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Katie Ruthven Obituary

Katie Ruthven,34, died of injuries sustained in a March 2014 mudslide in Oso, Wash.

Shane Ruthven, 43, and Katie Ruthven, 34, had just landed some new contracts and their small business, Mountain Lion Glass, was expanding. Both have been confirmed killed.

Son Wyatt, 4, is missing, said Katie's father, retired Snohomish County sheriff's Sgt. Thomas Pszonka. Another son, Hunter, 6, has been confirmed killed.

Shane Ruthven wanted his mother and stepfather, JuDee Vandenburg, 64, and Lou Vandenburg, 71, to be close to their grandkids and moved them from Spokane to the place next door. Both have been confirmed dead. Lou, who had served in the Marines, worked for the state before retiring. JuDee had operated a bar in Spokane.

The Ruthvens had "found their dream home" along the river, "a little A-frame they rebuilt from scratch," Pszonka said. "They had 150 feet of water frontage. It was a beautiful spot where no one bothered you."

Courtesy of The Seattle Times

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Published online on April 4, 2014 courtesy of Dignity Memorial.
On March 22, 2014, The Ruthven family, Shane, Katie, Hunter, and Wyatt, lost their lives in the Oso Landslide. Shane was born September 11, 1970 in Spokane, WA to Michael Ruthven and Judee... Read Obituary

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