Ruth Matzke Obituary

Ruth  Matzke
Ruth Matzke
Ruth Matzke

September 1, 1918 - December 19, 2008
Born in New VIrginia Township, Warren County, Iowa
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Ruth Matzke, 90, died Friday, December 19, 2008 at Fountain West Care Center in West Des Moines. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at Dunn's Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery.

Ruth was born Laura Ruth Read, September 1, 1918 in New Virginia Township, Warren County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Edith L. Keeney and Cassius Everett Read. She had one brother, Charles Read and three sisters: Josephine Williams, Katherine McCreery and Edith Drew. Ruth was married to Harold J. Matzke.

Ruth graduated from New Virginia High School in 1936, and spent the rest of her life in Des Moines, Iowa. She worked for Solar Aircraft during WWII and had worked at the Tax Commission and Banker's Life. She worked as a Nursing Aide at Mercy and VA Hospital. She retired from the VA Hospital.

Ruth was a member of Unity Church of Des Moines, Eastern Star, A.A. Alanon and the Rebekah/Odd Fellow organization where she served as President.

Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Ann (Larry) Edmonds of Phoenix, AZ; son, Gary Stauffer of Phoenix, AZ; step-daughter, Pat (Darrell) Belknap of West Des Moines; five grandchildren, six step grandchildren, three great grandchildren and nine step great grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, siblings and step son, Charles Matzke.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa.


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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
2:00 PM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Hospice of Central Iowa
401 Railroad Place
West Des Moines, IA 50265-4725