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Bruce E Portmess

March 7, 1931 ~ April 16, 2019 (age 88)

Albion - Bruce E. Portmess, 88, of Albion, passed away on Tuesday April 16, 2019 at his home.  He was born on March 7, 1931 in Spring Gap, West Virginia to the late Dewey and Gladys (King) Portmess.  On Dec 24, 1954 in Washington, DC, he married Gloria Singleton.  She preceded him in death on Nov 11, 2002.  Bruce was employed by Monsanto (Silgan Plastics) for over 34 years, retiring in 1996.  In his free time, he loved the outdoors.  He especially loved to go hunting and ice fishing, and enjoyed gardening and tending to his fruit trees.  Survivors include sons, Brian (Angie) Portmess of Albion, and Darryl Portmess of Albion, daughters, Kathryn (James) Burns of Kendallville, Kristine (Tom) Freeman of Kendallville, Lori (Joe) Blotkamp of Avilla, and Mary (Lynn) Miller, of Avilla.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Heidi Rice, Christina Hunt, Josh Freeman, Mandy Goldwood, Kayla Sterling, Dan Portmess, Dustin Portmess, Kelsey Stambazze, Courtney Blotkamp, Ben Fry, Bethany Wakeman, Brian Fry, Ashley Pearson, and Kara Tarr; 32 great grandchildren, and sisters, Analea Malcom of Paw Paw, WV, Lorna Ellis of Easton, PA, and Jean (Keith) Tomlinson of Paw Paw, WV.  In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Kenneth Portmess, and a granddaughter, Brianna Fry.  Funeral service will be 4pm Friday April 19, 2019 at Harper Funeral Homes, Avilla Chapel, 530 N Main St., Avilla, with visitation from 2-4pm.  Burial will take place at Woodrow Cemetery in Paw Paw, WV.  Contributions in Bruce's memory may be directed to the Humane Society of Noble County, or the Woodrow Union Church.  To leave a condolence or sign the online guestbook, visit

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