Ruth Eloise Schimmel Roush Chandler, 93, died of natural causes at Sunshine Terrace Skilled Nursing facility, in Logan, Utah, on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.
She was born in Lowell, Ohio, on July 29, 1921, the youngest of four children born to Gilbert C. and Essie Mason Schimmel.
Ruth attended Lowell High School, graduating in 1937. During high school, Ruth was very active in sports, playing center on the girls' varsity team, and also for an independent regional girls' basketball team for a year following graduation. It was through basketball that she met her future husband, Lyell Roush, who was a player for the rival team of Beverly. They were married in 1939, and during the years before and after World War II, which Lyell spent in the Navy in the south Pacific, they had four daughters. They resided in Beverly, where Lyell was the postmaster until he died in 1982 after 43 years of marriage.
Ruth was always very active in community affairs, volunteering for various organizations in the region for well over 50 years. She served as clerk-treasurer for the town of Beverly for 25 years. At the same time, Ruth was very active in the Beverly Methodist Church, as well as holding various positions in such organizations as the American Legion Auxiliary, the PTA and PTSA, and the Ohio Child Conservation League (OCCL). Through CCL, Ruth was instrumental in starting the first kindergarten in the Beverly School District. Ruth joined Russell Chadwick Post 389 American Legion Auxiliary in 1945 and remained an active member for the rest of her life. She served in many offices at the local, district and state levels, including president of the Department of Ohio. At the national level, she served in several positions, most notably chairperson of Veterans' Affairs, before being endorsed for national president, where she continued to serve at the national level for the next 10 years.
About this time, Ruth trained with the Educational Opportunities tour company as a group host. As such, she became an avid traveler, visiting every state in the U.S. as well as all of Canada, and almost all of Europe, Central and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, plus 22 cruises to various parts of the world.
In July of 1994, Ruth married Clifford Chandler, a former Lowell high school classmate who was living in Tulsa, Okla. For the next 10 years, they enjoyed their life in Tulsa, traveling and visiting family and friends until he died in 2004. In 2007, Ruth moved to Logan, Utah, to be near family there.
In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband, Lyell Roush; as well as her second husband, Clifford Chandler; her sisters, Irene Paull and Virginia Hart; her brother, Charles Schimmel; and son-in-law, David Knorr. Surviving are four children, Judy Knorr, Huntington, N.Y., Jan Roush (Michael Butkus), Logan, Utah, Jennifer Pasco, San Antonio, Texas, and Jill Harrison (Larry), Chandler, Az.; and three step-children, Clifford Chandler (Carolyn), Winchester, Va., Sandy Henderson, Tulsa, Okla., and Cindy Greenfield (Bill), Houston, Texas. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Beverly United Methodist Church, with Rev. Matthew Weaver officiating. Burial will be in the Beverly Cemetery. Friends may call 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at McCurdy Funeral Home in Beverly, Ohio, and one hour before the service at the church.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.mccurdyfh.com