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|Joseph Albert Ruley
March 31, 1925–April 5, 2012
|Joseph A. Ruley, 87, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Mayflower Cemetery in Oxford Junction. He cared for and took pride in the cemetery for many years.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction, with the Rev. Greg Steckel officiating. Friends called from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday at Lahey Funeral Home in Oxford Junction, where a scripture service was held at 7:00 p.m. Burial was in Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa, with military honors by the Wapsi Unit 473 American Legion in Oxford Junction.
Joseph Albert Ruley was born on March 31, 1925 in Oxford Junction, Iowa, the son of Joseph Frank and Barbara (Maruna) Ruley.
He attended area rural schools. On January 29, 1955, he was united in marriage to Lorna Husmann in Anamosa, Iowa. They lived on the same farm their entire married life. She preceded him in death on February 6, 2012.
He farmed at Lost Nation, Monmouth and Oxford Junction all his life. He also did custom corn shelling for many years.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oxford Junction, and Wapsi Unit 473 American Legion. Since 1969, Joe and Lorna worked at the Legion sponsored dances. They also worked with Wapsi Unit 473 to establish the Avenue of the Flags at the Mayflower Cemetery and headed the project for thirteen years.
Joe is survived by his two children, Dawn (Paul) McDermott of Delmar and Mark Ruley of Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; one sister, Josephine Behne of Oxford Junction; four sisters-in-law, Eloise Ricklefs of Anamosa, Loretta (Ron) Stahlberg of Waverly, Mary Murray and Nadine Ruley of Oxford Junction; and two brothers-in-law, John (Pat) Lubben of Montezuma and Jim (Maureen) Lubben of Boston, Massachusetts.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, one son, Brad Joseph on June 24, 2003, and one brother and one sister.
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