Tommy J. Derringer
Tommy J. Derringer
PORTLAND, Ind. — Tommy J. Derringer, 78, of Van Wert, Ohio, and a former Jay County resident, passed away Tuesday in the Vancrest Health Care Center. He was born in Jay County Oct. 29, 1940, the son of Charlie and Ruth (Hastings) Derringer. He was married in 1962 to Betty J. Sills and she passed away in 2018. He was a supervisor for Dana Corporation in Marion and also had worked at Union City Body Co. He served in the US Marine Corps. He was a Portland Moose Lodge member, Alexandria Eagles Lodge, Jay County Conservation Club, North American Hunting and Fishing Association and American Rifle Association.

Surviving are one sister, Nancy Derringer of Indianapolis, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty and a daughter, Vicky Heimann; brothers, Jimmy and Bobby Derringer; and sisters, Patty Jo Kelly and Peggy Montgomery.

Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, 221 N. Meridian St., Portland, Indiana, with Pastor Joe Hines presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 - 2 p.m.

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