Ruthanna Ridenour, 101

Ruthanna Ridenour, 101, of Wabash, passed into the arms of her Savior, Monday, April 3, 2017, at 2:27 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. 

She was born Sept. 19, 1915, in Wabash County, to James R. and Anna E. (Haynes) Knotts.

Ruthanna was a 1933 graduate of Somerset High School.  She married Paul Willard Ridenour in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 8, 1936; he died June 1967.

She retired from Wabash, Inc. in 1978.  She was a member of the North Wesleyan Church in Wabash where she was the church organist and pianist for many years and a member of the Best Years Fellowship. She was a past president and member of A.A.R.P.  She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, reading, traveling, and dabbled in crafts. 

She is survived by her two children, Steven P. (Danna) Ridenour of Fort Wayne, and Gaye M. (Sam) Frye of Wabash, her daughter-in-law, Nancy Ridenour of Wabash, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, son, Nelson J. Ridenour, grandson, Daniel Ridenour, great-granddaughter, Misty Ridenour, and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Joseph Kelly officiating.  Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash. 

Friends may call 4-7 p.m., Thursday, and one hour prior to the service Friday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is North Wesleyan Church.

The memorial guest book for Ruthanna may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Apr 04