Henry R. Jones



01/20/1935-08/13/2014

Henry R. Jones age 79, 412 East Seventh Street Portland passed away Wednesday at his residence.  He was born in Alexandria January 20, 1935 the son of Henry A. and Nora (Croucher) Jones.  He was married February 7, 1969 to Wanda Ferry who survives.  He served with the U.S. Army and was retired from Indiana Glass in Dunkirk.

Surviving are his wife Wanda, two sons Nolan Jones of Portland and Henry Jones Jr. of Portland, one daughter Mrs. James (Bobbi) Ward of Portland, two step-daughters Diane Dickerson (companion Ron Pollock) of Marion and Mrs. Scott (Angela) Cleavenger of Dunkirk, Seven brothers Kenny Jones of Dunkirk, Earl Jones of Dunkirk, James Jones of Dunkirk, Albert Jones of Dunkirk, Rick Jones of Dunkirk, Phil Jones of Madison and Tom Jones of Florida, Four sisters Vickie Beavers of Dunkirk, Betty Vaughn of Pennville, Jane Wolfe of Pennville and Ann Regnault of Marion, Nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren

Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211.  Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 – 1:00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the family to help with expences.


Joy “Jean” Lybarger



11/20/1926-08/12/2014

Joy “Jean” Lybarger age 87, 1977 C.R. 3000 North Rantoul, Illinois and former Bryant resident passed away Tuesday at her residence.  She was born in Bryant November 20, 1926 the daughter of Lafe and Martha (Hicks) Goff.  She was married July 12, 1946 to John “Pat” Lybarger and he died July 5, 1997.  She had worked at Jay Garment in Portland and C.T.S. in Berne.  She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, American Legion Aux. and 4-H Leader.

Surviving are one son Patrick Lybarger (wife Shar) of McAllen, Tx. and two daughters Mrs. John (Sondra) Sipes ofRantoul, Il. and Mrs. John (Marilyn) Zielinski of Toledo, Oh.  Four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Zion Lutheran Church or American Cancer Society.


Steven M. Patch



Steven M. Patch age 66, 3916 Pasadena Drive Lafayette, Indiana passed away at his residence.  He was born in Decatur, Indiana April 23, 1948 the son of Howard and Delores (Patterson) Patch.  He was retired elementary school teacher having taught in Alexandria and Tippecanoe County School systems for forty years.  He was a member of the teachers association, 1966 Bryant High School graduate and earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Ball State University.  He was an avid traveler.

Surviving are his parents Howard and Delores Patch of Bryant, two sisters Mrs. Steven (Susan) Hoover of New Castle and Mrs. Larry (Cindy) Betz of Geneva, two nephews and one niece.

Memorial services will be Friday at 3:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Isch presiding. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. prior to the services.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Bettie Jean Kunkle



04/22/1923-08/9/2014

Bettie Jean Kunkle age 91, 406 South 200 West Portland passed away Saturday evening in Albany Healthcare and Rehabilitation.  She was born in Portland April 22, 1923 the daughter of Robert and Velma (Hotsenpiller) Valentine.  She was married November 25, 1943 to Joe Jay Kunkle and he died November 21, 2003.  She was a homemaker.  She was a Portland High School graduate and member of Salamonia Christian Church and West Walnut Street Church of Christ.

Surviving are one son Ken Kunkle (companion Luanna Detro) of Portland, two daughters Pamela Whittington (fiancé Randy LeMaster) of Portland and Mrs. Roger (Patricia) Clay of LaGrange,  Eight grandchildren, Twelve great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son Stephen.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Nichols presiding.  Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Rose Ellen Fisher



08/30/1923-08/5/2014

 

Rose Ellen Fisher age 90, 22 Sesame Street Portland passed away Tuesday morning in Randolph Nursing Home in Winchester.  She was born August 30, 1923 in Cartington, Ohio the daughter of Arthur and Edna (Holt) Kester.  She was married January 7, 1939 to James L. Fisher and he died December 4, 1999.  She was the owner of Mode O Day Clothing Store in Portland. 

