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Baltz Carl Ruegg -- Pine Island

PINE ISLAND -- The funeral for Baltz Carl Ruegg will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Pine Island, with the Rev. Ruth Phelps officiating. Burial will be in Pine Island Cemetery.

Mr. Ruegg, 93, of Pine Island, a retired longtime area farmer, died Tuesday (Aug. 24, 2004) at his home.

Born March 10, 1911, on a farm in Roscoe Township, Goodhue County, he attended Pine Island District 80 School and farmed in Dodge County until moving to Pine Island in the fall of 1983. On June 8, 1935, he married Ethel Cowles in Elgin. She died Aug. 10, 1994. Mr. Ruegg served on the Milton Township Board for nine years and had been a member of the Milton Grange since 1939. He was a life member of the Pine Island Odd Fellows Lodge, had been a member of Happy Home Rebekah Lodge in Pine Island since 1957 and the Rochester Eagles Lodge since 1969, and was a member and past trustee of Pine Island United Methodist Church. His interests included farming, custom farm work, buying and restoring old tractors, and music.

Survivors include three daughters, Janet (Roger) Hagen of Rochester, Karen Jean Ruegg of Pine Island and Judith (James L.) Stucky of Plainview; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, John (Leila) of Pine Island. A sister and a brother preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Mahn Family Funeral Home-Mahler Chapel in Pine Island.

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Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church, Pine Island Area Home Services or a charity of the donor's choice.

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