Robert E. Ruhl



11/15/1935-12/31/2014
Robert E. Ruhl age 79, 352 East Grandview Ave. Redkey passed away Wednesday at his residence. He was born in Webster City, Iowa on September 15, 1935 the son of Dee and Lorene (Wise) Ruhl. He was married in 1973 to Glenda Miller and she passed away in 2012. He served with the U.S. Army, member of the Dunkirk Moose Lodge, Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association. He was an avid Nascar fan and bowler, He was also a former race car driver. He worked for Indiana Glass, was a truck driver for Craig and B&L for over thirty years and worked as a trash collector for the city of Redkey.
Surviving are three sons Vernon Piercey of Indianapolis, Cordell Ruhl of Redkey and Dee Ruhl of Redkey, two daughters Renee DeCoff of Muncie and Kamey Waters of Muncie, three sisters Mrs. Jack (Charlotte) Bell of Dunkirk, Betty Agantovich of Florida and Mrs. Jerry (Pam) Batt of Muncie, Thrirteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son Chuck Piercey.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Delmer McCowan presiding. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Redkey. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:30 P.M. Memorials can be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.


Donna L. Sills



10/01/1936-12/30/2014
Donna L. Sills age 78, 626 East Walnut Street Portland passed away Tuesday at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. She was born in Wells County October 1, 1936 the daughter of William and Emma (Brock) Myers. She was married in 1954 to Marvin Sills who survives. She was retired after twenty seven years as a teacher with the Blackford School Corporation. She attended Asbury United Methodist Church, member of Retired Teachers Association, graduate of Jackson Twp. High School in Wells County and earned her B.S. And Masters degrees from Ball State University.
Surviving are her husband Marvin, One son Kevin Sills (fiance Kim Hinshaw), two daughters Mrs. Gary (Vickie) Betz of Portland and Mrs. Patrick (Cathy) Murray of Muncie, one brother Gene Myers of Syracuse, one sister Joan Ruble of Bluffton, Eleven grandchildren Justin Deaton (wife Lauren), Andrew Betz (fiance Jennifer Myers), Danielle Hardymon (fiance Josh Engelbrech), Andrea Sills, Jasmine LeMaster (friend Tony Link), Sarah Betz (friend Shad McClure), Quentin Hinshaw (fiance Nicole Stone) Joni Whetzel, Amanda Clemen (husband Mark), Scott Murray (wife Dawn) and Seth James (wife Lindsey), Nine great grandchildren Alec Hurst, Jenna Whetzel, Olivia Deaton, Taylor Hardymon, Rylee Hardymon, Abby Crawley, Twyla Engelbrecht, Owen Clemens and Emmett Betz. She was preceded in death by a brother Billy Myers
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. And one hour prior to the services. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Heart Fund.


Annafaye Confer



01/01/1927-12/31/2014
Annafaye Confer age 87, 745 Patriot Drive Portland passed away Wednesday morning in Albany Healthcare. She was born in Delaware County January 1, 1927 the daughter of Grover and Frances (Jarrett) Sells. She was married May 6, 1950 to Ralph Confer and he passed away in 1999. She had worked in the Extension Office and Union Bank of Portland. She was a member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ and Stitch and Chatter Quilt Club.
Surviving are two sons Dave Confer (wife Janet) of Redkey and John Confer of Geneva, three daughters Mrs. Patrick (Virginia) Jensen of Mooresville, In., Helen Weirich of Cincinnati, Ohio and Mrs. Daniel (Mary) Hamilton of Winchester, Fifteen grandchildren and Twenty great grandchildren
Funeral services will beSaturday at 3:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Gil Alicea presiding. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hartford City. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice.


Clara Naomi Mann



02/19/1927-12/26/2014
Clara Naomi Mann age 87, 2981 South U.S. 27 Portland passed away Friday in Miller's Merry Manor in Fort Wayne. She was born February 19, 1927 in Spartanburg in Randolph County the daughter of Raymond and Blanche Manning. She was married September 19, 1945 to Wilford R. “Bill” Mann and he passed away October 7, 1996. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are two sons Roger Mann of Fort Wayne and Larry Mann of Portland, one brother Bill Manning of Geneva, three sisters Jean Smith of Geneva, Wanda Pyle of Celina and Nadine McWhinney of Piqua, Ten grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding. Burial will follow in the West Lawn Cemetery in Geneva. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Jane Bubp



08/22/1927-12/25/2014
Jane Bubp age 87, 119 West 8th Street Portland passed away late Thursday evening in Crown Pointe in Portland. She was born in Jay County Madison Twp. On August 22, 1927 the daughter of John and Gladys (Jordon) Prescott. She was married September 7, 1947 to Roger D. Bubp and he passed away April 9, 2010. She was a homemaker and an Avon Representative for fifteen years. She was a member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ and American Legion Aux.
Surviving are two daughters Jackie K. Houck (husband Dave) of Portland and Donna Fay Herrmann (husband Richard) of Junction City, Ky., two brothers Ben Prescott of Union City and John Prescott of Winchester, five sisters Maxine Aker of Portland, Grace Jenny of Portland, Marceil Isenbarger (husband Bill) of Saratoga, Ruth Ranley (husband Willie) of Fort Recovery and Margaret Cline (husband Lloyd) of Portland, three grandchildren Ryan Houck of Van Buren, In., Tracy Borgemeke of Cincinnati and Kristy Warner of New Holland, Ohio, Six great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Gil Alicea presiding. Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. Memorials can be made to Jay County Humane Society, State of the Heart Hospice or West Walnut Street Church of Christ.


