John Edgar Ruth, Sr.of Steelville, Missouri passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Gibbs Care Center in Steelville at the age of 85. He was born October 11, 1926 in Wheatland, Missouri to John and Myrtle Ruth. He was united in marriage to Ruby Emma Hankins who preceded him in death in 1997.
He worked at Brown Shoe in Steelville for a few years and other odd jobs throughout his life. John loved music, yodeling and enjoyed dancing or "doing a jig." In his spare time, he would tinker with lawn mowers and in his younger days would go fishing..
He is survived by two sons, Jim Ruth of Steelville, MO and John E. Ruth Jr. and wife Brenda of OK; three daughters Terry Scott of Steelville, MO, Joy Stuffelbean and husband Larry of Springfield, MO and Shirley Norton and husband Vess of OK; two step-sons Jerry Bayless and wife Sandy of Osceola, MO and Bobby Harris and wife Tonja of OK; one step-daughter Sharon Adams of Springfield, MO; one step-son-in-law Donnie Foster of MO; twenty-three grandchildren; sixty-four great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ruby Emma Ruth; step-daughter Rosetta Foster; daughter-in-law Jeannie Ruth; and sons-in-law Earl Starks and William Scott.
The Family received friends from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
A funeral service was held at 1:00 on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, MO with the Rev. Bob Coleman officiating. Special music of "I'll Fly Away", "Amazing Grace", "Daddy's Hands" and "Go Rest High" was played.
Inurnment will be at a later date in the Steelville Cemetery.
The Family was served by the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, MO.