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Edward Wm. Ruhr, 90

Edward Wm. Ruhr of Hastings, formerly of Rochester, Inver Grove Heights, Rice Lake, Wis., and Miesville, Minn., died July 1, 2009.

He was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Miesville to William and Agnes (Nilan) Ruhr, the third oldest of 11 children. He helped his parents on their farm and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 during WWII. Edward was injured in 1943 in the South Pacific and was returned to the Naval Hospital in Vallejo, Calif., where he married his long-time girlfriend, Mildred (Rosenberger) from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. After discharge from the Marine Corps, he graduated from Rasmussen Business College in 1946 and went to work for the U.S. Treasury Department as an auditor for 25 years. After retirement, he and his wife did part-time income tax preparation in Rice Lake, Wis., and Sun City, Ariz. They also bought and sold a few farms and built and sold houses. They lived in many cities, moved around a lot, had no children of their own, but enjoyed the company of their many nieces and nephews, as well as neighbors' children over the years, taking them fishing, hunting, to State Fairs, coin shows and on trips. Eleven years were spent in Rochester, Minn., before they moved back to Hastings in August 2008 to be nearer to relatives.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Harold, Joseph, Paul, Kenneth and Gordon Ruhr; and two sisters, Marian Stoudt and Grace Herseth.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred; brother, Eugene Ruhr of Prescott, Wis.; sisters, Joan Steffenhagen of Overland Park, Kansas, and Margie (Roland) Pabst of Hastings; plus many nieces and nephews.

The funeral mass, with the Rev. Allan Eilen officiating, was held July 7, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hastings. Interment with military honors provided by the Hastings V.F.W. Lyle Russell Post 1210 followed in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Inver Grove Heights. Pallbearers were Nathan Hermanson, Thomas Ingebrigtsen, Richard Ruhr, Timothy Reil, Reese Chezick Sr. and Bill Ruhr.

Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings,