Irvin Ruba, 90, of Remsen, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at Orange City Area Health System in Orange City.
Irvin Ruba was born Dec. 3, 1913, at rural Remsen, the son of Nicholas and Catherine (Loutsch) Ruba. Irvin was raised in the Remsen area and received his education in both the rural school system and St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. He was then engaged in farming in the Remsen area.
On Nov. 27, 1941, he married Ethel Hansen at Remsen. They farmed in the Remsen area until they retired and moved into town in March 1983. He had been a resident of the Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen since July 22, 2002. Ethel died Dec. 29, 2002.
He was a member of Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. His life was farming and he enjoyed playing cards.
Survivors include three sons, Ronald and his wife Ruth, Jerome and his wife Lynne and Richard, all of Remsen; five daughters and their husbands, Mary Ellen and Jim Wurth, Karen and Jim Krier, Rose and Ron Krier, all of Remsen, Linda Kay and David Zweifel of Beresford, S.D., Marilyn and Mark Boyle of Danbury; 23 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Harold, Msgr. Nicholas J., Melvin and his wife Agnes, James and his wife Dorothy, all of Remsen; and one sister, Doris and her husband Robert Seuntjens of Kingsley, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Rose Mary and her husband Joseph Roder; and one brother, Roman Ruba.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with Msgr. Nicholas J. Ruba, the Rev. Terry Roder, the Rev. William McCarthy and the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen.
Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen where there will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m.
Casketbearers will be Tom, Krier, Dan Krier, Steve Krier, Bill Ruba, Tony Wurth and Gregory Zweifel. Members of the Knights of Columbus served as honorary bearers.