Ruth Tittel, 94, passed away peacefully at her home to meet her Lord and family on Aug. 6th, 2016. Ruth had battled dementia and Alzheimer’s for the past several years. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ray; her son Ron; and her two sisters, Lucille and Bernice. She is survived by her daughter Rita Hutchinson; two nephews Larry Hendrickson and Michael Whelan; and niece Yvette Stark.
Ruth was born in Haviland on Nov. 19, 1921. She was the middle sister and always the peace maker. She went to work at Woolworth’s in Great Bend when she was 15 years old. Ruth was very active at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend, and met Ray there while in the church choir. She married Raymond Tittel on June 9, 1940.
Besides raising their two children, her and her husband Ray traveled throughout the country owning and managing various businesses; grocery stores in Kansas, and a ranch in Colorado. Together they moved to Alaska where Ruth worked for Montgomery Ward and the Alaskan pipeline. After Ray passed away, Ruth went on to manage apartments and retirement centers in Las Vegas and California.
Ruth was an outgoing, gregarious woman who loved to travel and help people. When her mother became ill, she moved to Great Bend to care for her until her death. When her sister Bea’s husband died, she went to live with her in Newton to help raise her sister’s daughter, Yvette. Ruth was an animal lover, and enjoyed taking her dogs on car rides and walks to visit with her neighbors in Hollister, Calif., where she moved to be with her daughter Rita. She loved to talk and she never met a stranger. Ruth’s laugh was infectious. Her family couldn’t help but chuckle when she would get together with her sisters Lucille and Bea, and listen to see which sister could out-talk the other one!
Her interests included her church activities, her family and friends, her dogs, traveling, and she loved to shop, especially for shoes. Ruth was loved by all and will be missed dearly. May she rest in peace.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your church or charity of your choice. A private grave side funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, at the Great Bend Cemetery. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home**
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS. 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 12, 2016