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Donald G. Ruh

Donald G. “Donnie” Ruh, age 71, of the Town Of Rhine, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Sharon S.  Richardson Community Hospice after a brief illness.

He was born on April 10, 1947 in Plymouth, a son to the late Otto and Hilma (Sinner) Ruh. He graduated from Elkhart Lake High School in 1965.

On September 25, 1971 Donnie married Karen Jacoby at St. Peter United Church of Christ, Town Rhine. The couple has resided in the Town of Rhine their entire married life.

Donnie worked on the family farm for several years, drove the feed truck for Badger Hatchery in Howards Grove for many years and then worked 15 years at Sargento Foods Plymouth retiring in 2012.

In his earlier years, Donnie enjoyed dancing Saturday Nights at Laacks Hall, (Schnappsville) Johnsonville. He was an avid bowler in several leagues and played dartball for St. Peter UCC. He was a member of the Howards Grove Athletic Association participating in several Silver Dollar Picnics. He also belonged to the Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Association and for many years organized the spring brat fry. In addition to being a member of EWSC he was a pit crew member for his older brother Bobby, good friend John Born and later his sons Greg and Nathan (the 3 car garage was always occupied by race cars and parts). He was a huge NASCAR fan enjoying several bus trips to various tracks, especially Bristol, his favorite. He loved hunting, fishing, liars dice at Wards and Weitzelville which included being proclaimed “Mayor of Weitzelville for the one and only Weitzelville picnic and playing sheepshead with Raeder’s and Wieser’s. He looked forward to the annual July gatherings of the “Up Nort Gang” at Squash Lake, Twin Bridge, Waubee Lake, Cresent Lake and Giles Lake. He was also a fan of all the Wisconsin Sports Teams.

Survivors include his wife: Karen of Town of Rhine; Sons: Gregory (Leah) Ruh Town of Plymouth, Nathan (Kay) Ruh of Chilton; Daughter: Kimberly (Cliffton) Annis of Glenbeulah; Grandchildren: Jared, Mavrick, Maggie, Spencer, Hunter, Parker, Selena; Step grandchildren: Bethany (Reed), Tiffany, Maddy, Matt; Step great grandchildren: Kynslie and Cambree. He is also survived by brothers: Robert (Marlene) Ruh, Thomas (Wendy) Ruh; Sister: Carolyn (Mark) Dreier; Brother in law: James (Lora) Jacoby, Robert Jacoby and many nieces, nephews and his faithful black lab Gordon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Brothers: Randall and Gary; and His in laws: Clement and Shirley Jacoby.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday evening (October 23, 2018) at 7:00 PM at Suchon Funeral Home 1317 Hwy 67 Plymouth, WI. Rev. Ted McCurdy, Pastor of St. Peter Evangelical Church will officiate. Private burial will be at St. Peter Evangelical Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3:00 PM until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Donnie’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Donnie and family.

Services Rendered by: Suchon Funeral Home

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