OBITUARY

Ruth Ann Burnham

April 14, 1925December 26, 2020

Des Moines, IA

Ruth Burnham, 95, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Calvin Community Nursing Home. A memorial service for both Ruth and her husband, Courtland, will be held at the Iowa Veteran's Cemetery on Friday, May 7th, at 11:00 AM.

Ruth was born to William and Pauline Martin on April 14, 1925 in New Britain, CT. Ruth graduated from South Shore High School, Chicago, IL. in 1942. She met her husband Courtland “Bud” Burnham on a blind date in Chicago, sailing on Lake Michigan. They were married in 1949. Ruth worked at the phone company in Chicago and Des Moines, and later at Drake University in Des Moines. Ruth and Bud were long-time members of the German-American Club. They also enjoyed hosting couples from the Des Moines chapter of the Friendship Force, and were world-wide travelers after their retirement.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents and husband of 65 years, Courtland Burnham.

Ruth is survived by her sons, Mark (Jan) Burnham of Des Moines, IA and Jeff (Vickie) Burnham of Denver, CO., grandchildren Eric, Rachel, Joel, and Jessica (Joe Gillen).

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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