Nancy Lee (Elliott) Garringer

Nancy Lee (Elliott) Garringer, 78, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away on January 21, 2015 in Harlingen, TX. Born in Portland, IN to Raymond and Anna Mae (Rowland) Elliott, she graduated from Portland High School in 1953. She was the first girl scout in Jay County to earn the Curved Bar. She went on to graduate from Ball State Teachers College. She began teaching with Fort Wayne Community Schools in 1959 and retired in 1995. She taught at LC Ward, Harrison Hill, Adams, and Southern Heights. She enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid quilter.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Donald W. Garringer; her daughter Donna (Robert) Gaul of Fort Wayne; her brother Jeff (Brenda) Elliott of Vincennes, IN; nephew Chad (Danielle) Elliott of Sullivan, IN; niece Jennifer (Carl) Woods of Florence, NC; 5 great-nieces and nephews; and best friend of 55 years, Cornelia Shideler of Fort Wayne.

She is preceded in death by both of her parents. A memorial service will be held on a later date at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland, IN. Memorials can be made out to Fort Wayne Community Schools for their clothing bank.

William D. Milligan

William D. Milligan age 74, of 1334 South Meridian Street Portland passed away on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He was born in Portland September 6, 1940 to Dr. Wm. A. Milligan and Mary Amanda Milligan. He was a 1958 Portland High School graduate, International Business College graduate and Northwestern University Trust School graduate in Evanston, Illinois. He was married June 23, 1961 to Joyce Shull who survives. He was a member of Jay Lodge #87 F&AM and The Evangelical Methodist Church in Portland. He had been employed at Home Dairy in Berne, The Peoples Bank, Prudential Insurance and owner of Milligan Chevrolet. He was most recently Director of the Jay/Portland Building and Planning Department having retired from that position on December 31, 2014.
Surviving are his wife Joyce, one son Brad Milligan of Palatine, Il., one daughter Donisa Alexander (husband Steve) of Roanoke, In., one brother Doug Milligan (wife Judy) of Berne, one grandson Caleb Alexander of Grace College, three granddaughters Lilyanna Alexander of Roanoke, In., Abagail Milligan of Palatin, Il and Samantha Milligan of Palatin, Il., Several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Greg Milligan in 2003.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held Saturday at 11:00 A.M. In the Evangelical Methodist Church 930 West Main Street Portland with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society, Evangelical Methodist Church or that of the donor's choice.

Nell Glentzer Pensinger


Nell Glentzer Pensinger, age 102, of La Porte, and formerly of Portland, IN passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Brentwood in La Porte. 


She was born in Jay County, IN on July 10, 1912 the daughter of Wilson and Abbie (Lee) Glentzer.  


On July 14, 1934 she married Truman Pensinger. He preceded her in death on September 17, 1982.

She is survived by her beloved children, M. Sue (Ross) Lawrence of La Porte, IN and Dick (Emily) Pensinger of Wilmington, NC; sisters, Mary Newhouse of Bryant, IN and Norma Haffner of Yorktown, IN; Grandchildren, David Lawrence of Niles, MI, Amy Lawrence Mader of Granger, IN, and Richard Pensinger of Nashville, TN; and Great-Grandchildren, Kate, Jack, Brandon, Ross, and Amanda. 


She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Truman Pensinger; parents; two sisters, Bonnie Gillespie and Doris Calhoun; three brothers, Lee Glentzer, George Glentzer, and Joe Glentzer.

Nell graduated from Poling High School in 1930.  She farmed for several decades with her husband and also retired as a food service manager from Pennville School .  In her retirement she volunteered at Jay County Hospital. She was a member of The Presbyterian Church in La Porte.


A cremation committal has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Burial will follow at a later date in Pennville Cemetery, in Jay County, IN.


A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 3PM on Sunday January 25, 2015 at The Presbyterian Church, 307 Kingsbury Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350. Pastor Sally Wicks will officiate. A time of visitation will be held from 2 PM until the time of the service at the church.


