Ruben Harold Kruschke, age 88, of Lester Prairie, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Dec. 12, 1927, in Lester Prairie, the son of Theodore and Magdeline (Lunow) Kruschke. Ruben was baptized into Christ Dec. 26, 1927, at his home; and was confirmed in the Christian faith April 6, 1941, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
Ruben received his education in Lester Prairie, and graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1945. During his time in high school, he was on the basketball and baseball teams, and continued playing baseball for the Lester Prairie town team.
Ruben was united in marriage to Evelyn Michaletz June 5, 1949, and they moved to the farm outside Lester Prairie. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Diane, Wendy and Julie.
Ruben and Evelyn shared over 27 years of marriage, until Evelyn passed away June 10, 1976.
Ruben was united in marriage to Ruth Schmidt Feb. 3, 1978, and they continued to live on the farm until they moved to Glencoe in 2000, when Ruben retired from farming.
He was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. He sang in the choir, served as an elder for eight years, and also as chairman for two years.
Ruben was a member of the Lester Prairie School Board for nine years, and served as a Bergen Township election judge for many years.
Ruben loved his work, and farming was his life. He loved the animals, especially his dogs.
When he moved to the farm, the house was part log and had no indoor plumbing. During Ruben’s years on the farm, he added many buildings, including a new house that totally transformed the site.
Ruben especially enjoyed working on the farm with his brother, Ardin, and father, Ted. He also enjoyed fishing, on water and ice, especially with his nephew, Randy. He loved sports, especially baseball, and was happy that things were looking better for the Twins in the upcoming season.
Ruben cherished the time spent with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Kruschke of Glencoe; daughters Diane Rifkin and her husband, Tom, of Bloomington, and Julie Schweitzer and her husband, Mark, of Tucson, AZ grandchildren Kali Schweitzer, and Adam Schweitzer; Ruth’s children, Diane Scharmer and her husband, Jerry, of Buffalo Lake, and Terry Schmidt and his wife, Jane, of Pine River; Ruth’s grandchildren, Kari Runke and special friend, Rob Mundt, Stephanie Scharmer and special friend, James Nelson, Phillip Scharmer and wife, Linette, Anjela Ayllon and husband, Michael, and Riana Barry and husband, Sean; and Ruth’s 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ruben is further survived by sisters-in-law Bernice Kruschke of Hutchinson, and Marlene Nelson and her husband, Ray, of Litchfield; brother-in-law Len Dunaski of Roseville; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
In addition to his first wife, Evelyn, Ruben was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Magdeline Kruschke; daughter, Wendy Kruschke; brothers Vernon Kruschke and his wife, Frieda, Orland Kruschke and his wife, Mavis, and Ardin Kruschke; and sister Margaret Rehmann and her husband, Irvin.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment in the church cemetery. There was visitation at the church from 9:30 to 11 a.m., prior to the services.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie.
Memorials may be made to Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation or donor’s choice.