Ruth entered her heavenly home to be with others of her family who have gone on before her, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
She was born on August 27, 1926, the second child of Walter and Martha Berger, in Bay Village, west of Cleveland, Ohio.
Ruth graduated from Oberlin College, in 1948, as Valedictorian of her graduating class, with a degree in Mathematics. Her summer job, while in college, was working in the accounting department of the Industrial Rayon Corporation, where she met the love of her life, Arthur L. Urban. They were married June 17, 1950, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, in Westlake, Ohio.
Several years later, they adopted three children, Jim, Robin, and Dan. Jim passed away in 1985, age of 29 and Dan, in 1991, at the age of 30. Daughter Robin Urban and husband Jack Light, currently reside overseas, working as international teachers. Their daughter Jordan, of Missouri and son Travis, of Helena, MT, and his 3 daughters, Ruth’s Great-granddaughters.
Throughout their years of marriage, Ruth and Art and the children lived in several states, including Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, before finally settling in Billings, Montana, and then Red Lodge, where they served in the congregation of Messiah Lutheran Church for over 40 years.
Together, Ruth and Art enjoyed swimming, dancing, skiing, both downhill and cross country, biking, skating, hiking, raising dogs and horses, and travelling throughout the world, including to the Holy Land. Ruth was blessed through sharing the Gospel with the youth at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Billings, and Cedar Wood Villa and The Willows in Red Lodge, as well as people in hospice care.
A special joy in their lives together, was traveling to see the larger mammals of the world, including polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, and whale watching in the south Pacific.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Art, after 61 years of marriage, two sons, Jim and Dan, brother Bob, killed in WWII, and her parents. She is survived by her daughter Robin, nieces Tami Hendrix and Melissa Wilcox, and several cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held for Ruth at Messiah Lutheran Church in Red Lodge, MT, Friday, October 11, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Beartooth Humane Alliance, Spay and Neuter program – Operation Nip and Tuck, P.O. Box 2333, Red Lodge, MT, 59068, or to the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O. Box 675, Red Lodge, MT, 59068.