Ruth (Rhode) DeWyre

Ruth (Rhode) DeWyre was born March 4, 1921. She was proud to have reached her 100th birthday! Living alone until a recent fall, Ruth was admitted to MediLodge for the last month of her life. Born to Garnet and Agnes (Probst) Rhode in Centreville, Ruth was a hardworking young lady as she helped her parents on the farm after they moved to Sturgis. 

Graduating from Sturgis High School in 1939, Ruth then decided to become a nurse and entered nurse training in South Bend, Indiana. In 2004 she attended her 65th class reunion. During the end of her nursing training a friend introduced Ruth to an Army soldier named Bill (William) DeWyre. They were married November 11, 1944. A few years after Bill was released from the service, they purchased a farm in Hawks. That farm in Hawks was where they raised their active family of five children, Jim, Mike, twins- Larry and Terry, and Judy. Rogers City Hospital was one of the hospitals Ruth worked as a nurse, 25 years and Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo for 10 years as a surgical nurse. Finally, Ruth moved to Alpena to be near family and enjoyed many years there. She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and for a time was part of their quilting group. Ruth also knitted and crocheted and never gave up her love of making pies. Her oldest grandchild, Tim DeWyre was a recipient of many of those delicious pies. She was an avid Detroit Tigers’ fan. 

Ruth leaves behind her children, James (Linda) of Alpena, Michael (Joy) of Wisconsin, Larry (Karen) of Rogers City and Judith Lincoln of Vicksburg; a daughter-in-law, Mary DeWyre of Midland; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty Rh

ode; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings and their spouses, a baby sister Helen Rhode, Robert Rhode, Dona (Lyman) Homan, Patsy (John) Cossairt and Charles (Kay) Rhode; a son, Terry; a great-granddaughter, Gracelyn; and son-in-law, Steve Lincoln.

Family received friends for visitation at McWilliams Funeral Home Friday, October 15, from 5 until 8 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. James Erickson officiating.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Michigan and Medilodge of Alpena for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Hospice of Michigan. Online condolences may be registered at