Ronald Gruis

Ronald Gruis


Rock Rapids, Iowa

July 10, 2019

Ronald Gruis, 75, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at his home. 

Funeral service was Saturday, July 13, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Rapids, with interment in Riverview Cemetery, Rock Rapids. 

Ronald Lee Gruis was born March 21, 1944, in Rock Rapids to Ivan and Caroline (Krull) Gruis. He was raised in Rock Rapids and received his education at a country school near Rock Rapids. In May 1964, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in April 1971. 

On March 15, 1969, he married Betty Riebeling. In his younger life, he worked as a welder at Sudenga Industries. He later drove truck and worked for McCormack Transportation and retired from Panama Trucking in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The couple moved to a farm near Rock Rapids where he would work as a hobby farmer. 

Survivors include his wife; his daughter, Pam (Lyndon) Johnson of Montrose, South Dakota; his sons, Joel (Nicole) Gruis of Colton, South Dakota, and Tim (Liz) Gruis of Hoisington, Kansas; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Pat Huisman of Rock Rapids; brothers-in-law, Glen Hoekstra and Dough Bauer, both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and several nieces, nephews and other extended family members. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Marilyn Hoekstra, Sharon Lerdal and Ardell Bauer; brother, Douglas Gruis, and two grandchildren. 

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