Bob Dean Ruth was born June 23, 1931, at Portsmouth, OH, to Vernon and Ruth (Carter) Ruth. He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1949. He attended Cedarville University, in Cedarville, OH, for one year, and then served in the US Navy from 1951 until 1955. He served as a hospital corpsman, stationed in Bainbridge, MD, Portsmouth, VA, Coronado, CA, Japan and Alaska. His last two years of service was with the Amphibious Construction Battalion One in California and Japan. On May 14, 1951, he married Phyllis Ann Roe at Cattlettsburg, KY. He received his BA Degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY, and his Masters Degree from the University of Cincinnati. He also attended Ohio State University. From 1955 until 1968, he was a teacher, principal, coach and counselor at Georgetown, OH and from 1968 until 1972, he was the Dean of Students at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD. He was the Superintendent of Schools at Ethan, SD from 1972, until his retirement in 1991. He then was a teacher at the Mitchell Christian School. He was also a basketball official for many years.
He was a member of the Mitchell Wesleyan Church, Gideon International, the American Legion, VFW, South Dakota School Administrators Association and the Mitchell Area Retired Teachers Association.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis, four children: Peggy Weeks and husband Waite of Bristol, ME; Debbie Bell and husband Tom of Alexandria, SD; Cindy Schneider and husband Dan of Mitchell, SD; Michael Ruth of Miller, SD; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
entry posted by Donna Roehm Dillow on 04-19-2013
Mr. Ruth was my favorite teacher. He helped guide me through four years of High School, and helped to advise me when I got my first job in Washington, D. C. What a sad day. Prayers to his family.
entry posted by Rev. and Mrs. Stanley W. Roe on 04-18-2013
Enjoyed great times with your family when we were kids. We will miss Bob, our loss and heaven's gain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Phyllis and your family. Lots of Agape love. Stan, Sherry, Bobby and Jennifer
entry posted by Vivian Lynch, Kerrville, TX on 04-18-2013
Sorry to hear of Bob's Passing. My prays and thoughts are with you and your family. He will be missed.
entry posted by Debbie Ferris Pfeffer on 04-17-2013
II enjoyed having Mr. Ruth as our principal at Georgetown. He was so much help to me in my senior year as class president, giving me advice. I know he will be missed. Praying for you and your family.
entry posted by Becky Asche Palugyay on 04-17-2013
So sorry to hear of this news. Our family has wonderful memories of the Ruth family. Sending prayers of comfort during this difficult time.
entry posted by LUCKY AND MARILYN JOHNSON on 04-17-2013
WE GRADUATED FROM GEORGETOWN IN 1967. WE WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT MR. RUTH WAS LOVED, RESPECTED AND APPRECIATED. HE PROVIDED INSPIRATION TO COUNTLESS STUDENTS. WHAT A TREMENDOUS ROLE MODEL! WE PRAY LOVING MEMORIES OF MR. RUTH WILL COMFORT YOU DURING THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME.---GODSPEED MR.RUTH---REST IN HEAVENLY PEACE.
entry posted by Kelley and Trevor Haaland and family on 04-17-2013
Mike, sorry for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
entry posted by Connie Ferris Parrish on 04-17-2013
Peggy,I am so sorry to hear of your loss,keeping you in my prayers.
entry posted by Melody Thackston on 04-16-2013
So sorry in the lost of your husband,father,grandfather and great grandfather.... He was a good person and a very good teacher.. He will be sadly missed.....
entry posted by Charles and Holly Seibert on 04-16-2013
We will miss all the good times we had visiting him. May God Bless and Keep You and Your Family.
entry posted by Wayne Mueller on 04-16-2013
Bob Ruth was an example to me of a life-long learner. Not only was he learned in the educational world, he also continued learning in the spiritual/religious world. He valued the Word of God. Bob was a good friend who possessed a confident but jovial inner spirit. He was a devoted and committed husband to Phyllis as well.
entry posted by Rita Geschwind Planck on 04-16-2013
So sorry to hear of your lost , Your Father was a great person and Teacher .
entry posted by Cheryl Malott Baker Kramer on 04-16-2013
Mr. Ruth was my first male teacher . I was was terrified of him.He became one of my favorite teachers and a good friend. I babysat his girls. He wanted a boy but was so happy when Cindy was born. He wrote her a poem. I enjoyed his friendship and encouragement. What a nice human being. Prayers to his family. I know he'll be missed.
entry posted by Jennie Goslin Cahall on 04-16-2013
Peggy - so very sorry to hear of your loss, I will be keeping your entire family in my thoughts and prayers during the difficult days ahead.
entry posted by Sharold Bowman on 04-16-2013
Peggy, My thoughts are with you.
entry posted by Becky Miller Hale on 04-16-2013
I was so sorry to hear about Dean Ruth's passing....he will always be Dean Ruth to me from my Dakota Wesleyan Days.
entry posted by Carol Butz Myslivecek on 04-16-2013
Thinking of you. My prayers for your family.
entry posted by Susan Ball on 04-16-2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peace and love to you.
entry posted by Lori Bell Anderson on 04-16-2013
Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Keeping you all in our prayers.
entry posted by Melissa Roe on 04-15-2013
Many wonderful memories. Love you all.
entry posted by Margaret Roe on 04-15-2013
Love and prayers.
entry posted by Steve and Cecilia Meyers on 04-15-2013
Remembering the good visits with you and Bob. Love and prayers.