Ruth Early, 86

Ruth Irene Early, 86, of Roann, died at 3:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at her home. 

She was born April 21, 1933, in Miami County, to Paul and Alice (McElwee) Draper.

Ruth was a 1951 graduate of Roann High School. She married LeVoy Early in Roann on February 10, 1951. She was the former owner of the Bridgeview Inn in Roann, and also managed the kitchen at the Wabash Elks. Ruth was a member of Olive Branch Church, and taught Sunday School several years. She enjoyed cooking, working in her flower beds, and feeding and watching the birds.

She is survived by her husband, LeVoy Early of Roann, four children, Kevin (Cheri) Early of Ontario, Ohio, Kris (Tina) Early of Ortonville, Mich., Lynnette (Jerry) Blackwell of Carol Stream, Ill., and Layne (Niki) Early of Denver; seven grandchildren, Cari (Kevin) King of Hamilton, Mich., Chad (LeeAnn) Early and Carson (Natasha) Early, both of Galion, Kanan Early and Jadyn Early, both of Ortonville, Lauren (Isaac) Shewman of Roann, and Hunter Early of Denver; 11 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Philip (Sherry) Draper of Roann. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, James Draper, and Richard Paul Draper.

Friends may call 2-6 p.m. Sunday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, 335 S. Chippewa Road, Roann. Burial will be in the Roann Community Cemetery. Services will be private.

Preferred memorial is Olive Branch Church.

The memorial guest book for Ruth may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Aug 07