Ruth Marie (Rasmussen) Olsen (1930 - 2017)

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Funeral services for Ruth M. Olsen, 87, were conducted by Pastor Kathy Kluis on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. Interment was in the Exira Cemetery in Exira. The honorary casket bearers were her granddaughters Kristie Bruun, Tara Hansen, Heather Griffith, Steph Umland, Rachel Tjaden, Megan Veldhuizen, and Amy McLaughlin. The casket bearers were her grandsons Chris Bylund, Matt McLaughlin, Cody Olsen, Troy Bruun, Andy Griffith, Dustin Durbin, Jerad Tjaden, and Dustin Veldhuizen.
Ruth Marie Olsen, the daughter of Einer C. and Clara (Gregersen) Rasmussen, was born Nov. 26, 1930, at her parents' home in Exira, and died Dec. 21, 2017, at the Exira Care Center in Exira, at the age of 87 years and 25 days.
Ruth was baptized and confirmed at the Exira Lutheran Church in Exira. She attended rural Audubon County schools and graduated from the Exira High School with the Class of 1949.
On Nov. 20, 1949, she was united in marriage to Lester Olsen at the Exira Lutheran Church in Exira. They were blessed with five children Frank, Patty, Steve, Reginald, and Mary. They owned and operated a farm northeast of Audubon, where they grew row crops and raised livestock. Ruth was a very hard worker and helped Lester farm, doing chores and working outside. Later and along with farming they owned and operated the Southside Lounge in Dedham. In 1992 Ruth moved into Audubon. She was employed at various jobs over the years including Food Pride, Casey's, and was a dishwasher at the Audubon Community Schools. Ruth loved working with the public and was disappointed when she had to retire due to her advanced years.
Ruth's faith was very important to her as she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Audubon. She had many years of perfect attendance and could be found in the same pew every Sunday morning. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, and entertaining her friends. Ruth also loved to travel and enjoyed many bus trips to Branson, Mo. and her cruise to Alaska.
Preceding her in death was her parents; her infant son Reginald; her great-granddaughter Kate Griffith; and her special friend Ben Klocke.
Survivors include her children Frank and wife Carol Olsen, Patty and husband Gary Umland, all of Audubon, Steve and wife Sherri Olsen of Ashland, Neb., and Mary and husband Tom Grote of Audubon; her ten grandchildren Kristie and husband Troy Bruun of Wichita, Kan., Tara Hansen, Heather and husband Andy Griffith, and Chris Bylund all of Audubon, Steph Umland of Council Bluffs, Dustin Durbin and partner Billy Halverson of LaVista, Neb., Rachel and husband Jerad Tjaden of Waukee, Cody Olsen of Ashland, Neb., Megan and husband Dustin Veldhuizen of Oskaloosa, and Matt and wife Amy McLaughlin of Audubon; her 14 great-grandchildren Kaley, Maddie, and Ellie Bruun, Abbie Ericksen, Grady Hansen, Alex Merk, Emma, Brenna and Aiden Griffith, Devin Tjaden, Carter Krohn, Holden, Madden, and Peyton Veldhuizen; her brother Roger and wife Carol Rasmussen of Sidney; her sister-in-law Lowene Christensen of Carroll; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
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Kessler Funeral Home
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Audubon, IA 50025
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19, 2018