M. Ruth Kehl
M. Ruth Kehl, 85, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016, after an extended illness.
Ruth was born in Benton, Ill., to Herbert and Mildred Shockley on Nov. 16, 1930. The family moved to Wapato when Ruth was a young girl. She graduated from Wapato High School in 1948. She met and fell in love with Allen Kehl, and they were married in Wapato on Nov. 22, 1950. They moved to Quincy in 1955, and Ruth was a farm wife, homemaker and mother. They had two sons, Gary and Chris, and a daughter, Nancy.
Her husband, Allen, passed away at an early age in 1969, and Ruth went to work at LambWeston until she retired in 1993. She had many close friends with whom she travelled extensively, and she was always busy planning their next excursion. She also spent many hours supporting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their activities. They were the joy in her life.
Ruth was a member of the Quincy Free Methodist Church, Quincy Women’s Investment Club and the Women of the Moose, and was a charter member of the Quincy Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by her sons, Gary (Cindy) Kehl and Chris (Becky) Kehl; and her daughter, Nancy (John) Martin; her grandchildren Russell (Lisa) Kehl, Jennifer (Nick) Brunner, Adam (Sarah) Kehl, Natalie (Brian) Lawler, Adriane (Ken) Evans, Tarra Martin and Alayna Martin; her great-grandchildren, Brett, Cody and Bailey Kehl, Shelby and Colson Brunner, Corbin and Mason Lawler, and Ainsley and Levi Evans; her brothers, Allen (Carol) Shockley and Larry Shockley; her sister, Linda (Rudy) Cole, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Remembrances may be donated to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Viewing will be held noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, at Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Quincy Free Methodist Church, 301 I St. S.W. in Quincy.
Please leave a memory for the family or sign its online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.