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Milton William John Ruhter

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Service Details


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Time: 2:00-5:00 P.M.

Worlein Funeral Home
Austin, Minnesota

*And 1 hour prior to the service at the church


Monday, September 17, 2018

Time: 11:00 A.M.

St. Michael's Lutheran Church
Waltham, Minnesota


St. Michael's Lutheran Cemetery



Milton W. J. Ruhter, age 96 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.  Milton William John Ruhter was born October 5, 1921 in the Waltham Township, Mower County, Minnesota, the son of Henry and Magdalena (Prochnow) Ruhter.  He was baptized by Reverend R.C. Milius and confirmed by Reverend W.M. Plantz both at St. Michaels Lutheran Church.  He attended country school in District 93. He was drafted in to the military service in September of 1942 and was discharged in 1945. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. On May 14, 1950, Milton married Lois Tabbert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart.  Their union was blessed with five children.  Milton was a manager of the Commander Elevator in Waltham for 10 years before it burned down after which the Ruhter’s moved to Stewart where Milton then worked at the feed mill and the hatchery.  In 1957, Lois and her husband moved back to Milton’s home farm in Brownsdale, where he farmed for 30 years. During that time he also drove school bus.  In October of 2015, the couple moved to Primrose in Austin.  Milton enjoyed telling stories, playing cards, Bingo day trips and word search puzzles. He was loyal to John Deere Tractors. He was a member of Hayfield American Legion, Austin VFW and St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. In June 2011 he took the Honor Flight. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his children, Carol (David) Hutchinson of Spring Grove, Minnesota, Douglas (Barb) Ruhter of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, Burton (Mary Ann) Ruhter of Brownsdale, Minnesota, Audrey Thorpe of Austin, Minnesota, and Melissa (Steve) Nicholas of South Range, Michigan; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Orline Peterson of Hayfield, Minnesota; brother Chasper Ruhter of Sebring, Florida; sister-in-law, Adell Ruhter of Black River Falls, Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Milton was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Magdalena Ruhter, his wife, Lois Ruhter in 2018, his granddaughter, Brittany Nicholas, brothers, Lester Ruhter, Gerhardt Ruhter, and Joe Ruhter, sister-in-law, Delores Ruhter and brother-in-law, Eldred Peterson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Waltham with Pastor Dwight DoBell officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church or recipient of donor’s choice. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. 

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