Ruth Ann Cummings Klopp

May 31, 1941November 7, 2018
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On Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Ruth Ann Cummings Klopp passed away at age 77.

Ruth was born in Norman, IN on May 31, 1941 to Ivan and Nora Cummings. She attended Wood High School and received her BA in Business Education from Indiana University in 1962. Ruth taught business at Manual High School in Indianapolis and went on to other teaching jobs over the years, including teaching English in Quebec, Canada.

She married William Klopp. They raised two sons, William and Richard, and a daughter, Rebecca. Ruth and Bill were happily married until his untimely death in 1986.

Ruth Ann was loved for her calm and gentle demeanor, easy low laugh, wry sense of humor, genuine interest in others, words of wisdom, and deep faith. She enjoyed and was adept at painting, quilting, and sewing. Her home was always open and welcoming, with the warmth of the fireplace in the winter and the smell of grilled meat and veggies in the summer. There was nothing that pleased her more than to have a crowd of people gathered around her dining room table.

Ruth Ann was admired for the unassuming way she devoted herself to the service of others for the glory of God. In her pursuit of excellence and knowledge, she received numerous awards and achievements, but those things did not define her. The one constant in her life was her gentle but firm insistence that we make a life not by what we get, but by what we give. Born in humble circumstances, she worked her way into and through college, and then into a life she could never have imagined. Responding to the call of Isaiah 6:8, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!”, she lived and ministered in the United States, France, Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa and Quebec, Canada. Ruth’s quiet yet unwavering commitment to God and others has given strength to friends and family to follow her example. May we honor her by carrying on her legacy.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Nora and Ivan, stepfather, Delbert Roush, husband, William, and brother, Ralph Cummings. She is survived by her three children, Bill, Rich (Gina) and Becky (Brent) Inman, and four grandchildren, Nicolas, Logan, Zachary, and Madelaine, as well as her sister, Wanda Watson and sister-in-law Barbara Klopp.

A visitation for Ruth will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Little & Sons Funeral Home, 1301 Main St, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107. A funeral service will occur Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM, 1301 Main St, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107. A burial will occur at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood, Indiana 46143.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth's memory may be made to Water for Good, PO Box 247, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590,

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Cummings Klopp family


  • Ivan Cummings, Father
  • Nora Roush, Mother
  • Delbert Roush, Stepfather
  • Ralph Cummings, Brother
  • Wanda Watson, Sister
  • Barbara Klopp, Sister-in-law
  • William Kirk Klopp, Husband
  • William A Klopp, Son
  • Richard L. (Gina) Klopp, Son
  • Rebecca A. (Brent) Inman, Daughter
  • Nicolas Klopp, Grandson
  • Madelaine Klopp, Granddaughter
  • Logan Inman, Grandson
  • Zachary Inman, Grandson


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Ruth Ann Cummings Klopp

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Cindy & Rick Kramer

November 13, 2018

I had thought to share this in person at visitation but have awakened with a bad cold.
Our memory is an example of Ruth's unselfishness and focus on others.
We had the Klopps over for a cook-out when they were home on furlough in 1986 just prior to Bill's accident working on his mom's roof.
The week following our meal together, I was at St. Francis Hospital, Beech Grove, preparing to have a surgery and it was at that time that Bill was hospitalized because of his fall. Ruth came into my hospital room and never mentioned the condition of Bill but solely expressed concern over me. My memory is fuzzy on this point but I think she may have prayed for me there in my hospital room also. Ruth did not bring up Bill's fragile condition but solely focused on my well-being. We were in awe of her outward focus on others and kindness to us.

Suzy Rizzo

November 12, 2018

I loved quilting with Ruth. I didn't get to spend enough time with her and will miss her great kindness.

Melody Stevens

November 12, 2018

Our family loved Ruth, Bill, and the entire family with all of our hearts. We know Ruth is rejoicing with her Lord and Savior and with so many dear friends, including my Mom and Dad, Bob and Joyce Manning. How comforting to know that we will see all of them again one day. Craig and I plan to attend the funeral. Love and hugs to all of you.

Craig and Melody Stevens