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Edmund "Whitey" J. Ruettgers

March 13, 1925 ~ January 20, 2020 (age 94)

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Edmund "Whitey" J. Ruettgers, 94, of Hermann, MO, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020 at Hermann Area District Hospital.

Whitey was born in Linn, Missouri on March 13, 1925, a son of the late Louis & Martha (Hoerschgen)Ruettgers.

He was the widower of Lee Ann (Aprill) Ruettgers.  They were united in marriage on May 19, 1951, in Hermann, Missouri.  To this union two children were born, Duane & Donna.  Lee Ann preceded him in death on September 20, 2016 and Donna on October 21, 1997.

Whitey proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII.  He was a member of St. George Church, Hermann, Missouri, the Hermann V.F.W. Post 4182, the New Haven American Legion Post 366, and the Disabled American Veterans #1, St. Louis.  Whitey worked for Union Electric as a lineman for many years, in the Hermann, New Haven, Linn, and Gerald areas.  He enjoyed going fishing, hunting, playing cards at the Eagle Hall, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Whitey is survived by a son, Duane Ruettgers & wife Marsha, of Owensville, Missouri; by three grandchildren, Nicholas Ruettgers & wife Mary, of Smithton, Illinois, Jenna Smith & husband Harrison, of Lake St. Louis, Missouri; and Donovan Ruettgers & wife Brittany, of Sedalia, Missouri, and his sister, Anna Mae Mehmert & husband Leonard, of Belleville, Illinois.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lee Ann,  his daughter, Donna Ruettgers, and two brothers, Leon & Albert Ruettgers.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 23rd from 4:00  to 8:00 p.m at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann, with V.F.W. services at 7:00 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at  St. George Church, Hermann, Missouri, with Rev. Msgr. Gregory Higley officiating.

Burial will be at St. George Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to St. George Church or Hermann V.F.W. Post 4182..  C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.

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January 23, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home
1221 Washington Street
Hermann, MO 65041

V.F.W. Services
January 23, 2020

7:00 PM
Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home
1221 Washington Street
Hermann, MO 65041

Funeral Mass
January 24, 2020

11:00 AM
St. George Church
128 West 4th Street
Hermann, MO 65041

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