Ruth was born May 27, 1930, in Glasgow, Montana. Her parents were Truman Neal Bowen and Helen Alice (Dodge) Bowen.
She married Wilmer "Jim" James Hettler in Bowling Green, Ohio, April 3, 1955.
He survives with three children, Ronald James (Robin) Hettler, Lubbock, Texas, Celia Anne (Douglas) Holte, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Amy Lynn (Thomas) Yoder, Elkhart. Ruth and Wilmer have been blessed with 15 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are sister-in-law Celia Bowen, Ocean City, New Jersey, and brother-in-law, Dale Nelson, Chula Vista.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Neal Bowen; and sister, Helen Nelson.
Ruth attended high school in Bowling Green, Ohio, graduating in 1948. She received a degree in music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1952. She taught choral music at Morenci, Michigan, for four years where she met her husband.
Ruth became a full-time homemaker in 1956. She volunteered at Goshen Hospital for more than 35 years, retiring in 2010. She enjoyed playing golf and playing cards. She also was an expert at jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles.
Memorials may be directed to Goshen Hospital Hospice.
There will be no memorial service at this time.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at rrefh.com
Published on August 18, 2017