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Ruth Keutemeyer Eickhorst

The Rev. Ruth Keutemeyer Eickhorst, age 95, of Franklin, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin.

She was born March 31, 1918, in Downers Grove, Ill., the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Krambs) Keutemeyer.

She married Harold A. Eickhorst on Aug. 24, 1940. He preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1991.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Marie Dawson; and her brother, William Keutemeyer.

Survivors include her niece, Carol Greiner of Ames, Iowa; her son, Harold R. (Cathy) Eickhorst of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; her daughter, Jeanie (Ed) Fischer of Franklin; five grandchildren, Kristin Eickhorst of Milwaukee, Wis., Hans (Heather) Eickhorst of Harrisonville, Mo., Lori (Ken) Shaver of Crawfordsville, Lance Fischer of Whiteland and Lyndsey Fischer of Indianapolis; and five great-grandchildren, Brandon Eickhorst, Kate Eickhorst, Sam Shaver, Holly Shaver and Lucy Fischer. Ruth also leaves behind her beloved Boston terriers, Rosie and Dottie.

Ruth received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Butler University and her Master of Sacred Music from Christian Theological Seminary, where she taught all of the music courses and directed musical activities for 10 years.

She served as an adjunct instructor at Jordan College of Fine Arts.

Ruth held the position of dean of the American Guild of Organists for three years. She was a member of Matinee Musicale, the Organ Historical Society, Mu Phi Epsilon International and Theta Phi (International Theological Honorary).

Ruth played the organ at the 2006 renovation of the Gothic Chapel at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. She also organized and performed at many performances over the years at the Gothic Chapel.

In addition, Ruth was an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served as assistant pastor in that denomination.

Ruth was also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary Society.

She was a qualified harpsichordist, having studied with Mary Tilton, Ph.D., of Indiana University. Ruth studied organ with renowned organists Ernest White, Virgil Fox and Paul Hindemith.

The Rev. Roger Gifford will conduct a service at 1 p.m. Monday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the service time Monday at the mortuary. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis following a brief service at the Gothic Chapel. All guests are invited.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the Johnson County Humane Society, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131; or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

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