George William Ruth, 96, of Greenwood, Missouri, was born Saturday, December 6, 1913 in Bauer, Iowa, the son of William C. and Gertrude G. (Ohnemus) Ruth. He departed this life at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
On June 18, 1938, George was united in marriage to Mary Margaret Groll in Kansas City, Missouri. She preceded him in death on July 23, 1991.
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor he was sent to Hawaii as a civilian naval employee where he helped construct and install a radar tower on the side of a volcano on the island of Oahu. On his return he went to work for Pratt and Whitney as vertical lathe operator, later he went to work for Bendix & Westinghouse, then to Chevrolet as a portable tool repairman. He was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother Carl H. Ruth and a sister Mary G. Whitte.
He is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws Lance and Linda Ruth, and William and Patty Ruth, all of Greenwood; 10 Grandchildren; 15 Great Grandchildren; a sister Betty J. Williams of Malakoff, Texas; other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill. Monsignor Robert Murphy and Deacon Gary Kappler officiated. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brad Gampper, David Ruth, Joshua Ruth, Danny Ware, Bill Williams, and Chris Williams.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Bridget Catholic Church building fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.