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Ruth Kirkpatrick, 90 - August 01, 2007


Ruth Kathryn (Whitcomb) Kirkpatrick, 90, of Gothenburg, died Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Gothenburg.
Services were held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Randy Dilt officiating.
Kirkpatrick was born on Feb. 22, 1917, in Yuma County, CO, to George and Maud (Ivey) Whitcomb.
She graduated from Oxford High School in 1936. Following graduation, she attended Kearney Normal School, receiving her teaching certificate. She then taught school for one year in 1938, and worked as a telephone operator in 1939.
On July 17, 1939, she was united in marriage to Lewis Wayne Kirkpatrick at Orleans. To this union, four children where born.
Kirkpatrick and her husband made their home at North Platte from 1939 to 1941, at Scottsbluff from 1941 to 1945, and at Gothenburg from 1945 to present.
She was a member of the Gothenburg United Methodist Church were she was active in the Women’s Club, Evening Circle, Utile Dulce, Funeral Committee, Church Building Committee, and a former Board Trustee.
Kirkpatrick was an accomplished pianist and a talented seamstress, according to family members. She made numerous costumes for the Community Theater, her children and her grandchildren. She was a wonderful homemaker and the primary caregiver for her mother and father-in-law for many years.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Lewis; a brother, McClellan; granddaughter, Katie Ivey Huckfeldt.
?Survivors include: her children—Steven (Kimberlyn) Kirkpatrick of Simi Valley, CA, Dennis (Susan) Kirkpatrick of Gothenburg, Cheryl (James) Sanders of Wabasha, MN, and Kimberly (Bruce) Huckfeldt of Chadron; a sister, Grace Draper of Grand Junction, CO; 10 grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren—Jonathan (Kim) Sanders and their children, Jonathan and Whitney, of Webb City, MO, Kirk (Connie) Sanders and their children, Matthew, Benjamin, Timothy, Marcus and Ruth, of Lincoln, Andrew (Amy) Sanders and their children, Zachary, Evan, Maxwell and Coleman of Omaha, Nathan Kirkpatrick of Colorado Springs, CO, Michael Kirkpatrick (Bonnie Kelch) and his sons, Hunter and Michael of Kearney, Dorian Kirkpatrick (Sarah Dullinger) of Englewood, CO, Alexander Kirkpatrick (Jessica Davis) of Loveland, CO, Nicholas Kirkpatrick of Englewood, CO, Hannah Huckfeldt of Chadron, and Halcyon (Jared) McIntyre and their daughter, Eris, of Salt Lake City, UT.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.