Rue, Harland K.
MOUNT HOREB - Harland Kenneth Rue, age 96, of Mount Horeb, died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. JoAnn, his loving wife of 72 years, was at his side.
Harland Rue was born Dec. 17, 1924, to Norwegian immigrants, Halvor and Minnie (Nelson) Rue, in the township of Arena. Harland married JoAnn Marie Oimoen on Easter Sunday night on March 28, 1948, at Barneveld Lutheran Church.
Harland and JoAnn began farming on land that was homesteaded in 1851 by JoAnn's family. As a lifelong member of Barneveld Lutheran Church, Harland developed an amazing understanding of the Bible by participating in the Bethel Series training.
Harland took great pride in serving on various community boards, including Barneveld Lutheran Church, Town of Brigham, Associated Milk Producers (AMPI), Barneveld State Bank, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and Homestead Cooperative of Mount Horeb.
After retiring from farming, Harland and JoAnn moved to the Homestead Cooperative in Mount Horeb where they developed valued friendships with new neighbors and hosted many happy gatherings with siblings, nieces, nephews, family and friends. He loved his grandchildren, and traveled across the state to attend their celebrations, concerts and sporting events. The fruits of Harland's magical candy bar tree were a joy to children of all ages.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn; their children, Kathy (Gary) Anderson of Franksville, Ken (Theresa) Rue of Barneveld, Tom (Dawn) Rue of Tomah, and Pam (Paul) Neumann of Madison; and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is further survived by a sister, Beulah Uren of Mount Horeb. He is also survived by several very special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and JoAnn's parents (Otto and Esther Oimoen) and other family members including Henry, killed in World War II; Alice (Kermit) Carden; Mabel (Wallace) Knudson; Helen (Alton) Knudson; Marvin (Betty) Rue; Lawrence "Shorty" Uren; and Gerald (Jane) Oimoen.
Due to COVID concerns, a private funeral service for immediate family will be held. Family and friends who wish to view the service via LIVE STREAM may visit Harland's obituary page at www.gundersonfh.com and click on the Live Webcast link at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. Burial will be at West Blue Mounds Cemetery.
Harland's family wishes to thank Ingleside Communities in Mount Horeb and the SSM Health Hospice program both for their kind and compassionate care for Harland.
The family requests memorials to be made to Barneveld Lutheran Church or Ingleside Communities. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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