|Bobetta L. Washburn Ruhnow
July 17, 1929 - October 31, 2015
Bobetta L. Washburn Ruhnow, 86, of Culver, died on the evening of October 31, 2015 at home surrounded by her family..
Bobbie,as she like to be called by those who knew her, was born to Cary and Kathryn (Ewald) Cummins on July 17, 1929 in
Plymouth, Indiana. She graduated from Culver Community High School and then met and married Jack A. Washburn on
December 26, 1947. After the death of Jack in 1985, Bobbie went on to marry Emil "Bud" Ruhnow in 1994. They remained
married until his death in 2012..
Bobbie was an amazing woman who managed to be both family and civic minded. She was a part of the "Greatest
Generation" and wanted to make sure we remembered the sacrifices made by the men and women during WWII. She
volunteered in the Culver Finney-Shilling VFW Post 6919 and was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary and served as
Secretary from 1962 to 1985. At one point she served as both President and Secretary simultaneously. The accomplishment
she was most proud of in her life was when the people of Culver elected her Clerk/Treasurer. She served as such for 12 years
and loved to say that she served at the pleasure of the people and that the citizens of Culver were her boss. She reluctantly
retired from her political life as clerk/treasurer to enjoy her family and travel. However, Bobbie always volunteered her time to
In retirement Bobbie sat on the Culver Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and served as the secretary for the
Second Century Steering Committee at its inception. She also took on the job as secretary for the Culver Chamber of
Commerce. Eventually the call to politics brought her back and she ran and was elected to the Union Township Advisory
Board. She decided not to run again only a year prior to her death. Bobbie was a lifetime Democrat and eventually became
the only elected Democrat in Marshall County. She joked that as a Democrat in Marshall County she knew how the dinosaurs
must have felt.
Bobbie's love of community was reciprocated through the many awards and achievements bestowed upon her by the people
of Culver. She was honored with Citizen of the Year twice, one as an individual and one as a member of the Second Century
Steering Committee. She was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chamber of Commerce. If asked,
Bobbie would say that her greatest love was her family and her greatest honor came from the citizens of Culver electing her
Bobbie is survived by her 2 children: Larry Allen Washburn and Jacquelyn Washburn (Scott P.) Crull; 4 grandchildren: Rhonda
Washburn Reinhold, Phillip Washburn, Jessica Rogers, and Leland Crull; and 3 great grandchildren: Michael Demonja, Miles
Demonja, and Reilly Reinhold. She was preceded in death by 4 children - Shaun Washburn, Jerry Washburn, and Kelly
Washburn, all whom died in infancy and Melanie Kay Washburn Rogers who died at the age of 50.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 14, 2014 at 11:00am
with doors opening at 10:00am. There will be a dinner at the VFW directly following the service and all are welcome to attend.