Gene Ranstead, 95

Gene A. Ranstead, 95, of Wabash, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 12:07 a.m. at Wellbrooke of Wabash. 

He was born in Breman to the late Forrest and Gladys (Martin) Ranstead on Sept. 10, 1922. 

Gene was a 1940 graduate of Silver Lake High School.  He married Marcille L. Beigh on April 12, 1941; she passed away on May 10, 2014.  Gene retired from Honeywell, Inc. in 1979. He was a member of the Peoria Church in Miami County, the Hanna Masonic Lodge No.61, Mizpahs Scottish Rite, Fort Wayne, Wabash Shriners, Wabash Eagles Lodge and The Wabash Isaak Walton League.  Gene was an avid fisherman. 

Gene is survived by daughter, Mrs. Larry (Sharon) Tucker in Wabash; eight grandchildren, Lynn Proebstle of Lagro, Mrs. Joel (Julie) Thurman of Noblesville, Cynthia McDonald (David Burns) of Wabash, Matthew Christman (Kim) of Markle, Mrs. James (Angela) Perez of Peru,  Melinda Hults of Peru, Mark Hults (Dena) of Wabash, and Christopher Hults (Alisha) of Peru;  21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Valena Beigh, Warsaw.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash. Officiating the service will be Pastor Brian Daniels. Burial will be at a later date in Falls Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with Masonic Rites at 7 p.m.

Preferred memorials are directed to Shriners Children Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.

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Posted on 2018 May 01