Ruth E. Oldfather-Wagner, 94, North Manchester, passed away in her residence on Nov. 15, 2019. The only daughter of Wilber and Ruby Irene (Landis) Yentes, Ruth was born on Nov. 7, 1925 in North Manchester.
After graduating from Chester High School, she married Wilfred W. Oldfather Jr. on Oct. 19, 1943. The two had five children together and were married for forty-seven years before Mr. Oldfather passed away on Jan. 25, 1991.
During their time together, she 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, she was a member of Ijamsville United Methodist Church, Ijamsville. Eleven years after Wilfred passed away, she found happiness again with Dorlan Wagner. The two were wed on Sept. 7, 2002 at Collamer Church of God, South Whitley, 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.
The loving memory of Ruth E. Oldfather-Wagner will be forever remembered by her husband, Dorlan Wagner, North Manchester; three son: Charles Oldfather, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Robert (Kathy) Oldfather, Macy; and James (Jan) Oldfather, Victoria, Texas; six step-sons: Timothy Wagner, Fort Wayne; Eric (Amy) Wagner, Rapid City, S.D.; Craig (J.K.) Wagner, Columbia City; Brian (Davonne Rogers) Wagner, Charlevoix, Mich.; Matthew (Karen) Wagner, Scotts, Mich.; and Bradford (Joy) Wagner, Columbia City; two step-daughters: Sheila (Gale) Lahr, Bluffton; and Lora (Wendell) Enyeart, Columbia City; one brother, Larry Yentes, Chino Valley, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and eighteen step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and twenty step-great-grandchildren.
She 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 from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 23, 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, IN 46992.