John Hunley Sr.



12/18/1938-12/03/2012
 
John L. Hunley Sr. age 73, 1012 West High Street Portland passed away early Monday morning at his residence.  He was born in Randolph County December 18, 1938 the son of Lester L. and Ardeth Marie (Lamb) Hunley.  He was married May 12, 1955 to E. Darlene Steed who survives.  He had worked for Naas Foods for 45 years and retired in 2000 from Clark Lift.  He was past Worshipful Master for Jay Lodge #87 F&AM, attended Jefferson High School in Deerfield and was an avid sportsman.
 
Surviving are his wife Darlene, two sons John Hunley (Yvonne) of Portland and Dan Hunley (Beth) of Portland, one daughter Janna Snyder (Steve) of Portland, one brother Larry Hunley of Mesa, Az., four sisters Carol Jarrett of Winchester, Phyllis Lewis of Lynn, Sheila Drew of Union City and Viola Hutzler of Portland, eleven grandsons, two granddaughters and twelve great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by brothers Raymond and Lonnie Hunley and sisters Lesta Butler and Rita Pettinchio
 
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 5:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Darrel Borders presiding.  Burial will be in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. with Masonic services at 4:00 P.M. by Jay Lodge #87 F&AM.  Memorials can be made to Jay County Cancer Society.


Francis Beck



08/29/1919-12/01/2012
 
Francis R. Beck age 93, former Portland resident passed away early Saturday morning in Millers Merry Manor in Marion.  He was born in Jay County August 29, 1919 the son of Ray and Ota (Ford) Beck.  He was a U.S. Navy WW II veteran.  He retired from Sheller-Globe Corporation in Portland.  He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Jay Lodge #87 F& AM in Portland and Samaratan Masonic Lodge #105.
Surviving are one son James Beck of Marion and one daughter Mrs. Tim (Kris) Caster of Portland, Eight grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. with Masonic services at 7:00 P.M.
 
Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Raymond W. Brunson



01/06/1916-11/28/2012
 
Raymond W. Brunson age 96, former Route 2 Portland resident passed away early Wednesday morning in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  He was born in Jay County January 6, 1916 the son of Harry and Elma (Walter) Brunson.  He was married May 3, 1941 to Crystal Strait who passed away November 28, 1975.  He was a retired farmer and member of Portland Eagles Lodge.
 
Surviving are one son David Brunson of Portland, one sister Doris Tullis of Geneva and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding.  Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville.  Visitation will be Friday from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Judith Ann Sipe



11/22/1949-11/24/2012
 
Judith Ann Sipe age 63, 429 West Votaw Street Portland passed away Saturday morning in Millers Merry Manor in Dunkirk.  She was born in Indianapolis November 22, 1949 the daughter of Orris “Bob” and June (Callahan) Sipe.  She was a nurses aid at the Jay County Hospital, member of Fairview United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Aux. in Salamonia and Jay County Hospital Aux.  She was a 1968 Portland High School graduate. 
 
Surviving are one brother Jim Sipe of Georgia and several cousins.
 
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Joe Hines presiding.  Burial will follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 – 8:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Fairview United Methodist Church or Lifeline.


Robert F. Garner



06/16/1925-11/17/2012
 
Robert F. Garner age 87, 28 Sesame Street Portland passed away Saturday     in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  He was born in Portland June 16, 1925 the son of Frank and Orvis (Kunce) Garner.  He was married February 23, 1973 to Grace C. Whitacre who survives.  He was owner and operator of Garners Sheet Metal in Portland.  He had attended First Baptist Church in Portland
 
Surviving are his wife Grace, Two sons Robert A. Garner of Berne and William L. Garner of Kendalville,  Step-son Randy LeMaster of Portland, step-daughter Carolyn McKibben of Coldwater,  Several grandchildren and  great grandchildren and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren
 
Baird-Freeman Funeral Home is handling cremation arrangements. There will be no services.  Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church.


Thurl G. Corle



 
 
Thurl G. Corle age 88, 2230 West 400 North Portland passed away Saturday at his residence.  He was born in Portland August 30, 1924 the son of Clyde and Jennie (Smith) Corle.  He was married August 27, 1943 to Ruthanna Landers who survives.  He was a U. S. Army WW II veteran and member of the American Legion Post #211, Moose Lodge, D.A.V., VFW in Salamonia and Sugar Grove Nazarene Church.  He had retired from Sheller-Globe in Portland.
 
Surviving are his wife Ruthanna, one son Jeff Corle of Portland, one sister Vernia Mae Bailey of Portland and two grandchildren
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Sugar Grove Nazarene Church or Alzheimer’s Foundation.


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.


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