Susie L. Ruder, 83, Hays, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born April 7, 1935, in Hays to Herbert and Martina (Leiker) Weigel. She was a 1953 graduate of Hays High School.

She married Norman J. Ruder on June 29, 1953, in Hays. She was a homemaker who prided herself on raising her four children.

She enjoyed cooking, baking and reading. She was an avid golfer throughout her life and enjoyed to travel with her husband and friends. In her later years, they retired and spent over 25 years spending time between Rio Verde, Ariz., and Hays. She was active and social within both communities. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brought her the greatest joy.

Survivors include her husband, of 65 years, Hays; a son, Douglas Ruder and Terry Derr, Hays; two daughters, Linda Ruder and fiancé, Bruce Burkholder, Hays, and Kathy Taylor and husband, Roger, Fountain Hills, Ariz.; a brother, Herbert Weigel Jr. and wife, Ines, Hutchinson; two sisters, MaryAnn Taylor and husband, Robert, Grand Lake, Colo., and Sheila Rohl, Madera, Calif.; five grandchildren, Blythe Brown and husband, Mike, Victoria, Breanne Nelson, Merriam, Jamie Cornelsen and husband, Ryan, Olathe, Ryan Taylor, Austin, Texas, and Kelsee Gordon and husband, Mike, Scottsdale, Ariz.; eight great-grandchildren; and her extended family that includes many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Norman J. Ruder Jr.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601 and from 9 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.

A combined rosary and vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel.

Memorials are suggested to HaysMed Hospice or Cancer Council of Ellis County in care of the funeral home.

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