Ruth Kaebnick McInnes
Ruth K. McInnes was the eldest child of Rev. Ernest and Gertrude Kaebnick, born in Warren PA on November 21, 1929. She graduated from Warren High School and the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and pursued a nursing career intermittently throughout her life. She felt fulfilled as a minister’s wife, supporting her US Army Chaplain husband in many areas of service and in raising their five children. Ruth and her family had many busy years filled with adventures and many moves, both in the US and abroad. After retirement, Ruth and her husband traveled all over the US in an RV. They moved to Willow Valley Communities (PA) in 1998, where she enjoyed working with the staff Chaplains in their Vesper’s Program for 20 years. Ruth was an active member of every US Army chapel she and her husband were stationed at, as well as First Baptist Church, Lancaster PA, where her husband served as Senior Pastor in the 1980s. Pianist, organist, choir director, nursery worker, choir member, and in many other responsibilities, she served with joy wherever needed. Her strong, unwavering faith in God carried her through both the good and stressful times and she was known for her gracious, kind demeanor, ever-present smile, and bright blue eyes. Ruth counted her five children as her greatest joy and fulfillment. Her interests included music, church work, sewing, baking, interior decorating and traveling. Ruth is survived by son Dr. Thomas K. McInnes (Dr. Robin Mevissen) of Poolesville MD, daughter Rebecca R. McInnes of Grand Blanc MI, daughter Rachel McInnes Knepper of Monet MO, son Timothy E. McInnes (Sena McInnes) of Millersville PA, sister Rachel K. Jiral of Virginia Beach VA, and brother Dr. E. Elliott Kaebnick (Sara Kaebnick) of Willow Valley PA. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Thomas J. McInnes and daughter Ruth McInnes Baker (Dean Baker).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St, Lancaster PA 17602, at 11:00am. The family will greet friends from 10:00am until the time of service. Masks will be worn during the entire time. The service will be live-streamed at
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Caring Hospice Services of Central PA (717-295-1700).