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George W Ruth

August 18, 1928 ~ September 17, 2021 (age 93)

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George William Ruth, 93, of Womelsdorf, passed away in the morning hours Friday, September 17 2021, of natural causes in Country Meadows of Wyomissing.

He was the husband of Mary Ann (neé Kurtz) Ruth, celebrating their 63rd anniversary in July.

Born Saturday, August 18, 1928, in Schaefferstown, he was a son of the late William J. & Mary H. (neé Brown) Ruth.

A 1946 graduate of Robesonia High School, George was also an Army veteran having served during the Korean War. George was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church, Womelsdorf, where he sang in the choir. 

Both George and Mary Ann appreciated music, entertaining, and sharing their meticulous gardens, floral arrangements, and their love of life and the great outdoors. 

George was a trained horticulturist specializing in plant and landscape design having been a salesman and apprentice at the former Farr’s Nursery, Womelsdorf.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Margo J. DeRouchie; his grandchildren: Jessica Ruth, Netanya & Derek DeRouchie; and four great-grandchildren; and his siblings: Glenna Ruth, Mary MacNamara, Barbara Joseph & Florence Mayes; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Eric C. Ruth; his grandson, Matthew Ruth; and by his siblings: Benton, Jay, Anne, Rita, John Ruth & Margaret Horst.

The family would like to acknowledge the incredible staff of Country Meadows of Wyomissing and Grane Hospice Care, for their compassionate care and support.

A Celebration of Life will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Friends of Conrad Weiser Homestead, 28 Weiser Ln., Womelsdorf, PA  19567

The Mull Funeral Home, Womelsdorf, is assisting the family.

The Gardener
          By Margo DeRouchie
“How does your garden grow?” and “Fresh from the garden!”
 these were a few of his favorite phrases.
He couldn’t wait to turn over the soil and plant new bulbs at the first signs of spring;
snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, tulips and hyacinths,
“Water them well and they will grow!”
Till the garden, hoe the rows and spread the seeds,
whatever you please; strawberries, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes and peas,
 “Water them well and they will grow!”
The Gardener had a green thumb that could turn anything to gold,
 ‘Twas a gift he used faithfully to create a garden to behold.
When those flowers unfolded their colorful blooms, The Gardener gently snipped an artful array and arranged them into a beautiful bouquet,
bringing the brightness of the great outdoors inside.
You may ask this horticulturist anything about landscaping and he would swiftly touch the soil to share his gardening skills, while rolling off their botanical names in a sing-song way.
The Gardener often got lost in his yard, creating a new landscape design that would lovingly showcase his property.
It brought a sparkle to his eyes and put a pep in his step to share his meticulously maintained gardens with family, friends and neighbors.
And now, with his crooked fingers and weary body, The Gardener walks carefully in front of me, I in his shadow, and with a kiss on each cheek and a tip of his hat walks toward eternity.
I’m left with those fond memories of walking in his footsteps,
learning and creating a garden together,
turning the soil and planting new bulbs,
“Water them well and they will grow!”
patiently waiting for a colorful array of beautiful blooms to appear and ever so gently shine their bright faces proudly upon me as if to say, I am here!


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