Robert 'Bob' Rueth
Robert C. “Bob” Rueth, 65, Loyal, died on Thursday, April 20, 2017, with the loving care of his family surrounding him. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 28, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate, with a resting place to follow in St. Anthony Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his godchildren and his brothers. Visitation will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Thursday, April 27, from 4-8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary service; and at the church on Friday, from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Robert Charles Rueth was born on Aug. 10, 1951, the son of Edward and Florence (nee Schmidt) Rueth. He grew up on the family farm and received his education at St. Anthony Catholic School and from Loyal High School. Bob was drafted as a young man and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army between July 1970-72 with a tour of Vietnam. Following his duty in the service, he was employed with Land O’Lakes in Spencer and it was around that time he met Marie Klemme. They married on Oct. 5, 1974, and welcomed their son Kevin in February 1978. Bob enjoyed more than 40 years in the excavation business operating Robert Rueth Excavating and also was employed with Grassland Dairy Products during the winter months for many years. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and enjoyed volunteering for the Loyal American Legion Post 175 and the 40 & 8 Group 821 Wisconsin. Bob served as supervisor on the Sherman Town Board and as an usher at St. Anthony Church. He had many interests, but especially enjoyed deer hunting up north and in the woodlands around the farm. Bob enjoyed being his own mechanic on his excavating equipment and could tear apart his equipment to the last piece and re-assemble it. He was a very dedicated son, father, uncle, brother, and friend. Bob enjoyed his daily work as an excavator and was talented in site prep and demolition. At the end of a project, he took pride in his finished work.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Marie, and son, Kevin. Bob was the second-oldest child in the Rueth family and is survived by his siblings: Thomas (Anne) Rueth of Loyal, Roger (Alora) Rueth of Loyal, Susan (Michael) Rueth-Gumz of Athens, Bengie (Larry) Quelle of Loyal, Roy (Helen) Rueth of Unity, Rose (fiancé Neal Mondloch) Lindekugel of Loyal, and Kay (John) Krings-Rafferty of New Brighton, Minn.; his brother-in-law: Donald Bangart of Greenwood; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his older sister: Patricia Bangart; his brother: Ralph Rueth; a nephew: Adam Quelle; and a niece: Angel Dawn Rueth.
His strength and strong faith was known by his family and friends. His driven attitude and passion to work with equipment and the soil will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew him.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.
Cuddie Funeral Home, Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.