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Ruth M. (Anthony-Hecht) Leland

October 19, 1940 ~ August 4, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Ruth Leland Obituary

Ruth (Anthony-Hecht) Leland age 82 passed on August 4, 2023 at the Laurels of DeKalb in Butler, IN. She was born October 19, 1940 in Angola, IN to William and Mary (McAllister) Anthony and they preceded her in death.

Ruth married Willis Hecht Sr. in June 1961 and he passed in 1979. She then married Wayne Leland in December 1981 and he passed in 1997. Ruth helped open the Lucky Steer Steakhouse in Auburn, IN. She later worked at Electric Motors and Specialty in Garrett, IN.

Ruth loved NASCAR, Colts football, crocheting and spending time with her family.

Ruth is survived by her daughter: Joyce Fugate, Garrett, IN; a son: Willis “Bill” Hecht Jr., Auburn, IN; step daughters: Florance Padgett, Wisconsin; June Leland, Kentucky; grandchildren: Michael Fugate, Lee Fugate, Heather Kruger, Amber Finnearty and Willis Hecht III; also several great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by a sister: Francis Leland, step daughter: Patty Leland; step grandson: Justin Todd.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, August 7, 2023 at Thomas Funeral Home, 1277 C.R. 56, Garrett, IN with Pastor Percy Young officiating.

Calling will take place 2 hours prior to services – from Noon – 2 pm. Monday at Thomas Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in Fairfield Cemetery – Corunna, IN.

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August 7, 2023

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Thomas Funeral Home
1277 C.R. 56
Garrett, IN 46738

Funeral Service
August 7, 2023

2:00 PM
Thomas Funeral Home
1277 C.R. 56
Garrett, IN 46738


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