Ruth Dunstan

Ruth Dunstan, co-founder of Azon, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 18, 2019, at Kairos Dwelling Hospice. She was 91 years old. Dunstan and her husband, James Dunstan, co-founded Azon in 1977 in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was active in the company as vice president on the board of directors until March of this year. The life and company they both built included much international travel and the establishment of several global locations for Azon.

She is survived by her husband of 48-plus years, James; children, Judy Louise Evers, Patricia (Wade) Hetrick, Jeffrey Lurges, Lisa (Rodney) Lodenstein; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandsons; special daughter-in-law Debie Lurges; step-children: Patricia Dunstan, Kathy Butler, Nancy Peterson (Bob), Beth Akemann (Vic), Neil Dunstan; and many step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, James Lurges. A service to celebrate her life was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

“Where do I begin to share my memories of this special lady? She was my ‘work Mom’ for over 35 years. She taught me so many things about life and about being a positive person. She was the classiest woman I have ever known, but still so down to earth with everyone,” says Tami Lee, director of human resources for Azon. “She had a great sense of humor and was always laughing. Her laugh will forever echo through our office as she made her daily rounds telling everyone, ‘Good morning, people.’”

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