#SOL16: In Memoriam


By the numbers:

34,310 +  = days alive*

Age 94

25,550 + = days married*



July 26, 2016

Hundreds of family events:

The gold dress I wore in this family picture was a gift from my godparents . . .


Countless dinners and events across many states . . .

I remember presenting in Austin, TX and driving on down to visit Bob and Dorris.  It didn’t seem right to be “in the same state” and not go visit!  However, my favorite story is from my 16th birthday.


Old enough to drive with

Driver’s license in hand.

Five “drivers” in the family.

Three vehicles.

Mathematical improbability to get “drive time” as the youngest driver.

AND YET . . .

My godparents sent me a birthday card with a car key in it.

“When you find the car that fits this key, it’s yours!” was written inside the card.




Thank you,

My godfather and uncle . . . Bob!

You will be missed!

(* Leap years were not accounted for. The numbers are approximations for average years.)

You were a father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and filled so many hearts.

slice of life

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Previous Connected Posts about the “Ruths” and/or my godparents:


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24 responses

  1. Sorry for your loss. Looks like Bob had a wonderful and long life. Something to celebrate.

    1. Thanks, Margaret. Definitely celebrating with JOY and love!

  2. I am sorry for your loss. You wrote a beautiful tribute to your godfather.

    1. Thank you! We do celebrate his life! He was a wonderful family member!

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. He was a wonderful man and clearly had a big influence on you.

    1. Thanks, Adrienne! We have many memories to keep our hearts warm!

  4. So sorry for your loss. What wonderful memories. He is surely someone you will always hold dear in your heart.

    1. Thank you. We just counted 508 descendant in the Ruth clan last week. Bob was one of the hearty oaks that anchored our family.

  5. What a beautiful tribute. I loved seeing all the photos, especially his wedding photo! This post screams out how much he meant to you. So sorry for your loss but so glad you can write about him and keep his memory alive.

    1. Thanks, Sally. This morning Isecond guessed every word and picture. This post was totally from the heart! ❤

  6. What a wonderful tribute. May your beautiful memories ease the pain of your loss.

  7. Thanks, Rita. It helps to know that he lived a great life and is also now at peace as well as wrapped in eternal love!

  8. This is a beautiful way to remember him. What a wonderful person, and what loving memories you have of him.

  9. Special people deserve special words, and you did exactly that. So sorry for your loss, Fran.

    1. Thanks, Leigh Anne! I love that – “special people deserve special words!

  10. What a special tribute to someone who was obviously a special man. So sorry for your loss. It sounds like he lived a great life.

    1. Thanks, Erika. He had a great life!

  11. Beautiful post and tribute! You are blessed! THANK YOU!

  12. Families with legacies like Bob are my favorite. That 16th birthday story! What a scream! Thanks for sharing him with us. My condolences to you and your family.

    1. So many stories that will emerge. I believe that with the 10 kids in the family, the “Ruths” had the most graduates from St. Marys in Riverside, IA!

  13. What a beautiful way to honor and remember your godfather. So sorry for your loss.

    1. Thanks, Dayna! Making time for family and friends is important! ❤

  14. […] A godmother who is now reunited with her husband and many “Baby Ruths” in several generations. (I wrote about her husband, Uncle Bob, here.) […]

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