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Ruth L Sehlke

Ruth L Sehlke
Memorial Candle
October 05, 1924 -- Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Visitation Information: Visitation is 10- Noon, Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury.
Service Information: Services are Noon Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury, burial in Keytesville City Cemetery.
Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to the Welch Cemetery or the Keytesville City Cemetery.


Ruth L. Sehlke, age 92, of Keytesville died at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 after a brief illness.

She was born in Norway on October 5, 1924 to Bruno and Martha (Angerstein) Rontke.  At the age of 2 her family moved to Bremen Germany.  During World War II she met Ezra Sehlke and they were married September 18, 1947.  She then traveled to the United States where she and her husband settled on the family farm north of Keytesville.  They began Sehlke Trucking which has been in business for over 70 years to date.  She became an American Citizen on December 3, 1951, a fact she was extremely proud of.

After moving to Keytesville she continued to work as a homemaker and bookkeeper for the business.  Ruth and Ezra were the parents of one son, Terry (Cecelia Whiston).  She had two grandson Michael (Dawn Guilford) of Keytesville, MO and Darin (Haley Houf) of Montgomery City.  She has one great granddaughter, Madelyn Marie.

Her husband preceeded her in death on April 4, 2016.


Ruth was busy with the Keytesville Swimming Pool where she and her son were lifeguards.  She spent many hours at Lake Nehai where she and her husband enjoyed teaching young people how to swim and water ski.  She was an enthusiastic fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and loved all animals, and she especially looked forward for the return of the hummingbirds every season.  She and her family spent many nights at a race track where they were involved as owners and sponsors of sprint race cars.


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