Russell Clayton Taff III

Aug. 16, 2002 — March 16, 2020

The young life of 17-year-old Russell Clayton Taff III, of Winamac, ended when he lost his battle with depression on Monday, March 16. While we take comfort that he is no longer in pain, we will never be the same again. 

Clayton was born on Aug. 16, 2002, in Rochester, to Russell and Olivia (Buck) Taff. He was born into this world with an old soul and lived a life full of compassion. Clayton was ornery, with an intense sense of humor and appreciation for a good practical joke. He was currently a junior at Winamac Community High School where he was a member of the wrestling and football teams. 

Clayton was a real outdoorsman and loved everything Pulaski County had to offer; such as hunting, fishing, camping and floating the Tippy. He was a fan of all kinds of music and motorsports; a passion he shared with his family. Many fond memories were made attending concerts and motorcycle races together as a family. 

Clayton enjoyed having a good time with his true friends. He was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin. Clayton brightened the lives of all who loved him. 

He is survived by his parents Russell Clayton and Olivia LeAnn (Buck) Taff Jr.; sisters: Cecilia Anne Kenney and Rose Cherie Taff; paternal great-grandmother Geraldine Rhoades; paternal grandfather Russell Clayton Taff Sr.; paternal grandmother Joy [Gary] Cripe; maternal grandfather Daniel [Nyla] Buck; maternal grandmother Denise “Sissy” Buck; paternal aunt Angela [Joe] Crawford; maternal uncle James [Becky] Buck; cousins: Kristopher, Declan, Makenna, Scarlett and Jasper; and paternal great-uncle David Gloser. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents Kenneth and Virginia Gloser; maternal great-grandparents James and Rose House; maternal great-grandmother Mildred Kelley; paternal aunt Christie Taff; and paternal great-uncle Fred Keplinger. 

Funeral services will be private.

Celebration of life services will be held at the Lake Bruce Garage (991 N. Main St., Kewanna, IN 46939) on Sunday, Aug. 16. 

Online tributes may be offered at

(Pulaski County Journal — March 25, 2020)

Pulaski County Journal

114 W. Main Street
Winamac, IN 46996

Office Number: (574) 946-6628
Fax Number: (574) 946-7471

Comment Here