Ruben J. Moehring, 91

Ruben John Moehring, age 91, of Plato, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, after a brief stay at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord.

He was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Plato, the son of John and Minnie (Dose) Moehring.  Ruben was baptized as an infant, and was confirmed April 5, 1936. 

He attended school in Plato until he was needed at home to tend to the farm.

Ruben was united in marriage to Helen Strobel Aug. 27, 1946, at the Church of St. Thomas in Jesseland Township, Sibley County.  Ruben and Helen’s marriage was blessed with six children, Anna, David, Daniel, Nola, Norma, and Rita.  They shared over 50 years of marriage, until Helen passed away July 30, 1997.   

Ruben and Helen made their home on the family farm in rural Plato until 1991, when Ruben retired.  They then moved into a house in town, where Ruben lived first with Helen, and then his grandson, Matthew. 

Ruben took great pride in running the family farm.  In addition to farming, he had fond memories of working at Shamla’s Pure Oil Station, and as a part-time McLeod County Deputy.  Many will remember him as a cop at Lake Marion Ballroom, but occasionally, he would be assigned to cop at the Velvet Coach in Hutchinson, the Silver Lake Auditorium, and Sherman Station in Winsted. 

Ruben enjoyed a good card game, and he taught his children and grandchildren how to play 500 and Hearts.  He enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, Molly B’s Polka Show, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Green Acres,” and a good “shoot ‘em up” western.  

However, farming remained his passion, and he loved a drive around the countryside to check out the crops, often rewarding the driver with a Dairy Queen treat. 

Funeral services took place Wednesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. at Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Chaplain Paul Christopher officiated at the service, and the organist was Dawn Wolter. Soloist Kerri Specht sang “How Great Thou Art, “On Eagles Wings,” and “Here I Am, Lord.” Interment will take place at a later date.

Ruben is survived by his children, Anna Peterson and husband Donald, of Atwater,  David Moehring and wife, Karen, of St. Paul,  Nola Rosenau of Fernando, MN, Norma Moehring of Waseca, and Rita Schlosser and husband, Jerome, of Delano; grandchildren Kristine, Karla, Andrew, Laura, Melissa, Jackie, John, Douglas, Matthew, John, Michael, Jennifer, Sarah,   Rachel, Sonja, Clayton, and Reanna; and 26 great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jane Moehring, Francis Strobel and his wife, Bernice, Don Strobel and his wife, Betty,  Jean Leonhardt and her husband, John, Marion Helget and her husband, Myron, and Elaine Winter; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives.

Ruben was preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie Moehring; mother and father-in-law, Charles and Irene Strobel; wife Helen Moehring; son Daniel Moehring; grandson Jared Schlosser; siblings John Moehring, Mabel Bishop and her husband, Harry, Minna Freiberg and her husband, Ken, Rosa Grout, Lillian Tucholke and her husband, Orwin, Francis Wisch and her husband, Art, Stella Hill, and Lorna Meyer and her husband, Armond; and brother-in-law Leonard Winter.

Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituary and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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