In Memory of Dorothy E. Ruser

Dorothy E. Ruser
Dorothy E. Ruser
Born: November 10, 1933
Died: September 8, 2019
Age: 85
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Dorothy E. Ruser
November 10, 1933 - September 8, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

Dorothy E. Ruser, age 85, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Faith Community Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Mark Aurand will officiate with Committal Services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 12, 2019, 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 at

Dorothy E. Ruser, the daughter of Paul and Emma (Pries) Krambeck, was born on November 10, 1933, in rural Cherokee County, Iowa. She grew up in the Holstein, IA area and attended Holstein High School graduating with the class of 1952. 

Dorothy was united in marriage to Wayne Ruser on March 27, 1955. In 1959 upon Wayne’s honorable discharge from the service, the couple returned to Ida Grove, IA and began their farming career. They farmed until their retirement in 2000. In addition to being a farmwife, Dorothy was employed for 25 years at FmHA in a clerical position.

Dorothy treasured being a farmwife. She was a wonderful cook and was an avid collector of cookbooks and recipes. Their home was always filled with homemade bread, pies, cookies and bars that she graciously shared with her family and friends. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, gardening and canning. Dorothy also loved hosting many gatherings for family and friends at Little River. 

Left to cherish her memory include sisters-in-law Mildred Krambeck of Galva, IA and Shirley Ruser of Ida Grove, IA; brother-in-law Choyce Chadwick of Gadsen, AL; nieces and nephews Milan (Joan) Krambeck, Linda Peterson, Ellen (Jerry) Peterman, Suzan Graham, Diann (Rich) Hahn, Ronald Gray, Rebecca (Scott) Michaelsen, Beth (Kevin) Farley, Amy (Mike) Sievers, Julie (Stephen) Campbell, Deb Chadwick, David (Julie) Chadwick, Kim (Kevin) Kidd, Scotty (Lisa) Chadwick; extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Emma Krambeck; husband Wayne Ruser; brother Eldon Krambeck; sister Arlene Gray; nephews Elden “Sonny” Krambeck and James Krambeck; niece Paula Krambeck; great niece Alisha Droegmiller; brothers-in-law Bob Gray and Robert Ruser; sister-in-law Janet Chadwick.


10:30 a.m., Friday,
September 13, 2019
Faith Community Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Mark Aurand


Honorary Pallbearers
Ellen Peterman
Suzan Graham
Linda Peterson
Diann Hahn


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Thursday,
September 12, 2019
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"I Want to Stroll Over Heaven With You" ~ by Alan Jackson
"Just As I Am" ~ congregational hymn
"Waltz Across Texas" ~ by Ernest Tubb

Carrie Odgaard, Organist


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:25 PM
“I enjoyed seeing her at Salon Stewart🌺She was fun to visit with and I will miss her✝️”
- Jennifer Goettsch
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 4:51 PM
“Dorothy was just the kindest lady I have ever met, and while I am incredibly saddened at her passing, I am overjoyed in knowing that she is with our Lord and also reunited with the love of her life, her husband Wayne. They broke the mold when they made the two of them, and I look forward to seeing them both again someday. Love you Dorothy....”
- Brad Miller
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 11:09 AM
“Such a sweet, sweet lady! Prayers for the families left to
cherish her memories. ”
- Kristi Drury
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 3:07 PM
“We were saddened to learn of the passing of our dear family friend. We are lifting Dorothy’s family in prayer during this sad time. ❤️”
- Judy Burgus
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 8:59 AM
“I am so saddened to see this! I absolutely loved this Lady! She was an angel. I will miss her dearly! Please know that her family is in my prayers and hugs to you all!!”
- Tonya Dupre
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