DELPHOS - Frederick A. Ruen, 78, of Delphos, died at 10:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.
He was born Feb. 24, 1935, in Ottoville, to Aloysius and Loretta (Hilvers) Ruen. He married Anna R. Youngpeter on Oct. 6, 1962, who survives.
Also surviving are their children, Douglas Ruen of Venedocia; Lenore (Frederick) Colhoun of Johnson City, Tenn.; Monica (Howard) Waidley of Dexter, Mich.; and Kathleen Haines and Elizabeth (Scott) Wurst, both of Delphos; grandchildren, Rachel (Bryan) Sipe, Laura (Josh) Lyle, Logan, Raegan, and Morgan Haines; Victoria, Danielle, and Johnathon Waidley; Emma, Eli, and August Wurst; and Erin and Alyssa Colhoun; great-grandchildren, Payten and Jaymee Lyle and Baby Sipe who is on the way; siblings, Paul (Joan) Ruen, Joe (Dorothy) Ruen, and Roger (Diane) Ruen all of Ottoville, Mary (Paul) Honigford of Coldwater, Catherine (Mel) Heitz of Landeck, Irene Bullard of St. Louis, Mo., and Millie Ruen, and Marilyn (Dale) Calvelage, both of Ottoville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter-in-law, Janet Plikerd Ruen.
Mr. Ruen retired from Aeroquip. After his retirement he went to work at Tool-co Inc. for six years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Delphos; a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council #1362, Delphos; AMVETS Post 0698, Middle Point; The Board of the Delphos Canal Commission; The Citizens For Delphos Committee; and the founder of Delphos Project Recycle. In 1997 he was honored as the first Tri-County Man of the Year. He was also a member of the Putnam County Historical Society; the Farm Bureau; and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he served as a greeter and Eucharist Minister. He was a 17-gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross and a 1953 graduate of Ottoville High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Germany from 1958 to 1959.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Fr. Mel Verhoff officiating. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, where the Delphos Veterans Council conducted military graveside rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delphos Canal Commission, St. John's Parish Foundation, or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center or the charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Siferd-Orians Funeral Home.