Ruby (Mrs. Glen) Ritterbusch
Ruby (Mrs. Glen) Ritterbusch, age 95, who most recently resided in Pierre, SD, passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Sheridan, WY.
Ruby Ritterbusch was born on May 10, 1919 to John D and Hazel Nesbit Kleinjan near Sinai, South Dakota. Ruby graduated from Volga high school in 1937. She attended Yankton College and earned an associate degree and teaching certificate in 1939. She taught school three years at Elgin and Spencer, Nebraska.
On December 26, 1941 Ruby was united in marriage to Glen Ritterbusch. After Glen’s discharge from the armed services in 1947 Ruby and Glen made their home in Sioux Falls and then in Mitchell until 1967. Later they lived in South Sioux City, NE, Casper, WY, and Libby, MT before moving to Pierre, SD in November 1979.
In Mitchell they were charter members of Conservative Baptist church, now called Northridge Baptist, and then in later years became charter members of the Community Bible Church in Pierre, SD. Glen and Ruby celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1991.
At age 53 Ruby earned a nursing degree at Casper, WY, became a registered nurse and worked 12 years in hospitals in Casper, Libby, MT and Pierre, SD. She served as church pianist, organist and Sunday school teacher. She was a 20 year member of home extension clubs, active in the VFW auxiliary, and was a 4-H leader and active in PTA while living in Mitchell and South Sioux City, NE. She loved to plant and tend a garden. She was an avid reader and had a keen interest in world affairs.
Ruby is survived by three daughters and a son: Ruth (Glen) Rosenberger, Sellersville, PA; Mary (Dick) Schmidt, Punta Gorda, FL; Lois (Wesley) Tschetter, Brookings, SD; and John (Penny) Ritterbusch, Sheridan, WY; eleven grandchildren: Dawn Rosenberger (Andy) Dant; Lisa Rosenberger (Colin) Tuggle; Cara Rosenberger (Fred) Krikory , Murray (Shelly) Pickard, Laura Pickard (Piper) Carter, Nicole Ritterbusch (Cayce) Gates, Paul (Krista) Tschetter, Jane Tschetter (Chris) Lucas, Emily Tschetter (Ryan) Willett, Grant Ritterbusch and Reed Ritterbusch, and nine great grandchildren. Other survivors include brother Eugene (Lois) Kleinjan, brother-in-law Earl Sapp, and sisters-in-law: Adriana Kleinjan, Lavina Mannerud, and Amy Crow.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Glen, her son David, daughter-in-law Barbara Ritterbusch; brothers Lester and Wilbur, and sisters Mildred Sapp and Marie Anderson.
Memorial services will be held at the Community Bible Church in Pierre at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014, with the family present at the church from 12 o’clock. A committal service will be at the Lake Preston Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 25.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Community Bible Church in Pierre, or Gideons International at www.gideons.org.