Delores W. Rife, 97

Delores W. Rife, 97, of Wabash, passed away at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor West in Wabash.

She was born to the late Clyde and Ida May (Bodkius) Kessler on June 20, 1918, in Marion.

She was a graduate from Lagro High School. Delores married Loran Rife Jr. on Jan. 13, 1935; he passed away on July 17, 1979. She retired from US Gypsum and later worked for Bertsch Vending in Wabash. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved all her kids and grandchildren. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Lagro.

She is survived by two sons, Clyde (Jennifer) Rife of Lagro, and Jay Rife (Tina) of Las Vegas, Nev.; four daughters, Janice Pitts of Indianapolis, Patricia Bill (Les) of Columbia City, Sally Miracle of Wabash, and Markie Vogleman (Chuck) Spring Hill, Fla.; 28 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 40 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Nickky, Loren Lee, five brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Posted on 2016 Jun 16