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Kenneth P. Ruth

September 18, 1935 ~ September 27, 2018 (age 83)

  Kenneth P. Ruth, 83, of Streator and formerly of Joliet, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Ottawa Pavilion in Ottawa.

  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 A.M. Tuesday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator.  Rev. Fr. Ryan Mattingly will officiate.

  Visitation will be from 9-11 A.M. Tuesday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.

  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Manhattan, Illinois.  Pallbearers will be his brother, Bob Ruth; brother in law, Gary Henning; nephews, Frank Jurcak, Thomas Jurcak and Jason Henning; and a cousin, William Stalter.

  Born September 18, 1935 in Joliet, he was the son of Fred and Edna (Platt) Ruth.  He married Lois Jurcak on October 16, 1990.  She is survives in Streator.

  He is also survived by a brother, Bob (Gloria) Ruth of Joliet and Herman Ruth of Joliet; a sister in law, Sonja Jacklich - Ruth of Florida; several nieces and nephew also survive.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Fred Jr., Richard and Lawrence Ruth; and step-sisters, Annabell Rawlings and Juanita Gooden.

  Born and raised in Joliet he attended Joliet grade schools.  He graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1953.  He has lived in Streator since 1968.

  He worked for Caterpiller Inc. retiring in 1988 after 35 years of service.  Ken also worked at the Sirloin House in Lostant for 26 years.

  He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator.

  Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator.

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