninde. He was married October 20, 1942 toMary Elizabeth (Haley) Ninde and she preceaded him in death on September 1,2015. He was a retired Dairy Farmer , Gideons, was a Bryant High Schoolgraduate, and served in the US Army as a Staff Sargent during WWII, Jay CountyCommittee FSA 40+ Years, Bear Creak Township Trustee for many years,Sunday School Teacher, Trustee, Superintendent, and Member at WestchesterUnited Methodist Church, he was a Licensed Funeral Embalmer in the state ofIndiana.

Surviving are 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. Eleven grandchildren and Fourteen Great grandchildren, Severalnieces and Nephews in the Campbell Family.Visitation will be Saturday from 10 am-2 pm with funeral services to follow at2pm at Westchester United Methodist Church.


Carolyn J. Finch



03/29/1937-03/13/2016
Carolyn J. Finch age 78, 1107 South Bridge Street Portland passed away late Sunday evening in the Albany Healthcare and Rehabilitation. She was born in Richmond March 29, 1937 the daughter of Lewis and Ruth (Byrd) Wiley. She was married June 19, 1955 to Glen “Bud” Finch who survives. She was manager and co-owner of Finch's Grocery. She was a graduate of Gov. I.P. Gray School, member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ, Secretary and treasurer of Center Cemetery for many years.

Surviving are her husband Glen “Bud” Finch, One son Robin Finch of Stow, Ohio, Four daughters Connie McClain (husband John) of Virginia Beach, Va., Teresa McIntire of Monticello, In., Brenda Ryan (husband Marty) of Lawrenceburg, In. and Kristy Inman (husband Aaron) of Portland one sister Lucinda Shawver (husband Mike) of Portland, Eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren and her dog Lucky Boy
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday in the West Walnut Street Church with Pastor Gil Alicea presiding. Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials can be made to the Center Cemetery Maintenance Fund.


Jane Ann (Johnson) Hodgson



05/14/1953-03/01/2016
Jane Ann (Johnson) Hodgson age 62 6224 North 250 West Bryant passed away Tuesday morning at her residence. She was born in Portland May 14, 1953 the daughter of Delbert and Helen (Davidson) Johnson. She was married to Kenneth Hodgson who survives. She was a homemaker and 1971 Portland High School graduate.
Surviving are three sons Brandon Hodgson (wife Jaime) of Bryant, Travis Hodgson (wife Melinda) and Joshua Hodgson of Bryant, one daughter Kristyn Marley (husband Christopher) of Portland, one brother Larry Johnson of Portland, six grandchildren
Private family will be held in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial in the Center Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Riley Children's Hospital.


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