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Ruth Edna Rich, 82, formerly of Kirkland, died peacefully at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center on Monday, February 13, 2017. She was born on December 17, 1934, in Sycamore, to Herman and Blanche (Quigley) Riffle. Ruth graduated in 1952 from Sycamore High School and on October 23, 1954, she married Clarence "Ockie" Edward Rich. Ockie died July 21, 2002 after 48 years of marriage. For more than 40 years, Ruth worked at The National Bank & Trust Co. of Sycamore as the Safety Deposit Manager, a job she began in her high school work -study program, retiring in 1999. Although she treasured her customers and took pride in serving them faithfully, Ruth's heart was first and foremost in being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She leaves behind a legacy of loving-kindness and care for family, friends, and pets alike.
Ruth was also a DeKalb County Hospice volunteer, member of Sycamore United Methodist, and a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.
Ruth is survived by her children Vickie (Scott) Smith of Mattoon, IL, Norm Rich of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Mary Ellen (Randy) Taylor of Rochelle, IL; grandchildren, Nicolas Smith of Missoula, MT, Sabrina Smith of Grapevine, TX, Bryce (Carolyn) Keilman of Waterford, WI and Brittney (Anthony) Wyatt of Davis Junction, IL; two great-grandchildren, Madeline Keilman and Luke Wyatt; brother, Roy (Lois) Riffle of Warrenville, IL and brother-in-law, John Rich of Sycamore, IL; sisters-in-law, Sandy Riffle and Elizabeth Sauber both of Sycamore, IL and Lorraine Rich of Genoa, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, "Ockie", brother, Ray Riffle; sister-in-law, Gladys Rich; and brothers-in-law, Edward Sauber and Clark "Bud" Rich.
Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore, IL with Reverends Dan Swinson and Harlene Harden co- officiating.
Visitations will be held from 4 - 7:00 pm on Friday, February 17, 2017 in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL and from 10 - 11:00 am on Saturday, prior to the service, at the church.
Memorials to Sycamore United Methodist Church and DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center.
The family would like to offer heartfelt thanks to the staff of the CVS memory care unit at DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Center for their loving care.

Condolences & Shared Memories (7)

  1. Don & Audrey Kaalaas

    What a great women..loved her husband and family so much.. She always had a smile and time to visit..our Sympathy to the family and cherish the memories.

  2. Jack & Jackie Perkins, Pleasantville, Iowa

    So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Ockie and Ruth were two of the kindest people we've known. Jack worked on the farm with Ockie during his last year at NIU, and I worked with Ruth at the Sycamore Bank until I had my first baby. That was 43 years ago and we have never forgotten them. Our sympathies to all of you.

  3. Tom & Shari Pearcy

    Sending our love and sympathy to all of Ruth's family. We are now living in Lebanon, MO and are sorry that we will not be able to attend the services. Know that we will be thinking of you while you are celebrating her life and are in peace knowing that she no longer is suffering anything in this earthly life. God bless all!

  4. Glenn & Sue Harter

    Norm and Family, We hope you find peace in knowing that your mom is once again with your dad and the angels.

  5. KB

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is one of the most difficult things families ever have to deal with. I have personally found comfort in the scripture at John 5:28 where it talks about a time when our loved ones in the memorial tomb will come out. In line with that thought is Revelation 21:4 where it says soon "death will be no more." So soon we can look forward to a time when not only we can be with our loved ones, but we do not have to fear losing them to death ever again. If you would like to learn more about the hope for our loved ones, please visit where there is much more info on what the bible says. Again, I express my sympathies and hope this brings you comfort in this difficult time.

  6. Jean & Bill Suillivan

    Dear friends, We were sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. She and Okie were such good friends. We have many happy memories of you and your families. We are in California now and will get in touch when we get back. Jean & Bill

  7. Karibeth Bunger Stott

    Mary, Vickie and Norm, My deepest sympathies. I have so many great memories coming to your house and staying the night. Some of my favorites were making chocolate chip cookies with your mom and her letting us eat most of the dough before it was cooked. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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