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Ruth Rutenbeck
Ruth Walker Rutenbeck
Marian Ruth Rutenbeck, 96, of DeWitt, Iowa, died March 1, 2013, at Grand Haven Retirement Community in Eldridge.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the DeWitt United Methodist Church.

Ruth was born Feb. 10, 1917, in DeWitt, the second daughter of W.H. "Harry" Walker and Myrtle Peters Walker. She married W.L. "Kutch" Rutenbeck Nov. 22, 1945, at her parent's home. They were married for 53 years.

Kutch ran Rutenbeck Insurance and Re-al Estate in DeWitt for many years and they were part owners of Walkers Depart-ment Store. He proceeded her in death March 20, 1998.

Ruth was a member of DeWitt United Methodist Church, a past president and 70-year member of Chapter BG of P.E.O., DeWitt Hospital Auxiliary, American Le-gion Auxiliary, Delta Delta Delta, and the alumnae associations of Stephens College and the University of Iowa. She was a graduate of DeWitt High School and Ste-phens College, and earned a degree in economics from the State University of Iowa in 1938.

Ruth was a loyal Hawkeye fan and an ardent music lover, especially big band, swing and jazz. Although she was noted for her cooking, particularly her pies, Ruth's greatest talent was making and maintaining friendships. It is not an exag-geration to say that if you met her, you were likely to love and respect her.

She was a witty, generous and loving spirit who touched many lives in her 96 years.

Survivors include three sons, John (Car-ol) of Burlington, Bill (Suzanne) of Plym-outh, Minn., and James (Marianne) of Newton, Mass.; grandchildren, Lindsay (Travis) Gahn of Longmont, Colo., Anni-ka Rutenbeck of Plymouth, Megan (Alex Jansky) Rutenbeck of Arlington, Mass., Liza (Matt Dubach) Rutenbeck of Somer-ville, Mass., and Anthony Rutenbeck of Newton, Mass.; and great-grandchildren, Mallory and Cameron Gahn of Longmont.

She was preceded in death by her par-ents, her husband and her sister, Alice Walker Doughty.

Memorials may be made to DeWitt United Methodist Church and Central Per-forming Arts Committee at DeWitt Central Schools.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.snellzornig.com.

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