James Josiah Portteus
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Jim Portteus,87, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014, at The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway in Newburgh, Ind.
Jim was born on the family farm February 3, 1926 in Newton County near Raub, Ind., to George Harold and Mary Brown Portteus. In August 1950, he married Susie Wright, who survives.
Jim grew up in Raub Methodist Church and was a current member St. John's United Church of Christ in Boonville, where he sang in the choir and served as church Treasurer for many years, as well as Council President and on other committees and offices.
Jim was a Director of Peoples Trust and Savings Bank. He was a member of the original Warrick County School Board and served many years on the Ohio Township Public Library Board.
He was a lifelong farmer and was President of Wright Packing Company until its closing in the early 1970's.
Jim was a 1944 graduate of Kentland High School, served two years in the US Army Band and graduated from Purdue University Class of 1950, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He was a member of Purdue Ag Alumni Association, member of Warrick County Farm Bureau, Warrick County Soil and Water Conservation District, and 4-H Fair Board.
He loved all kinds of music, especially Big Band and Barbershop, and installed that love in all of his children. He enjoyed Castle High School band and drama activities for more than 45 years.
Jim was a longtime follower of Purdue University, Castle High School and Boonville High School sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother-in-law, George R. Parker.
In addition to Susie, his wife of 63 1/2 years, he is survived by children, James Steven Portteus (Cheryl), of Raub, Ind., Donald A. Portteus (Tina), of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Terri S. Patterson, of Chandler, Ind., Wendy K. Fulks (Tim), of Pearl River, La., David J. Portteus (Aimee), of Plymouth, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Cyndi) Portteus, Katie (Kyle) Robinson, Ralph Patterson III, Ryan Patterson, Patrick Patterson, Andy (Katie) Fulks, Megan (Jonathan) Hill, Cory Fulks, Josiah Portteus, Ella Portteus and Libbie Portteus; three great-grandchildren, Austin Robinson, Hailey Robinson, and Adelaide Portteus; one sister, Ruth Portteus Parker, of Alta Loma, Calif.; brother-in-law, Gus Wright and wife, Ruth, of Chandler, Ind.; and one niece and three nephews.
Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, January 24, 2014, at St. John's United Church of Christ in Boonville. Rev. Robert Shofner will officiate the service. Friends may call Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. January 23, 2014, at Koehler Funeral Home-Boonville Chapel and Friday 10 a.m. until service time St. John's United Church of Christ. A memorial service Saturday 1 p.m. CST at Raub United Methodist Church with visitation noon until service time with interment to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland, Ind., with military rites.
Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ in Boonville or other charity of donor's choice.
Condolences and any special remembrances may be made online at www.koehlerfuneralhome.com
Published in Courier Press on Jan. 22, 2014