Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


September 19, 2013

Ruth Gutknecht

Memorial services for Ruth Gutknecht, of Pleasantville, were held on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at the Mason Funeral Home with Danielle Bertrand, Celebrant. Burial of the urn followed in the Pleasantville Cemetery. Musical selection of “My Way” – Frank Sinatra, “Fields of Gold” – Eva Cassidy and “We Will Meet Again” – Vera Lynn, were shared. Honorary casket bearers included David Demaderios, Josh Robuck , Trenton Gutknecht, Cassidy Demaderios, Samantha Demaderios, Paeton Robuck, Butch Smith, Dick Mesecher and Dan Robertson.

Ruth Marie Gutknecht was born on Dec. 28, 1923, in Spencer, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence Loomer and Maude (Gillespie) Loomer.

Following graduation from Spencer High School, Ruth went on to Simpson College where she graduated with her teaching degree and with a minor in Russian. She taught in Centerville first and then at the Knoxville Junior High where she remained for 20 years before retiring. Ruth loved teaching especially drama. She was united in marriage to Harold “Slim” Gutknecht on March 6, 1944, in Atlanta, Ga., at the Love Air Field. While Slim was in the war, Ruth worked at a corsair factory in Connecticut.

Ruth was active in the community as a Girl Scout Leader for many years and a member of the Lions and Ladies Auxiliary. She was on the city council and served as Mayor of Pleasantville at one time. Ruth loved playing the organ, woodworking with Slim and reading. She got her pilot’s license in 1952 and enjoyed flying. She was involved with Slim’s racing, doing all the lettering on the cars and keeping stats at the races.

She passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at West Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center at the age of 89 years.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold “Slim”; brothers, Robert and James Loomer; sister, Gertrude Bayles and her son’s fiancée, Teresa Wilson.

Survivors include her son, Harold of Pleasantville; granddaughters, Lara (David) Demaderios of Knoxville, Molly (Josh) Robuck of Pleasantville; great-grandchildren: Trenton Gutknecht, Cassidy and Samantha Demaderios, Paeton Robuck; and her sister, Mildred Wensel of Apache Junction, Ariz.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may made to the Pleasantville Fireworks Fund. Online condolences may be left at

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