Edward Eugene “Gene” Thatcher 41 of Rossville, IN, passed away on July 10, 2013 at I.U. Health Arnett, Lafayette. Born on January 8, 1972 in Clinton County to Oscar S. & Betty J. (Lammert) Thatcher
From the age of 8, Gene lived with his foster parents, Shirley & Dean Ragains of Frankfort. He graduated from Frankfort High School. Gene was a resident of the Rossville Group Home. Gene was very outgoing and active in the Special Olympics with bowling, basketball, softball, football and track. He went to the State Special Olympics for bowling. He had a great sense of humor, and was always making someone laugh. Gene never knew a stranger and knew how to put a smile on people’s faces on a daily basis. He loved meeting and making new friends. Most of all, Gene loved his roommates, friends and staff of Abilities Services, Inc. “to the moon and back”.
Visitation and Services
Services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Friends may visit from 6-7 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial following cremation will be in Bunnell Cemetery. Donations may be made to Goodwin Funeral Home to assist with final expenses with the remainder going to Abilities Services and Rossville Group Home.
His family at the group home, and by his foster parents, Shirley & Dean Ragains, 2 foster brothers, Mike (Dusty) Ragains, John Ragains all of Frankfort and a foster sister, Vera Gillum, of Winamac. Gene loved playing with his foster niece and nephews, Cassie, Zach, Alex and Kaleb Ragains.
his biological parents.