In Memory of Ruth D. Ohlmann

Ruth D. Ohlmann
Ruth D. Ohlmann
Born: April 26, 1925
Died: April 19, 2019
Age: 93
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Ruth D. Ohlmann
April 26, 1925 - April 19, 2019
From: Adel, IA | Originally: Ida Grove, IA

Ruth D. Ohlmann, age 93, of Adel, Iowa (formerly of Ida Grove, Iowa) passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Trinity Center at Luther Park of Des Moines, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Reverend Richard A. Salcido & Rev. John Burger will officiate. Committal will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. No Visitation will be held. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.       
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    Ruth D. Ohlmann, the daughter of William and Edna (Horner) Smith, was born on April 26, 1925, in Crookston, Nebraska.

    On October 2, 1945, Ruth married Werner “George” Ohlmann in Valentine, Nebraska. To this union two daughters were born Judy and Susan.

    Ruth’s sweet and gentle nature made her perfect to care for children. She operated an in-home daycare for numerous years spanning over many generations earning her the title “Grandma Ruth” to many children. Ruth’s most treasured possession in her life was her family. She supported, loved, cared for, and cheered on many athletic events and school activities as their number one fan. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, Bingo, rooting on the Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and was an accomplished cook. Ruth was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Legion Auxiliary Post No. 61 of Ida Grove, Iowa.

    Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Judy (Dan) Burgus and Susan (Joe) Keitges, all of Adel, IA; grandchildren: Ryan (Jessica) Burgus, Matt (Tammy) Burgus, John (Mollie) Keitges, and Carrie (Mike) Austin; great-grandchildren: Kirsten (Alex) Denney, Bryelle Burgus, Haley Pettis, Sidney Pettis, Katie Keitges, Brynna Yocom, Luke Keitges, Abbie Keitges, Lexi Austin, Tori Austin, Ella Austin; sister Bonnie Bubke of Cedar Rapids, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Ruth is preceded in death by her parents William and Edna Smith; husband Werner “George” Ohlmann; brother William Smith; and granddaughter Gina Keitges.  




10:30 a.m., Thursday
April 25, 2019
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido &
Rev. John Burger


Ryan Burgus
Matt Burgus
John Keitges
Mike Austin
Tom Senhen
Lonnie Bennigsdorf


"I'm But A Stranger Here, Heaven Is My Home"
"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, April 29, 2019 at 10:32 AM
“Judy and Suzie, I was so saddened to hear that your mother had passed. I have fond memories of our growing up years in our neighborhood and especially when were in high school. May God grant you and your families comfort and peace.”
- Phyllis (Jeffries) Wood
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 6:49 PM
“So sorry for your loss. I used to enjoy visiting with Ruth & her daughter when they would come
into my store (Vera's Bo-Peep Shop) and shop for the twins. Deepest Sympathy. I hope Ruth
had a good life. Vera”
- Vera Varner
Friday, April 26, 2019 at 6:48 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing; she definitely had a heart of gold and the patience of a saint and I know all of her daycare kids loved her. ”
- Julie (Ruser) Campbell
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 3:35 PM
“Judy, Susan and families,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a special lady, filled with love for others. I hope all your warm memories will bring some comfort and peace. Her spirit lives in all of you.
Carol Lipton”
- Carol Lipton
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 9:13 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. She was a lovely woman who cared about her family and her town. Ruth was kindness and compassion personified. She is now playing bridge with my mom!!”
- Teresa Jensen
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 3:34 PM
“Ruth was a lovely lady who touched many lives. I am so glad that I got to know how in these last years. Rest in peace, Ruth.”
- Jan Mallberg
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9:17 AM
“Judy & Susan, I just want to let you know how saddened I am for the loss of your mom. Such a sweet, wonderful person she was. Thank you for allowing me to be by her side. She is already missed, the beautiful smile and the little wave. Such a pleasure to get to know the both of you. May she rest in peace. Denise Twedt”
- Denise Twedt
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9:17 AM
“Our sympathy to you, Susan and Judy, and your families. You are fortunate to have many wonderful memories to keep Ruth's loving spirit with you always. May God give you peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead...and knowing that others care.”
- Jim and Ann Holst
Monday, April 22, 2019 at 9:45 AM
“So sorry to hear about Aunt Ruth. See was always a very nice lady Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God's Great Love comfort you. ”
- Bev and Dave Gabbert and family
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