In Memory of Robert H. Ruser



Robert H. Ruser
Robert H. Ruser
Born: July 20, 1938
Died: June 11, 2015
Age: 76
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Robert H. Ruser
July 20, 1938 - June 11, 2015
From: Ida Grove, IA

Robert H. Ruser, age 76, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 15, 2015, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Reverend Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Burial will be in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to www.christensenvanhouten.com 

On June 11, 2015 Robert “Bob” Hugh Ruser was called to his heavenly home after a lengthy battle with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).  Robert was born July 20, 1938 in rural Battle Creek, Iowa to Herbert and Louise (Rathbun) Ruser.

Robert graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1956 and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in 1958.  On May 18, 1958 he married Shirley Petersen, the love of his life.  The ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ were blessed with 4 little ‘Jokers’ Becky, Beth, Amy and Julie. 

Early in their marriage, Robert was employed by various local construction businesses. In 1961, Robert ventured out on his own and along with Shirley established Ruser Dirt Moving.  Due to health reasons, Robert retired in 2004.  He was a man of the earth and during his 43 year career, he built many of the terraces and waterways in Ida County.  He was a compassionate man and often brought home many displaced animals such as squirrels, owls, coyotes, rabbits, and birds, and after nursing them to health he returned them to the wild. Much to the dismay of his children.

Robert loved spending time with his family and enjoyed many years of camping, fishing, playing cards and black powder shooting events using his trusted gun “Josie”.  In recent years, his health limited his activities to bird watching, enjoying Walker, Texas Ranger, and eating tic tacs.

Those left to cherish his memory include Shirley his wife of 57 years; daughters Becky (Scott) Michaelsen of Ida Grove and their children Andrew (Gage and Rafe), Ryan, and Aaron; Beth (Kevin) Farley of Ida Grove and their children Amanda (Neil) Carroll (Evan and Jace), Dustin and Brittney (baby Farley); Amy (Mike) Sievers of Spencer and their children Aric (Tristan) and Trey; Julie (Stephen) Campbell of Colorado Springs, Colorado and their children Quincy and Madison; his sister-in-law Dorothy Ruser of Ida Grove and brother-in-law Choyce Chadwick of Gadsen Alabama, many relatives, friends, and his beloved dog, Maize.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Louise, in laws Andrew and Martha Petersen, sister Janet Chadwick, and brother Wayne Ruser. 

SERVICES

10:30 a.m., Monday
June 15, 2015

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Rev. Richard A. Salcido

CASKET BEARERS

Honorary Pallbearers:

Andrew Michaelsen
Ryan Michaelsen
Aaron Michaelsen
Amanda (Farley) Carroll
Dustin Farley
Aric Sievers
Trey Sievers
Quincy Campbell
Madison Campbell

VISITATION

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa

MUSIC

Geraldine Dankert, Organist

Congregational Hymns:
"How Great Thou Art"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"

Recorded Selection:
"I Will Rise" By Chris Tomlin

INTERMENT

Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Condolences


Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 3:24 PM
“Shirley, Becky and families
I was so sorry to hear Robert had passed away. I know he is much happier and he and Wayne are probably arguing about something & enjoying a beer right now! I am sorry I was out of town and could not be with
you during your time of loss. I will stop by after work some night Shirley and have a chat. Take care, all of you and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Wanda
- Wanda Wade-Schiernbeck
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 6:52 PM
“Shirley and family, sorry to hear of Robert's passing. Gwen let me know this past week. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Steve Pfleeger
Monday, June 15, 2015 at 12:58 PM
“So sorry for your loss. ”
- Cindy Hinrickson
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM
“Shirley and family So sorry for your loss, Robert fought a good fight. Ed always enjoyed him at therapy and now maybe they are doing God's therapy together, maybe working on the tread mill. Blessings to the family”
- Marilyn Skaren
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM
“Becky & Family,

May memories comfort you and bring you peace during this difficult time.”
- Carolyn Leners
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 6:21 PM
“Shirley, I know you will miss Bob but at the same time life goes on. I know Bob and Wayne up in heaven are making plans to do something together as we speak. Wish you all the best and my prayers are with you.
Teko Wood”
- Francis (Teko) Wood
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 6:21 PM
“Shirley, Amy and all of your loved ones,
I am so sorry you have lost Bob, but you gave him such love and happiness that you can be very proud. My thoughts and prayers are with you and wish I were closer so I could be there for you. May it help to know your many friends will be there for you. Marian Muller”
- Marian Muller
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 6:21 PM
“So sorry for your loss, Amy”
- Connie Velder
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 6:21 PM
“Very sorry for your loss. Bob was a wonderful man, and someone I have admired and respected a great deal my entire life. I rejoice in knowing he is now pain free, and is with our Heavenly Father awaiting our arrival!”
- Brad Miller
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:19 AM
“Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. ”
- George Braden
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Robert will be greatly
missed. Wayne and he must be having a great
Conversation. He and dad (Sonny) might
be playing cards.”
- Bobbie Krambeck Lucas
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM
“Shirley, my sympathy to you and your family. May all your good memories help in the days to come. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Arlene Wonder”
- Arlene Wonder
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM
“"Farewell Bob" Another good friend leaves this earth!
To Shirley and the girls, he was a good guy, he will do good in Heaven.
Gods Peace be with you all.”
- Ken Boger
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM
“SHIRLEY, SO SORRY TO HEAR OF ROBERTS DEATH. YOU AND ROBERT HAD ALOT OF GOOD
AND FUN TIMES DURING YOUR 57 YEARS. MAY THESE MEMORIES SUSTAIN YOU DURING YOUR
TIME OF SORROW. WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS
VERN AND SANDY.”
- VERN AND SANDY OLBERDING
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM
“Well Shirley, Bob's battle is over and he now joins a LOT of friends and the Lord in his heavenly home. It is so hard to say goodbye, but when life becomes such a struggle, there is much comfort knowing that they are at peace. May God's love and promise comfort you... Sincerely...... Mareta and Violet

- Mareta Vermeys
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM
“ShirleyWe are sorry for your loss , We will always remember Bob, and the good times we all had with him. May God bless you and your family.....Kenny & Ann Thornhill”
- Ken and Ann Thornhill
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:23 PM

Shirley and families, know you will miss Robert, praying for your comfort in this trying time, God bless all of your family, Ronald and Diana Miller”
- Ronald and Diana Miller
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:23 PM
“Our sympathy to you Shirley your family and friends”
- Wayne & Ina Mae Bliesmann
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:23 PM
“So sorry for your loss, may you know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
- Dan and Marilyn Dose
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 5:09 PM
“Dear Shirley and family,
So very sorry to hear of Robert's death. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. Your comfort is knowing he is in the Heavenly Father's arms. Our deepest sympathy to all of you and God's Blessings. Joan & Leon
- Joan K. Petersem
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