J. A. Ruth Dies At Springfield Hospital Tuesday

John RuthThe grim reaper has again, for the third time in three months, entered the home of one of Astoria’s prominent citizens, John A. Ruth, this time taking from our midst the father.

Mr. Ruth had not been well for over a year, but was able to go about his work, attend church and take active part in Sunday school.

On January 25th, he suffered a severe shock in the sudden and untimely death of his youngest daughter, Miss Mary. From that time on he seemed to fail in health.

About two weeks ago, upon the advice of his physician, he went to Springfield for an examination and treatment. The examination revealed the fact that an operation was the only avenue of relief of his suffering. On last Wednesday morning, he submitted to an operation and was feeling very much better. All indications pointed to a speedy recovery, when early Tuesday morning he took suddenly ill with heart trouble, and before help could be brought to him he passed away.

Mr. Ruth was a good citizen. He had progressive ideas and sanctioned every movement that was for the betterment of Astoria and community. He was an earnest, faithful Christian and always took an active part in Sunday school and church work. For several years he was superintendent of Astoria Church of the Brethren Sunday School. He was also superintendent of the Sunday School at Woodland for about three years. For the past three years he served as chairman of the Township Sunday School board.

Mr. Ruth was a kind and obliging neighbor and a loving devoted father. His death has, indeed, been a severe shock to the entire community.

The body was brought here on the midnight train Tuesday night and taken to the family home on East Main street.

John Adam Ruth, was born Dec. 27, 1852, near Reading, Penn. In the spring of 1875, he went to Ohio and in November, 1876, he came to Astoria, where he has since resided. On July 29, 1877 he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Jane King. The wedding took place at the home of Joseph and Caroline Burgard and was solemnized by Elder David Miller. To this union twelve children were born. Those surviving are: Mrs. Anna Myers, Out Look, Wash., Mrs. Eva Merrill, Le Roy, Kans., George, John, Harve, Mrs. Maggie Miller, Mrs. Nellie Wherley, all of Astoria. Those deceased are: Cora, Lizzie, Jesse, Charles and Mary.

The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, at the Astoria Church of the Brethren, conducted by Rev. A. L. Sellers. Burial in Woodland cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 5/2/1923

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