Ruth Helen (Fuchser) Walgren passed way Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Crest View Care Center in Chadron, Neb. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Hay Springs, Neb.
Ruth Helen was born Dec. 16, 1921 – the youngest of three daughters of Ernest and Ada Violet Fuchser. Ruth and her two sisters, Evelyn and Irene, were raised on the Fuchser family ranch, the Half Circle O, near Irwin, Neb., approximately 25 mi. east of Gordon, Neb. Ruth Helen attended the local Cherry County rural elementary school, and graduated from Gordon High School in 1939. Ruth Helen briefly attended Chadron State College, as well as cosmetology school in Omaha, Neb. Ruth Helen married a Sheridan County rancher, William Lyle (“Billy”) Walgren, on Aug. 20, 1949, in Rushville, Neb. Billy and Ruth Helen raised their two children, Lyle Owen, and Ada Marlene, on the Walgren family ranch northeast of Hay Springs.
Ruth Helen was preceded in death by Billy and Ruth’s infant son, Calvin Lee Walgren, who died at birth, husband Billy, parents Ernest and Ada Fuchser, mother-in-law Margaret Elizabeth (“Maggie”) Walgren, father-in-law Fredrick Henry (“Fred”) Walgren, sisters Evelyn Tway and Irene McDonnell, brothers-in-law LaVernon Walgren, Fredrick Walgren, Louis McDonnell and Blaine Tway, sisters-in-law Margaret Mae Walgren, Pauline Walgren, Margaret Lauder Walgren and Mary Lauder Walgren, and nephew Craig Walgren. Ruth Helen is survived by her son, Lyle Owen Walgren of Hay Springs, Neb., daughter, Ada Marlene Walgren of Jenks, Okla., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary of Hay Springs is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Hay Springs Volunteer Fire Department in memory of Ruth Helen. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, 115 North Main Street, Hay Springs, NE 69347.