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CHAPMAN, Ruth A. (Dubuque, IA, Jan. 4, 1926--Dubuque, IA, Dec. 7, 2007). The daughter of Archie and Anna (Clark) Oneyear, she graduated from DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in 1944 and married Joe Chapman on June 29, 1953.

Ruth began working at the former DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY after high school and later worked as a telephone operator at A.Y.MCDONALD MANUFACTURING COMPANY. After her marriage, she worked in shoe sales at WALKER'S SHOE STORE and MONTGOMERY WARD, in major appliance sales at ROSHEK'S DEPARTMENT STORE and as a clerk at SUNBEAM BAKERY.

Ruth was an outstanding bowler in Dubuque for 57 years and a member of the Dubuqueland Women's Bowling Association. She was the city of Dubuque All Events Scratch Bowling Champion in 1972 and teamed with Charlotte Andrews to win an Iowa State Doubles title. Ruth bowled on many city championship teams, and captained an IDLE HOUR team that set the city record for all time team high score at that time. She had numerous 600 honor counts, as well as a 278 game. She was always referred to by people as the finest bowler who was never inducted into the city of Dubuque DWBA Hall of Fame.



Obituaries. Telegraph Herald, December 9, 2007