Widely recognized as the heart of the Culver’s® franchise, co-founder Ruth Culver is credited with creating the service culture that is ever-present in all 386 Culver’s restaurants today. Sadly, Mrs. Culver died October 2, 2008. She was 84.

Known for her gentle nature and hospitality, Ruth worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone felt welcome while her husband, George, made sure each product was made with quality ingredients and cooked exactly to order.

“Everyone in the Culver’s family of restaurants feels a very deep sense of loss,” said Phil Keiser, president and COO of Culver’s Restaurants. “Ruth’s commitment to hospitality is something that will live on throughout our organization forever.”

Ruth’s years of generosity led Culver’s to create the “Ruth Award” in her honor in 2001. One of the company’s most prestigious distinctions, the “Ruth Award” recognizes Culver’s franchise partners for going above and beyond to show Culver’s hospitality at its finest.
Ruth is survived by the other co-founders of the chain: her husband George, her son, Craig, and his wife, Lea.

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