Francis Gene Vandegrift, 92, Wabash, died at 10:20 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Miller's Merry Manor East in Wabash. He was born Dec. 29, 1920 in Wabash to Clarence and Grace (Miller) Vandegrift.
Francis was a 1940 graduate of Wabash High School and a U.S. Navy veteran during WWII. He married Evelyn Lois Crist in Rochester on Nov. 30, 1940; she died July 29, 2012. He was a maintenance worker at Lakeland Community Schools in Syracuse, retiring in 1984 after 11 years. He also worked 10 years at Wabash City Schools, and was a carpenter/contractor 30 years. He was a member of the Wabash Christ United Methodist Church, and the Carpenters Union for 10 years. Francis wintered 13 years in Port Charlotte, Fla. He lived most of his life in Wabash, three years in Milford, Ind. and 11 years on Dewart Lake in Kosciusko County.
He is survived by two sons, Lon (Kathleen) Vandegrift, Albion, Ind., and Ned (Luann) Vandegrift, Wabash, four grandchildren, Todd (Beth) Vandegrift, Norfolk, Va., Christan (Angie) Vandegrift, Wabash, Susanne Vandegrift, Indianapolis, and Eric (Stephanie) Vandegrift, Albion, Ind., nine great grandchildren, Grace Vandegrift, Eleanor Vandegrift, Henry Vandegrift, and Daisey Vandegrift, all of Norfolk, Tanner Vandegrift, Spencer Vandegrift, and Tyler Vandegrift, all of Albion, Jacob Vandegrift and Madeline Vandegrift, both of Wabash. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother, and two sisters.
Funeral services were private. Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash handled the arrangements. Burial was in LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Preferred memorial is Leukemia Foundation.
The memorial guest book for Francis may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.