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Ruth Buck


Ruth Marie Buck, 92, of Armstrong, passed away at Country Health Care, in Gifford.

Ruth was born in Philo, the daughter of Rudolph C. and Florence M. (Decker) Laley. She married Bernard Buck on July 31, 1954, in Tuscola. He preceded her in death July 5, 1975.

She is survived by her children–Janet (Roger) Hansen Buck of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kevin Buck of Armstrong, Beverly Frazier of Round Rock, Texas, Jackie (Dennis) Johnson Buck of Sun Lakes, Ariz., Del (John) Bloom of Plainfield, Ind., Joe (Jenn) Buck of Champaign and Jeff Buck of Mahomet; seven grandchildren: Melissa Santos of Arizona, Beth Legant of Tennessee, Claire Mendoza of Oregon, Andrea Hawkins of Illinois, Joshua Bloom of New York, Nichole Frazier of Texas and Sarah Frazier of Texas; three step-grandchildren: Nicole Reiner of Indiana, Faith Swartzendruber of Illinois and Nathan Swartzendruber of Colorado; four great-grandchildren: Lucas, Madison, Ben, and Caleb; three sisters: Wilma McClain of Champaign, Eloise Kennedy of Tuscola, and Betty Biggs of Marysville, Ohio; brother-in-law- Ray (Joan) Buck; four sisters-in-law: Therese Yankowiak, Bridgie Cler, Bernadette Vogel and Gertie (Jim) Richardson; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Besides her husband, Bernard, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael, and her parents, as well as her three brothers, Carl, Wilfred, and Joe.

Ruth graduated from Villa Grove High School in 1945 and later received her Registered Nurse training at Mercy Hospital, graduating in 1948. She worked for 19 years at Armstrong High School, as the school nurse until her retirement in 1984. Ruth was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of an informal quilting group in Penfield. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, flower gardening, traveling and spending time with all her family and grandchildren. She lived an extraordinary life, influencing all she met, and showed all how this thing called life should be done.

Visitation was Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with a rosary service. A Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, in Penfield, with Father Michael Menner officiating. Burial followed in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Ruth’s life. Memories or condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at

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