Ruth Marie Gurkowski

June 9, 2021Obituaries
Ruth Marie Gurkowski
Ruth Marie Gurkowski passed away peacefully in Cheyenne, WY on December 22, 2020, at the age of 90.  She was born to Clyde and Nettie Roadifer on May 19, 1930, in Sundance, WY.  Until recent years, she lived in Sundance her entire life.  She attended local country schools and graduated from “Old Stoney” in Sundance.

Ruth worked various jobs in Sundance for most of her career, including being a telephone operator, waitressing at the Elk Horn Café, working at the Model Grocery, & retiring from Durfee’s Department Store where she worked for over 25 years.  She enjoyed people, young & old, and was always interested in how they & their families were doing.

Ruth married Eugene “Gene” Gerhart on December 15, 1951.  They had three children, Debra Marie, Robert Eugene, & Diane Ruth.  She and Gene later divorced.

Ruth married Carl Robert “Bob” Gurkowski on August 20, 1971, in Sundance.

Ruth’s greatest joys in life were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She always wholeheartedly supported their activities, goals, and accomplishments and remains an important part of special family memories.  She was a friend to all and had an unparalleled kind and loving spirit.  She will be missed by all who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing her.

Ruth is survived by her daughters Debra (Johnny) Kuhn and Diane Gerhart of Laramie, WY, her son Robert (Vicki) Gerhart of Cheyenne, WY; her grandchildren include Codi (Jeb) Kuhn Rieb of Fort Collins, CO, Jeremy (Chelsea) Kuhn of Laramie, WY, Brian Gerhart and Eric Gerhart both of Cheyenne, WY; great- grandchildren Teegan and Taylee Rieb of Fort Collins, CO and Jace and Atley Kuhn of Laramie, WY.

She is also survived by brothers Donald (Julia) Roadifer of Spokane, WA and Dallas (Delores) Roadifer of Rapid City, SD.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bob; parents Clyde and Nettie Roadifer; brothers Warren, Bob, and Dale Roadifer; sisters Vera and Reva Roadifer and Darlene VanZee and brother-in-law Marion “Bud” VanZee.

Memorials made be made to the Ruth Gurkowski Memorial Fund at Sundance State Bank, Box 950, Sundance, WY 82729.  The family plans to donate the funds to the Sundance Senior Center and the Old Stoney Restoration Project, both organizations she supported.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Sundance United Methodist Church.  Inurnment will follow at Mt Moriah in Sundance.