Ruth A. Blades

October 28, 1919 ‒ April 20, 2019

Howard, Ohio

Ruth A. Blades (Baucher), 99, passed away peacefully at her Howard, Ohio, home in the early morning hours of April 20 under home care from family and Kindred Hospice. She was born Oct. 28, 1919 to Bill Baucher and Isa (Byrd) Baucher in Reedsburg, Ohio.  Shortly after she graduated as an RN from South Baltimore General Hospital and a day after Pearl Harbor, Ruth enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

She served in combat zones in New Guinea and Australia, as part of the South West Pacific Theater during World War II.

She was preceded in death by spouse Franklin (Ben) C. Blades; daughter Ann (Herron) Spotts (Sandy); son Jim Blades; sisters Helen Baucher and Mary (Baucher) Funk; brother Fred Baucher, and brother-in-law John Martin.

She is survived by: daughter Helen (Blades) Comis; son-in-law Don Comis; daughter-in-law Jill (Pyle) Blades; sister Barbara (Martin) Baucher; daughter-in-law Jill (Pyle) Blades ; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; sister Barbara (Baucher) Martin; nieces Jo (Martin) Clever (Tim), Jill (Martin) Hiller (Rick), and Jane (Martin) Garrison (Brad); friends Joann Guinther, Karen Stevens, Pat and Walt Hedglin, Mary Faith Hammond, Pat and Peter Jam, Jean and Linda Anderson, and other friends, including Barbara Chadwick and other former colleagues at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center, where Ruth worked before retiring.

There will be an urn burial at the Kokosing Nature Preserve in Gambier on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10 A.M. with Military Honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Kindred Hospice, 112 Harcourt Rd., Suite 3, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 in Ruth’s memory.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Ruth A. Blades (Baucher).


  • We send our deepest condolences to your family. May your memories comfort you. Helen, I remember spending time at your home when we were in school. I also remember the time I was invited to stay at Pleasant Hill when your family had a cabin there. Know the we are thinking and praying for you and your family.

  • As one nurse to another, I enjoyed talking with Ruth. She was a special lady and will be missed. My sympathy to the family on your loss.

  • Dear Blades family. I am so sorry to have read of the death of Ruth. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4. May God give you and your family comfort in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they are resurrected. With deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.