Russell Clayton Taff III, 17, of Winamac

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, 2020.  While we take comfort that he is no longer in pain, we will never be the same again.

Clayton was born on August 16, 2002 in Rochester to Russell and Olivia 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 High School where he was a member of the wrestling & 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:

Russell Clayton and Olivia LeAnn Buck Taff, Jr., Parents

Cecilia Anne Kenney, Sister

Rose Cherie Taff, Sister

Geraldine Rhoades, Paternal Great Grandmother

Russell Clayton Taff, Sr., Paternal Grandfather

Joy (Gary) Cripe, Paternal Grandmother

Daniel (Nyla) Buck, Maternal Grandfather

Denise “Sissy” Buck, Maternal Grandmother

Angela (Joe) Crawford, Paternal Aunt

James (Becky) Buck, Maternal Uncle

5 Cousins:  Kristopher, Declan, Makenna, Scarlett, and Jasper

David Gloser, Paternal Great Uncle






Preceded in death by:

Kenneth and Virginia Gloser, Paternal Great Grandparents

James and Rose House, Maternal Great Grandparents

Mildred Kelley, Maternal Great Grandmother

Christie Taff, Paternal Aunt

Fred Keplinger, Paternal Great Uncle


Funeral Services will be Private.


Celebration of Life Services will be held at the Lake Bruce Garage (991 North Main St. Kewanna, IN 46939) on Sunday, August 16, 2020. 


Online Tributes may be offered at


Cremation Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

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