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Ruth E (Yentes) Oldfather-Wagner

November 7, 1925 ~ November 15, 2019 (age 94)


Ruth E. Oldfather-Wagner, 94, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away in her residence on November 15, 2019. The only daughter of Wilber and Ruby Irene (Landis) Yentes, Ruth was born on November 7, 1925 in North Manchester.

After graduating from Chester High School, Ruth married Wilfred W. Oldfather Jr. on October 19, 1943. The two had five children together and were married for forty-seven years before Wilfred passed away on January 25, 1991. During their time together, Ruth spent countless hours on the farm making sure the chores were done and the children were taken care of. She also belonged to a homemaker’s group. While Wilfred and Ruth were married, Ruth was a member of Ijamsville United Methodist Church, Ijamsville, Indiana. Eleven years after Wilfred passed away, Ruth found happiness again with Dorlan Wagner. The two were wed on September 7, 2002 at Collamer Church of God, South Whitley, Indiana, where Ruth became a member. A few things were constant in Ruth’s life - the first being her faith in Jesus Christ. The second was the importance of family and the time she spent with them. Finally, Ruth was quite patriotic and was a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 402, Laketon, Indiana.

The loving memory of Ruth E. Oldfather-Wagner will be forever remembered by her husband, Dorlan Wagner, North Manchester; three sons, Charles Oldfather, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Robert (Kathy) Oldfather, Macy, Indiana, and James (Jan) Oldfather, Victoria, Texas; six step-sons, Timothy Wagner, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Eric (Amy) Wagner, Rapid City, South Dakota, Craig (J.K.) Wagner, Columbia City, Indiana, Brian (Davonne Rogers) Wagner, Charlevoix, Michigan, Matthew (Karen) Wagner, Scotts, Michigan, and Bradford (Joy) Wagner, Columbia City, Indiana; two step-daughters, Sheila (Gale) Lahr, Bluffton, Indiana, and Lora (Wendell) Enyeart, Columbia City, Indiana; one brother, Larry Yentes, Chino Valley, Arizona; seven grandchildren and eighteen step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and twenty step-great-grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband, Wilfred W. Oldfather; two sons, Neal A. Oldfather and Randolph Oldfather; one step-son, Michael Wagner; and three brothers, Robert Yentes, Jesse Yentes, and Bill Yentes.

Family and friends may call Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will begin at the conclusion of calling. Rev. Tom Coltrain will officiate. Burial will be at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, 1100 Manchester Ave., Wabash, Indiana 46992.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Area Five Agency on Aging & Community Services, 1801 Smith Street, Logansport, Indiana 46947. 

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November 23, 2019

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
McKee Mortuary, North Manchester

Funeral Service
November 23, 2019

12:00 PM
McKee Mortuary, North Manchester


Area Five Agency on Aging & Community Services
1801 Smith Street, Logansport IN 46947

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