Betty Newland



12/6/1926-09/08/2013
 
Betty Newland age 86, 277 West 500 North Bryant passed away Sunday at the home of her niece Norma Nichols.  She was born in Bryant December 6, 1926 the daughter of Oren and Minnie (Huey) Bergman.  She was married December 6, 1947 to Carl Newland and he passed away January 4, 1994.  She was a homemaker and amish hauler.  She was a member of New Corydon Church and attended Bryant Schools.
 
Surviving are one son Carl Newland Jr. of Decatur, Step-daughter Jean Norman of Wapakoneta, Ohio, three brothers John Bergman of Monroe, Herb Bergman of Corbin, Ky. and Junior Bergman of Jerome, Mi., two sisters Irene Wheeler of Decatur and Mary Bergman of Bryant, four granddaughters, five great grandsons and ten step-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by brothers Orville, Bob and Harley Bergman and a sister Norma Bailey.
 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 1:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mo Hodge presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Bryant Community Cent or choice of the donor.


Gina Ann Bonifas



10/27/1954-09/06/2013
 
Gina Ann Bonifas age 58, 2810 East 300 South Portland passed away Friday evening at her residence.  She was born October 27, 1954 in Throckmorton, Texas the daughter of Hugh and Captola Jennings.  She was married to Dan Bonifas who survives.  She had been a waitress and factory worker.
 
Surviving are her husband Dan, one son Coby Leach (wife Amanda) of Graham, Texas, two daughters Mrs. Jeff (Michelle) Matney of Portland and Brandy Green of Berne, step-son Joe Bonifas of Portland, Eleven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in
 
Services will be held at a later date through Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


Marvin L. Bentz



07/17/1928-09/01/2013
 
Marvin L. Bentz age 85, 100 Cantebury Lane Portland passed away early Sunday morning at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He had lived in Wasilla, Alaska from 2003-2012 before moving back to Portland.  He was born in Portland July 17, 1928 the son of Orville and Majeska (McLaughlin) Bentz. He was married January 21, 1956 to Imogene D. Morgan who survives.
 
He served with the U.S. Airforce and then with the U.S. Army during Korea and Vietnam for three duties from 1949 until retiring in 1979. He was a member of American Legion Post #211, D.A.V., V.F.W., Jay Lodge #87 F&AM, Scottish Rite and Trinity United Methodist Church.
 
Surviving are his wife Imogene, one daughter Diana Lynn Thompson of Portland, one brother Ernest Bentz of Portland, two grandchildren and eight great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Stout presiding.  Burial will follow with military graveside rites in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Everett F. Taylor



11/4/1913-08/28/2013
 
Everett F. Taylor age 99, formerly of 3939 West State Road 26 Portland , passed away Wednesday morning in Swiss Village in Berne. He was a lifelong resident of rural Jay County. He was born in Portland November 4, 1913 the son of Walter and Inez (Matchett) Taylor.  He graduated from Portland High School in 1930.  In 1939 he was married to Lisabeth Hiatt who passed away October 13, 2001. He began working at the Jay Garment Company in 1930 and retired as Vice President of Manufacturing in 1978 after 48 years of service. He served with the U.S. Army during WW II in the Persian Gulf Command from 1942 to 1946.  He was a seventy five year member of Jay Lodge #87 F & AM, Asbury United Methodist Church and Jay County Historical Society and Jay Garment Board of Directors.
 
Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Robert (Ann) Canada of New Palestine, IN. and Mrs. Mark (Lois) Tatman of Portland, Five grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Wertenberger presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211. 
 
Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. with Masonic Services at 7:00 P.M. and Friday morning one hour prior to the funeral services.
Memorials can be made to the Jay County Public Library or the Everett F. and Lisabeth J. Hiatt Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Portland Foundation.


Charles “Chuck” Shreeve



06/30/1950-08/24/2013
 
Charles “Chuck” Shreeve age 63, 1550 West 100 North passed away Saturday at his residence.  He was born in Portland June 30, 1950 the son of David Richard and Kathryn (Bubp) Shreeve.  He was a pilot for over 45 years last flying for Magnum Hunter in Texas.  He was a 1969 Portland High School graduate and graduate of Embry Rittle Flight School in Florida.
 
Surviving are one sister Mrs. Jerry (Diana) Michael of Woodstock, Ga. and three nephews.
 
