Ronald Lee Garlits, 78

Ronald Lee Garlits, 78, of Wabash, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Ron was born on April 13, 1942, in Fairmont, W. Va., to the late Rueben and Helen (Bunner) Garlits. He married Dolores Patterson, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wabash, on Nov. 17, 1962.

Ron served in the United States Air Force.  He retired as a loan officer from Beacon Credit Union. Ron also worked as a sales manager for Homier Distributing and as a regional manager for World's Finest Chocolates. His most recent business venture was as co-owner of Geezer's Old and New Furniture Store in Wabash.

Ron graduated from Piketon High School in Ohio and later in life he earned a degree from Indiana University of Kokomo.  Ron played in a band called God's Country.  He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus in Wabash and DeMolay in Waverly, Ohio.

Ron is survived by his wife, Dolores; two sons, Robert Garlits and James (Tawnya) Garlits, both of Wabash; one brother, Robert (Lenna) Garlits, of Waverly, Ohio; and five grandchildren, Aaron (Britni) Garlits, Sierra Garlits, Megan Garlits, Steven Garlits and Jacob Garlits.  He is preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Kevin Garlits.

Mass of Christian Burial services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Wabash with Father Levi Nkwocha officiating. Graveside internment will follow at Falls Cemetery in Wabash.

Calling hours will be on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, from 2-7 p.m., at McDonald Funeral Homes, Wabash.  Recitation of the Rosary will follow at 7 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to St. Bernard Catholic Church, 207 North Cass Street, Wabash, Indiana 46992 or to the Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992.

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Posted on 2021 Feb 15