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Ruth I. (Herman) Watkins

October 17, 1928 ~ February 23, 2018 (age 89)
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Ruth I Watkins, 89, passed away on February 23, 2018 at Woodcrest of Adams County. She was born in Adams County, IN to the daughter of the late Frank and Jesse (Kaves) Herman. She was preceded in death in March of 1998, by her husband and soulmate of nearly 50 years, Burvil E. Watkins.

Together they had one beautiful daughter, Connie S (Watkins) Hockemeyer. She passed away March of 2005. Ruth attended school in Hartford Township and was a homemaker. Her hobbies included outdoor gardening and yard work, crocheting, sewing and making crafts. She was also known for being an incredible cook, you never left her house hungry. Some of her favorite memories were camping and traveling with her husband and daughter. Then later in life camping with their grandchildren and watching her great grandchildren and teaching them to play Chinese Checkers when they were young.

Survivors of Ruth’s family include her son in law, Don (Cat McDonald) Hockemeyer. Her granddaughter, Nikki (Noah) Hessler and her grandson, Jeff (April) Hockemeyer; three great grandchildren Lexy & Brandi Counterman and Luke Hockemeyer all of Decatur.

Also surviving is her brother, Bob Herman of Linn Grove, five sisters-in-law, Karen Herman, Grace Herman, Marilyn Herman, Dianna Herman and Irene Watkins, two brother-in-laws, Marvin Watkins and Virgil Bixler.

Preceding her in death were three sisters Dorthy Herman, Garnett Bixler, Velma Wable; four brothers Don Herman, Dan Herman, Dale Herman and Alvin Herman; two brothers-in-law Russ Watkins and Robert (Al) Wable; two sister in laws Mary Herman and JoAnne Watkins.

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.

A Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2018 also at the funeral home, with calling 1 hour prior to service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Pastor Henry Favorite will be officiating and burial will take place in Decatur Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice.

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