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Richard "Dick" Ruffridge


Wed, Jan 16th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

RICHARD “DICK” RUFFRIDGE, age 89, of Mabel, died Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel from complications of Multiple Myeloma.

Dick was born April 17, 1923 in Locust, Iowa to Theobald and Violette (Stoskopf) Ruffridge. He was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Locust and confirmed at the Mabel First Lutheran Church where he has been a member since. He attended the Mabel High School. As a young man he worked for area farmers and at the age of 21 was injured in a corn picker accident, losing one of his hands. On April 17, 1948 he was married to Delores Peterson in Mabel. They lived in Mabel and Dick started his truck driving career picking up milk. Over the years he drove for Bill Welch, had his own “Ruffridge Trucking” business, drove for Thompson Grain, and lastly hauling grain for Jim Horihan.

He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, a Life Member of the Lions Club, an original member of the Mabel Sportsman’s Club, and the Hesper-Mabel Area Historical Society, and he served several years on the Mabel Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed John Wayne movies, horses, bowling, fishing, hunting, building bird houses, gardening, and playing cards. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and a friend to all that knew him.

Dick is survived by his wife Delores of Mabel; two daughters Maureen (Gary) Arneson of Mabel, and Kelly of Dallas, Texas; three sons Kerry of Riceford, Minnesota, Brent (Jill) of Monona, Wisconsin, and Kirk (Veronica) of Bentonville, Arkansas; ten grandchildren Andy and Kelsey Ruffridge, Abby and Molly Ruffridge, Victoria and Denton Ruffridge, Kimberly Blaess, Todd Horgen, and Jason and Spencer Ruffridge; four great grandchildren Cole Horgen, Tate and Ty Horgen, and Samantha Seekes; great great granddaughter Addison Seekes; and two sister-in-laws Dorene (Odell) Lee of Mabel and Delone Loftsgaarden. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Randy; and four half-brothers Floyd, Earl, Harold, and Lester.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Friday, January 18, 2013 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Gail George officiating. Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Thursday, January 17at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.









Orlie Brenno

Tue, Jan 8th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

ORLIE BRENNO, age 93, of Mabel, Minnesota died Sunday, January 6, 2013 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Orlie was born December 11, 1919 in Lanesboro, Minnesota to Ole and Verna (Selbach) Blagsvedt. She graduated from the Canton ..... 
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The “WELCH GIRLS”

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Arts & Culture

The “WELCH GIRLS” donated this quilt to the Mabel Lions Cancer Telethon to be auctioned off on January 12. The sister, Jann, made the quilt. It is donated in Memory of their Mother, Harriet Welch. Pictured left to right: Jackie, LeAnn, Jann, Beck ..... 
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Charlotte Cleone Corson

Mon, Dec 31st, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Charlotte Cleone Corson, 88, of Hesper, Iowa, passed away on December 27, 2012. Charlotte was born on August 11, 1924, in Winneshiek County to Clarence A. and Amy Rosalia Betts Clink. Charlotte attended rural schools in Winneshiek County and graduat ..... 
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Carol Jean Woxland

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Carol Jean Woxland, age 59, of Mabel, Minnesota died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at her home. Carol was born October 17, 1953 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Paul and Irene (Johnson) Harris. She attended Rushford High School. On August 14, 1972, she ..... 
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Carol Jean Woxland

Mon, Dec 17th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

CAROL JEAN WOXLAND, age 59, of Mabel, Minnesota died Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at her home. Carol was born October 17, 1953 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Paul and Irene (Johnson) Harris. She attended Rushford High School. On August 14, 1972 she ..... 
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Mary Jane McCabe

Tue, Dec 4th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

MARY JANE McCABE, age 88, of Mabel, Minnesota died unexpectedly Monday, December 3, 2012. Mary Jane was born May 9, 1924 in Ridgeway, Iowa to Thomas and Elizabeth (McCormick) McConnell. She attended country school and then Cresco High School. ..... 
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Paul J. Kreter

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Paul J. Kreter Paul J. Kreter, 92, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012, at his home. Paul was born November 3, 1920, in Rochester to Emil and Mabel (Matson) Kreter. Paul was a graduate of Rochester High School. On October 12, 1946, Paul marri ..... 
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Roy M. Fitch

Mon, Nov 19th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

ROY M. FITCH, age 90, World War II veteran, from Mabel, Minnesota, died Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. No services are planned. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Hospice. Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel handl ..... 
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