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Stephen E. Ruth

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On September 4, 2018 @ 3:25 pm In Obituaries | 11 Comments

Stephen E. Ruth passed to the Church Triumphant on August 31, 2018, at age 71.  His unexpected demise at the Lancaster General Hospital resulted from a coronary embolism, and subsequent sepsis affecting his organs.

Born on August 21, 1947, Stephen was the only child of the late Elwood F. Ruth and Mary Jane Roth Ruth.  A graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School class of 1965, Stephen received an Associate’s degree in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania in 1967 and a B.S. degree from West Virginia University in political science in 1969.  In 1990 he was awarded a paralegal certificate from Penn State University.

Throughout his high school years, he was a conscientious paper boy delivering the editions of the Lancaster Newspapers.  Following his graduation from college, Stephen was employed by Equifax Services from 1970-1982, after which he was employed part time by the U.S. Postal Department on rural deliveries.  In 1984 he joined the J.C. Ehrlich Company, providing advice and serving in sales to customers with insect infestations.  Upon retirement, Stephen enjoyed a brief period of employment at Stauffers of Kissel Hill/Rohrerstown doing a variety of duties.  His final position was serving as bailiff in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, where he was employed until his death.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-five years, the Rev. Mary-Margaret Overly Ruth, and a brother-in-law, William R. Overly of Lancaster, in addition to a number of cousins.

A former member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Stephen joined Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Petersburg, in 2006 when his wife was ordained and called to serve that congregation.  In his twelve years as a member of Zion, Steve was very active as a lector, an usher, and a member of the Property Committee.

Strongly committed to helping others, Stephen served dinners each Monday at the Zion Community Meals Program, and was a member of the Relay for Life Program of the American Cancer Society, in which projects he volunteered frequently.  In past years, Stephen had served as Vice-President, then President of Contact of Lancaster.

Stephen was very interested in the life and theology of Martin Luther and for many years he and his wife portrayed Martin and Katie Luther for church and socialgroups.  Other interests included his love of West Virginia University football, of theatre and of travel.

An avid reader, Stephen was interested in politics and the political systems, and volunteered as available to serve his party.  He was Volunteer Regional Membership Coordinator for Common Cause, from 1975-1979, and served as Democratic Committeeperson in Manheim Township.  He was recognized recently for 50 consecutive years of a perfect voting record.  He enjoyed walking and fitness programs.

The family of Stephen wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to the entire medical staff of the Lancaster General Hospital Emergency and Intensive Care Units for the round-the clock care given to Stephen in his last days.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Celebration of Life Worship Service at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Broad and Lemon Streets, East Petersburg, PA on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Margaret Kassees officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be held on Monday, September, 10, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, New Holland, PA. at 10:30 a.m.

If desired, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1905 Broad Street, East Petersburg, PA, 17520 or to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 Pleasure Road, Lancaster, PA   17601

Condolences for the family of “Stephen E. Ruth”

Condolence from Nancy L. Maurer & family on September 4th, 2018 6:59 pm

Steve was truly a Marytr. Always available to give a helping hand and was a caring individual. Oh yes, there were lots of fun times with Stephen. Mimi … you had a good husband.

Steve a message for you: “And He will raise you up on Eagle’s Wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hands.” (refrain from On Eagle’s Wings).

God’s Peace !

Condolence from Jessica Gumbert on September 5th, 2018 11:17 am

I am so sorry for your loss, Pastor Ruth. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this hard time. Sending love your way.

Condolence from jeffrey a conrad on September 5th, 2018 11:35 am

Dear Rev. Ruth,
It was a pleasure to work with your husband, Stephen, here at the Lancaster County Courthouse. On the occasions that Steve was my bailiff, he was always very upbeat and kind to the litigants that came in and out of my courtroom. He took his duties as bailiff very seriously and was a true professional. I look forward to seeing him once again on the day that I return home. I trust that God will strengthen you and your family during this most difficult time.
Judge Jeff Conrad

Condolence from DONNA L SPEECE on September 5th, 2018 2:37 pm

To Steve Family

I am very sorry to see that he passed away…Did not know him well
but said Hi in passing at the courthouse and seemed very nice.

RIP Steve

Donna Speece

Condolence from John D. Seiple on September 5th, 2018 6:27 pm

I feel sorry for your loss. I knew Steve as a friend through high school.


John D. Seiple

Condolence from Lois Horst Shank on September 6th, 2018 5:44 pm

Deepest sympathy to the family from a childhood neighbor in Bareville. My husband, Rodney Shank, knew Stephen through work at JC Ehrlich.

Condolence from Frank and Cindy Zimmerman on September 7th, 2018 9:14 am

So very sorry to receive the news of Steve’s passing. He was a very nice, caring, and charitable person. He will be missed by all those fortunate enough to have known him.

Our sincere condolences to Mimi, Bill, his family and friends during this difficult time.

Condolence from Nancy Gieniec on September 8th, 2018 10:39 am

Dear Mary-Margaret,

Steve was the President of the Board of CONTACT that I served and I have occasionally heard comments about the two of you through Sandy Jones who has been my friend and neighbor at least 10 years. He was a rock and faithful volunteer during the time I knew him and he had a great sense of humor. A group of us flew home from a national convention together andI was a terrified passenger on an Allegheny flight.Steve saw how nervous I was and continued to tell me how many times “Allegoony Air had plunged into the river. This served to keep my fear focused on crossing the river! You have been blessed with a husband who has crossed the river and leaves you with memories of all the time he has loved you. Peace.

Condolence from Babe Quintrall on September 10th, 2018 10:50 am

My sincere condolences on your family’s loss of Stephen. It is times like these that I find God’s promise in Revelation 21:4 especially comforting. He says that soon, pain, suffering and death will be no more, but for now we have the gift of prayer, through which he can bring you comfort and strength to carry you through the difficult days ahead. All the best wishes for your family at this time, take care.

Condolence from Don Hollinger on September 13th, 2018 11:34 am

Dearest “Mimi” if I can use a name groan a way back. Gloria and I express our deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Stephen. May God keep you in the palm of his hand.
Don and Gloria Hollinger

Condolence from Sharon Lauderman on October 7th, 2018 12:04 am

Dearest Mimi, Reid and I just learned of Steve’s death. We were so shocked and saddened. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs!

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