Ruth Van Dyke

February 19, 1936 ‒ October 28, 2017

Howard, Ohio

Ruth Van Dyke, age 81, of Howard, Ohio passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at her home with her family by her side.

She was born on February 19, 1936 in Martin County, Kentucky to the late Simon and Nora (Maynard) Horn. Ruth was employed as a supervisor in the computer center at the Huntington National Bank in Columbus.  She was a member of the Mount Vernon Baptist Temple and former member of the Capital City Baptist in Columbus.  Ruth was formerly a member of the Veterans Advocacy Committee and volunteered for Hospice of Knox County.

She is survived by her daughter Ruth Ellen (John) Madden; her sons Lynn (Connie) Van Dyke, Donald (Karin) Van Dyke; five grandchildren, James, JP, Nora, Angela, Bradley; and six great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Luther Van Dyke and sixteen brothers and sisters.

Friends may call on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 4-6PM at the Mount Vernon Baptist Temple (21453 Floralwood Dr., Howard, Ohio 43028). A service will follow, beginning at 6PM, with Rev. Curt Smith Officiating.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Columbus beginning at 11AM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Hospice of Knox County.

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  • May you find peace and joy in knowing your mom is happy and with our Lord and Savior.. You are all in my prayers and thinking about each and every one of you.. With much love, Elizabeth Coe..

  • So sad to hear of your loss , she was loved by the Church and friends and we will miss her dearly !

  • We were so saddened to hear of Aunt Tootsie’s passing. Even though We had not had the opportunity to see her lately, we loved her dearly. Wish we could be there for the services. However, distance and other circumstances prevent that. To all of her family we extend our deepest sympathy and love. May God wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time!
    We will meet you again soon Aunt Tootsie!

    Love and Prayers,
    Franklin David (Frankie) and Effie Horn

  • We share the grief of Lynn, Ruthie and the family on learning of MaMa Ruth’s passing. The warm loving ways in which she put everyone else’s needs first are almost beyond description. Even near the end, MaMa Ruth wanted assurance that I was well, knowing of my family’s loss just days earlier. Her reward is the devotion, adoration and affection of all who came within her embrace. We are consoled knowing she is happy and comforted by our Lord and Saviour who was such a driving force in her life. Although we miss her dearly, our memories of MaMa Ruth will endure.

    With much love and devotion,
    Don and Karin Van Dyke

  • Our dear friend, neighbor on Case Rd, you blessed us with your love and friendship, you took a piece of our hearts when you moved, and now another. God Bless you all. Love Denny, Sharon, Mark and Debbie.