George Robert Stephens



08/14/1928-05/14/2013
 
George Robert Stephens age 84, 6 Sesame Street Portland passed away May 14th in the I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  He was born in Muncie August 14, 1928 the son of Ira V. and Mable (Alvey) Stephens.  He was married April 23, 1983 to Carol Hawkins who survives.  He was a graduate of Gov. I.P. Gray High School and received his B.S. and M.A. from Ball State.  He served in the U.S. National Guard.
 
He had taught school and coached in Jefferson Twp. School in Deerfield, Ward Twp. in Saratoga, Dunkirk High School, Auburn High School, Fremont High School as Principal, Michigan City School System as Assistant Superintendent, Basalt High School, Grand Junction Central High School, Montana Tech Collage, Butte High School and Darby School System as Superintendent.
He was a member of Westchester United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #87, Gideons with jail ministries, American Legion, Jay County Community Center volunteer, Mentor in Jay County Mentoring, Revolving Loan Committee, Portland Airport Board, 2012 Cincinnatus League Citizen of the Year, Cancer Walk and East Central Emmaus Community.
 
Surviving are his wife Carol, one son George Robert Stephens Jr. of Thornton, Co., step-son Roger Kain of Scottsdale, Az., two step daughters Mrs. Greg (Candi) Thorpe of San Jose, Ca. and Karen Royse of Fountain Hills, Az., Three grandchildren, three great grandchildren and six step grandchildren  He was preceded in death by a son Michael Stephens and a daughter Susan Youngman
 
Memorial services will be held Friday May 25th  at 10:00 A.M. in the Westchester United Methodist Church with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding.  Family will receive guests from 9:00 – 10:00 A.M.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Westchester United Methodist Church or David Brent Miller Fund through the Portland Foundation.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Florence VanDoornik



08/16/1930-05/13//2013
 
Florence VanDoornik age 82, former 524 West North Street Portland resident passed away late Monday evening in Chalet Village in Berne.  She was born in Holland, Michigan August 16, 1930 the daughter of Bert and Gertrude (Lubbers) Tien.  She was married April 22, 1954 to Henry Van Doornik who survives.  She was a homemaker.
 
Surviving are her husband Henry, Two sons Alan VanDoornik of Evansville and Dale VanDoornik of Benton Harbor, Michigan, One granddaughter Lindsey VanDoornik of Evansville
 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Arnold presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.  Memorials can be made to Habitat for Humanity.


Virginia Ilene Elder



04/30/1931-05/09/2013
 
Virginia Ilene Elder age 82, 2221 Hillcrest Ave. Plymouth, Indiana passed away Thursday at her residence.  She was born in Portland April 30, 1931 the daughter of Merle and Anna (McFarland) Smiley.  She was married to Donald Elder who survives.  She was a retired school teacher having taught elementary education in the Monroe Central Schools in Randolph County, Portland and Decatur.  She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority at Ball State, Psi Iota Sorority in Portland and Decatur and Church of Christ in Portland and Decatur.
 
Surviving are her husband Donald, Two sons John Elder of Humble, Tx. and Kurt Elder of Plymouth, One daughter Kelli Hacha of Plymouth, One sister Sandy Fravel of Geneva, Six grandchildren and two great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Monday at 3:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Fosnaugh presiding.  Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Denoy H. “Dee” Mathews



08/12/1916-05/10/2013
 
Denoy H. “Dee” Mathews age 96, 11504 Hardisty Road Fort Wayne and former Portland resident passed away Friday morning in Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He was born in Portland August 12, 1916 the son of Wiley and Mae (Glassford) Mathews.  He was married to Rea Lauber who preceded him in death.
 
He was retired from Sheller-Globe in Portland and also was a roofer.  He was a U.S. Army WW II veteran.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #211, V.F.W. and Portland Moose Lodge.
Surviving are three daughters Alana Mathews of Venice, Fl., Sarona Goodrich of Portland and Janelle Ford of Fort Wayne, Nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding.  Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211.  Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 – 4:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Historical Society


Linda L. Garringer



03/02/1943-05/07/2013
 
Linda L. Garringer age 70, passed away Tuesday May 7th after a battle with cancer.  She was born March 2, 1943 the daughter of Grover C. and Mabel (Shaneyfelt) Garringer in Jay County.  She was raised in a farm home environment.
 
Surviving are two sisters Barbara L. Garringer of Muncie and M. Jane Garringer Stolte (Husband Larry) of Spencerville, Niece Mrs. John (Cathi Anne) Petrie Jr. of Leo-Cedarville and nephew Larry Joseph Stolte of Spencerville.
 
Linda graduated from Gov. I P Gray High School, B.S. Ball State Teachers College in 1964, Home Economics Vocational Secondary Education, M.A. in education from Ball State University in 1967.  Additional graduate education studies at Indiana State University in 1968 and Purdue University in 1971.  She taught at Yorktown High School and Marion Community High School, additional adult education at Marion Schools.  She joined Indiana Cooperative Extension Service in 1969 and completed 32 years of service and strong commitment. Many distinguished awards were credited to her during these years.
 
