In Memory

Barbara Lauterbach (Ruxton)

Barbara Lauterbach (Ruxton)

Barbara Edna (Lauterbach) Ruxton, 73, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away at 9:00 AM, Friday, November 25th, 2016 at Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg, IN. Barbara was born in Cincinnati, OH on September 8, 1943, a daughter of the late Thelma (Hickman) and Leonard Lauterbach. Barbara grew up in Cincinnati and was a 1961 graduate of Woodward High School. She worked in the restaurant management field for several years and also had worked as a fashion coordinator for a fabric company. She also worked at Lane Siekman's Law Office, the Post Office and filled in periodically at City Hall. Barbara was civic minded and very active in her community. She was a member of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was involved with Rising Sun/Ohio County First, the Revolving Loan Fund and the River Days Celebration. Barbara was also a former board member of the Rising Sun Redevelopment Commission and Ohio County Community Foundation.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 32 years, Philip Ruxton of Rising Sun, IN; by two sons, Michael (Jennifer) Willins of Cleveland, OH and David (Dianne) Willins of Cleveland, OH; by a step daughter, Hilary (Jason) Snyder of Cincinnati, OH; by a sister, Sandra (John) Johnson of Clearwater, FL; by grandchildren Jake, Elyse, Joshua and Aaron Willins; by step grandchildren John Philip Beauchamp and Colton Snyder; by nieces Kama Sue, Jessica, Sara and Keely.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Tuesday, November 29th (2016) at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN with Jim Armour and Lane Siekman officiating. Friends are invited to call Tuesday 11AM-1PM at Markland Funeral Home. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Barbara Ruxton Community Fund in memory of Bert & Sada Hickman. (checks payable to OCCF). Cards are available at funeral home.

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11/30/16 07:37 PM #1    

Carol Quisno (Pearce)

Jim and I went to the visitation for Barb in Rising Sun, Indiana.  It was our pleasure to visit with her husband Phil and her extended family as they shared their loss.    She was a wonderful person who struggled with cancer for along time.  

Carol and Jim Pearce


12/06/16 11:18 AM #2    

Karen Pilder (Graw)

So sorry to hear about Barb. My deepest sympathy to her family. She always had a sweet smile. I'm so glad I got to spend time with her at the reunion. We'll miss her!

Karen Pilder Graw



09/16/17 08:00 AM #3    

Bill Curry

Lamenting today the death of a friend and fellow cancerian, Barbara Lauterbach Ruxton.

Barb, like so many strong women, was a fighter, a serial cancer survivor: three times lung cancer and then, in 2008, breast cancer. On Friday, Nov 25, it all caught up with her as she lay, mortally ill, in hospice.

I had known Barb in high school, but it wasn’t until my own diagnosis with cancer that I really knew her. Not something clingy, not daily dispatches. Just the kind of thing that people with cancer learn to do so well and appreciate so much: a periodic ‘bed check’ of how you’re doing and wishing you well. When I disclosed my own cancer diagnosis, Barb was one of the very first to respond and to share her own cancer journey with me.

She gave me the gift of hope.

--Nov. 28, 2016

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