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Susie L. Ruder

April 7, 1935 ~ September 21, 2018 (age 83)

Susie L. Ruder, age 83, of Hays, KS, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Hays Medical Center. She was born on April 7, 1935 in Hays to Herbert and Martina (Leiker) Weigel. On June 29, 1953, Susie married Norman J. Ruder at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hays. Together, they shared 65 years of marriage.

Susie graduated from Hays High School in 1953. She was a homemaker that prided herself on raising her four children with Norman. She enjoyed cooking, baking and reading. She was an avid golfer throughout her life and she loved to travel with her husband and friends. In her later years, Susie and Norman retired and spent over 25 years spending time between Rio Verde, AZ and Hays. She was very active and social within both communities. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brought her the greatest joy.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Norman of Hays; son, Douglas Ruder and Terry Derr of Hays; two daughters, Linda Ruder and her fiancé Bruce Burkholder of Hays, Kathy Taylor and her husband Roger of Fountain Hills, AZ; brother, Herbert Weigel, Jr. and his wife Ines of Hutchinson; two sisters, MaryAnn Taylor and her husband Robert of Grand Lake, CO, Sheila Rohl of Madera, CA; five grandchildren, Blythe Brown and her husband Mike of Victoria, KS, Breanne Nelson of Merriam, KS, Jamie Cornelsen and her husband Ryan of Olathe, KS, Ryan Taylor of Austin, TX, Kelsee Gordon and her husband Mike of Scottsdale, AZ, as well as eight great-grandchildren. Susie also leaves behind a loving extended family that includes many cherished nieces, nephews and friends. 

Susie is preceded in death by her parents and a son, Norman J. Ruder, Jr.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 201 W. 13th St., Hays, KS 67601

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 25 from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601 and on Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. until service time at the church.

A combined rosary and parish vigil service will be Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the funeral chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to HaysMed Hospice; Cancer Council of Ellis County and/or to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Contributions can be made or left with the funeral home.

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Arrangements are made by Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601.

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