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Herb Hummel presiding.  Burial will be in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Burnice J. Williams



12/22/1918-08/19/2013
 
Burnice J. Williams age 94 former 221 West Second Street Portland resident and Monroe resident for ten years passed away Monday evening in Swiss Village Retirement Center in Berne.  She was born in Randolph County December 22, 1918 the daughter of Samuel and Bessie (Booher) French.  She was married June 8, 1957 to Vernie J. Williams who passed away July 17, 1997.  She was a homemaker and had worked at Jay Garment.  She attended Monroe United Methodist Church and graduated from Gov. I.P. Gray High School.
 
Surviving are one son Jim G. Smith of Berne and one daughter Mrs. Larry (Lucy) Atkinson of Monroe, Three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Char Allen presiding.  Burial will follow in the Little Salamonia Cemetery in Portland.  Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Samaritan Fund at Swiss Village.


Grace Ann (Granny Grace) Whetstone



03/29/1929-08/18/2013
 
Grace Ann (Granny Grace) Whetstone age 84, 102 East Wilson Street Bryant passed away Sunday in Swiss Village in Berne.  She was born in Adams County March 29, 1929 the daughter of Godfrey and Opal (McFarren) Smith.  She was married March 31, 1946 to Harold Olen Whetstone and he passed away August 15, 2003.  She was a homemaker and had worked at Berne Furniture. She was a member of the Bryant Wesleyan Church and active in Ladies Missionary.
 
Surviving are three sons Michael Whetstone of Portland, Jeffrey Whetstone of Bryant and Joseph Whetstone of Rutherfordton, N.C., Three daughters Mrs. Bill (Sandra) Lawrence of Bryant, Elizabeth Baughn of Portland and Sue Twigg of Bryant, One brother Tilman Smith (wife Mary) of Greenfield, one sister Mrs. Charlie (Veda) Ewart of Geneva, Sister in laws Jean Smith and Katie Smith both of Geneva, Ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in the Bryant Wesleyan Church with Pastors Paul Van Cise and Greg Smith presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Wednesday 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 Bryant Wesleyan Church or Helping Hand Food Bank.


Norma J. Williams



05/14/1932-08/17/2013
 
Norma J. Williams age 81, 642 West 300 North Portland passed away Saturday evening at her residence.  She was born in Portland May 14, 1932 the daughter of Karol and Mary (Pensinger) Bryan.  She was married April 25, 1952 to Doyle Williams who survives.  She had worked for Buckmaster-Nesbitt and Farm Bureau Insurance both in Portland.
 
Surviving are her husband Doyle,  One daughter Mrs. Darren (LaDonna) Sain of Portland and one brother A.J. Bryan (wife Linda) of Portland, several nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by a grandson Ryan Williams.
 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding.  Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or State of the Heart Hospice.


Charles R. French



 05/31/1921-08/17/2013
 
Charles R. French age 92, former resident of 8973 North 100 West Ridgeville passed away Saturday in the Albany Health and Rehabilitation.  He was born in Wabash, Indiana May 31, 1921 the son of Edison and Ruth Marie ((Riddleberger) French.  He was married in 1946 to Wanda Lou Brumbaugh and she passed away in 1988. He served with the U.S. Army. He was retired from Warner-Gear in Muncie.  He was a member of the Redkey Masonic Lodge # 298 and Scottish Rite.
 
Surviving are one son Alan French of Portland and one daughter Michelle Slocum of Ridgeville, two sisters Evelyn McKibben of Portland and Phyllis Hammers of Portland, Four grandchildren and three great grandchildren    
 
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Lawndale Cemetery in Ridgeville.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Mildred Pauline Smith



07/06/1917-07/15/2013
 
Mildred Pauline Smith age 96, 745 Patriot Drive passed away Thursday at her residence in Crown Pointe.  She was born in Jay County July 6, 1917 the daughter of Tillman and Mary Belle (Routte) Mock.  She was married April 5, 1941 to George W. Smith and he passed away April 8, 1992.  She was a teacher in Lincoln, Noble, General Shanks and Redkey Schools retiring in 1978.  He also served as principal in Noble School.  She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, National Teachers Association, Indiana State Retired Teachers and Home Extension Club. 
 
Surviving are two sons G. Michael Smith of Portland and W. Randall Smith of Portland, one daughter Mrs. Dale (Gayle) Nottingham of Hartford City, Eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a daughter Diana Moore.
 
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. and prior to the services Tuesday.  Memorials can be made to the Salvation Army.


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