Raymond Ruder, a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, was given a Quilt of Valor from Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor’s Crest Hill Chapter coordinator on Jan. 31 at Riverside Senior Life of Bourbonnais. Several family members and more than a dozen fellow residents and friends attended the small ceremony that day. Joyce Jackson, one of Ruder’s six daughters, nominated Ruder, who served as a tech sergeant from 1943 until 1946. Ruder, who will turn 97 on Feb. 15, worked in a factory upon returning home for one winter before switching to farming for the next 50 years in Union Hill and rural Bradley. “I quickly realized I didn’t like being indoors,” he said, after his deployment of three years and three days. Quilts of Valor presents nominated veterans with handmade quilts in honor of their service and gratitude for their sacrifice, chapter coordinator Pat Clower said. “It’s because of our veterans we are able to lead the lives we live each day,” she said. Clower said the Crest Hill chapter is the nearest to Kankakee County, but the organization is always looking for more quilters and groups looking to join or start a chapter. More information can be found at qovf.org.

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