LAWRENCE J. “LARRY” RUETH, age 78, of Loyal, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center, in Marshfield, on Friday, October 19, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal, with Rev. Leo Stanislaus officiating. Burial will be held in the Loyal City Cemetery at a later date. Pallbearers will be his 10 grandchildren: Kyle, Zach, Stetson, Mason, Kahri, Karissa, Karsyn, Noah, Lydia, and Joshua. Visitation will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm, and again at the church, on Wednesday, from 10am until time of service.
Lawrence Joseph Rueth was born on June 22, 1940 in Marshfield, WI, to Franklin R. and Agnes R. (Brzezinski) Rueth. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in Loyal. After high school, he married the love of his life, Joyce “mumma” Pieper. During this time, Larry worked on his farm and began working at North Star Dairy hauling milk, which he did for 20 years. He also held various other jobs, including, working at Wangen Farms, hauling gravel for Junior Weyer, and worked at Casey’s Implement. After leaving North Star Dairy, Larry went to work for Stewart’s Redville Dairy, in Greenwood, and then to work at Smith Feeds, in Loyal. He drove bulk truck for Smith Feeds/Vita Plus for many years before retiring.
Before and after retiring, Larry had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends, attending his grandchildren’s ball games, going to Country Fest with Joyce, Polka music, his classic Mustang, snowmobiling, riding his moped, camping, playing cards, collecting Allis Chalmers toy tractors, riding lawn mowers, the Brewers, Packers, Badgers and Bucks, going for drives, playing softball, working on the pit crew for his brothers Terry and Paul, tinkering in the garage, and being early to church.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Loyal Snow Angels Snowmobile Club.
He will be dearly missed by his children: Mark (Nicole) of Marshfield, Mike (Lisa) of Loyal, Missy (Tim) Froeba of Loyal; 10 grandchildren: Kyle (Katie), Zach (Adrianna), Stetson (Melissa), Mason, Kahri, Karissa, Karsyn, Noah, Lydia, and Joshua; one great-grandchild: Luna; his special friend Alda Noah of Loyal; 2 brothers: Ronald “Butch” (Sharon) of Loyal, Terrence “Terry” (Deb) of Loyal; 2 sisters: Kathy Rueth of Spencer, Victoria “Vicki” (Jack) Kadolph of Loyal; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce, on July 15, 1996, one sister: Margie Rueth; and 3 brothers: John, Paul and Richard Rueth.