Shane Carpenter



02/5/1971-11/16/2012
 
Shane Carpenter age 41, 728 East High Street Portland passed away Friday in Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  He was born in Portland February 5, 1971 the son of Jackie and Marjorie (Clear) Carpenter.  He was married August 16, 1998 to Amie Parks who survives. He had worked for F.C.C. in Portland and was a 1989 Jay County High School graduate.
 
Surviving are his wife Amie, one son Cole Carpenter and one daughter Kaitlyn Carpenter both at home, two brothers Rex Carpenter of Portland and Jon Carpenter of Portland, two sisters Pennee Carpenter of Portland and Tamara Clepinger of Greenville, Ohio, several nieces and nephews
 
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Beth Stephen presiding.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the family.


Billie Warren Duke



02/19/1924-11/15/2012
 
Billie Warren Duke age 88, 401 Cantebury Lane Portland died early Thursday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare.  He was born in Woodbury, TN. February 19, 1924 the son of Tommy and Sarah (Taylor) Duke.  He was married November 6, 1943 to Wilma L. Brown who survives. He served with the U.S. Army during WW II.  He had worked for Sheller Globe in Portland and the Jay County Highway Dept. as assistant superintendant.  He was a member of the Jay Lodge #87 F. & A.M.
 
Surviving are his wife Wilma, one son Billy J. Duke of Rockville, IN. and one daughter Barbara Clear of Portland, Four brothers Neil Duke of Pennville, Herschel Duke of Pennville, Jewell Duke of Ft. Wayne and Jack Duke of Marion. Four grandchildren and six great grandchildren
Private family services will be held through the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Memorials can be made to any Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association.


Ruth F. Houser



10/14/1935-11/7/2012
 
Ruth F. Houser age 77, 7314 North 50 West Bryant died Wednesday at her residence following an extended illness.  She was born in Bryant October 14, 1935 the daughter of Raymond and Veronica (Minch) Wagner.  She was married June 17, 1955 to Richard Houser who survives.  She retired from Bing Lear in 2004 and worked on the family dairy farm.  She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bryant and a 1953 Bryant High School graduate.
 
Surviving are her husband Richard, Three sons Mike Houser of Bryant, David Houser (wife Cindy) of Decatur and Stephen Houser (wife Michelle) of Decatur, Three daughters Mrs. Lee (Patty) Stephens of Portland, Mrs. Bob (Cathy) Reef of Berne and Mrs. Brad (Connie) Aker of Portland, Three brothers Jim Wagner of Florida, Eddie Wagner of Celina and Don Wagner of Portland, Six sisters Betty Laux of Bryant, Barbara Weigel of Coldwater, Connie Lehman of Coldwater, Judy Miller of Union City, Virginia Chacon of Florida and Trudy Poling of West Milton, Fifteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Fr. David Hoying presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 P.M. with a scripture service at 5:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Memorials can be made to Family Lifecare Hospice in Berne.


Dale Phillips



04/15/2012-11/5/2012
 
Dale Phillips age 78, 301 West Main Street Ridgeville passed away early Monday morning in Reid Hospital in Richmond.  He was born in Bedford, Indiana April 15, 1934 the son of Eddie and Maude (Evans) Phillips.  He was married June 1, 1999 to Marilou Aguilar who survives.  He was retired from Frank Mill Lumber in Union City and worked at the American Legion in Ridgeville.  He had been a city councilman in Ridgeville.  He was a member of the American Legion in Ridgeville.
Surviving are his wife Marilou, Six step children Raymond Aguilar , Mark Louis Calimbas, Rezcy Jane Calimbas, Christinelle Calimbas, Sheena Mariz Calimbas all of the Philippines and Sandy Hatfield of California, One sister Evelyn Hummer of Summitville
There will be no visitation or funeral services.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland are in charge of arrangements.  Memorials can be directed to the family for funeral expenses.


