Dayle Unruh

by Jared Jost | February 13, 2018 1:22 pm

Hillsboro – Dayle Unruh, 92, died February 12, 2018 at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.  She was born October 18, 1925 to Dan and Emma (Schroeder) Klassen in Hillsboro.  She married Ennis Unruh November 3, 1946 in Hillsboro.  Survivors include: son, David (Sally) Unruh of Los Angles, California; daughter, Nancy (Joel) Klaassen of Hillsboro; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Celebration 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro.  Interment 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery in Hillsboro.  Family will receive guests from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Memorials to First Mennonite Church or Hillsboro Senior Center in care of the Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at

Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Dayle Klassen Unruh, was born in Hillsboro at Salem Hospital on October 18, 1925, to Dan and Emma (Schroeder) Klassen. He was a truck driver at the Creamery. She had two older sisters Marjorie and Emile. She said she was meant to be a boy, they wanted to call him Dale, but when they had another girl, they added the y. She said she liked that it was different. Her favorite subject in school was English. She was a life-long reader. Even if a book didn’t attract her at first, she always found she learned something. That was a trait that characterized her life. She always looked for the positive in everything.

After high school, Dayle went to beauty school. When her life-long best friend and first cousin, Doris, moved to McPherson, she took over her hairdressing business. Many of the ladies had standing appointments every week or two. She said, “If you want to know what’s going on, ask the hairdresser!.” Dayle, being discreet as she was, never gossiped or violated the confidence of her clients.

Dayle and her husband Ennis met in Marion one night when she was bowling and he was playing pool. This was the beginning of a good romance. They were married shortly thereafter on November 3, 1946. They had two children, Nancy was born in July of 1948 and David born in October of 1952. Throughout the years, the family had a number of Pekinese and Shi Tzu dogs that were very special to Dayle

Dayle was a very proud member of the American Legion Auxillary since 1949. She also volunteered as a poll worker for many years.

In their retirement, Dayle and Ennis traveled extensively, spending many winters in Palm Desert with their old friends and playing lots of golf.

Dayle was heard to say, “Nancy is very special, I can call on her anytime I need to, my one fear is that I’ll lose my independence.” She never did. Up until her hospitalization last weekend, she continued to drive herself to the senior center every weekday for lunch (except for Thursday when she had her hair done and played bridge in the afternoon) and always looked immaculate.

Although Dayle was rarely the center of attention, she very much enjoyed spending time with her family and was proud of all their accomplishments.

Dayle was predeceased by her husband Ennis Unruh, and sisters Marjorie Peters and Emile Reimer. She is survived by her daughter Nancy Klaassen and son-in-law Joel Klaassen, son David Unruh and daughter-in-law Sally Pai Unruh, grandchildren Amy and husband George Cameli, Dan and wife Katie Klaassen, Whitney Hein-Unruh; and great grand children Alex and Louis Cameli.

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