After retiring from the Extension Service she returned to teaching 2002-2003 for a final year at Marion Community School.  Additionally, Linda dedicated her creative talents for 20 plus years to designing and constructing costumes for the singing young people at Marion High School, donating countless hours to program planning and personally presenting programs to many community meetings.
After retirement again she moved from Marion to Muncie in 2006 and established a completely remolded home. Beautiful flowers abound in her yard.  She continued developing her crafting abilities, participating in many creative craft shows. Linda loved to travel and did so extensively nationally and inter nationally with friends and family.  She also belonged to many professional organizations and supported them with dedicated work.
 
She was a member of Minestrista, Jay County Historical Society, Indiana Historical Society, National Association of Retired Family Economists, Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Honorary Extension Workers Chapter, Alpha Lamba Chapter of SESP, Distinguished Service Award from National Honorary Extension Home Economics, NAEHS, USDA Service Award and National Association Family and Consumer Sciences.
 
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A service to celebrate Linda’s life will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Liz Nickel presiding. Burial will follow in the Bluff Point Cemetery in Pike Twp. Jay County.  Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. and one hour prior to services on Saturday.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or Cancer Center and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.


Charles F. “Chuck” Wangler



01/23/1930-05/02/2013
 
Charles F. “Chuck” Wangler age 83, 5896 West 350 South passed away Thursday morning.  He was born in Fort Recovery, Ohio January 23, 1930 the son of Felix and Vivian (Kleinhenz) Wangler.  He retired in 1992 from Teledyne Portland Forge as a forging designer and estimator.  He served with the U.S. Army durin the Korean Conflict.  He was a 1948 Fort Recovery High School graduate, member of Jayland Wood Carvers, Jay County Historical Society, American Lgion Post #211 and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
 
Surviving are two sons Charles S. Wangler of Houston, Tx. and Mike Wangler (wife Katrina) of Portland, one daughter Mrs. John (Theresa) Miller of Bend, Or., one sister Betty Fullenkamp of Fort Recovery and Four grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding.  Burial will be in the Stranton Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society.


Laura J. Loy



09/12/1948-04/30/2013
 
Laura J. Loy age 64, 1043 East 100 South Portland passed away Tuesday at her residence.  She was born in Indianapolis September 12, 1948 the daughter of John and Zella Mae (Griffith) Schilling.  She was married October 7, 1967 to Michael O. Loy who survives.  She was a local business woman, owner of White Linen Hall with her husband and By The Yard Fabric Store.
 
Surviving are two daughters Mrs. Kenneth (Tonja) Smith of Greenwood and Mrs. Rob (Tami) Kaufman of Portland, one sister Mrs. Dennis (Clo Ann) Altom of Indianapolis, Six grandchildren Amber Kaufman, Morgan Kaufman, Kelsey Smith, Laten Smith, Logan Smith and Dong Lee.
 
There will be no funeral services or visitation.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or State of the Heart Hospice.  Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Gladys G. Hardy



12/15/1919-04/25/2013
 
Gladys G. Hardy age 93, former 101 Meridian Heights resident passed away Thursday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  She was born in Fort Wayne December 15, 1919 the daughter of George Thomas and Martha Elizabeth (Glawe) Archbold.  She was married to John Hardy Sr. and he passed away in 1986.  She was a nurse and member of the Zion Lutheran Church.  She was a member of Eastern Star and was a past matron.
 
Surviving are one daughter Mrs. Eldon (Judy) Campbell of Portland, One sister Joan Storey of Fort Wayne,  Four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and Six great great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, Jay County Cancer Society or Jay County Heart Fund.


Marjorie I. Penrod



01/01/1923-04/20/2013
 
Marjorie I. Penrod age 90, 822 South Meridian Street Portland passed away late Saturday evening at her residence.  She was born in Defiance, Ohio January 1, 1923 the daughter of Harley and Annie (Strine) Yarrington.  She was married May 6, 1939 to Hiram Penrod and he died March 3, 1986.  She was a homemaker and member of Eastern Star and attended First Baptist Church in Portland.
 
Surviving are two sons James L. Penrod (wife Charlotte) of Marion and Dave A. Penrod (wife Madeline) of Fort Gibson, Ok., one daughter Mrs. John (Carolyn) Rector of Portland, Ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandson.
 
Private family services will be in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Ross presiding.  Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Alzheimers Foundation.


Patricia A. White



08/10/1941-04/18/2013
 
Patricia A. White age 71, 6137 East 300 North Portland passed away Thursday in the University Hospital in Indianapolis.  She was born in Portland August 10, 1941 the daughter of Albert and Jessie (Gibson) Shawver.  She was married December 13, 1958 to Jack White and he died February 10, 2013.  She was a retail merchandiser for News America Media.  She was a 1958 Portland High School graduate and active in the I.O.F.
 
Surviving are two sons Matthew White of Portland and Michael White (wife Camie) of Bryant, one daughter Mrs. Ron (Sherry) Anderson of Albany, one sister Wilma Knoelke of Bryant, Three grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son Tony.
 
Funeral services will be Monday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.


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