Mr. Orville Vincent Ruether, of Warrenton, passed away on Thursday, July 20, at the age of 89 surrounded by his loving family.
Orville was born in Marthasville, on July 29, 1933, to the late Albert and Frieda Ruether (nee: Grumpke). He graduated from "Dutzow Tech" at St. Vincent's Parish in Dutzow, in 1947 and was united in marriage to Delores Roesner on June 25, 1955, in Augusta; they recently celebrated their 68th anniversary. Orville and Delores had four daughters - Donna Cameron (Steve), Diane Ruether, Janice Ruether and Kim Tarlas (George). They have five grandchildren - James Daly IV (Vanessa), Russell Daly (Lauren), Cecilia Tarlas, Kyra Tarlas and Alex Tarlas; and eight great-grandchildren - Brendan, Kaela, Ashlyn, Max, Mitchell, Bella, Charlie and Connor Daly. Orville is survived by his siblings Marcella Mayer, Vincent Ruether (Jane), Arlene Roehrig, Albert Ruether Jr. (Jo Ann) and numerous nephews, nieces, neighbors and friends. Orville is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Sr., and Frieda Ruether, two children Diane and Janice Ruether, sibling Frederick and wife Dorothy Ruether, brothers-in-law, Cletus Mayer and Anthony Roehrig and son-in-law Steve Cameron.
Orville was a lineman for Missouri Edison (Union Electric) for 41 years before retiring in 1996. He enjoyed his retirement immensely; camping, crappie fishing, and spending many winters in Florida with friends old and new and his brothers and their wives. Spending time with his family is what meant the most to Orville as he was a devoted Christian, faithful husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many.
Orville was proud to serve our country during the Korean War as an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper in the U.S. Army. Along with his brother Vincent, Orville recently enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. on the 98th Greater St. Louis Honor Flight. He was involved in many organizations and loved to serve his community. For over 40 years Orville was an active member of the Marthasville American Legion Post 180 and the Warrenton Elks Lodge Post 2662. He was a lifetime member of both the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2341, where he was the longest-standing member and the Hummingbird Club of Washington. Orville was a devoted Catholic and a dedicated servant of the community of Holy Rosary Parish since 1956. He additionally spent the last 27 years delivering Meals on Wheels for the Warren County Senior Center with his wife, Delores.
A visitation for Orville was held on Monday, July 24, at Martin Funeral Home. A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, July 25, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Warrenton. A burial followed at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations are appreciated to the Holy Rosary Catholic School or Masses to the church, c/o Martin Funeral Home.