Ruth Loudin Steach

07/10/1923 — 11/29/2019

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Buckhannon, WV

Ruth Loudin Steach

Ruth Loudin Steach died on 29, November, 2019 at her home in the Village at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick, WA surrounded by loving family.

She was born on July 10, 1923 at Buckhannon, WV to Elizabeth Hartley and John Jackson Loudin. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College and taught in New Mexico. After coming to Richland, WA on 1951 she worked in the plant library until 1956. She sang in the Chancel Choir at Central United Protestant Church in Richland for 35 years, and served on the building committee for 25 years and held many other offices. She was member of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church for over 25 years, chaired the Conference United Methodist Women, and was the first recipient and inspiration for the Ruth Award for outstanding women in the conference. She was also the presented with the Bishop’s Medal. Ruth was a lay minister, and served on other bodies. She was elected twice to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church and served 8 years on a national commission. She taught Bible classed from 1986 until 2015.

In 1984 Ruth and Bob helped form the Ben Franklin Village Association, a group that worked 10 years to create The Village at Canyon Lakes, a full service retirement facility.

Her music box collection was a delight. Genealogy was of great interest to Ruth, who provided searches for family and friends. Ruth shared her needlework skills with others as a 4H Leader.

Ruth and Robert Henry Steach son of Margaret Blansett and Charles H. Steach of Stoytown, PA married on September 21, 1946 in Carrizozo, NM.

She is preceded in death by Robert (1996) and her sister, Mary VanCompernolle.

Ruth is survived by the families of their four children: Catherine S., W. Daniel, and Christopher R. Morris (Star) of Kennewick; Steven G., Anna Lopez and Kristen (Steven) Nunez of Torrance, CA; James R., Misti Townsend and Jamie Le, Trenton and Megan Steach of Pasco; and John C., Heather Reiland and Holly Ruth and Peter John Steach of Vancouver, WA.

She is also survived by one brother, J. Frank Loudin of Eastsound, WA.

Following cremation, the ashes will be buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland, WA. A memorial service will follow in the spring.


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  • Genealogy. Ruth was helpful to my mother on search issues. My sympathies to you all.

    Keith Steach
    February 16, 2020
    Renton, Wa
  • Condolences on the lost of your mother. She always wrote to my mother, Anna Hartley McKitrick, (one of the twin daughters of Hoyt Hartley). Mom will miss getting her letters.

    My apologies, as I owed her an update to our Hartley family genealogy. If someone else is taking that over, please let me know.

    Virginia McKitrick Towe
    December 20, 2019
    Point Pleasant WV
  • I always enjoyed visiting with Ruth. She had such a great, strong, mind and a deeply caring soul. She made a positive impact in the Tri-Cities, for so very many years. Ruth was a wonderful human.

    Sharon Rhodes
    December 8, 2019
    Pasco, Wa