Ruth Dihel

February 27, 1942March 16, 2021

Ruth was born to Virgil and Rosie Baxter in Sprio, Oklahoma. She was the fourth child out of six children. The Family moved to California in the 40's, settling in the San Joaquin Valley.

Ruth was involved in church and met her soul mate, Matt Dihel, at a Church Youth Meeting. After a short courtship, they married June 4, 1960. They started their first home in Alpaugh, CA. By 1962, they had their first son, Leland. With job changes for Matt, they moved the Family to Hanford in 1963. In 1965 they added a second son, Dwayne.

As with any Family, there is always work to be done, and Ruth was a very good wife (59 years), Mom, and Homemaker. Ruth was known throughout the Family for her awesome German Chocolate Cake and her pancakes. She was a wonderful Baker and Cook. She enjoyed doing Cake Decorating and Crafts.

Ruth went on to work for Hanford Elementary Food service for 14 years, retiring for health reasons in 2012. She was a member of Calvary Christian Center as she served in her church with her Husband Matt.

Ruth is survived by her Sons: Leland (Karen) Dihel and Dwayne Dihel. Her pride in joys of life: Her Granddaughters Samantha (David) Williamson and Tarah ( Joseph) Balver. One Great Grandson Aiden and Three Great Granddaughters Payge, Ema and Ariel, all of Hanford. Ruth is survived by one Sister Virdia (Texas) and multiple Nieces and Nephews.

Ruth is preceded in death by her Husband, Matt Dihel; Parents, Virgil and Rosie Baxter; Brothers, Howard and Harold; and Sisters, Virginia and Robbie.

A favorite verse: Psalms 23: 1, 6 “The Lord is my Shepard I shall not want.”(1) “Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (6)

Viewing will be held March 29, 2021 3:30-4:30pm at Peoples Funeral Chapel. Graveside Service will be March 30, 2021 at 9am Hanford Cemetery, East by Hanford Fairgrounds.


  • Visitation

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021


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Marilyn Carter

March 24, 2021

My sincerest condolences to the Dihel family. Heaven is a joyful place as Cowboy Matt and Ruth are reunited. Two of the loveliest kindest patients at Hanford Beltone. The love they shared was so special. I will miss them both greatly. I know they are hearing the angels harp clear as they listen together.