Rheta Mae Igney

November 22, 1934 - June 08, 2021

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Thursday, June 10, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Avilla Calvary United Methodist Church, 101 South Cherry Street, Avilla


Thursday, June 10, 2:00 PM
Avilla Calvary United Methodist Church, 101 South Cherry Street, Avilla


Rheta Mae Igney, 86, of Kendallville died Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 6:30 a.m. at her residence.

She was born November 22, 1934 in Adams County to Walter T. and Lucille (Purdy) Butcher.

On April 26, 1958 at Bethany EUB Church in Decatur, she married Doyle K. Igney. He survives in Kendallville.

Rheta was a 1952 graduate of Decatur High School in Decatur.

She had worked as a Florist at Baker’s Fruit and Flower Farm in Kendallville, but spent most of her life caring for her family as a homemaker.

Mrs. Igney was a member of Avilla Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla where she was an organist for over 50 years. She was also a very active member of the United Methodist Women, locally and regionally where she held offices, and she was also involved statewide and nationally.

Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia (Myron) Noward of Oliver Lake, Wolcottville; a son and daughter-in-law, Bradley (Sandy) Igney, DDS of Big Long Lake, Wolcottville; a daughter-in-law, Beth Igney of Fort Wayne; and two grandchildren, Jacob (Laura) Igney of Richmond and Christien Noward of Oliver Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Mary (Schwartz) Butcher; a son, Steven Igney; and a sister, Marlene Butcher.

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Avilla Calvary United Methodist Church, 101 South Cherry Street, Avilla with Pastor Shalimar Holderly officiating.

Burial will follow at Avilla Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Avilla Calvary United Methodist Church.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Wendy (Brinkman) Biddle
June 14th, 2021 10:44pm

So sorry for your loss. I was a classmate of Steve's. I have very fond memories of Mrs. Igney as my piano teacher. She was a very kind woman. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

James Kemerly
June 13th, 2021 8:18pm

Gosh, I just heard this morning that Rheta passed away. I am so sorry for your loss... Which is a loss for all of us. Such a wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed. My condolences.

Dan Lash
June 13th, 2021 4:20am
Rome City

Mr. Igney. Thinking of you during your time of loss. We love you.

Brenda Young
June 12th, 2021 1:08pm

So sorry for your loss, she will be missed by many. Prayers for the family

Susan DeLong
June 12th, 2021 1:18am
Charlotte, NC

I haven’t seen you in years but I miss you already. I miss your smile, laugh and sweet face. I know you are in heaven.

Shelley Igney (Russ' wife) & family
June 11th, 2021 11:57am
Laotto IN

Keith, I was so sorry to hear of Rheta's passing. My sincere sympathies to you and your family.

Tammy & Jack Rhodes
June 11th, 2021 2:58am

Sorry to hear of your loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

Barbara McCoy
June 10th, 2021 1:08am
Fort Wayne

Cindy & family: My prayers are with you and will treasure the memories of working with your Mom in United Methodist Women.

Sara Houser
June 9th, 2021 7:52pm
Roanoke, Indiana

she was a great friend and a wonderful mother

June 9th, 2021 1:05pm

Cindy, Myron & Christien, I am so very sad to hear about your Mom. It is never easy losing a loved one, your mom was a sweet lady & I enjoy having conversation with her on the boat ride last summer.

Debra Yahne
June 9th, 2021 12:51pm

I’m so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Amy Thompson
June 9th, 2021 12:45pm

Rheta was my 2nd mother growing up. First memories of her are when she would take us to the YMCA for swim lessons and then have a Clark bar waiting afterwards for Cindy and I to share. One of my best last memories of her was when she came to visit my mother in hospice the day before she passed away. To have her there with my mother and I was VERY comforting. Love and prayers to the entire family. She will be greatly missed in this world, but we will be with her eternally soon.

Dori and Brian Baker
June 9th, 2021 10:11am

So sorry for your loss. Rheta was such a sweetheart.

Cheryl Shaw
June 9th, 2021 2:10am

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Rheta. My thought and prayers are with the family .

Lu Muesing
June 8th, 2021 11:53pm
Greenwood IN

So sorry to hear of Rheta's passing. Rheta always had a smile. & was a good neighbor & friend.

June 8th, 2021 10:46pm

Chelli (Dressler)Sullivan
June 8th, 2021 10:45pm

Praying for pease in this heart breaking time. My prayers are with you Mr.Igney, Brad and Cindy.

Alison snyder
June 8th, 2021 10:29pm

So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers