Bruce W. Petschke

Bruce W. Petschke, 66, of rural Portland passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at his residence. He was born on January 2, 1952 in Portland to Raymond and Joanna (Hughes) Petschke. He was married on March 17, 1979 to Jackie Bricker.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator with Meshberger Brothers. He was a member of Portland Elks Lodge and Arch Bridge Cruisers.

He is survived by two sons, Jonathan (Carassa) Runyon of Redkey; and Scott (Shannon) Newton of Portland; two daughters, Heather Mattingly; and Barbara (Gary) Smith, both of Portland; brother, David Petschke of Portland; sister, Deborah Hunter of Geneva; his companion, LaDonna Caster of Portland; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife on April 6, 2007; and brother, Mike.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7 at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8 at the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor Craig Cotherman. Burial will be at Liber Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.

Arrangements provided by Baird-Freeman Funeral Home in Portland. Online condolences may be made at