Dr. Eugene Morin Gillum

Eugene Morin Gillum age 93, former longtime Portland Physician passed away Wednesday in Chelsea Retirement Village in Chelsea, Michigan. He was born August 12, 1920 in Union City, Indiana the son of Curtis and Ruth (Bortner) Gillum.  He was married November 25, 1948 to Jane Lawrence who survives.
Eugene graduated from Winchester High School in 1938.  Wright Aeronautical Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio gave Eugene his first job as a production engineer. A year later, he was promoted to service representative and was stationed with the Army Air Corp in Salina, Kansas.  He was working with B-29 combat crews.  In 1944
he was inducted into the Army Air Corp as part of the 20th Air Force, 315 Bomb Wing in Guam.  While in Guam, Eugene worked on his beloved B-29 and took many photos of the B-29 Nose art. These photos are some of the only records of WW II military art, and have been subject of much study and even Art and Military Museum installations  in 2012.
Eugene was discharged in May 1946.  He returned to his family in Richmond, Indiana and decided to go to medical school.  He needed additional credits and went to Earlham College in 1948 and got his BS in Science.  His sister Marcella went to nursing school and his brother Duane went to medical school as well.  They were all quite proud of their medical professions.
While in Richmond Gene and Jane met and married.  Jane supported Gene through IU Medical School by teaching in the Speedway schools.  Eugen graduated Medical School in 1953, completed his rotation at Indianapolis General Hospital in 1954 and then moved to Portland to start his practice.
Eugene and Jane were extremely proud of the Portland community that they helped build.  They both supported the Arts, and in particular Eugene always loved piano and organ music, both to play for himself and to listen and marvel at other performers.  They supported many local foundations and museums and were proud that Portland had so many things to offer to central Indiana culture.  Together they acted the role of “Country Doctor and his Wife” at the Jay County Historical Society events.  Eugene was also dedicated to preserving and respecting the history of WW II and worked to help start and support the Museum of the Soldier with his time, energy and collections.
Gene and Jane traveled the US and the world, exploring the natural world, following Gene’s love of geology and Jane’s love of art.   They brought back pictures and experiences that they gladly shared with friends and family.  Eugene collected Antique Drug bottles, model trains and planes and Indian artifacts with passion and love.  He loved to teach and lecture to whomever would listen, always interested in sharing his knowledge with others.
In Gene’s medical practice, he celebrated his position as healer and caregiver to the families in the Jay County area.  He delivered over 2500 babies during his practice and helped recruit and build the medical care system necessary for supporting Jay County residents.  He spent countless hours helping create the National Academy of Family Practice Physicians as a physician peer support organization and was a founding member of the  Indiana Academy of Family Practice.
Eugene had his family practice in Portland for thirty nine years retiring in 1992.  He served as Jay County Health Officer for thirty six years.  Served on the Jay County Hospital Board, Portland Chamber of Commerce, Zoning Board, Industrial Development Board, Joh Jay Board, Arts Place, Museum of the Soldier, Portland Foundation, First Presbyterian Church and Mason and Shriner for over fifty years.
Surviving are his wife Jane, one son Larry Gillum of Lake Villa, Illinois, One daughters Mrs. Dan (Janene) Centurione of Ann Arbor, Mi., One brother Duane Gillum of Lexington, Ky.  and Five grandchildren
A memorial service for Eugene M. Gillum will be held at a later date.  Memorials can be directed to the Museum of the Soldier, Jay County Historical Society or Jay County Hospital all of Portland, Indiana.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home 221 North Meridian Street Portland, Indiana are in charge of the arrangements.

Marilyn Post

Marilyn Post age 84, 640 East North Street Portland passed away Monday at her residence.  She was born in Muncie November 28, 1929 the daughter of Russell and Ruth (Weaver) Ashton.  She was married May 9, 1953 to Bernard J. Post and he died March 15, 2000.  She was a secretary for Haynes Milling Company in Portland for sixteen years.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Rosary Sodality, Jay County Hospital Aux. and past member of Delta Theta Tau sorority.
Surviving are one son Robert Post (wife Dorothy) of Denton, Texas and one daughter Mrs. Daniel (Nancy) Grubenhoff of Corinth, Texas,  Four grandchildren and four great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday 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 Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with a scripture service at 6:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Diabetes Foundation, State of the Heart Hospice or Jay County Hospital Aux.

