Jerald E. Schwomeyer, age 85, of Portland passed away Sunday morning, March 15, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Indianapolis on Oct. 30, 1934, the son of Alfred and Edith (Poff) Schwomeyer. He was married Sept. 9, 1956, to Julia A. Binegar at the Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ in Indianapolis.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years; three children, Fred Schwomeyer (wife: Susan) of Indianapolis, Sheri Arbuckle (husband: Doug) of Redkey and Jim Runkle (wife: Shauna) of Portland.

He is also survived by grandchildren Dustin Ruchgy, Tyler Arbuckle, Trevor Arbuckle (wife: Kelley), Amanda Rae (fiancé: Devon Jones), Lauren Hemmelgarn (husband: Ben), Gracie Runkle, Noah Arbuckle and Christian Runkle; great-grandchildren Daityn and Daxten Rae, Emma Ruchgy, Riley Ann and Jonathan Arbuckle, and Gage and Ozzy Jones; siblings James Schwomeyer (wife: Joyce), Ronald Schwomeyer (wife: Marilla), Carolyn Crump (husband: Leonhard); and sister-in-law Carole Schwomeyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred H. and Edith (Poff) Schwomeyer; brother Warren Schwomeyer; and sister and brother-in-law Anna and Gordon Nichols.

Jerry graduated from Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis in 1952, served with the United States Army in the Signal Corps from 1957 to 1959 and again during the Berlin Crisis in 1961 and 1962. He earned an associate’s degree from Ivy Tech Community College in electronics.

Jerry worked for Price Implement in Portland, Berne Hardware and Reidenbach in Decatur, all John Deere dealers. He and his wife Julia also ran a dairy farm in Greene Township for several years.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Portland where he served as Deacon and an Elder.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Rex Espiritu presiding. Private burial services will follow in the Claycomb Cemetery. Visitation will be in the First Presbyterian Church from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Memorials can be made to the Jay County High School baseball team, First Presbyterian Church of Portland or the donor’s choice.

Baird-Freeman Funeral Home of Portland is in charge of arrangements.

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