JERSEYVILLE — Robert Lee Ruland, 73, passed away in his sleep early Saturday, May 10, 2014, in his bed with his wife and beloved dogs Dixie, The Beagle and Aerial near him.
He was born on Dec. 17, 1940, in Strum, Wis., son of Paul and Rosalie (Senn) Ruland, now deceased.
He married Carolyn J. Peterson on April 13, 1962, in Eau Claire, Wis.
He was lifelong member of NRA. He graduated from University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and geography. He worked for a number of years with ACIC in St. Louis as a cartographer with Dept. of Defense. He was seen all around Jerseyville, walking those dogs miles and miles a day in rain or shine.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Carolyn J. Ruland, are children, Kristine Kay Cunningham (Steve), Kelly Rochelle Turner (Kurt Chamberlin), Dr. Kevin Scott Ruland and his wife, (Dr. Sandy Beverly); grandchildren, Stephen, Cpl. Michael (Venisse) and Scott Turner, Margaret Rose and Anna Cunningham, Simon and David "Max" Ruland; great-grandchild, Mason Turner; sister, Georgine Herbert.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Marvin, Marion and Jane.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday May 14. Pastor Tim Weihrauch will officiate. Burial will be at Elsah Cemetery.
Memorials may be to TreeHouse Wildlife Center, 23956 Green Acres Road Dow, IL. 62022, where he volunteered for three years.
Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.