Raymond 'Ray' Drudge

Raymond "Ray" Drudge, 88, of Wabash, IN, and having family members in Huntington County, IN, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at 4:15 a.m. at Miller's Merry Manor East, in Wabash.

Mr. Drudge was a United States Army veteran who served during World War II. He retired from Ford Meter Box, in Wabash, where he had been employed for 20 years. He had also worked at Honeywell, Inc., and at General Electric, both in Wabash, and assisted at Susan's Pet Salon. He was a member of the Wabash Church of the Nazarene.

He served as an umpire for more than 40 years and was a blood donor for the American Red Cross for most of his life, holding the record for blood donated. He was awarded the key to the city of Wabash by Mayor Robert Vanlandingham in 2013.

He was born Jan. 9, 1925, in Kosciusko County to Floyd L. and Edith P. Karns Drudge. He married Emogene Moore in Roann on Oct. 4, 1947, and she preceded him in death on June 30, 1998.

Survivors include two sons, Roland D. "Ronnie" (Ginger) Drudge, of Lagro, and Larry E. (Rhela) Drudge, of Huntington; a daughter, Susan Kay Taylor, of LaFontaine; two sisters, Geraldine Vetor and Ruth Cox, both of Wabash; five grandchildren, John P. (Lorie) Drudge, of Warsaw; Julie M. Drudge, of Lagro; Staff Sgt. Travis (Jackie) Drudge, of Fort Polk, LA, currently deployed in Afghanistan; Tera (Terry) Beal, of Andrews; and James (Elizabeth) Drudge, of Grand Junction, CO; 12 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Calling is Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash. A service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at 10 a.m., with Rev. Robert VanCise and Rev. Kirk Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Huntington County.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Wabash Church of the Nazarene.

To sign the online guest book, visit www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.