June 2, 2011

(11/15/1928 - 5/28/2011)

Ivan Lee Ruth, 82, of Memphis, Missouri, died Saturday, May 28, 2011 at his home in Memphis.

He was born November 15, 1928, at Downing, Missouri, to John Raymond and Millie Pernie Wheeler Ruth.

He attended school in Downing and was a graduate of Downing High School, Class of 1947.

He served in the United States Army.

He married Ilene Lancaster on June 1, 1949 at the Christian parsonage in Memphis. She preceded him in death on September 27, 1999. He later married Shirley June Chancellor on October 28, 2000 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

Ivan was a farmer and raised cattle and hogs. He had a passion for Ford tractors and used them throughout his farming career.

He was a member of the Memphis First Christian Church.

Left to honor his memory is his wife, Shirley; a sister, Pernie Rae Smith, of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers: Avon L. Ruth and his wife, Jeanne "Jean", of Downing, Missouri; I. G. Ruth and his wife, Maxine, of Downing; John E. Ruth and his wife, Lois, of Jefferson City, Missouri; a stepdaughter, Linda Butler, of Quincy, Illinois; a stepson, Ray Chancellor and his wife, Shirlene, of Rutledge, Missouri; a step-granddaughter, Sue Anderson and her husband, Ryan, of Memphis, Missouri; a step-grandson, John Chancellor of Rutledge, Missouri and a step great granddaughter, Kendal Anderson. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law: Eileen Johnson of Yankton, South Dakota; Harriet Randall of Vermillion, South Dakota; two brothers-in-law: Robert Johnson and his wife, Natalie, of Vermillion, South Dakota; Don Cuka of Utica, South Dakota; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at Memphis Funeral Home with Brother Larry Smith officiating. Music will be provided by Ann Luther, accompanist and Lori Fulk, vocalist. Burial will follow in the Memphis Cemetery with military honors accorded by Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post 4958. Casket bearers will be Ryan Anderson, John Chancellor, Brian Ruth, John A. Ruth, Mitch Ruth and Rita Starnes. Honorary bearers will be Danny Emil, Alan Garrett, Bobby Garrett, David Ruth and Philip Ruth.

Memorials may be made to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or Hospice of Northeast Missouri and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. Online condolences for the Ruth family may be made by logging on to mmphisfh@nemr.net.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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