John D. Schisler Jr.



John D. Schisler Jr. age 46 passed away early Monday morning at the home of his mother. He was born in Union City, Indiana on February 10, 1969 the son of John D. Schisler Sr. and Shirley Lewis. He was a 1987 Jay County High School graduate and served with the U.S. Navy from 1987 – 1991. He worked at Accelerated Curing and was a member of Bryant Wesleyan Church.
Surviving are his mother Shirley Bisel (husband Keith) of Portland, his companion Kristine Alexander of Portland, one brother Scott Miller (wife Sara) of Portland, five sisters Susan Kelly (husband Danny) of Bryant, Lauren Farelle of Marshfield, WI., Terri Eldridge of Portland, Melissa Cox (husband Matt) of Portland and Amanda Bisel of Union City, Indiana Several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Van Cise presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society or State of the Heart Hospice.


Gerald Beard



04/23/1925-12/29/2015
Gerald Beard age 90, 1397 West 150 South Portland passed away Tuesday in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Jay County April 23, 1925 the son of Lewis and Mary (Grimm) Beard. He was married to Katherine Keys who died in 1990, he then married Mabel Mills Wilson in 1992 and she survives. He retired in 1995 from Mutual Security in Portland and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are a son Robert L. Beard of Portland, one brother Bud Beard of Florida, two grandchildren and five great grandchildren He was preceded in death by a daughter Brenda Runkle.
There will be no funeral services. Memorials can be made to the First Presbyterian Church. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Miriam “Midge” Williams



Miriam “Midge” Williams age 94, a longtime Portland resident passed away in Arcadia, California on Saturday. She was born in Portland July 11, 1921 the daughter of Walter and Lula Mae (Sherman) Gaunt. She was married in 1940 to Robert Williams and he died in 2004. She was a school librarian and secretary. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and Tri Kappa Sorority.
Surviving are a son Greg Williams of Ft. Collins, Co. and one daughter Gayle Stoner of Pasadena, Ca. One granddaughter and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman
Funeral Home with Greg Rittenhouse presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church or Choice of the Donor.


William “Woody” Cook



07/05/1929-12/24/2015

William “Woody” Cook age 86, of Gas City, Indiana and former Portland resident passed away Thursday in Colonial Oaks Rehabilitation in Marion. He was born in Ohio on July 5, 1929 the son of Lloyd and Freeda (Bookout) Cook. He was married July 29, 1950 to Iris Lucille DeBoy and she died September 23, 1990, he later married Carol Bowser on February 14, 2004 and she survives. He served with the US Army during WW II. He was a Poling High School graduate, member of Jay Lodge #87 F&AM and played with the Portland Rockets baseball team. He was a construction engineer having help build Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He was an ordained minister and had also was a owner operator of a Mobile Gas Station in Portland and worked at Sheller-Globe.

Surviving are two sons William A. Cook of Decatur and Robert L. Cook (wife Brenda) of Lynchburg, Va., two daughters Karen Riddley of Chatham, Il. And Kristy Duddy (husband Joe) of Elkhart, IN., one brother Phillip Cook of Redkey and one sister Donna Coolman of Lawrence, Ks., Five step sons Carl Bowser (wife Tracie) of Gas City, Mike Bowser (wife Debbie) of Marion, Randy Bowser (wife Renee') of Marion, David Bowser (wife Susan) of Marion and Terry Bowser of Gas City, one step daughter Amy Martin (husband Drayton) of Eager, Az. Twelve grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, eleven step-grandchildren and fourteen step great grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul McPherson presiding. Visitation will be from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. On Tuesday. American Legion Post #211 will conduct military rites following the service at the funeral home. Memorials can be given to New Life Fellowship Church in Gas City, Indiana


Charles A. Ripley



09/14/1936-12/23/2015
Charles A. Ripley age 79, 2217 South 50 East Portland passed away Wednesday in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Winchester September 14, 1936 the son of William and Maudie (Clevenger) Ripley. He was a union carpenter.
Surviving are four sons Ray Ripley (wife Fran) of Huntsville, AL., Charles M. Ripley of Daleville, AL., Scott Ripley of Decatur and Jeff Upp (wife Tonya) of Portland, Five daughters Patti McLaughlin of Winchester, Peggy Bower (husband Tim) of Winchester, Penny Reinhart (husband Chris) of Logansport, Pam McCraine (husband Bobby) of Decatur and Jennifer Inman (husband Dean) of Florence, Ky., Two brothers Jack Ripley of Charleston, S.C., and Darrel Ripley of Connecticut, One sister Rose Gourley of Denver, CO., Twenty grandchildren and eight great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Monday at 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Rex Collins presiding. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Jay County Heart Fund.


