Raymond "Ray" Drudge, 88, Wabash, died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Miller's Merry Manor East in Wabash. He was born Jan. 9, 1925 in Kosciusko County, to Floyd L. and Edith P. (Karns) Drudge.
Ray was an Army veteran serving during WWII. He married Emogene Moore in Roann, on Oct. 4, 1947. She died June 30, 1998. He retired from Ford Meter Box in Wabash after 20 years, and also worked at Honeywell, Inc. and General Electric, both in Wabash. Ray was a local umpire for over 40 years and donated much of his time as an umpire to help the children of Wabash County. In 2013, he was awarded the Key to the City of Wabash by Mayor Robert Vanlandingham. Due to his love of animals, Ray also spent countless hours helping his daughter at Susan's Pet Salon. He was a member of the Wabash Church of the Nazarene. He also was a blood donor for the American Red Cross most of his adult life, and received several awards and pins, and was extremely proud of holding the record for blood donated.
He is survived by three children, Roland D. "Ronnie" (Ginger) Drudge, Lagro, Larry E. (Rhela) Drudge, Huntington, and Susan Kay Taylor, LaFontaine; five grandchildren, John P. (Lorie) Drudge, Warsaw, Julie M. Drudge, Lagro, Staff Sgt. Travis (Jackie) Drudge, Fort Polk, La., currently deployed in Afghanistan, Tera (Terry) Beal, Andrews, and James (Elizabeth) Drudge, Grand Junction, Colo.; 12 great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Geraldine Vetor and Ruth Cox both of Wabash. He was preceded in death by two brothers Maynard and Maurice Drudge and four sisters Bonnie Drudge, Jill Ballard, Emojean Drudge, and Martha Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Robert VanCise and Rev. Kirk Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion.
Preferred memorial is Wabash Church of the Nazarene.
The memorial guest book for Ray may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.