Bobetta L. Washburn Ruhnow, 86, of Culver, died on the evening of October 31, 2015 at home surrounded by her family.
Bobbie, as she like to be called by those who knew her, was born to Cary and
Kathryn (Ewald) Cummins on July 17, 1929 in
Plymouth, Indiana. She graduated from Culver Community High School and then met and married Jack A. Washburn on
December 26, 1947.
After the death of Jack in 1985, Bobbie went on to marry Emil "Bud" Ruhnow in 1994. They remained married until his death in 2012.
Bobbie was an amazing woman who managed to be both family and civic minded. She was a part of the "Greatest Generation" and wanted to make sure we remembered the sacrifices made by the men and women during WWII. She volunteered in the Culver Finney-Shilling VFW Post 6919 and was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary and served as Secretary from 1962 to 1985. At one point she served as both President and Secretary simultaneously. The accomplishment she was most proud of in her life was when the people of Culver elected her Clerk/Treasurer. She served as such for 12 years and loved to say that she served at the pleasure of the people and that the citizens of Culver were her boss. She reluctantly retired from her political life as clerk/treasurer to enjoy her family and travel. However, Bobbie always volunteered her time to her community.
In retirement Bobbie sat on the Culver Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and served as the secretary for the Second Century Steering Committee at its inception. She also took on the job as secretary for the Culver Chamber of Commerce. Eventually the call to politics brought her back and she ran and was elected to the Union Township Advisory Board. She decided not to run again only a year prior to her death. Bobbie was a lifetime Democrat and eventually became the only elected Democrat in Marshall County. She joked that as a Democrat in Marshall County she knew how the dinosaurs must have felt.
Bobbie's love of community was reciprocated through the many awards and achievements bestowed upon her by the people of Culver. She was honored with Citizen of the Year twice, one as an individual and one as a member of the Second Century Steering Committee. She was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chamber of Commerce. If asked, Bobbie would say that her greatest love was her family and her greatest honor came from the citizens of Culver electing her into office.
Bobbie is survived by her 2 children: Larry Allen Washburn and Jacquelyn Washburn (Scott P.) Crull; 4 grandchildren: Rhonda Washburn Reinhold, Phillip Washburn, Jessica Rogers, and Leland Crull; and 3 great grandchildren: Michael Demonja, Miles Demonja, and Reilly Reinhold.
She was preceded in death by 4 children - Shawn Washburn, Jerry Washburn, and Kelly Washburn, all whom died in infancy and Melanie Kay Washburn Rogers who died at the age of 49.
Jack Allen Washburn BIRTH 22 Feb 1927
DEATH 25 May 1985
BURIAL Masonic Cemetery Culver, Marshall County, Indiana