Jack Stephenson



08/15/1940-12/16/2015
Jack Stephenson age 75, 601 Blaine Pike Portland passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was born in Muncie August 15, 1940 the son of Hamilton and Ruth Stephenson. He was married April 23, 1983 to Ruth Hudson who survives. He was a purchasing executive with Teledyne Portland Forge, a published author, Past president of Portland Lions Club, charter member of 4th of July Committee, 1958 Royerton High School graduate and attended Ball State University.
Surviving are his wife Ruth, three sons Matt Stephenson (wife Michelle) of Muncie, Daired Franks of Portland and Chad Franks (wife Jana) of Portland, Five grandchildren and four great grandchildren
Private family services will be held through Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Humane Society.


John V. Ainsworth



05/07/1937-12/11/2015
John V. Ainsworth age 78, 1296 West 450 South Portland passed away Friday in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Mercer County, Ohio May 7, 1937 the son of Alex and Ruth (Brown) Ainsworth. He was married October 12, 1957 to Martha Sudhoff who survives. He retired from New Idea in Coldwater after 45 years. He graduated from Ansonia High School and served in the National Guard .He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Portland and Knights of Columbus in Ft. Recovery.
Surviving are his wife Martha, Five sons Gary Ainsworth (wife Sandra) of North Judson, Indiana, Dale Ainsworth (wife Kristy) of Portland, Donald Ainsworth (wife Sherry) of Bryant, Jim Ainsworth (wife Teresa) of Yorktown and Tom Ainsworth (wife Marilyn) of Cross Plains, TN., One sister Cynthia Sell of Greenville, Elewven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In the Immaculate conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 – 7:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Heart Fund or Masses.


Ralph Nielsen



3/12/1938-12/9/2015
Ralph Nielsen age 77, 3564 East S.R. 26 Portland passed away Wednesday in Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born in Massachusetts on March 12, 1938 the son of Ralph and Theresa (Plante) Nielsen. He was married May 19, 1996 to Leda Ivanovna who survives. He was retired from Pax Machine and had worked at Sheller-Globe. He was also a pilot.

Surviving are his wife Leda, one son Kai Nielson of Southport, N.C. And one daughter Kim Edwards of Winchester, Va. One step-daughter Nataliy Canfield of Richland, WA. One sister Katherine Kenney of Portland, Four grandchildren and two great grandchildren
Funeral services will be at 4:00 P.M. On Monday with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Jay County Heart Fund.


Orvel A. Wendel



07/04/1929-12/4/2015
Orvel A. Wendel age 86, 1085 East 300 North Portland died Friday at his residence. He was born in St. Peter, Ohio July 4, 1929 the son of John and Bernadine (Post) Wendel. He was married April 7, 1956 to Joann E. Schindler who survives. He was retired from New Idea in Coldwater and was a farmer. He served with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1952-1955. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, I.O.F., Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters.
Surviving are his wife Joann, two sons David Wendel (wife Christa) of Portland and Anthony “Andy” Wendel (wife Katy) of Portland, four daughters Becky Timmerman (husband Mike) of Portland, Nancy Moser (husband Scott) of Chandler, Az., Jane Kaup (husband Kenny) of Chandler, Az., and Amy Durham (husband Steve) of South Carolina, Daughter in law Jackie Wendel of Portland, Fourteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Edward.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. In Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Moran presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice, Jay County Cancer Society or to Masses.


Leona Ruth Lykins



01/27/1917-12/4/2015

Leona Ruth Lykins age 98, 600 South Meridian Street Portland passed away Friday in the Jay County Hospital. She was born in Portland January 27, 1917 the daughter of George W. and Beatrice I. (Miller) Franks. She was married in 1936 to Nat Lykins and he died May 22, 1962. She was retired from CTS in Berne.

Surviving are one son James Lykins of Germany and one daughter Carolyn Ann Tighe of Gas City, two brothers George Franks of Florida and Fred Franks of Portland, Eleven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Nat Lykins Jr. and a daughter Jackie VanSkyock.
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 Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


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