Ruth Noftsger — Kellerton

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 8:06 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:47 a.m. CDT

Ruth Noftsger, 80, of rural Kellerton, recently of Mount Ayr, died June 16, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. The Rev. Chris Conklin will officiate. Burial will be in Decatur City Cemetery. Open visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be left at

Ruth Noftsger, daughter of Lenna (Frazier) and Morris Lemonds, was born Nov. 15, 1932, in rural Monroe County.

Ruth graduated from Leon High School in 1951.

Ruth worked through high school in Leon, and on Feb. 8, 1952, she married Gene Noftsger.

Gene and Ruth farmed in Decatur County for several years and Union County for a few more years, before moving to Ringgold County in 1960. 

By 1965, Gene and Ruth purchased their own farm. Ruth took the role of farm wife.

Ruth is survived by her children, Morris (Julie) Noftsger of Tulsa, Okla., Amy Podzimek of Cedar Rapids and John (Darla) Noftsger of Tulsa, Okla.; son-in-law Steve Trullinger of Mount Ayr; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Rose (Robin) Meacham of Susanville, Calif., Charlotte Shuey of St. Charles, Sally (Ed) Crall of Lovilia and Linda (Randy) Gatton of Leon.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Gail and brother Louis Lemonds.

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