Paul, Betty and Nancy LeMaster

(5-18-22) Monday morning three members of the LeMaster family of Portland were involved in a crash that would claimed the life of the father, Paul, the mother Betty and the daughter Nancy.

Obituary

Paul, Betty and Nancy LeMaster passed away on Monday, May 16, 2022 from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Portland.  

Paul was born on July 24, 1932, in Jay County, the son of Ord and Ruth (Haley) LeMaster.  He graduated from Portland High School in 1950 and worked as a meat cutter for Kroger, a Feed Salesman and Sales Manager for Haynes Milling Company in Portland.  He was a lifelong farmer in Jay County and was inducted to the FFA Hall of Fame.  He attended Fellowship Baptist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church.  Paul was a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge, Fort Wayne Shrine, Portland Odd Fellows Lodge, Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association and Jayland Antique Car Club.  

Paul’s survivors include:

            4 children:  Gerald LeMaster – Portland, Indiana

                                Mike LeMaster (wife Marsha) – Portland, Indiana

                                Phillip LeMaster – Portland, Indiana

                                Stanley LeMaster – Portland, Indiana

            3 sisters:  Idola Coats – Selma, Indiana

                            Juanita Steigerwalt – Muncie, Indiana

                            Ruth Davis (husband Doug) – Gas City, Indiana

            2 brothers:  Weldon LeMaster (wife Gloria) – Alexandria, Indiana

                                Victor LeMaster – Berne, Indiana

            19 grandchildren and several great grandchildren

Betty was born on August 11, 1934, in Portland, Indiana, the daughter of Gerald and Elma (Smith) Lanning.    She graduated from Governor I.P. Gray High School.  Betty worked for Dryden Rubber in Montpelier, Horizon Mobile Home in Portland and drove School Bus for the Jay School Corporation for 35 years.  She attended Fellowship Baptist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church.  She was a member of Vocational Women’s Group, Women’s Circle at Asbury United Methodist Church, Portland Moose Lodge and Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association. 

Betty’s survivors include:

4 children:  Gerald LeMaster – Portland

                   Mike LeMaster (wife Marsha) – Portland

                   Phillip LeMaster – Portland

                   Stanley LeMaster – Portland

 1 brother:  Bob Lanning – Portland

 19 grandchildren and several great grandchildren

  Their daughter Nancy LeMaster also passed away on Monday as a result of the auto accident.

Nancy was born on November 17, 1964, in Portland, the daughter of Paul and Betty (Lanning) LeMaster.  She graduated from Jay County High School in 1984 and worked at Future Polyworks in Coldwater, Ohio.  She was an avid Harley Rider who enjoyed riding with her friends. 

            Survivors include:

            2 children:  Jasmine Link (husband Anthony) – rural Pennville, Indiana

                               Jessica LeMaster – Yorktown, Indiana

            Brothers:  Gerald LeMaster – Portland, Indiana

                              Mike LeMaster (wife Marsha) – Portland, Indiana

                              Phillip LeMaster – Portland, Indiana

                              Stanley LeMaster – Portland, Indiana

            2 grandchildren:  Skylor and Grayson Johnson and one additional grandchild expected at the end of the month. 

            Her parents Paul and Betty LeMaster also passed away on Monday as a result of the auto accident. 

Visitation for Paul, Betty and Nancy will be held on Friday from 2-6 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, 289 S. 200 W., Portland, Indiana 47371.  A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. on Friday at the church.  Burial will be at a later date in Mt. Zion Cemetery, north east of Portland. 

            Memorials may be directed towards the Jay County Fair Association Tree Fund or Jay County Cancer Society.