Ruth Starlin Schafer



11/23/1923-12/22/2014
Ruth Starlin Schafer age 91, former resident of 825 West 100 North Portland passed away Monday in Miller's Merry Manor in Dunkirk. She was born November 23, 1923 in Thompson, Mo the daughter of Lewis and Maude (Keller) Johnson. She was married July 1, 1939 to Paul L. Starlin and he passed away January 7, 1987. She was married March 4, 1989 to Justin Schafer who survives. She was an artist and had an Art Studio having taught for over twenty eight years. She also was a bookkeeper for Hardy Chevrolet for sixteen years. She had been a member of West Walnut Street Church of Christ, member of Indiana Arts Council, Past President and Secretary for Hoosier Salon and was appointed by Gov. Birch Baye to represent Indiana Arts Council in Washington D.C.
Surviving are her husband Justin, two sons Randy Starlin (wife Carol) of Crawfordsville and Steve Starlin (wife Deena) of North Salem, In. two daughters Mrs. Michael (Barbara) White of Fremont, Ohio and Paula Norris of Greenfield, step-son Richard Schafer of Portland, Twelve grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and two step-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a son and grandson.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman
Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Heart Fund.


Eva M. Houser



04/07/1917-12/19/2014
 
Eva M. Houser age 97, former resident of 6092 North U.S. 27 Bryant passed away Friday at Swiss Village in Berne. She was born in New Westin, Ohio April 7, 1917 the daughter of Samuel and Bertha (Manning) Gibson. She was married June 22, 1935 to Mahlon Houser and he died December 26, 2003. She was a homemaker and member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant.
 
Surviving are two step-grandsons Clifford Ball (wife Sharron) of Celina and David L. Ball of Dunedin, Fl. Two step-granddaughters Mrs. Steven (Susan) Dietz and Mrs. Alan (Annie) Sigler both of Logan, Ohio, Seven step-great grandchildren and Six step-great great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by a daughter Nancy Ball and eight siblings.
 
Funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Abner presiding. Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday one hour prior to the services. Memorials can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant, Indiana.


Kathy A. Pfeifer



02/03/1947-12/17/2014
Kathy A. Pfeifer age 67, 942 Boundary Pike Portland passed away Wednesday at her residence. She was born in Portland February 3, 1947 the daughter of Clyde Dorwin and Marie (Knoelke) Stults. She was married in 1966 to Robert Pfeifer who survives. She was retired as an Art Teacher from South Adams Schools. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Surviving are her husband Robert, Two sons Greg Pfeifer of Bryant and Andy Pfeifer of Portland, one brother Larry Stults of Bryant, Four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
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. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Donnell Black



11/2/1955-12/16/2014
Donnell J. Black age 78, 938 West North Street Portland passed away Tuesday in the Jay County Hospital. He was born in Portland November 2, 1936 the son of Fred and Florence (Lamburn) Black. He was married July 22, 1955 to Ginger Lykins whos survives. He was retired from Teledyne Portland Forge after working for thirty three years. He was a 1955 Portland High School graduate, member of Moose Lodge, Sons of American Legion and Teamsters Union.
Surviving are his wife Ginger, Three sons Chris Black (wife Cindy) of San Antonio, Tx., Scott Black (wife Lisa) of Spearfish, S.D. And Brett Black (wife Janine) of Zionsville, Seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday at 3:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Heart Fund.


Earl E. Douglass



02/26/1945-12/16/2014
Earl E. Douglass age 69, Portland passed away Tuesday evening at his residence. He was born in Bloomington, Indiana February 26, 1945 the son of Earl E. and Marion (Milligan) Douglass Sr. He graduated from University High School in Bloomington in 1963 and served with the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1967 serving in Hamburg, Germany. He retired in 2000 from the U. S. Postal Service after 37 years and was Postmaster in Portland from 1980 - 2000. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and American Legion Post #211.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years Jill (Burns), Two daughters Magan Douglass of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Kris (Laura) Hough of Bryant, Two sisters Mrs. Harlan (Marsha) Neawedde and Kay Farris both of Indianapolis, Three grandchildren Ella Douglass, Abilene and Bentley Hough.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Burial with military honors will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. And one hour prior to the services. Memorials can be made to Jay County Summer Swim Team 4711 West 200 South Portland, Indiana 47371.


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