Ethel Bennett

Ethel Bennett age 94, former 431 West Votaw Street resident passed away Friday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  She was born in Portland September 9, 1919 the daughter of Raymond and Anna (Hiestand) Hapner.  She was married to Harold Bennett and he died December 8, 1976.  She was a cashier and bookkeeper for G.C. Murphy in Portland.  She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman
Funeral Home with Tom Lightle presiding.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.  Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  Memorials can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church.

Robert Jay Miller

Robert Jay Miller age 88, 118 Pilgrim Drive Portland passed away Tuesday afternoon in Bethel Pointe Health and Rehabilitation in Muncie. 
He was born in Portland December 13, 1925 the son of Earl and Mabel Ruth (Gibson) Miller.  He was married July 1, 1951 to Marjorie J. Anderson who survives.  He started in the Dry Cleaning Business in Dunkirk and since 1949 was owner and operator of Jay County Beverage serving as Chairman of the Board.  He played saxophone in the Starlighters Band. He was a 1943 Dunkirk High School graduate. He was member of Portland Elks Lodge, Portland Eagles Lodge and Dunkirk Moose Lodge.  Organized the recycling center at Jay-Randolph Developmental in 1981. He was a Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Business of the Year Winner from the Chamber of Commerce. He arranged in bringing the Budweiser Clydesdales to Jay County in 1999 and 2009.
Surviving are his wife Marjorie, Two sons Ted Miller of Portland and Michael Miller of Eugene, Oregon, One daughter Sherri Miller of Strawberry, Arizona, Five grandchildren and Seven great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday at 4:30 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Streitelmeier presiding.  Burial will be in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay-Randolph Developmental Services.

Martha Catharine Rockwell

Martha Catharine Rockwell age 88, 8178 East 100 South Portland passed away Monday morning at her residence. She was born in Jay County October 11, 1925 the daughter of Fred and Lena (Roser) Brumm.  She was married July 1, 1945 to Levon Rockwell who survives.  She was manager of the Portland License Branch retiring in 1988.   She was a 1944 Portland High School graduate and attended Ball State Nursing School.  She was a member and organist of First Church of Christ in Fort Recovery, member of Salamonia V.F.W. Aux., Jay County Historical Society and Jay County Republican Women.  The state of Indiana honored her with the Honorary Secretary of the State and Council of the Attorney General Awards.
Surviving are her husband Levon, Three sons Vernon Rockwell, Mike Rockwell and Robert Rockwell all of Portland, Two daughters Cindy Kasmer of Tempe, Arizona and Lesa Rockwell of Portland.  One brother Harold Brumm of Syracuse, In. and one sister Wanda Butcher of Angola, Eight grandchildren, Nine great grandchildren and Three step-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a daughter Connie Bricker.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. in the First Church of Christ Church in Fort Recovery with Pastor Gary Snowden presiding.  Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.  Memorials can be made to the First Church of Christ or State of the Heart Hospice.

Nancy C. Hampson

Nancy C. Hampson age 81, former resident of Bryant and Portland passed away Sunday afternoon in Swiss Village in Berne.  She was born in Jay County April 24, 1932 the daughter of Beryl and Inez (Ashcraft) Miller.  She was married March 8, 1953 to Philip Hampson and he died January 21, 1999.  She was a dance instructor, member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran Church, Psi Iota Xi, Jay County Hospital Board and Jay County Hospital Aux.
Surviving are two sons Jeff Hampson of Portland and Kent Hampson of Portland, one daughter Cheryl Milligan of Granger, one brother Jim Miller of Portland, Nine grandchildren and Fourteen great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday at 12:00 P.M. in the Zion Lutheran Church in Portland.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church.  Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

