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William Elbert Rairigh Jan. 2, 1935 - Aug. 5, 2017

William Elbert Rairigh passed away at his home on Aug. 5, 2017. Born Jan. 2, 1935, Bill was the son of Loyd H. Rairigh and Thelma O. (Funk, Rairigh) Reed, who preceded him in death. He was raised by his Aunt Gladys and Uncle Mervin Rynearson, who also have preceded him.

Drafted in 1957, Bill served two years in the United States Army. While stationed in Bamberg, Germany, he served in the Co. F 2nd Battalion, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, as the First Sergeant’s personal driver. He retired in 2000, after 43 years from the Kickapoo Sand & Gravel Company, and Rock Industries in Peru. He loved to fish, garden and had a fine talent in woodworking.

William married Frances L. Pasquale on Jan. 6, 1962, who preceded him in death. Together they raised four children, Christina M. (Rairigh) Miltenberger (Rex) of South Bend, Indiana, Robert W. Rairigh (Kathy) of Milford, Indiana, Timothy J. Rairigh (Debbie) of Tehachapi, California, and James L. Rairigh (Denise) of Peru. He was also loved by nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. One grandson, Brandon Rairigh, preceded him in death. 

Also surviving are Bill’s brother, Gene Rairigh (Renate) of Peru, and sisters Bonnie Hudson (Terry) of Arvada, Colorado, and Diane Christensen of Ankeny, Iowa. Preceding him in death were his sisters Charlotte Rohrer and Connie Bailey. 

Family and friends will gather at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, Indiana, on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at St. Charles Catholic Church, 58 W. Fifth Street, Peru, Indiana. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow immediately afterwards, at Ever Rest Memorial Park, Logansport, Indiana. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Premier Hospice, 2529 Commerce Drive, Ste A, Kokomo, Indiana, 46902. 

Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com.