Anthony "Tony" Ruhland, 90, of Le Mars passed away gently Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, surrounded by family, in the heart of his daughter's home in Apple Valley, Minn.
Anthony Michael Ruhland was born July 28, 1920, on the family farm south of Le Mars in Stanton Township, the son of John Michael and Elizabeth (Sitzmann) Ruhland. Tony served his country overseas during World War II with the U.S. Army. He married Doris M. "Dottie" Conley May 22, 1950, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church - Neptune, rural Hinton.
Following their marriage the couple farmed for many years south of Le Mars in Stanton Township. They moved into Le Mars in 1991.
Tony enjoyed carpentry, traveling, flying, golfing and dancing. He loved to celebrate with family and friends.
Survivors include his nine children: Deborah (Mark) Jones of Apple Valley, Minn., Ann (Kevin) Thompson of Lompoc, Calif., Becky (Lonnie) Wenzel of Kingsley, Keith (Michelle) Ruhland of Mission Viejo, Calif., Rodney Ruhland of Lake View Terrace, Calif., Tom Ruhland of Le Mars, Kati (Dave) Bak of Merrill, Tony Ruhland of Hinton, and Heidi (Mike) Roberts of Le Mars; 29 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister: Betty Meylor of Le Mars; a sister-in-law Doris Ruhland of Le Mars; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dottie, on March 21, 2008; a daughter Terri Ruhland; three brothers: Francis, Art and Ben Ruhland; and two sisters: Sr. Mary Avila Ruhland, O.S.F. and Lorene Droessler.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Kevin Richter and the Rev. Dan Greving concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery - Neptune, rural Hinton. Visitations will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, where there will be a parish rosary at 4 p.m., and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., followed by a 3rd Degree K. C. rosary. Visitation will resume Saturday morning at the church for one hour prior to the funeral.
Arrangements are with the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.