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Ruth M. Yantis

Ruth M. Yantis, 88, of Findlay, Illinois, died at 1:48 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2010, in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville, Illinois.

Ruth was born November 7, 1921 near Lakewood, Illinois, the daughter of Albert Willard and Elsie Brandt McCabe. She was one of 11 children.

She married William Smith, and to this union a son, William Richard was born.

She married Caryl “Jack” Yantis on May 30, 1947, and to this union three children were born, Jackie Lee, Janet Sue and Jody Lynn. Caryl passed away December 25, 1967.

Ruth owned and operated the House That Jack Built restaurant in Findlay for several years. In earlier years she worked at the Flaming Hair Pin Factory in Danville, Illinois, and Sta-Rite Ginnie Lou Corp. in Shelbyville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Caryl; a son, Jody; a granddaughter, Carly; her parents; six brothers, Bill, Carter, Elmer, Ralph, Homer and Charles; two sisters, Cleo Jeffers and Berniece Jackson; and a stepson, Gene Yantis.

Surviving are her sons, William “Bill” Smith of Findlay and Jackie Yantis and wife Kristi of Decatur, Illinois; her daughter, Janet Mead and husband Gary of Cabool, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Deanna Yantis of Findlay; two brothers, Earl McCabe and wife Rosemary of White Hall, Michigan, and Carl McCabe and wife Wilma of Westville, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Nadine McCabe of Marion, Illinois, and Maureen Kalkwarf of Flanagan, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, 2010, in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Findlay with Nathan Jesse officiating. Burial was in Findlay Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Findlay Fire Department or Findlay Ambulance Service. Online condolences may be directed to the family at

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