Ruby Maxine Lickteig

Funeral services for Ruby Maxine Lickteig, 91, of Lawrence will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 12, 2020 at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence, KS. Burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. Due to Covid-19, please be mindful of social distancing guidelines if planning to attend services. Ruby passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at her residence.

Ruby was born on January 10, 1929 in Ottawa, KS, the daughter of Arthur and Pearl (Hamilton) Smith.
She married Henry Lickteig on December 11, 1948 in Ottawa, KS. They built a home in the Moramar Addition of the Brook Creek neighborhood in East Lawrence, where they raised three children and ran “Hank’s Delivery Service” together. After the business was sold, Ruby worked at Curtis 1000, Inc. from 1967 until she retired in 1995. At the time of her death, she was the last original resident on her street in that neighborhood.

Ruby enjoyed arts and crafts and began painting when she was in her mid-fifties. She also enjoyed movies, television, reading, and writing. She felt strong ties to her past and devoted time to writing an informal autobiography of her life and began doing the same for her husband. She was friendly and nurturing at heart, referring to family and friends as “babe” and “hon,” and looked forward to Sunday dinners and holidays with family.

Henry preceded her in death March 25, 2018. She was also preceded in death by her stepdaughter, Laynetta Kay Rose; son, Allen Francis Lickteig; and sister, Delores.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Lickteig and husband, Wayne Trowbridge; son, Michael Lickteig (Claire Gallagher); sister, Carolyn; six grandchildren, Bradley, Melissa, Warren, Tarina, Monette, Patrick; and many great grandchildren.

Ruby will be lying in state Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 w. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

10 Condolences

  1. David Holroyd on June 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Linda and Mike and rest of Ruby’s family your mother,grandmother and sister was the best. I so enjoyed stopping by and visiting with Ruby and Henry. He enjoyed talking about his time in the service and your mother would just smile if he embellished the story. I worked with Allen and knew when I met Ruby where Allen got his manners, from his mother.

    I did not know that their house was an original one in the neighborhood. Ruby was so lucky to be in the house. Henry and Ruby spent some time in a nursing facility but they were able to go back HOME. Good for Hank and Ruby. Linda you were a dutiful daughter and Mike as well. as a caring son who checked all the time on them. I thank Ruby for her hospitality and Henry’s as well. They both lived a good life and were able to be in their house. I always recall your Dad telling me, even if he could not remember my name, he said “If you are a friend of Al’s come on in, you are always welcome”.
    Thank you Ruby and Henry!

  2. Larry and Ruthie Hatfield on June 9, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Linda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.

  3. Marge Waller on June 9, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Mike and Linda, I am very sorry to read of Ruby passing. She was a wonderful lady, She had such a big smile and always greeted you with such joy. I worked all those years at Curtis 1000 with Ruby. She was a joy to be around, I feel very lucky to have known her for so many years.
    She is up with tlhe lord and Hank, and all the many Curtis 1000 employees that went before her. I am sure everyone is glad to see her up there.
    May the lord bless you all and help you get through this time.

  4. Susan R Cranston on June 9, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Linda, So very sorry for your loss.

  5. Jeff Joseph on June 9, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Jeff and Robin Joseph. Mike ,Linda and family. We are so sad to hear of Ruby passing away. She was a wonderful person. Please know that our thoughts are with you all at this time.

  6. Greta E Keaton on June 10, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    To Mike and Claire,
    It was an honor to serve Ruby in her last weeks. Though it was a very short time, I sensed she had a caring support system of family and friends around her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Greta Keaton

  7. Jessica Collins-Rogers on June 10, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Mike, Claire, and Family,

    It was a great honor to care for Ruby. She will be greatly missed but her warmth, kindness, humor, and gentle spirit will always be remembered.

    With love and remembrance,

  8. Anthony & Patty supancic on June 10, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Ruby’s Family, we were sad to read of Her passing. Ruby was a wonderful neighbor to our family. Anthony and Patty.

  9. Dennis Supancic on June 11, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Linda, Mike, and Family, so sorry to here about your mom. Brings back a lot of memory’s. My God be with you all during this difficult time.

  10. Kathy Jones Guth on June 14, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Linda and family. Hoping the good memories of mother help you through this difficult time. It is always hard to lose a family member.

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