Ruth Bakenhus

January 12, 2019

Ruth Bakenhus

Jan. 9, 1927-Jan. 10, 2019

Ruth Bakenhus, 92, of Columbus, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Columbus Community Hospital.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Christ Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Aaron Witt officiating. Interment will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at Gass Haney Funeral Home, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church, with a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m.

Ruth was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Leigh, to Edward and Anna Margaret (Mullenhoff) Korte. She graduated from Leigh High School in 1944. On Aug. 13, 1955, Ruth was united in marriage to Art Bakenhus at Zion Lutheran Church in Leigh. Ruth worked as a secretary for Rambour Realty, the ASCS office, and also at Dr. Kueper’s office.

Ruth was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Christ Lutheran Ladies Aid, and LWML. She was active in the Nebraska & National Shorthorn Lassie Association and the Lamplighters Extension Club. She enjoyed playing cards, Dominoes and Bingo. Her love for music showed, as she sang in the Christ Lutheran Choir, Leigh Community Choir and the Mother’s Singers. She was an avid Nebraska football and volleyball fan, and one of her highlights last season was to see a Nebraska football game from a skybox. Ruth also loved to go to all of her children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s activities.

Ruth is survived by daughter, Spring (Terry) Wendt of Leigh; grandchildren, Erick (Sara) Wendt of Leigh, Rachel (Brent) Malena of Leigh, and Zach (Jenny) Wendt of Creston; daughter, Ivy (Jim) Klug of Columbus; grandchildren, Beau (Crystal) Klug of Columbus, Fran (Clay) Groteluschen of Columbus, Wynne (Travis) Sterner of Merna, and Reece (Lindsay) Klug of Columbus; son, Ward (Shay) Bakenhus of Columbus; grandchildren, Josh (Andrea) Bakenhus of Elkhorn, Jacob (Shelby) Bakenhus of St. Edward, Levi (fianceé Chantel Shanle) of Columbus, and Macy Bakenhus of Columbus; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Irma Willman of Columbus, Verna Osborn of Des Moines, Iowa, and Marj Benke of Loveland, Colorado; and brother-in-law, Luther Bakenhus of Columbus.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Margaret Korte; husband, Art Bakenhus; infant daughter, Rachel Bakenhus; and sister, Fern Hoskinson.

Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com.

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