Kenneth "Wayne" Cruitt, 91, of Shelbyville, IL, formerly of Findlay, IL, passed from this earthly life on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1:37 a.m. at the Shelbyville Manor in Shelbyville, IL. Wayne was born April 10, 1927, in Shelby County, the son of Leverett and Lucille (Banks) Cruit. He was a United States Navy Veteran and retired from farming after 50 years. He was a long-time member of the Findlay First Christian Church, the Findlay American Legion Post #409 and served on the Findlay School Board for many years. He loved antiquing, Civil War and Revolutionary War Reenactments and collecting marbles. At its largest, his collection exceeded half a million marbles.
Wayne is survived by three sons: David (Nancy) Cruitt of Shelbyville, Stan Cruitt of Winston-Salem, NC and Don (Karen) Cruitt of Sunrise, FL; three daughters: Leanne (Tom) Blackburn of New Braunfels, TX, Pam (Jeff) Perry of Marshall and Angie (Gale) Bricker of Findlay; sisters: Doris (Henry) Heiland and Alice (Cecil) Barr; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, soon to be 28. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leverett and Lucille; sisters: Mildred, Mary Lou and Ruby and brother, Harold. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Pastor Ron Newman officiating. Burial will take place in Glenwood Cemetery with military rites by the Findlay American Legion Post #409. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution in Wayne's name be sent to the Findlay American Legion Post #409, 216 E S Second St., Findlay, IL 62534 or the Findlay First Christian Church, 101 S Wall St., Findlay, IL 62534. Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in Wayne's honor at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 7, 2019