HOWARD — Ruth A. Blades (Baucher), 99, passed away peacefully at her Howard home in the early morning hours of April 20 under home care from family and Kindred Hospice. She was born Oct. 28, 1919, to Bill Baucher and Isa (Byrd) Baucher in Reedsburg. Shortly after she graduated as an RN from South Baltimore General Hospital and a day after Pearl Harbor, Ruth enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
She served in combat zones in New Guinea and Australia, as part of the South West Pacific Theater during World War II.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin (Ben) C. Blades; daughter, Ann (Herron) Spotts (Sandy); son, Jim Blades; sisters, Helen Baucher and Mary (Baucher) Funk; brother Fred Baucher, and brother-in-law John Martin.
She is survived by daughter, Helen (Blades) Comis; son-in-law, Don Comis; daughter-in-law, Jill (Pyle) Blades; sister, Barbara (Martin) Baucher; daughter-in-law, Jill (Pyle) Blades; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister Barbara (Baucher) Martin; nieces, Jo (Martin) Clever (Tim), Jill (Martin) Hiller (Rick), and Jane (Martin) Garrison (Brad); friends, Joann Guinther, Karen Stevens, Pat and Walt Hedglin, Mary Faith Hammond, Pat and Peter Jam, Jean and Linda Anderson, and other friends, including Barbara Chadwick and other former colleagues at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center, where Ruth worked before retiring.
There will be an urn burial at the Kokosing Nature Preserve in Gambier on Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m. with Military Honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Kindred Hospice, 112 Harcourt Road, Suite 3, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, in Ruth’s memory.
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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Ruth A. Blades (Baucher).