Ruth Bachmann


Memorial services for 93-year old Ruth Bachmann of Crawford, NE, are Monday, May 20, 2024 at 10:00 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crawford. 

Memorials have been established for Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Ponderosa Villa in Crawford. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

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Ruth Elaine Bachmann was born Nov 21, 1930, to Charles and Elma Reynick. She passed away on May 14, 2024, at the Ponderosa Villa Nursing Home in Crawford.

Ruth was born on the farm 17 miles northwest of Philip, SD where her grandparents homesteaded in 1906.  She grew up there with her three younger siblings and attended the little country school located across the road.

Ruth went on to attend Philip High School. graduating in 1948.  During her senior year, she met Donald (Sodie) Bachmann from Crawford, NE while he was there working with a Bell Telephone crew.  

Sodie was the love of her life and in August of 1949 they were married in the Lutheran Church in Philip.  After living for short periods of time in Lake Andes, SD, Alliance, and Chadron, they moved to Crawford in 1950. There they remained and became parents to three children: Lance, Carol, and Kathy.  

Ruth loved her entire family and spending time with them was the light of her life. She also loved God and was a faithful member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir for 50 years.

Ruth enjoyed playing bridge and belonged to several bridge clubs over the years, and enjoyed dancing and was a member of the Dancing Grannies line dance group in her later years. She also crocheted many beautiful doilies before the loss of her vision.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Sodie, her brother Gene, her sister Marilyn, her grandson Nicolas, and a son-in-law Bruce.

She is survived by her children Lance (Perla) of San Jose, CA, Carol Marxsen of Lincoln, and Kathy (Tony) Storbeck of Crawford; 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, her brother Glenn of Columbia, MO, and many beloved nieces and nephews.  

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Ruth Bachmann.