October 17, 1921 — February 6, 2019

Ruth was born in Fairmont, Nebraska to Chester Perkins and Stella White on October 17, 1921. Ruth had five brothers and a sister who passed at age 2, all born on the family farm in Nebraska. Ruth graduated from Fairmont High School in 1938 at 16 years old.

On November 1, 1940, Ruth, along with her parents and two of her brothers, moved to Corvallis.

In 1946, Ruth married Karl Kaufman. They had four boys. In 1956, Ruth found herself alone raising her sons. She took a job at Corl’s Bookstore in Corvallis. It was a job she enjoyed, and where she earned the award of “Sales Person of the Year” for the town of Corvallis.

In 1984, Ruth married Harold Rasmussen. They met later in life, but they were able to spend much of their time together traveling across the U.S., something Ruth truly enjoyed. They spent 17 years together before Harold’s passing in 2001.

Ruth was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. She loved crossword puzzles and Scrabble but spending time with her family was her greatest joy.

Ruth is survived by her four sons, Darwin, Dennis (and Sherri), Charles, and Russell (and Becki). She also left four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Lisa and Devin Rowe (Madison), Jennifer and Tim Parham (Ella and Sophia), Adam and Kris Kaufman (Hudson and Sutton) and Kimberly Blagg (Nicholas, Abby, Megan and Emily).

The family is having a graveside service at 1 p.m. on February 13, 2019 at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens, 34275 Riverside Drive in Albany.

AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements (www.aasum-dufour.com).

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