Ruth, 84, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2018 in Lawrence KS. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Fern Kieffer, and sister Betty (and Glenn) Lessenden. She is survived by her husband Marvin Stohs, son Keith Stohs (Annette), and daughter Kristie Rock (Brian).
“Ruthie” was born in Lawrence and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1951. She completed two years of education at the University of Kansas, then married Marvin Stohs on June 11, 1954 in Lawrence. Ruth and Marvin spent the early years of their marriage in Leadville, CO, then Denver, CO where she worked as an administrative assistant. They returned to Lawrence where she and Marvin raised their two children. Ruth was employed by USD 497, the University of Kansas, and the Kansas Union. Ruth worked for USD 497 so that she could spend time with her children during the summer, and after school. Once her youngest child graduated from KU, Ruth and Marvin moved to Las Vegas, NV where Ruth worked as an administrative assistant for UNLV, the Palace Station, the State of Nevada, and Desert Research Institute. Ruth loved to be outdoors, and took advantage of the sunshine and warm weather year-round in Nevada. Marvin and Ruth retired and moved back to Lawrence in 1997 to help care for Ruth’s mother. Ruth spent her retirement enjoying life, walking, spending time with her children, playing bridge and bingo, and socializing with friends. Ruth and Marvin delivered Meals-on-Wheels for 18 years. Ruth worked part time at the Lawrence Public Library, where she was employed until December 2017, and both Ruth and Marvin worked for Crowd Systems, Inc. as Ushers at KU football and basketball games until January 2018. Ruth was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lawrence.
Ruth’s Memorial Service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 25th, 2018. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran.