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Ruth A. Vanfleet

Ruth passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born July 27, 1942 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Andrew and Hattie (Merkel) Owen. Ruth enjoyed babysitting the neighborhood kids, doing crafts, cooking, baking, gardening and caring for her many pets. On August 4, 1987 in Kalamazoo she married David Vanfleet who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Kelley (Richard) Florian of Orangeville, Jim Long of Hastings and Candy Pradon of Hastings; step-children, Chris (Todd) Banks, Kelly (Craig) Jackson, David (Colleen) Vanfleet and Stacey Vanfleet; 8 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and siblings, Jackie Owen and Kenny Owen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Ruford “Dean” Long; grandson, Dustin and her 7 siblings.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the

Alzheimer’s Association.

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Tammy Thompson Drake

February 16, 2021 at 3:45 pm

So very sorry, Ruth will be missed so much, loved her, my prayers are with you all!! Let your memories help you, it is so hard! God Bless each of you! ✨✨


Jan Jameson

February 16, 2021 at 5:25 pm

R.I.P,dear friend. Love you to the moon and back. My love and condolences to the whole family.


Brooke Jankowski

February 17, 2021 at 9:53 am

I am so sorry for your loss, she was a really nice lady,


Kathy Nogle

February 17, 2021 at 10:08 am

My sympathy to Ruth’s family. Thinking of all of you.


Sandra Ambs

February 17, 2021 at 11:29 am

I will forever keep the memories close to my heart such a sweet lady . May you RIP prayers for the family.



February 17, 2021 at 11:51 am

Wonderful friend …awesome times..

Birthdays , picnics, bowling and Baby sitting

Will definitely be missed by many..

Prayers for the family..


Judy VanDenBerg

February 17, 2021 at 12:46 pm

So sorry to hear of Ruthies passing…So many good memories. (((Hugs ))) and prayers Kelly ,Candy, and Jimmy


Mary Brennan

February 17, 2021 at 2:14 pm

Chris and Lindsey

So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.


Judy Nadeau

February 17, 2021 at 4:16 pm

So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. Sending condolences to the whole family..RIP Ruth


Vonna Anderson

February 17, 2021 at 4:37 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss!! She was such a sweet lady!! She will be missed!! Thoughts and Prayers for you and your family!!


Mike & Chris VanDenBerg

February 17, 2021 at 6:25 pm

So sorry for your loss.

Prayers for her family


Penny Jenson/Pallo

February 17, 2021 at 8:12 pm

I was so sorry to hear that Ruth passed. My condolences to all of you. May God Bless you and ease the pain of your loss.


Mary S Harris

February 18, 2021 at 7:52 am

sorry for your loss. l have good memories of Ruth.

Prayers go out to Kelly, Jimmy and Candy


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