Joseph C. Ruden, 79, of Le Mars, died Thursday, June 2, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Joseph C. Ruden was born Oct. 18, 1925, at Oyens, the son of Joseph M. and Mary (Goetzinger) Ruden. Joe grew up near Oyens until he left for service in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
He and Bonnie Kenaley were married Feb. 19, 1955, at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. They farmed until 1965, when the family moved to Le Mars. Joe was a livestock feed salesman for Walnut Grove until 1980 and continued in feed sales until his retirement in 1988.
He coached numerous Little League baseball and softball teams in Le Mars between 1970 and 1986. He participated in Classic League bowling for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Brunsville American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie; six children, Roxanne Kelly (Bob) of Des Moines, Dave Ruden (Lisa) of Le Mars, Barb Utesch (Greg) of Ames, Bridget Schumacher (Brien) of Longmont, Colo., Tim Ruden (Carol) of Ogden, Utah, and Caroline Hanson (Todd) of Brandon, S.D.; 17 grandchildren: Kris, Joe, James, and Dave Kelly; Larry, Bryan, Tracy, and Shannon Robins; Libby, Ben, and Caleb Utesch; Colin, Emma, and Sean Schumacher; Katie Ruden; and Stephanie and Leo Hanson. He is also survived by seven brothers and sisters, Ray Ruden (Lorraine) of Le Mars, Mary Ann Von Arb of Alton, Eldon Ruden (Mildred) of Le Mars, Erma Bush (Leland) of Cleghorn, Tom Ruden (Marva) of Alton, Ill., Cy Ahlers (Robert) of Le Mars, Jeannie Woll (Larry) of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters: Silvius Ruden, Harold Ruden, Walter Ruden and Florence Madsen.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Oyens. Military honors at the gravesite will be provided by the Brunsville American Legion, Heeren-McHale-Wilken Post 724. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. tody (Friday) at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m., a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m., all at the funeral home.