Ruth A. (Rediger) Jessup


Ruth A. (Rediger) Jessup, 100, of Tomah and formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at Agape Acres in Warrens, Wis. 

She was born March 11, 1919, in Woodburn, Ind., to Chester and Minnie (Zimmerman) Rediger. She retired from Mutual Security Life Insurance Co. and was a long-time member of the First Assembly of God Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she taught Sunday school and volunteered in the church kitchen for many years. Also, she was an accomplished seamstress; she enjoyed sewing for her family.

On Jan. 23, 1937, in Woodburn, Ind., she married Wayne L. Jessup. Wayne preceded her in death Nov. 15, 1976. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie J. (Douglas) Budde of Tomah; her grandchildren, Christopher J. Kilgore of New Haven, Ind., Kent L. Kilgore and Beth Anne (Steve) Findlay, both of Fort Wayne, Ind., Craig D. (Maretta) Budde of Warrens, Wis., and Andrea J. (Adam) Beien of Sterling, Ill.; a sister, Betty L. (Robert) Viet of Madison, Ind.; 10 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Chester and Minnie, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her son, Monte Dean Jessup; her daughter, Drusilla L. Kilgore; her son-in-law, James Kilgore; a grandson, Todd A. Kilgore; her sisters, Evelyn M. Gerber and Marie E. Kauffman, and a brother, Marion L. Rediger, and their spouses; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at the Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 S. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, Ind. Burial will be in the Woodburn Mennonite Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Saturday at the Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be sent to  The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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