RUTHANN REAM RICHARDS, 74, of Topeka, Ind., passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at home. Born Dec. 15, 1938, in Noble County, she was a daughter of Forest L. and Helen Lucille (Peterson) Ream. Ruthann was a lifelong resident of Topeka and graduated as Valedictorian from Topeka High School in 1956. She retired from the Ligonier Telephone Company as commercial manager with over 41 years of service to the company. Ruthann remained very active in her retirement and made many contributions to the community. She went on to co-found Yeager Funeral Home, Ligonier, in 2007. In 2011, she co-founded Legacy Cremation & Remembrance Center, Ligonier. Ruthann was very passionate about community service and served civically in many capacities over the years including as the first female president of The Ligonier Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. She was also a Past President of the Ligonier Chamber of Commerce; served in The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter Prentiss, was a Past Matron, Past Deputy, and Past Grand Star Point. Ruthann was currently serving on the Board of the Noble County Community Foundation as Vice President. She was also a past president of the Noble County United Way board of directors. In addition to her many accomplishment, Ruthann was well known locally as an accomplished organist and vocalist and had played and sang for hundreds of Weddings and funerals over the years as well as for several churches. She was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church for over 40 years. "Ruthann will certainly be missed by all who knew, loved and respected her. Especially her staff whom lovingly referred to her as 'The Queen'." She is survived by her beloved children, Michael K. (Laure) Cunningham of Topeka, Kim Cunningham of Lake Forest, Calif. and Dawn Irmscher of Fort Wayne; and grandchildren, Ryan and Heather Fausnaugh, Justin, Jarod and Jenna Cunningham. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her companion of 25 years, Gordon Yeager. Funeral service IS 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at The Crosswalk at Ligonier United Methodist Church, 466 Townline Road, Ligonier, with calling one hour prior. Pastors Byron and Candy Kaiser officiating. Friends and family will also be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier (IN 46767). In honor of Ruthann's courageously fought battle with cancer that spanned over 30 years and her love of Purdue, attendees to the visitation & service are invited to wear pink or black and gold (Including IU fans). Burial will follow service in Maple Grove Cemetery, Topeka, Ind. Memorial contributions may be directed Goshen Center for Cancer Care or Noble County Community Foundation. Arrangements by Yeager Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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Yeager Funeral Home - Ligonier
1589 Lincolnway South  Ligonier, IN 46767

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on June 25, 2013