Ruth I. Disrud, of Waverly, Iowa died on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
Ruth Isabelle Disrud was born on October 5, 1923, in Lake Mills, Iowa, the daughter of Walter Roy and Nora (Nystuen) Bergan. She was baptized and confirmed in Sion Lutheran Church, rural Lake Mills, Iowa. Ruth attended country school in rural Lake Mills, and then attended the Lake Mills High School, where she graduated in 1941 as salutatorian of her class. Ruth later attended Waldorf College, receiving her Associates Degree and Teaching Certificate. Ruth taught for one year in Hartley, Iowa, and then returned to Lake Mills where she taught sixth grade for three years. On January 12, 1950, Ruth was united in marriage to Alfred "Al" Disrud at Sion Lutheran Church in Lake Mills. In July of 1950, the couple moved to Monroe, Iowa, where they purchased the Monroe Mirror Newspaper, with their partners Warren & Alice Burman. In 1957, the family moved to Forest City, where Ruth worked part-time at Waldorf College in the offices of the Dean of Students and the Chaplain. The last move was in 1966 to Waverly, where she supported Al with his work, managed their home and cared for sons, John and Dan. Ruth lived in her home in Waverly until July 2009 when she became a resident of the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community.
Ruth was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly, and was active early in her life with Sion Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School and Bible School, and was the church organist and choir director when not singing. She played for countless weddings, funerals and other events. Ruth was also a charter member of the ML P.E.O. in Waverly. She truly loved her time spent teaching and assisting teachers to gain experience. In her spare time, Ruth enjoyed music, sewing, reading and playing games.
Ruth is survived by her two sons, John A. Disrud (Sue) of Waverly, Daniel L. Disrud of Plainfield, Iowa; a brother, Don (Elaine) Bergan of Lake Mills, Iowa; and a sister, Mary Jane Calgaard of Lake Mills, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Alfred Disrud on November 30, 2013; brother-in-law, Robert Calgaard and a niece, Pat Preul.
Funeral services will be held on June 12, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly with Pastor Nancy Larson officiating. Public visitation will be held on June 11, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 p.m.at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Burial will be held at a later date in the Sion Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Lake Mills, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Cedar Valley Hospice or the music department at Waverly-Shell Rock Schools. Online condolences for Ruth's family may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187.