Ruth Margaret Wittkopf died of a stroke on June 13, 2018 in Portland, Ore. She was surrounded by her husband and four children.
Ruth was born in Hood River, Ore. on November 24, 1918 to Edward and Marie Dresser. It was in Hood River that she developed a love of the outdoors, including camping, hiking and fishing.
Ruth attended Oregon State University where she met Jack Wittkopf. They married on July 3, 1942 and enjoyed a devoted marriage for 76 years. While they lived in Corvallis, Ore. and then southern California for a number of years, it was the 47 years in their home in the Jerseydale area of Mariposa that Ruth especially loved. She loved the giant trees on their 27 acres, the birds, deer, squirrels, turkeys and various other wildlife that roamed the property.
During these years, Ruth was active in their cedar home construction business and she and Jack were long-time members of the Bootjack Stompers Square Dancing Club. They spent many a weekend square dancing with the Club at various events. To indulge their love of fishing and salmon, for 25 years they traveled each summer to Vancouver Island, Canada, where they fished, ate salmon and made new friends from all over. Those long summers were some of Ruth’s favorites — her nickname was “Mermaid” after she fell out of their boat into the ocean and had to be “fished out” by Jack.
Ruth took much pride and joy in her family and she was a sweet, wonderful mother who was dearly loved by her children. She and Jack celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with extended family at their home in Jerseydale last summer. Last November they moved to Portland to be near two of their daughters.
Ruth lived a wonderful life — long, healthy and happy. She is missed every day by those who loved her. She is survived by her husband, Jack Wittkopf; children Janie Brown, Peggy Harvey, Sandy Wittkopf-Amo and Jim Wittkopf; grandchildren David Dufort, Brian Dufort, Anders Brown, Stephanie Pickering and Christopher Amo; great-grandchildren Michael Dufort, Hillary Dufort, Abby Dufort, Wade Pickering, Anna Pickering, Aedan Brown and Cecelia Brown; and her great-great-granddaughter Bristol Dean.
A Catholic mass and memorial will be held in Hood River later this summer to celebrate Ruth’s life.