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Ruben Theodore Suess

Rev. Mark Werner
Organist ~ Emily Deutscher
Congregational Hymns
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“All The Way, My Savior Leads Me”
“How Great Thou Art”
Special Music by Jodi Andretta and Chris Suess
Rick Herman
Don Herman, Jr.
Tyler Suess
Tanner Suess
Todd Weisz
Darren Weisz
Ruben Theodore Suess was born on Wednesday, May 5, 1909 on the family farm southwest of Scotland, South Dakota. He was one of 14 children born to George and Magdalena (Heihn) Suess. Ruben married Ella Jenner on March 8, 1934. They moved to Jefferson, South Dakota where they worked on a dairy farm. In 1937, they moved back to a farm southwest of Scotland that they rented from an uncle. They bought a farm northwest of Kaylor, South Dakota in 1952. Eight children were born to this union. His wife, Ella, died on April 14, 1958. In 1966, he married Katie Brandt, who died only one year later. In 1996, Ruben married Sadie Zeeb, residing in Scotland until her death in 2003. Ruben was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed farming well into his nineties and in his later years was an avid reader of western paperbacks. He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. Ruben passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland at the age of 100 years, 5 months and 15 days.
Left to mourn Ruben are four sons: Marvin (Alice) Suess of Hillsboro, Oregon, Maynard (Barbara) Suess of Kaylor, Ronald (Barbara) Suess of Scotland, and Gary (Lori) Suess of Tripp; a daughter, Marlene Herman of Freeman; a son-in-law, Leonard Weisz of Parkston; two daughters-in-law: Sue Suess of LaVista, Nebraska and Joan Suess of Forest Grove, Oregon; four stepchildren: Dennis (Pauline) Brandt of Olivet, Janet (Lawrence, Jr.) Flakus, Mark (Jane) Zeeb of Centennial, Colorado, and Doug (Audrey) Zeeb of Bridgewater; two brothers: Edmund Suess of Illinois and Alton Suess of Sioux Falls; and three sisters: Clara Schlechter of Sioux Falls, Elda Juhnke of Columbus, Nebraska, and Ella Bertrand of Scotland. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, George and Magdalena; wives Ella, Katie and Sadie; sons Melvin and Elmer “Al” Suess; daughter LaVonne Weisz; stepson Arnold Brandt; son-in-law Don Herman; brothers Hugo, Arthur, Emil, Alvin, Harold, and Loren; and sisters Martha Winckler and Esther, who died in infancy.

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Marlene and family - May God grant you peace as you grieve the loss of your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but the joy comes in knowing he is reaping his reward in Heaven. In Christian sympathy and love, Knodels - Keith, Betsy, and Shane

Keith and Betsy Knodel Oct 23 2009 8:22 PM

Dearest Marlene and family, Your father had a long and good life. Was a beautiful tribute you wrote for him and the family. He surely will be missed by all. We remember the good times singing with you and I know it was really a positive thing you needed to do to take your mind off of things going on in your life. Love goes on even when you stop breathing and you pick up where you left off when you reach Heaven.

The Interchangeables Quartet Oct 23 2009 9:08 AM

My sincere condolences to the family. He lived quite a life and I remember going to his house with Jodi for candy and visiting once in awhile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time.

Shana (Mehlhaff) Kruger Oct 23 2009 7:35 AM

Jim was honored to, in turn, honor Ruben on his 100th birthday. Through his Longevity Ruben touched so many lives. Theresa was the "Book Lady" as he called me when he phoned the house to say he needed more Louie L'Amour or Zane Grey books from the library. It was a sad day for Ruben and especially for myself when he said he could no longer see to read. Bet he is reading now in Heaven and has personally met Zane and Louie. May God comfort his family with memories of a special man.

Jim & Theresa Sedlacek Oct 22 2009 2:19 PM

Sorry to hear about your father. He has lived a long life and will be truly missed by all. Our prayers are with you and your family in this great loss.

Don & Betty Woehl Oct 22 2009 2:08 PM

To the family, Each and everyone of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. He will always be a part of you and always in your heart. Cindy

Cindy Grohs Oct 22 2009 1:51 PM

100 years---what a legacy and milestone! Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. (Ferne has to serve at Good Samaritan Center with UCC women at birthday event this afternoon). Ruben will be missed. ---Ferne and Marv Baltzer

Marvin & Ferne Baltzer Oct 22 2009 9:46 AM

Our prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. May God give you strength and comfort to endure. You`ve had so much in your life (which makes you stronger).

Mary Uhrich and Deb Johnson Oct 22 2009 9:22 AM

To the family of Ruben: Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone one of you. It's not easy to lose a parent at any age, but knowing he lived his life to the fullest will ease the pain. Just wanted you to know that you are thought of during this difficult time for you.

kim kaufman Oct 22 2009 6:41 AM

My condolences to the family on your loss. He enjoyed a full life, and I'm sure he will be playing cards with his old pals in heaven. God bless you all.

Mike Kelley Oct 21 2009 6:15 PM