Ruth A. Cleves

November 24, 1926 - June 16, 2020

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Ruth A. Cleves, 93, of Villa Hills, KY passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. She was the former co-owner of Chicken Express in Crescent Springs, KY and worked many years at Bartlett & Company as a securities cashier in Cincinnati, OH. Ruth was a member of St. Joseph Parish, a 1945 graduate of Holy Cross High School and a member of the the Crazy 8 of Holy Cross High School. She was preceded in death by her parents: Lyman and Ethel Taylor; loving husband: James Cleves; daughters: Julie Bresnen and Kathy Hegge; sister: Betty Satterfield; brothers: Jack Taylor, Bill Taylor and Bob Taylor. Ruth is survived by her daughters: Pam (Bernie) O'Bryan, Debbie Jansen, Paula (Dean) Rohs and Diane (Phil) Leicht; son-in-law: Rick Hegge; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 East Southern Avenue, Covington (Latonia), KY 41015 from 9:30 AM until prayers at 12:00 Noon with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at St. Joseph Church at 1:00 PM. Interment: St. John Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell, KY. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs, KY 41017 and/or Redwood School, 71 Orphanage Road, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at


John Dietz - Jun 22, 2020
So sorry to hear about Ruth's passing. She and Jim were great friends of my father's. It was always so wonderful to watch them interact with each other. My prayers for your family during this very difficult time.
Gail Bredenberg Bohrer - Jun 21, 2020
So sorry to hear about the passing of Ruth. She and Jim were such good friends with my Mom and Dad and they were a great couple. She will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.
Shirley Hoerlein - Jun 21, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was one of my dearest friends and I’ll always treasure the memories of our wonderful times together. Our trip to stay with them in Alaska, our many nights of dinner & card games to our years working together at Strands. We had such fun times. My only solace is that she’s reunited with Jim. Sending my love to all of you. I’m incredibly sorry to miss her services.
Kevin Dallas - Jun 20, 2020
My prayers and condolences go out to the Cleves and O'Bryan families.
Karen Houlehan - Jun 19, 2020
I’m so sorry and sad to hear the news of Ruth passing ❤️ Prayers for the family 🙏🙏 such a beautiful and kind lady!
Patty A Eifert - Jun 19, 2020
This wonderful woman changed the course of my life when she decided to hire me and be my supervisor at Bartlett & Co back in 1974! I was just a young teenager then and she was always full of life and willingly taught me the ropes of how to be a good employee and person! She was one of a kind and will be surely missed!
wanda rohs - Jun 19, 2020
I am so sorry to hear your mother and my good friend passed. I loved her very much. She was a special person and will long be remembered. There are no words to say that one needs to, at this time except I have you all in my prayers and in my heart. Love Wanda
Don Lunnemann - Jun 18, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Ruth. She was pretty much my first boss when I started at Chicken Express back in the mid 1980s. She and JIm had such a passion for their business and especially for their workers and their customers. I had the pleasure of bumping into her several times throughout the years and she always remembered my face and was so kind and always interested in how I was doing at that point in my life. She was a wonderful person and will certainly be missed. My prayers will be with you and your entire family.
Jill Campeotto (Darpel) - Jun 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was such a sweet lady. Your Dad and her made me laugh. They were so cute together. I hope knowing she is with him gives you peace.

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