Ruth Ellen Elsas, 88


Ruth Ellen Elsas, 88, of Hillsboro died on Tuesday, Oct.19, 2021 at 4:33 a.m. at Tremont Ridge Assisted Living in Hillsboro.

Graveside services will be at Wares Grove Cemetery in Butler on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Jaffry, Pastor of Wares Grove Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Wares Grove Cemetery in Butler. Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home will be assisting the family.

She was born on July 12, 1933 in Emden, IL, the daughter of Nanke and Frances (Rademaker) Harms. She married Robert W. Elsas in Emden on May 16, 1954 and he preceded her in death on November 8, 1997.  

She was a member of Wares Grove Lutheran Church in Butler and a member of the Ladies Aid. She was a past member of American Legion Auxiliary of Lincoln and Montgomery County Home Extension of Hillsboro. She had been employed at Lehn and Fink Company, Logan Farm Service, and Illico Independent Oil Company in Lincoln.

She is survived by her son, Robert L. Elsas of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and her daughter, Rhonda (husband Jay) Ward of Hillsboro; her sister, Shirley Ann (husband Ellis) Gemberling of Springfield; grandchildren Robert L. Elsas and Kelly Elsas; one great-grandchild, Braden Tregoning; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband preceding her in death are her parents; one brother, Donald Wayne Harms; and one sister, Mary Lou Myers.

Memorials may be made to Wares Grove Lutheran Church or Tremont Ridge Assisted Living.