Marvin R. Ruder, 93, Hays, died Monday, June 15, 2020, at Hays Good Samaritan Society.
He was born April 14, 1927, in Hays to Frank and Anna (Zimmerman) Ruder. He was a 1945 graduate of Hays High School.
He married Helen Graf on Nov. 24. 1948, in Hays. They were married 53 years before she preceded him in death March 3, 2002. Throughout the next 35 years, he successfully completed numerous degrees in automotive servicing and was considered to be one of the top mechanics in his field, until his retirement. After retiring from automotive repair, he taught himself electronics repair, and got so good he could fix almost anything.
He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the St. Mary’s Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984, and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop Cunningham Assembly.
Survivors include four sons, Tom Ruder and wife, Margorie, Wichita, Elmer Ruder, Julesburg, Colo., Steven Ruder and wife, Anita L., Hays and Kevin Ruder and wife, Julie, Phoenix; four daughters, Judith Herman and husband, Jack, Cleveland, Texas, Jeanne Billings and husband, Dan, Garden City, Janel Befort and husband Bruce, Los Alamos, N.M.,, and Jolene Cooper and husband, Stan, Hays; two brothers, Vernon Ruder, Hays and Harold Ruder, Colorado;a sister, Norma Lee, Dodge City; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Karen Ruder;four brothers, Elmer J., Lester, Cyril, and Milton Ruder;and two sisters, Marietta Stecklein and Agnes Miller.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in the St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a combined third and fourth degree Knights of Columbus rosary, all at the funeral home. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Cancer Council of Ellis County in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com