John J. Mills

John J. Mills age 74, 1873 West 500 North Portland passed away early Thursday morning at his residence.  He was born in Muncie December 21, 1939 the son of Garold and Winnegene (Phillips) Mills.  He was married December 1, 1961 to Anita Smith who survives.  He had worked for Maitlen Motors, Manors Motors and taught at the Jay County High School from 1976 until 2001 as the Auto Vocations Instructor.  He graduated from Gray High School in 1957 and served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1961-1964.  He was an avid fisherman and woodcarver.
Surviving are his wife Anita, Two daughters Mrs. Doug (Carla) Horn of Bryant and Robin Mills of St. Louis, Mo., One sister Sarah Rinker of Indianapolis, Four granddaughters and four step-grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday at 6:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mitch Corwin and Joe Hines presiding.  Visitation will be Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00 P.M.  Burial will be in the Green Park Cemetery.  Memorials can be made to the Peyton Manning Childrens Hospital or Jay County Cancer Society.

Rick Rines

Rick Rines age 54, 122 Floral Ave. Portland passed away early Thursday morning  at his residence.  He was born in Muncie November 14, 1959 the son of Dick and Jean (Shawver) Rines.  He was married in 2007 to Shelly Chaney who survives.  He worked for Createc for ten years, was a Group Home Supervisor for Jay-Randolph for fifteen years and was in the National Guard for nine years.  He attended Fellowship Baptist Church and was a Jay County High School graduate. 
Surviving are his wife Shelly, his parents Dick and Jean Rines of Portland, Step-daughter Christa Hofstetter of Geneva, two sisters Judy Comstock of Decatur and Leeann Davidson of Redkey, Several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 4:00 P.M. Saturday in the Fellowship Baptist Church with pastor Mitch Corwin presiding. Burial will be in the Little Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. at the church.  Memorials can be made to Fellowship Baptist Church.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. 

Robert H. McCreery

Robert H. McCreery age 88, 321 East High Street Portland passed away October 13, 2013 in the Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  He was born September 11, 1925 in Muncie, the son of Herman and Margaret (McKinley) McCreery.  He was married December 21, 1947 to Helen Brown who survives.  He served with the U.S. Army during WW II.  He was a Metallurgical Engineer at Teledyne Portland Forge retiring in 1990.
He was a Eagle Scout and graduated from Muncie Burris High School in 1943, he earned his B.S. from Purdue University, Member of Zion Lutheran Church, Life member of American Society Mechanical Engineers, Life member American Society Metals, Licensed Professional Engineer, Trustee ASM International, Fellow ASM International,  Past President of Portland Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation, Paul Harris Rotary Fellow, former Portland City Councilman, Stephen Minister, member of American Legion Post #211, member of Scottish Rite and Jay Lodge #87 F&AM, Cincinnatus League Hall of Fame Lifetime of Services recipient, Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Indiana Lives, International Biography and Engineers of Distinction, Author of several technical articles including Non Destructive Case Depth Measurements and Effects of Reduction on Strand Cast Steel.
He was a heart transplant recipient on February 14, 1990 and was the longest living heart transplant recipient at the time of his death.
Surviving are his wife Helen, Two daughters Ann McCreery Oswalt (Husband Jon) of Hartford City and Sarah Brown McCreery  of Warsaw, One brother James McCreery of Brandon, MS.  Two grandchildren Courtney Oswalt and Scott Wappes.
Memorials services will be Monday at 11:00 A.M. in the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Family will greet guests one hour prior to the services and also on Sunday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. 
Memorials can be made to the Robert and Helen McCreery Scholarship Fund through the Portland Foundation.

James Rickner

James Rickner age 78, 615 North Middle Street Portland passed away Saturday at his residence.  He was born in Portland February 1, 1935 the son of Earl and Georgia (Halterman) Rickner.  He was married April 4, 1959 to C. Jean Byrum who survives.  He was retired from Strohl Appliance in Portland after thirty years.  He also worked for Jack’s Sunoco.  He served with the National Guard.  He was a 1953 Portland High School graduate, member of Portland Morning Optimists, Historical Society and was active in bowling and softball.
Surviving are his wife Jean, Three sons Robert Rickner of Muncie, Richard Rickner (wife Amy) of Portland and Steve Rickner (wife Gina) of Fisherville, Ky., One daughter Mrs. Anthony (Donna) Loden of Redkey, Two step-brothers Thurman Hisey of Portland and Richard Hisey
Seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Luttrell presiding.  Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Historical Society.

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