Ralph Arnold Ruth, age 82, of Clarksville, Iowa, died Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Hap was born on January 4, 1936, in rural Waverly, Iowa, the son of August and Clara Eva (Shaffer) Ruth. He attended country school in rural Waverly and rural Shell Rock until the eighth grade and then went to work on the family farm. On August 30, 1953, Ralph was united in marriage to Geraldine Willson at the United Methodist Church in Shell Rock. During Hap’s life he worked as a farm hand, for Waterloo Metal Box and Chest Company, and at John Deere in the foundry for 27 years. Hap retired in 1993.
Hap’s enjoyments included fishing, gardening, his dogs, dartball, shuffle board, baking pies, and cooking. Hap was a member of Shell Rock United Methodist Church and Odd Fellows Lodge.
Hap’s memory is honored by: his wife, Geraldine “Geri” Ruth of Clarksville; five children; James Ruth of Waterloo, Iowa, Peggy Ruth of Allison, Robert (Dawn) Ruth of Plainfield, Iowa, Karla (Lawrence) Wheeler of Waverly, Iowa, and William (Teresa) Ruth of Sumner, Iowa; five grandsons, Jamie Ruth, Seann Wheeler, Brett Wheeler, Dustin Ruth, and Mason Klemp; five granddaughters, Robyn Orr, Jessica Schilling, Stephanie Haasis, Traci Diel, and Taylor Klemp; nine great-grandchildren, Justin, Jaden, Logan, Heather, Alan, Caleb, Miriam, Nathan, and Levi; and two sisters, Marjorie Pruin of Shell Rock and Joyce Rademaker of Clarksville, Iowa. His parents, three brothers, Don, Edwin, and John Ruth, a sister, Doris Ward, and a great-granddaughter, Jacee Schilling preceded Ralph in death.
Hap has been cremated and memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, at the United Methodist Church in Shell Rock with Pastors Joan Thomas and Al Biere officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Shell Rock. Memorials may be directed to Hap’s family and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock assisting the family with arrangements 319-885-4321.