Ruth  Heiman
Ruth Ann Heiman of Claremore died Saturday, February 15 at St John's Hospital, Tulsa from complications after eight years of Alzheimer's disease. She was 86.
Born July 7, 1933 to William and Lulu Sowatsky of Wauseon, Ohio, Ruth grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, and received a teaching degree from Concordia Teachers' College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She taught elementary school for four years at the Clover Trinity Lutheran Church School in Buhl, Idaho, where she met and married her husband Francis in 1957. Ruth and Francis lived in Tulsa for several years, and then in California, where their three children were born. They returned to Oklahoma in 1974 and have made their home in Claremore ever since.
A dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, Ruth was also a committed member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Claremore, where she held leadership roles in the Women's League, Christian Growth, and Bible Study groups.
Ruth was preceded in death by her sister Marjorie Scholl. She is survived by Francis, her husband of 62 years; her three children: Kathy Rosamond of Victoria, Minnesota, Dave Heiman of Tulsa, and Mark Heiman of Northfield, Minnesota; and her brother, Norman Sowatsky of Saginaw, Michigan. She has seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (
Services honoring and remembering Ruth will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Claremore, Oklahoma. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Friday, February 21, 2020 at Rice Funeral Service in Claremore, Oklahoma. She will be laid to rest at Oakhaven Memorial Garden in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Published on February 18, 2020


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Ben Mayberry
Feb 26, 2020
I remember when Ruth’s son Dave and I who were very good friends would work on cars in the barn at what I would call the farm house. She would come out from time to time to deliver a message to Dave or to ask if we would like something to eat. She was always so bubbly and happy. She seem to always be smiling and was always so kind. Even though it has been many many years since I have seen Ruth and Francis I remember them both vividly. I have always counted Dave as one of my best friends in life and I’m thankful for the times that we shared out at the farmhouse. I know that her death is a tremendous loss to the family and my deepest most sincere condolences to you all.
Gayle Marsh
Feb 21, 2020
Have had a quiet evening thinking of your entire family gathered surrounded by so many guests and beautiful stories, Mark and Laura.

Ongoing prayers as you begin the Saturday service I’ll be driving to Duluth for Justin Hoards wedding. So it will be a natural time to send strength and comfort.
Julia Kinzer
Feb 20, 2020
The world just lost a beautiful and sweet lady. Love and prayers for the family.