Eugene J. St. Ruth, age 82 of Baldwin, died Sunday, July 6, 2014 at his home in Baldwin.
Eugene Joseph St. Ruth was born on April 29, 1932, to George and Theresa (Gernhardt) St. Ruth, in Miami, FL. He was raised in New Jersey. On July 3, 1951, Eugene was united in marriage to Clara B. Cox in Evansville, Indiana. This union was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Joanne.
Eugene joined the U.S. the Army at age 19, and fought in the Korean War. During the war, He was injured by shrapnel, but returned to service once his wounds healed. Eugene was honorably discharged from the Army and then decided to join the U.S. Air Force. After completing his military service, Eugene attended the Tennessee Temple Bible Institute, in Chattanooga, Tennessee were he became an Ordained Baptist Minister. As a pastor, his unique life experiences allowed him to keep his sermons dynamic and attention getting. Eugene was also a skilled mechanic and he broke horses. He enjoyed collecting and maintaining his firearms and loved target shooting.
Eugene is survived by his wife of 63 years, Clara; daughter, Joanne (Tom) Mueller; grandchildren, Talitha (Milt) Moen and Tom E. (Becky) Mueller; eight great-grandchildren, David, Nathan, Bennet, Cody, Jordan, Tyler, Tristen and Logan; one great-great-grandson, Owen; and other relatives and friends including his special buddies at Gregerson Ace Hardware.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Audrey.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at the New Life in Christ Church, 1080 7th Ave., Baldwin, with military honors immediately following the service. Memorials are preferred. Services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, WI and the Countryside Crematory, (715) 684-3434