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Diana L. (Ruth) Kehlhofer, 63, of Lafayette, passed away at 12:37 a.m. on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 at Signature Healthcare. Born May 29, 1950 in Danville, IN, she was the daughter of the late A. Daniel and Mary Jean (Shearer) Ruth. She was a graduate of West Lafayette High School and attended Purdue University. She graduated in 1976 from Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education. She worked in Christian education at Delphi United Methodist Church in 1976 and Kendallville United Methodist Church in 1977. She then worked in Christian Education at Congress Street United Methodist Church from 1978 to 1982. She moved to Holiday, FL in 1982 where she worked in Christian education for one year at the Methodist Church.
Diana married Rev. William C. "Bill" Kehlhofer on December 31, 1983 in Florida and he preceded her in death on June 18, 2001. She returned to Lafayette in 1989. Diana was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed needlework, ceramics, scrap-booking and cooking. Surviving is her son, Daniel Carl Kehlhofer of Indianapolis, her beloved step-mother, Betty Ruth (husband, Horace "Skip" Jackson) of West Lafayette, her brother, A Daniel Ruth (wife, Elfi) of LaPorte, IN and two sisters, Debra Brewer (husband, Brian) and Donna Stapleton both of West Lafayette. Also surviving are five nephews, two great nephews and her "Sunday sister" Pamela Delaplane (husband, Bruce) of West Lafayette.
A graveside service will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Independence Cemetery in Independence, IN with Pastor Paul Arnold officiating. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Paul Arnold and her nephew, Cory Brewer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon Children's Home or Trinity United Methodist Church for the Children's program. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at