Hamilton Ferguson



08/06/1920-11/01/2012
 
Hamilton Ferguson age 92 of Portland passed away Thursday evening at his residence.  He was born August 6, 1920 in Edmundson County, Kentucky the son of Tandy and Velma (Wells) Ferguson.  He was married July 31, 1942 to Marjorie A. Silvers who survives.  He retired in 1979 from the Postal Service as a mail carrier and also worked at Warner Gear as a tool and die maker and Franks Greenhouse in Portland.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Thorn.  He was a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #211 and Portland Elks Lodge.  He was an avid fisherman and loved to travel.
Surviving are his wife of seventy years Marjorie, One son John Ferguson (wife Georgann) of Portland and one daughter Mrs. Tom (Cathy) Balddauf of Portland, one sister Gladys Gardner of Louisville, Ky.  Six grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Joanna R. Hiatt



10/19/1924-10/28/2012
 
Joanna R. Hiatt age 88, former resident of 430 West Lafayette Street Portland passed away Sunday in Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, Florida. 
She was born October 19, 1924 in Union City, Ohio the daughter of Perry Arthur and Aimee Marie (Case) Middaugh.  She was married October 31, 1942 to Chester Hiatt who died March 11, 2004.  She was a homemaker, member of Jay County Historical Society and attended Westchester United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one son Arthur R. Hiatt of Punta Gorda, Fl. One daughter Mrs. Gene (Peggy) Wellman of Glendale, Az. One sister Mrs. Bud (Clara) Denny of Bryant, Two grandchildren and two great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Tidewell Hospice 5955 Rand Boulevard Sarasota, Florida 34238.


Sandra Kay Kelly



12/15/1961-10/25/2012
 
Sandra Kay Kelly age 50, 5252 Linn Grove Road Linn Grove, Indiana passed away early Thursday morning at her residence.  She was born in Winchester December 15, 1961 the daughter of Billy and Joan (Mock) Kelly.  She was a homemaker, 1980 Graduate of Jay County High School and member of the Eastern Star in Redkey.
Surviving are one son Bob Billington of Linn Grove, her mother Joan Kelly of Portland, her companion Bevan Koenig of Linn Grove, one brother Fred Kelly of Portland, three sisters Suzzette Randall of Portland, Dianna Miller of Portland and Cindy Dyer of Clinton, Il. Two grandchildren
Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Eads presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M. with a Eastern Star Service at 3:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the family.


Jesteene Elizabeth Michael



09/08/1922-10/16/2012
 
Jesteene Elizabeth Michael age 90, 8388 North 550 East Bryant passed away Tuesday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  She was born in New Corydon September 8, 1922 the daughter of Charles and Nellie (Schwitzer) Walter.  She was married April 24, 1943 to Donald Franklin Michael who survives.  She was a homemaker and member of New Corydon United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband Donald,  Four sons Dwight Michael of Henryville, IN., Dwain Michael of Bryant, Doren Michael of Grand Island, NE. and Don Michael of Portland, One sister Jo Baker of Berne, Twelve grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.
 
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul VanCise presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Betty J. Strait



06/23/2012-10/15/2012
 
Betty J. Strait age 88, 1887 North 400 West Portland passed away Monday evening in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  She was born June 23, 1924 in Milgrove, Indiana the daughter of Arley and Ethel (Wingate) Wagner.  She was married in 1941 to William G. Strait and he died September 24, 2012.  She was a homemaker.
 
Surviving are two sons Bill Strait (wife Joann) of Monroe and Phillip Strait (wife Nancy) of Portland, Two daughters Mrs. Gerald (Dianna) Manor of Portland and Donna Strait of Portland, Eight grandchildren, 11 Great grandchildren and Three Great great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding.  Burial will follow in the Bluff Point Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Altzheimers Foundation.


Lewis M. King



01/21/1930-10/09/2012
 
Lewis M. King age 82, 4274 East S.R. 67 Bryant passed away late Tuesday evening in Swiss Village in Berne.  He was born in Jay County January 21, 1930 the son of Clarence and Vada (Judy) King.  He was married August 21, 1959 to Betty Weaver Bryan  and she passed away on September 22, 2004.  He served with the U.S. Army in Germany.  He was a farmer and worked for Meshbergers, All American Homes and C.T.S.  He was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant and American Legion Post #211 in Portland.
 
Surviving are one daughter Esther Kile of Berne, One granddaughter and two great grandchildren
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 P.M. in Swiss Village in Berne with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Swiss Village.  Burial will be in the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Pennville.  Memorials can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant , Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana or Swiss Village.
 
Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland are in charge of the arrangements.


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