Surviving are two daughters JoEllen Johnston (husband Ron) of Portland and Beth Ralston (husband Don) of Bryant, one brother Alvin Holt of Arkansas and one sister Nancy Davis of Cartington, Ohio,  Four grandchildren and three great grandchildren

Private family services will be held at a later date.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Everett D. (Jake) Evans



09/28/1924-08/06/2014

 

Everett D. (Jake) Evans age 89, 147 East Lafayette Street Portland passed away Wednesday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare.  He was born in Portland September 28, 1924 the son of John and Daisy (Bond) Evans.  He had been married to Beverly Brubaker and she passed away December 12, 1983.  He had worked for Sheller-Globe for thirty six years and was custodian at the Portland Moose Lodge.  He was a U.S. Army WW II veteran from 1943-1946.  He was a over sixty year member of the Portland Moose Lodge, American Legion Post #211, D.A.V., Fort Recovery V.F.W.  and 1943 Portland High School graduate.  He was a contributor to the Museum of the Soldier.

Surviving are two sons Ronald Evans of Portland and Brian Evans of Portland, one daughter Cindy Hale of Portland, one brother Arthur Evans of Portland, Eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren

Private family services will be held in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Lawndale Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211.  Memorials can be made to the American Legion Honor Guard.


Paul Max Snow



01/30/1938-08/03/2014

 

Paul Max Snow age 78, 504 Floral Ave. Portland passed away Sunday morning at his residence.  He was born in Portland January 30, 1938 the son of Robert and Mamie (Kantner) Snow.  He was married July 18, 1959 to Sandy Baughn who survives.  He was a truck driver and had worked for Landon Trucking, Naas Foods and Haynes Milling all of Portland.  He served with the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Teamsters Union, American Legion Post #211 and Fort Recovery V.F.W.

Surviving are his wife Sandy, one son Dave Snow of Mesa, Arizona,  two daughters Mrs. Jerry (Angie) Byrum of Portland and Jayni Snow of Bradford, Ohio, one sister Mrs. Jack (Betty) Haffner of Portland, sister in law Rose Snow of Portland, Eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mamie Snow and his brother Robert Snow.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding.  Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. and prior to services Thursday.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Carol J. Somers



02/28/1947-08/01/2014

Carol J. Somers age 67, 67 Sesame Street Portland passed away Friday morning in I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  She was born February 28, 1947 the daughter of Lawrence and Bonnie (Hall) Fisher.  She was married July 31, 1965 to Donald Somers who survives.  She had worked at Jay Garment.

Surviving are her husband Donald, four sons Doug Somers (wife Marilyn) of Portland, Ron Somers (wife Karin) of Portland, Kevin Somers (wife Heather) of Portland and Chad Somers of Portland. Two sisters Mrs. Jack (Pat) Smith of Marion, Ohio and Mrs. Butch (Linda) Grider of Portland, Eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Billy Stanton presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Collett Church of the Nazarene.


John D. Rector



12/6/1942-08/01/2014

John D. Rector  age 71, 703 South Meridian Street Portland passed away early Friday morning at his residence.  He was born in Portland December 6, 1942 the son of Claude and Cleta (Caldwell) Rector.  He was married March 19, 1965 to Sue Penrod who survives.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran.  He was a control technician for ANR Pipeline in Portland.

Surviving are his wife Sue, one son John Paul Rector of Portland, three daughters Mrs. Steve (Angie) Elmore of Portland, Brenda Taylor of Celina and April Limbert of Portland, one sister Mrs. John (Judy) Redwine of Portland, Eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. in the First Baptist Church with Pastor Ron Ross presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation is at the church from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or Jay County Heart Fund.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of the arrangements.


Francis Leon Harris



01/25/1937-08/01/2014

Francis Leon Harris age 77, 919 West Race Street Portland died early Friday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare.  He was born in Jay County January 25, 1937 the son of Elmore and Hazel (Morgan) Harris.  He was married in 1957 to Martha June Hartley who survives.  He worked as a Portland Fireman, Rescue 19 and served as a training officer for 32 ½  years and with Strohl Appliance for 55 years.  He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife Martha June, three sons Rodney Harris of Glendale Heights, Il., Ronald Harris Harris of Plainfield and Donald Harris of Bluffton, one daughter Rebecca Ann Harris-Hodgson of Portland, one brother  Paul Harris of Glendale, Az.  Nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a son Randal, brothers Arthur and Gene and his parents Elmore and Hazel.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 3:30 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Miller    presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 – 3:30 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Portland Fire Dept.


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