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Kenneth William Ruess, 93, West Liberty
Obituaries · August 10, 2017



Kenneth William Ruess, 93, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at the Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty.

Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty. Visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in West Liberty. Additional information and online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Church, West Liberty Ambulance or Iowa City Hospice.

Kenneth was born Nov. 16, 1923, the son of Louis F. and Margaret (White) Ruess. He was a graduate of West Liberty High School in the Class of 1941. On Oct. 18, 1947, he was united in marriage to Bessie K. Shimak, she passed away May 7, 1986. He later married Mary Jane Simpson on Jan. 10, 1987. Kenny had farmed the family farm and raised Poland/China Hogs. He farmed for many years with good friend and neighbor Louie Hormel. He enjoyed playing cards, telling stories, traveling, dancing and was most proud of his children, grandchildren and bonus family. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Ruess of West Liberty; two daughters: Phyllis (Donnie) Rife of West Liberty and Karen (Mike) Parizek of Lone Tree; grandchildren: Melissa Carter, Jenn (Mike) Rife, Stacey (Eric) Alvarez, Peggy (Allan) Behrens, Jacque (Todd) Behrens, Carrie (Dan) Ronan, Brent (Amy) Parizek and John (Tara) Parizek; 11 great-grandchildren; stepchildren: Ron (Deb) Simpson, Lindsey (Deb) Simpson, Sheri Chelf, Julie (Scott) McKillip and Marc (Lisa) Simpson; 20 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren and sister Donna Rickel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Bessie; daughter and son in law: Ken and Elaine Behrens; and sister Kathaleen Whitman.

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