obituary header
Welcome to the memorial page for

Ruth Audrey Lorraine McCurdy

May 5, 2017

Ruth Audrey (Merkle) McCurdy passed away on the morning of May 5, 2017 at the Brookcrest Rehab and Nursing Home in Grandville Michigan.  Ruth was 91 years old.

On May 22nd, a family greeting at 10:00 am followed by a memorial service at 11:00 am will be held at First Park Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Ruth was born on May 16, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the family of Henry and Doris (Tazelaar) Merkle.  Her brother, Fred Merkle and sisters, Marian (Merkle) Snow, Elizabeth (Merkle) Gillett have preceded her in death. She is survived by her youngest brother David Merkle who lives with his wife Marcine in Sparta, Michigan. 

Ruth married Allan Anderson McCurdy Jr. on August 24, 1946.  Together they grew a strong family with four boys. 

Son, Allan Anderson McCurdy III (Andy/Mac) / Patricia (Racine) McCurdy, Grandson Ian McCurdy and Great-Grandsons Benjamin McCurdy and Luke McCurdy. 

Son, Thomas William McCurdy / Peggy (Johnson) McCurdy, Grandsons Paul McCurdy Great-Granddaughter Ally McCurdy, Grandson Tony Fox / Jamie Fox, Great-Granddaughter Courtney Fox, Granddaughter Lisa (McCurdy) Guzman /Alex Guzman, Great-Grandson Henry Guzman, Granddaughter Sarah (McCurdy) Utter/ Jeff Utter, Great-Grandsons Michael Utter, Sean Utter, Luke Utter, Granddaughter Erin (McCurdy)Cilley /Joshua Cilley, Great-Granddaughter Ella Cilley. 

Son Mark Douglas McCurdy/Jane (Smith) McCurdy, Grandson Brian McCurdy/Shey (Chodnicki) McCurdy, Great-Grandson Benji Allan McCurdy, Granddaughter Audrey McCurdy.

Son, John Mikel McCurdy/Anne (Colorado) McCurdy, Granddaughter Sinead (McCurdy) McGee/Ryan McGee, Great-Grandson Elliot McGee, Granddaughter Scout Morgan McCurdy. 

Ruth is also survived by numerous Nephews, Grandnephews, Great-Grandnephews, Nieces, Grand Nieces and Great-Grandnieces.

Ruth Graduated from Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ruth continued her education in business at what is now known as Davenport College. After the birth of her first son Allan, she chose to become a full time homemaker. Raising and nurturing four boys all while keeping an eight room house running efficiently which was no small task by any means.  She loved her family and was always right behind them with their passions; helping them along and cleaning up their messes (the garage and the basement always suffered the worst from their building and automotive endeavourers.) She loved the young and always wanted her house to be the place where her children’s friends could feel comfortable visiting.

Home life wasn’t her only passion. She volunteered much of her time with First Park Congregational Church.  She served many years on the Arnold Ten, which was instrumental in the organization of the many charitable activities that Park Church had throughout each year.  She also volunteered in the nursery and taught Sunday school classes. 

Her Love of God and her willingness to sacrifice were never more apparent than when she took it upon herself to be the primary caregiver of her husband when he became disabled.  Ruth, although weary at times, never faltered from giving Allan the best care he could ever receive.  She persevered with her love and care of the man she chose to make her life with, right to the time of his passing; being there to sing him from this world to the next. 

Although her passing is difficult for her family, they celebrate with great joy, her rejoining her husband and family in heaven.

Per the wishes of Ruth, in lieu of flower, donations be made to the National Alzheimer’s Association  or to Brookcrest Nursing Facility in Grandville Michigan. 

 Service Information

May 22, 2017

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First (Park) Congregation Church
10 Park Place NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Funeral Service
May 22, 2017

11:00 AM
First (Park) Congregation Church
10 Park Place NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

© 2017 Ofield Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS