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Ruth McKim

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

Ruth Reinhart McKim, 75, passed away on February 1, 2023, after fighting a battle with a pulmonary lung disease in Des Moines, IA.


Ruth was born into the family of George and Margaret (Peg) Reinhart in April 1947 in Ames, IA. They lived on a farm North of Nevada until later selling the farm and moving into Nevada where Ruth attended and graduated from high school in 1965. This is also where she met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart Steven McKim, the two were married in July 1966. They had the perfect marriage where they would spend every moment they could together. They enjoyed camping, boating, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Ruth worked as a telephone operator in Nevada. She became photographer’s assistant after moving to Boone and owned her own craft business. She was very creative and loved to paint, sew, and quilt. She belonged to quilt guilds and enjoyed playing cards at the senior center with her friends. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boone and participated in many activities like designing table decorations for holiday bazaars and sewing banners for the church.


Ruth and Steve had a daughter, Dana and loved to be involved with her family. Her granddaughters and their puppies were a highlight of her life.


Preceding in death were her parents, George and Margaret Reinhart, sister, Rita Wagstaff, in-laws, Richard McKim and Viola McKim and brother-in-law, David Eness. Survivors include her spouse Steve McKim of Boone, daughter Dana (Mike) Schmidt of Swisher, granddaughter Macy Schmidt (Jave Brockschink) of rural Swisher, and granddaughter Avery Schmidt of Swisher. Her brother-in-law John Wagstaff of Redondo Beach, CA, brothers and sister in laws, Jerry and Nancy McKim of Nevada, Mike and Lori McKim of Boone, and sister-in-law, Debi Eness of Arkansas and cousin Mike Flaherty of Des Moines, as well as many nephew and nieces.


Ruth wishes were not to have a funeral or services. The family will be holding a celebration of her life at a later date. Memorials will be directed by the family.





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