Chris Lee Wuethrich

March 14, 1935 — Sept. 2, 2019

Chris Lee Wuethrich, 84, of Francesville, let his precious Lord take his hand and lead him home on Monday, Sept. 2, surrounded by his family. 

Chris Lee was the youngest of a family of 13 children born to the late Christian and Barbara (Pelsy) Wuethrich on March 14, 1935, in Francesville.

Chris Lee went to Gillam grade school and graduated from Francesville High School in 1954. He had a great love for music, played the cornet in band and, of course, his guitar. He enjoyed being on the basketball team. After graduation he worked for Francesville Auto and then Von Tobel Lumber Yard in town before purchasing a farm west of Francesville.

Chris Lee gave his life to the Lord in 1954 and was a member of the Apostolic Church. On Oct. 2, 1955, he married Ruth E. Stoller, the Christian woman for whom he had prayed. She is the daughter of the late Clyde and Clara (Sinn) Stoller. Chris Lee and Ruth raised their children on the family farm.

Chris Lee was always ready to help and give whatever was needed to anyone. He didn’t know a stranger. He sang and worshiped with the Gospel Heirs Sextet for many years. His love of music spread to those around him. Chris Lee especially enjoyed sharing his love of music with each of his children. He was a very patient, loving, hard-working and teaching father.

He is survived by his wife Ruth E. Wuethrich of Francesville; sons: Ken [Lyn] Wuethrich of Indianapolis, Kevin [Connie] Wuethrich of Francesville, Chris [Carla] Wuethrich of Troy, Illinois, and Kirby [April] Wuethrich of Zionsville; daughters: Kitty [Dennis] Gutwein of Francesville, and Kelly [Mark] Ramseyer of Livonia, Michigan; grandchildren: Heather [Michael] Rowe, Seth [Jenny] Wuethrich, Sean [Julie] Wuethrich, Jacob [Michelle] Gutwein, Jonathan [Jessica] Gutwein, Lydia [Jardon] Koebcke, Kara [Jason] Bohlinger, Kristy [Jason] Carlile, Kaitlyn [Jake] Podell, Levi [Kyann] Wuethrich, Meagan [Brad] Frank, Landon [Hannah] Wuethrich, Marissa Wuethrich, Cambria Wuethrich, Carrie Ramseyer, Caleb [Autumn] Ramseyer, Grace Ramseyer, Grant Ramseyer, Abigail Wuethrich and Cale Wuethrich; 31 great-grandchildren; brother Robert [Phyllis] Wuethrich; sisters-in-law: Marjean Wuethrich, Nola Wuethrich, Marian Yoder and Marcia Stoller; brother-in-law Richard [Arlene] Stoller; and many nieces and nephews. 

Preceded in death by his parents Christian and Barbara (Pelsy) Wuethrich; sisters: Theresa [Paul] Von Tobel, Wilma [Jack] Stewart, Velda [Lee] Overmyer, Mildred [Eugene] Huber, Elizabeth [John] Schambach, Glendoris [Lester] Huber, Genevieve [Ed] Schambach and Barbara Ellen Wuethrich; brothers: Willis Wuethrich, David [Barb] Wuethrich and Richard Wuethrich; and brothers-in-laws: Lester Stoller and Eugene Yoder. 

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Apostolic Fellowship Center in Francesville, and one hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville, with ministers of the church officiating. Burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Call or Southern Care Hospice. 

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 4, 2019)

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