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Donald Ruether

Donald Ruether

Donald Joseph Ruether, age 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Montevideo, MN on May 14th, 2018 with his wife & children by his side. Don was born on June 26, 1932, to Joseph & Josephine Ruether of Madison, MN. He was baptized & confirmed at St. Michael Church in Madison. Growing up on the farm without electricity or running water instilled a work ethic that stuck with Don throughout his life. Following his high school graduation, he proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War & was stationed in Germany. After his honorable discharge in 1954, he had a long career as a heavy equipment operator & mechanic for Duininck Brothers. In 1973, he co-founded Ruether Brothers Garage & continued to build a successful business until his departure in 1990. After another 8 years in the road construction industry with Bituminous Paving, he started his dream job of managing the Montevideo Airport & remained there until his retirement in 2010. Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather & servant of God. Don is survived by his loving wife of nearly 58 years, Diane; Daughter, Lori (Rick); Sons, Brad and Brian (Patty); 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 4 brothers, 4 sisters, many nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Arlene. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, at 11am at St. Joseph Catholic Church where Don & Diane have been loyal parishioners for almost 60 years. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. The family will greet friends at church on Saturday from 10am until the time of service. Memorials may be made in Don's name to Rice Hospice, online or 301 Becker Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201.

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