In Memory of Shirley A. Ruser



Shirley A. Ruser
Shirley A. Ruser
Born: January 4, 1938
Died: September 23, 2020
Age: 82
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Shirley A. Ruser
January 4, 1938 - September 23, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Shirley A. Ruser, age 82, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at the MercyOne Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Private Family Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 10, 2020, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Facebook live stream of the memorial service will be available to view on the Ida Grove, St. Paul Lutheran Church, LCMS Facebook page.  Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Committal Services are open to the public and will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 10, 2020, in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Social distancing and masks are encouraged.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com


Shirley Arlene Ruser the daughter of Andrew and Martha (Schwenk-Jensen) Petersen, was born on January 4, 1938, in the Battle Creek, Iowa, hospital. She went to her heavenly home on September 23, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. A lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Shirley was baptized in her faith in 1938 and later confirmed in 1952.

    She attended and graduated from Ida Grove High school with the class of 1956. On May 18, 1958, Shirley was united in marriage to Robert Ruser and they enjoyed 57 years together prior to Robert’s passing in 2015.  To this union four daughters were born: Becky, Beth, Amy and Julie.

    Before she married, Shirley worked for the Northern Natural Gas Company in Omaha, Nebraska. After marriage she worked for Hartley-Bickly in Ida Grove. She also had many part-time jobs including Sportsman’s, Ida Bowl, Ida County Courthouse and Farmland. She worked for several years alongside her husband in their business, Ruser Dirt Moving. In 1979, she began working for GOMACO in the purchasing department until she retired in 2000 after 21 years.

    Left to cherish her memories are her daughters: Becky (Scott) Michaelsen of Ida Grove and their children Andrew (Ann) Michaelsen (Aidan, Gage and Rafe), Ryan, and Aaron; Beth (Kevin) Farley of Ida Grove and their children Amanda (Neil) Carroll (Evan, Jace and Cody), Dustin (Brittney) Farley (Kasch and Hugh); Amy (Mike) Sievers of Spencer and their children Aric (Amy) Sievers (Tristan) and Trey; Julie (Stephen) Campbell of Colorado Springs, Colorado and their children Quincy (Grace) Campbell (Tucker) and Madison. Shirley is also survived by brother-in-law Choyce Chadwick of Alabama, sisters-in-law Virginia Jensen of Battle Creek, and Vivian Jensen of Ida Grove, in addition to many extended family members and friends.

   Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, brother Wayne Petersen; half-brothers Herman and Roland Jensen, half-sister Evelyn Leonard, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Wayne and Dorothy Ruser, sister-in-law Janet Chadwick.   

   Memorials can be directed to the Ruser family at 2671 Jasper Ave, Ida Grove, Iowa, 51445.

SERVICES

Private Family Memorial 
10:30 a.m., Saturday
October 10, 2020
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Rev. Richard A. Salcido

CASKET BEARERS

Honorary Pallbearers
Andrew Michaelsen
Ryan Michaelsen
Aaron Michaelsen
Amanda Carroll
Dustin Farley
Aric Sievers
Trey Sievers
Quincy Campbell
Madison Campbell

MUSIC

"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"

INTERMENT

Open to Public
Masks and Social Distancing Encouraged.
11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 10, 2020
Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Condolences


Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:58 PM
“Please accept our deepest sympathy on loss of Aunt Shirley. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. I'll always treasure the memories of being her flower girl at your parents wedding. and The Jensen Family Christmases. She was a special lady! The Janet Enright Family”
- janet Enright
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9:44 AM
“Amy, I am sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I always loved hearing you talk about her and your Dad. Your memories will carry you through the difficult times. ”
- Mary Schaer
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:40 AM
“We’re so sad to hear of Shirley’s passing and will miss her dearly. We enjoyed her chats and words of wisdom especially while playing cards! Prayers and hugs to all. ”
- Steve and Lori Phillips
Friday, October 2, 2020 at 3:27 PM
“Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Ruser family. Shirley was a fun person to talk to and was a strong sports supporter. ”
- Craig and Marlene Edsen
Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“Please know that we share in your sorrow at this difficult time. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Jim and Ann Holst
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3:06 PM
“Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Delores Johnson
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“So sorry to hear the news. Shirley was such a wonderful person and will definitely be missed. What a lovely enjoyable lady!!”
- Cathy Ferguson Ballard
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful lady. It was always a treat to talk and laugh with Shirley!”
- Cathy Ferguson Ballard
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“Shirley was just a great neighbor and friend, and will be truly missed. Thinking and praying for her beautiful family. ”
- Brad and Kristina Miller
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Shirley always had a smile and a min to stop and chat. I'll miss our middle of the night chats. She will be missed by many. RIP sweet lady. Hugs ”
- Betty (Mildenstein) Dahl
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 3:01 PM
“Our sincerest sympathy to Shirleys whole family. She is a dear friend of mine. Met at Gomaco. May your good memories help you through this very difficult time. Prayers!”
- Pat & Ann Hoefling
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 3:01 PM
“Thoughts and prayers to all. Cherish the sweet memories.
- Deb Ott
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 3:01 PM
“So sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was a fun person and I always enjoyed conversations with her. Rest in peace.”
- Teresa Jensen
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“You all have my deepest sympathies your mom was a very special lady and will be missed by so many.”
- Renee Ehrig Phillips
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“So sorry to hear of Shirley' s passing.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“Deeply saddened by her passing. She was a great woman. I have so many fond memories of her when we visited my grandparents. God be with you during this time. Love you all, Carrie”
- Carrie Rathbun Donaghey
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“Sorry for your loss she was good woman she was willing to help you if you needed it so our prayers go out to all. ”
- Jerome and Becky lichtenberg
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“My prayers and thoughts are with you all now and in the future days ahead. My husband, Wilbert, lived a short tune with Uncle Andy and Aunt Martha when he was a teenage. His Mom was Andrew's sister, Catharine Godbersen. ”
- Donna Godbersen
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“We were so very to hear of Dorothy’s passing. It was very nice to see her last year at Forest’s funeral. Peace to you all. ”
- Sunshine Kahmann
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“I’m so sorry for your loss. There’s nothing harder than losing your mom. Prayers to you.
- Sue Birocci
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“To the Family: We of the Crane Family warmly remember Shirley who was in Marilyn's class. A strong helpful gal we all appreciated. You have our sympathy. Bob Crane Class of 1957”
- Robert Crane
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. I got to know Shirley when she started coming to the Battle Creek Public Library to check out books. I certainly enjoyed those library visits. I know that she used to work at GOMACO and that she knew my late husband, Jim, who also worked there. She certainly was a very special lady who will be missed by so many. ”
- Sheila Petersen
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“Prayers for the family, Shirley was a fun person to be around,she will be missed.”
- Sandy Lichter
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“Everyone who knew Shirley is going to miss her spunk! She was always ready for a friendly chat and some good-natured banter. Our sincerest sympathy to her family, who will miss her like crazy! May your memories and faith give you strength in the days and weeks ahead.”
- Jim and Ann Holst
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Treasure your memories and keep them close in you hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry and Pat Rector”
- Larry and Pat Rector
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“So sorry to hear about Shirley. She will be missed.”
- Bobbie (Krambeck) Gaffey
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“Sympathy to the family, a neat lady! Have been friends with Shirley for 50+ years, will miss talking to her on Facebook also, always brightened my day!!”
- Gail Gosch
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“Becky and family: So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a sweet lady. I know you will all miss her so much. I will never forget all her energy and spunk. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Grace and peace and God's blessings to you. Carl & Gaylene”
- Carl Lee
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 2:54 PM
“I was saddened to hear of your loss. My condolences to all of the family. ”
- Joni(Weber)Lillig
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Prayers and Hugs.”
- Bob and Barb Gunnarson (Pfaltzgraff)
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“So sorry to hear. My prayers and condolences to family and friends. ”
- Joann Zobel Segovia
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Shirley passing. Enjoyed her so much she always had a smile and a little chuckle and her love for her family and playing cards was her great pastime. My sympathy to all the family. May God grant you the strength you need at this time. She will be missed.”
- Dolores Williams
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was always so bubbly and such a supporter of local events. Enjoyed visiting with her when she came to events in Arthur. Our sympathy to Shirley’s entire family!”
- Randy and Pippa Fineran
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“Shirley was a true angel on earth. The loss is overwhelming to her entire family. Her sense of humor was unmatched and her heart overflowed with love.”
- Mike & Patti Andrews
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“My deepest condolences.Knew Shirley for what seems like forever.Was my mom’s close friend and camping partner in crime back in the day.Hugs for the girls.”
- Ed Petersen
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“I am SO sad with the loss of my friend. We talked almost nightly on chat and she came to the library for books e/o week. We always had a big list of what she had read and what was next. What a gal... Will sure miss her... ”
- MARETA VERMEYS
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“Such a kind and beautiful lady. Her smile her laugh was contagious. We will miss you Shirley. ”
- Larry and Dianne Hare
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Shirely's passing. Se was so full of life and energized. So glad we new her.
Our deepest sympathy. Richard & Judy”
- Richard & Judy Schmidt
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“So sorry for your loss”
- Jeff Rasmussen
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“ Very sorry to hear of Aunt Shirley’s passing! Amazing woman! Always fun and friendly. My Mom’s favorite little sister!”
- Keith and Francene Leonard
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“Shirley was one of a kind and will missed by many. Prayers to the family ”
- Kurt and Ranea Rehse
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“Our sympathy to Shirley's family and friends R I P Shirley
- Wayne and Ina Mae Bliesmann
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her. She was a neat lady, she will be missed. You have my deepest sympathy.”
- Byron Hartwig
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“So very sorry to hear this. Glad I saw her this summer. Wishing her peace in her eternal life.”
- Terri Grell
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“Rest in peace, Aunt Shirley. Your high energy was always contagious. You'll be missed.”
- Randy Leonard
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“Prayers and hugs sent to all of the family as I’m sure Shirley is going to be greatly missed. She was a wonderful lady. God bless and hugs to all. Our deepest sympathy!”
- Bob & Leah Fineran
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“I am so surprised to hear Shirley passing away. I used to spend some talking on Password with her. She is in heaven with Jesus. God bless her.”
- Darla Kruegerr
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“Deepest sympathy to your family. She was a dear lady! ”
- Nancy Rydberg
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“I am so sorry! Thinking of you all! 💜”
- Dana Randolph (Petersen)
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. She always had a smile and good word to share. I remember her coming to visit with Donnie while he was back, and all the laughter we shared while they were reminiscing. I will miss her FB posts and comments. She was a wonderful lady. Our prayers are with her family at this difficult time. ”
- Ruth and Terry Oxendale
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“So many years have passed Shirley, now I read that you left us. May you rest in peace. Peaches Campbell”
- Reta (Peaches) Campbell
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“My sincere Sympathy . This spunky lady was a true friend, enjoyed knowing her.”
- Julie Kollbaum
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“such a sweet lady, she will be missed by many. ”
- Toni Stevens
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“Sending our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Ruser family. Shirley was such a special person to many. Always had a smile and something nice yo say. She will be missed! ”
- Larry Hultgren
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“So sorry to hear about Shirley we will miss her our condolences to all the family Kenny & Anne Thornhill”
- Kenny & Anne Thornhill
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