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Ruth B. Clapper

Ruth B. Clapper, 89, of Kewanee, went home to be with the Lord at 9:08 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014 surrounded by family and friends at Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 24th at First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Private online condolences may be shared with the family at

Ruth was born September 29, 1924 in Kewanee, the daughter of Dennis and Sigrid (Redin) Binkley. She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1942. Ruth married Milton Duane (“Kelly”) Clapper on March 1, 1953 in Kewanee.

He survives, as do two daughters, Jodi (Bill) Verscha and Jill (Joe) Seyller; two grandchildren, Maribeth (Brandon) Butler and Jacob (Kelly) Verscha; and four great-grandchildren, Lee and Isabella Butler, and Madalyn and Max Verscha; one sister, Helen Lovejoy, all of Kewanee, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Signild Johnson and Aleene Clong.

Ruth was employed at Walworth Co. for 34 years in the office until its closure. She then worked at Kewanee Boiler Corp and Pines Trailer, retiring at age 72. She was also secretary for Carlson-Clapper Roofing Co.

She was an active member of First Baptist Church and its WAWTABT Sunday School class. She served as Sunday school teacher many years, was a member of the Deaconess Board, Naomi Circle, and quilting group. Her service to the Lord through church was most important to her. Ruth had a love for music and singing. She would sing with her three sisters for church and family events. She was also a member of the Eastern Stars for more than 50 years.

Ruth enjoyed cross-stitching, quilting, reading, and playing cards with her card club and her family. She was an avid Cubs fan. She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ruth never passed up an opportunity to share her faith in Jesus Christ with everyone she met.



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