An additional remembrance service will be held for family and friends at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland, IN on Saturday January 24,  2015 at 2PM. A time of visitation will be held from 1PM until the time of the that service. Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence and Rev. David Lawrence will officiate. 


Memorial contributions may be directed to the Portland Foundation, 112 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371 or The Presbyterian Church of La Porte.

Emerson Eugene Evans

Emerson Eugene Evans age 90, former resident of 2897 Southtown Place Portland passed away Sunday in Heritage Pointe in Warren, Indiana. He was born in Union City, Ohio November 29, 1924 the son of Robley and Mauna Loa (Horine) Evans. He was married February 14, 1947 to Harriet L. Herbst who survives. He served with the U.S. Navy during WW II. He was retired from United Telephone Co. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Past Master of Jay Lodge #87 F&AM, Shrine, Scottish Rite and a Union City High School graduate.
Surviving are his wife Harriet, two sons Robley Evans of Bluffton and Rodney Evans of Manhattan, Kansas, one sister Mary Minnich of Eaton Rapids, Mi., Four grandchildren and three great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 P.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Dilley presiding and masonic services by Jay Lodge #87 F & AM. Visitation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military grave side rites by American Legion Post #211. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Heart Fund.

Mary Pfeifer

Mary Pfeifer age 73, 914 West Race Street Portland died late Friday evening at her residence. She was born in Bryant, Indiana August 29, 1941 the daughter of Warren and Evelyn (Smith) Dennis. She was married August 30, 1963 to Jerry W. Pfeifer and he died July 14, 2013. She was retired from Jay Garment and also worked at the Portland Moose Lodge where she was a member.
Surviving are two sons Glenn Pfeifer of Portland and Mike Pfeifer (companion Denise Kirby) of Pennville, two daughters Brenda Teeter of Portland and Mrs. Kenny (Kim) Scott of Portland, one brother Rick Dennis of Portland, one sister Penny Hons of Texas, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Dewey Kinder presiding. Burial will follow in the Liber Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.

Charles A. Ludy

Charles A. Ludy age 82, 1852 South Manuels Drive Portland passed away early Monday morning at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He was born in Winchester February 5, 1932 the son of Robert and Glenna (Gransinger) Ludy. He was married June 10, 1954 to Miriam Over who survives. He retired in 1968 as a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air force.
He then taught industrial arts in the Jay School Corporation retiring in 1991. He served in the National Guard, member of Winchester Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shrine, American Legion Post #211, Portland Elks Lodge and Quiet Bird Man an Air force organization. He attended First Presbyterian Church in Portland.
Surviving are his wife Miriam, Two sons Robert Ludy (wife Sue) of Greenwood and Charles H. Ludy (wife Christine) of Salisbury, N.C., One daughter Mrs. Robert (Kathleen) Joy of Fishers, IN., one brother Glen Ludy of Winchester, three grandchildren
Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Stan Gockel presiding. Family will receive guests one hour prior to the services. Memorials can be made to Shrine Children s Hospital.

Claud L. “Shorty” Weaver

Claud L. “Shorty” Weaver age 89, 214 East Lake Road Geneva passed away Saturday evening in Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur. He was born in Geneva July 8, 1925 the son of Elmer and Mary (Penrod) Weaver. He was married March 2, 1946 to Irene L. Macklin who survives. He retired after 50 years working for Meshbergers as a foreman and maintenance supervisor. He was a member of Portland Moose Lodge and Portland Eagles Lodge.
Surviving are his wife Irene, one daughter Mrs. Jerry (Pat) Brewster of Geneva, half brother Tom Weaver of Geneva, One grandson, three great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. In the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 – 6:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.

James R. Burkey

James R. Burkey age 74, Canterbury Apartments Portland passed away Friday at his residence. He was born in Montpelier, Indiana April 6, 1940 the son of Russel and Esther (Walker) Burkey. He worked for Burkeys Excavating as a contractor.
Surviving are three brothers Larry Burkey of New York, Bob Burkey of Portland and Dan Burkey of Portland, several nieces and nephews
Private family services will be held through the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Memorials can be directed towards the family to help with expenses.

Robert E. Ruhl

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

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.

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