Ray Routh, 93, New Richland

Published 9:15 am Monday, September 13, 2010

The funeral service for Ray A. Routh, 93, of rural New Richland, will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Richland. The Rev. Paul Andree will officiate. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, New Richland.Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Friedrich Funeral Home New Richland, and one hour before the service at the church.

Ray died peacefully at his home on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.

He was born on June 30, 1917, in Adams County, Iowa, the son of Cyrus and Ollie (HogenKamp) Routh. His family moved to the New Richland area in 1921, and he attended rural school in Byron Township.

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He married Dorothy Amundson on April 16, 1939, in Forest City, Iowa. They had lived in Freeborn and he worked for various farmers in Freeborn and Waseca counties until 1946 when he returned to the home farm. It was here that he lived, farmed, raised his family and resided until his death. In addition to farming, he also owned his own trucking company which he enjoyed. Working with horses gave him enjoyment as well. When farming gave opportunity to getting away, Ray took opportunity to travel and saw many parts of the country.

He is survived by his children: Sally Routh of Bellevue, Wash., Dennis (Joyce) Routh, David (Paula) Routh, Scott (Julie) Routh, Mitch (Suzy) Routh all of New Richland, Kelly (Lori) Routh of Hartland and Kipp Routh (special friend Monica Olson) of New Richland; daughter-in-law, Mary Routh of New Richland; son-in-law, Gordy Anderson of Lake Crystal; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters: Leah (Harlan) Berg of New Richland, Mary Walley of Albuquerque, N.M., Jean (Keith) Wilkinson of Red Wing; numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy in 1990; daughter, Barbara Anderson; son, Dean Routh; brothers: Alden, Rex, Floyd and Glen.