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Ruthcile Washa - October 11, 2010


Ruthcile Washa, 90, longtime Ogallala, Neb. resident, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.
Ruthcile was born June 27, 1920 in Washington, Kan, the daughter of Lester and Faye Blocker Potter. Ruthcile received her early education in Lamar, Neb., Imperial, Neb. and Ogallala. She graduated from Ogallala High School in 1937.
On Oct. 21, 1937 Ruthcile was united in marriage to John R. Washa at Ogallala. The couple made their home on a farm southwest of Ogallala and resided there over 60 years.
She was baptized at the First Christian Church in Lamar and has been a member of the Ogallala First United Methodist Church since 1938. Her hobbies included gardening and crocheting.
Preceding her in death was her husband John in 1978; infant grandson Paul Washa; granddaughter Holly Washa in 1991; daughter-in-law Dorothy Washa in 1988; brother Dean Potter in 1971; brother-in-law Harvey Hammond in 1973; brother Leroy Potter in 1980; great-great-grandson Joshua Ringer in 2004, and sister-in-law, Ila Marie Potter in 2007.
Survivors include two daughters Pauline and husband Loren Railsback of Peoria, Ariz. and Mary Ann and husband Bob McEntee of North Platte, Neb.; two sons Charles and wife Connie Washa of Grant, Neb. and John Washa of Ogallala; two sisters Maxine Hammond of Ogallala and Iline and husband John Daigh of Newcastle, Wyo.; one sister-in-law Ila Potter of Fort Collins, Colo.; 11 grandchildren: Ken and wife Deb Ringer of Omaha, Terry Washa of Grant, Peggy and husband Tim Mead of Hammond, Wisc., Diane and husband Joe Sherman of Milliken, Colo., Linda Washa of Thornton, Colo., Carrie and husband Mark Bauder of Sterling, Colo., Deb and husband Dave Giesenhagen of North Platte, J.R. and wife Tonya McEntee of Loveland, Colo., Karen Washa and Roger Washa, both of McCook, Neb. and Becky Washa of Sioux Falls, S.D; 22 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Oct. 16, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Chuck Rager officiating.
Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Ogallala First United Methodist Church. Online Condolences may be sent to www.drauckerfh.com
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala was in charge of arrangements.