Ruth Eichhorn

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MORTON - Ruth L. Eichhorn, 93, of Eureka, formerly of Morton, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at her home.

She was born May 15, 1921, in Peoria to Harvey and Barbara (Strubhar) Dingledine. She married Thomas Eichhorn on June 14, 1946, in Washington. He preceded her in death on July 7, 2008.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas (Cheryl) Eichhorn of Morton and Bryan Eichhorn of Portland, Ore.; one daughter, Nancy (Byron) Hendricks of Salem, Ore.; four grandchildren, Stephanie (Scott) Lange, Erik (Carrie) Eichhorn, Chris (Rachel) Hendricks and Andrew Hendricks; three great-granddaughters, Dominica, Julia and Angela Lange; one great-grandson, Sebastian Hendricks; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the personnel office in Washington, D.C., attaining the rank of corporal. She retired as a bookkeeper in the accounting department from Jumer's Castle Lodge in Peoria.

Ruth was a charter member of the Calvary Evangelical Mennonite Church in Washington, which is the church where her grandfather, the Rev. Valentine Strubhar, was a minister from 1925 to 1941.

Visitation for Ruth will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Knapp-Johnson and Cremation Center in Morton. A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton, where military rites will be conducted. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Calvary Evangelical Mennonite Church in Washington, with Pastor Ken Sistrunk and Pastor Clayton Tinervin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, 2265 W. Altorfer Drive, Peoria, IL 61615; or Mennonite Central Committee (

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Funeral Home
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center
140 S. Detroit Avenue Morton, IL 61550
(309) 263-7426
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from June 30 to July 1, 2014
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