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Ruth Gross

Ruth Gross obituary photo revRuth Gross, age 89, of Huron and formerly of Carpenter, died Monday, October 1, 2012, at the SunQuest Healthcare Center.  Her funeral service was at 2 PM Thursday, October 4, 2012, at Bethesda Church with Rev. Roy Burket and Pastor Joel Gross officiating.  Burial was in the Ebenezer Cemetery.

Ruth Hofer was born July 2, 1923, to Paul A. and Anna (Hofer) Hofer, on a farm near Bridgewater, South Dakota.  In 1928, her mother died when Ruth was four years old.  In 1929, Ruth’s father married Mary G. Hofer.  Ruth started school when she was six, only knowing German at the time.  Fortunately the school teachers knew both English and German.   After high school graduation, Ruth stayed at home and helped her parents with the gardening, canning, baking and farming.  She would take time off to go to camp at Byron Bible Camp.  With the help of some girlfriends at camp, she met Vernel Gross. 

On March 1, 1949, Ruth married Vernel Gross at Bethel Church.  They moved to a farm near Carpenter, where they ran their dairy farm together.  Although their first years of farming were hard, Ruth and Vernel persevered.  They raised their family on the farm and their son, Curtis joined the dairy partnership in 1976.  Curtis died of cancer in 1985.   After his death, the daily chores of milking cows was too much for Vernel and Ruth, therefore, they sold the milk cows and bought stock cows and settled them on their pastures.  They moved to Huron in 1995, and Vernel continued to drive to the farm daily.

Ruth enjoyed all aspects of the farm life.  She cherished her children, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother; her son, Curtis on June 6, 1985; and three brothers, Joe E. Hofer, John W. Hofer and Solomon Hofer.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her husband, Vernel of Huron; one daughter and her husband, Eileen and Jim Ludens of Geddes; three grandchildren, Amber (Steve) Moody, Dustin (Tina) Ludens and Derric Ludens; and six great-grandchildren, Acacia, Elise, Charis, Chesed, Selah and Silas Moody.

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