In Memory of Robert H. Ruser
Died: June 11, 2015
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.
10:30 a.m., Monday
June 15, 2015
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa
Rev. Richard A. Salcido
Amanda (Farley) Carroll
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Christensen - Van Houten
Ida Grove, Iowa
Geraldine Dankert, Organist
"How Great Thou Art"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"I Will Rise" By Chris Tomlin
Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa
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
May memories comfort you and bring you peace during this difficult time.”
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”
missed. Wayne and he must be having a great
Conversation. He and dad (Sonny) might
be playing cards.”
To Shirley and the girls, he was a good guy, he will do good in Heaven.
Gods Peace be with you all.”
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.”
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”
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