Eugene, B. Ruhr, age 90 of Hastings, MN, formerly of Prescott, WI, passed away March 30, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Eugene was born May 11, 1927 in Miesville, MN to William and Agnes (Nilan) Ruhr. Gene graduated from Hastings High School, the Class of 1945. After High School, Gene enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country. Eugene married the love of his life, Lois Jean Kittleson on October 25, 1952. Their marriage was blessed with six children: twin daughters, Laurie and Mary, Janet, Jeanne, Bill, and Debbie. Eugene owned and operated Ruhr Mobile Home Dealership in Prescott for many years.
Most important to Eugene was his family. He and Lois provided a loving home and sweet memories, and a wonderful example of love to their children and grandchildren. He cherished his time spent with his family and enjoyed family vacations when the children were growing up. Eugene had a gracious heart, always looking out for others, and taking great care in helping others get through life’s challenges. Gene and Lois were fortunate to share many winters in Las Vegas, and they especially delighted in playing bingo and keno. Eugene appreciated the peacefulness of the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years.
Eugene will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of 65 years, Lois; children, Jan (Eddy) Wuorenma, Jeanne (Tom) Michels, Bill (Lynn) Ruhr, Deb (Dave) Dyson; 13 grandchildren: Jennifer (Rob) Johnson, Shannen (Nick) Holz, Blake (Nava) Ghalili-Wuorenma, Brian (Denise) Dodge, Chris Dodge, Breanna Dodge (fiancé Dan), Katie (Ray) Murphy, Lauren Ruhr, Meaghan Sakalos, Olivia Dyson, Brianna Dyson, Adam Dyson, and Brady Dyson; 5 great-grandchildren, Tate & Tevin Johnson, Clara Holz, Taylor & Cooper Dodge; sisters, Joan Steffenhagen and Marge Pabst; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his twin daughters, Laurie & Mary; his parents; and siblings: Marion Stoudt, Edward Ruhr, Kenneth Ruhr, Harold Ruhr, Paul Ruhr, Grace Herseth, Joseph Ruhr, and Gordon Ruhr.
A Visitation for Eugene will take place 4:00 – 7:00 PM Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 1339 Orrin Rd, Prescott, WI and 1 hour prior to Mass on Wednesday at church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 269 Dakota St. S, Prescott, WI with Fr. George Szews officiating. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery in Prescott, WI. Pallbearers assisting with the services will be: Brian Dodge, Shannen Holz, Meaghan Sakalos, Chris Dodge, Katie Murphy, Jennifer Johnson, Breanna Dodge, and Lauren Ruhr. Honorary pallbearers will be: Blake Ghalili-Wuorenma, Bob Ruhr, Kathy Herseth, Jimmy Stoudt, Laurene Raboin, and Cindy Teal, Jessica Berglund. Memorial are preferred to St. Joseph’s Building Fund.