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RUTER, Eugene 1929-2010


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/7/2010 at 07:37:23

Eugene Ruter, age 81, of Wellsburg, died on Monday, June 14, 2010 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services will be 1:30 P.M. Saturday at the Wellsburg Reformed Church with burial in the Wellsburg Reformed Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 P.M. Friday at the Wellsburg Reformed Church. The Sietsema Funeral Home in Ackley is in charge of arrangements. Memorial gifts may be directed to the Caring Fund of the University of Iowa Foundation, P. O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550.

Eugene was born on April 19, 1929 to Herman and Etta Stoehr Ruter in Shiloh Township, Grundy County—where he lived and farmed for his entire life. A 1946 graduate of Wellsburg Community High School, Ruter was married to Thelma Okones at the Wellsburg Reformed Church on November 6, 1952. From 1948 to 1955, he served in the United States Army National Guard. He was formerly Deacon in the Wellsburg Reformed Church and President of the Wellsburg Community Club. Since 1978, he has sat on the Grundy County Planning and Zoning Commission and has served on occasion as its chairman.

Ruter is survived by wife Thelma, of Wellsburg; son Allan, daughter-in-law Jill (Mussay), and grandsons Karl and Edward Ruter, all of Glenview, Illinois; daughter Teresa and son-in-law Michael Kelly, of Iowa City, and grandsons Walter Kelly, of Iowa City, and James Kelly, of Vinton; sister Erma and brother-in-law Duane Meyer, of Marshalltown; brothers-in-law and wives Lee and Glenda (Harlan) Okones and Neil and Janice (Etjen) Okones, all of Wellsburg; aunts Emma (Ruter) deNeui, of Ackley, and Alice Ruter, of Wellsburg; ten nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Elmer.


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