Ruben William Michaletz, age 81, of Hutchinson, died Sunday, July 6, 2008, at the Birchwood Hospice House in Hutchinson.
He was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Glencoe, the son of William and Lydia (Ehrke) Michaletz. Ruben was baptized Nov. 12, 1926, at home by the Rev. John A. Schert, and was confirmed into the faith March 17, 1940, also by Rev. Schert at St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Ruben attended country school and graduated from Glencoe High School.
He was united in marriage with Lorraine Seeman Nov. 24, 1949, at St. Peter Lutheran Church by the Rev. A. Streufert. The couple made their home near Ruben’s family farm.
A farmer all his life, after his retirement, Ruben rented his farm to his son, Larry, and continued to help as much as possible, up until the past year.
He was a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, where he was very active. Ruben served as a trustee when the tornado struck the church and school in 1965.
Ruben sold German Mutual Insurance, was a Bergen Township supervisor, and in his retirement, belonged to Oliver Tractor Collector’s Club.
In August of 2007, Ruben moved to the Oaks in Hutchinson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant sister Georgianna; and sisters Grace Dunowski and Evelyn Kruschke.
Ruben is survived by his children: Larry Michaletz (wife Catherine) of Lester Prairie, JoAnn Anderson (husband John) of Orlando, Fla., and Kay Gueningsman (husband Jeff) of Winsted; grandchildren Emily Michaletz, Molly Michaletz, and Annie Gueningsman; step-grandchildren Aaron Anderson (wife Randi) and Michelle Bebood (husband Pooya); great-grandchild Austin Michaletz; and step-great-grandchild Andy Bebood.
He is further survived by a brother, Myron Michaletz (wife Vila) of Glencoe; sister Marlene Nelson (husband Raymond) of Litchfield; brothers-in-law Reuben Kruschke of Glencoe, and Leonard Dunaski of Roseville; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Donald Urbach officiating. The organists were Mary Mielke and Kay Gueningsman, and the soloist was Emily Michaletz. Musical selections included “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Just As I Am,” “How Great Thou Art,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,”and “Let It Be Said Of Us.” Interment was in the church cemetery.
Visitation took place Tuesday evening, July 8 at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.
Serving as casket bearers were Mark Michaletz, Joel Michaletz, Tim Mathews, Duane Mathews, Richard Gebhardt, and Bill Gebhardt.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. For an online guest book, please visit www.mcbridefuneralchapels.com