KEARNEY — Ruth A. Kreutzer, 70, of Kearney died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Joe Hannappel officiating. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-6 p.m. Wednesday at the church with a Christian wake service at 6 p.m.

Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.


Ruth was born on April 4, 1949, in Kearney to Raymond H. and Marie E.M. (Vest) Loeffelholz. She attended Kearney High School and graduated in 1967.

She married Roland “Sonny” E. Kreutzer on Dec. 10, 1971, in Kearney. Ruth and Sonny were foster parents to 30 children throughout their lives and adopted three children of their own. A child in need was never turned away from her home.

In addition to her roles as a devoted wife and mother, Ruth worked for a variety of companies around the area including Center for Psych., B & B Answering Service, Fidelke Heating and Air, as well as Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Kearney. Ruth loved spending time with her family and always ensured that they were well fed. Ruth, a renowned cook, never entered an event without an offering.

Her greatest joys included attending events for her grandkids, nieces and nephews. She was always sure to let others know that she was cheering them on. Ruth excelled at sewing, quilting and knitting. Many family members and friends can attest to this with their collection of quilts, knitted hats and scarves. She was a protector and nurturer by nature, and her intent behind every craft, skill or art was to help and bring joy to others.

Surviving relatives include her children, Brent and Amber Kreutzer of Kearney, Betty and Phillip Smith of Minden and John Kreutzer of Kansas; sisters, Viola Hibberd of Kearney and Marilyn and Roger Danielson of Holdrege; brother, Albert and Janice Loeffelholz of Riverdale; grandchildren, Anais, Sonny, Kalista, Chase, Joplin, Haven, Arik, Jasper, Eleanor and Amelia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Twila and Loren Bosshamer of Amherst, Marilyn Bailey of Lexington, Lois Lee of Riverdale and Alan Kreutzer of Kearney; and numerous foster children, nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended family and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sonny; grandson, Billy; brothers-in-law and sisters in law, Darrell Hibberd, Bill Bailey, Roger Lee, Melvin and Luella Wuehler, Larry Kreutzer, Bobby Kreutzer and Charlene Kreutzer.

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