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Ruth Rust

September 10, 1930 - July 21, 2020

Public Visitation

July 27, 2020
4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

St. John Lutheran Church

Public Visitation

July 28, 2020
1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

St. John Lutheran Church

Public Funeral Service - live streamed on funeral home website for those not able to attend

July 28, 2020
- 2:00 P.M.

St. John Lutheran Church


Boulger Funeral Home

Ruth Rust

September 10, 1930 - July 21, 2020


Ruth Jean Rust, 89, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Sanford Nursing Home in Hillsboro, ND. She was born September 10, 1930 into a blended family. Her father, John Schlichtmann, was an immigrant from Hamburg, Germany and her mother, Olga Huemoeller Stanley Schlichtmann was from Minnesota. They each brought 3 children to the family and they had five children together.

Ruth was baptized into the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) on November 2, 1930 and confirmed March 25, 1945, both by Pastor RT Schuricht.

In school, students sat in alphabetical order, and Ruth Schlichtmann sat behind Vernon Rust. They became High School sweethearts. Vernon and Ruth were united in marriage on September 29, 1952. They were blessed with a son, Randal Duane and a daughter, Bonnie Jean.
Ruth attended Bloomfield school #1 for seven years and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1948. Following HS, she attended Interstate Business College and passed the Civil Service exam. Ruth worked for the USDA as an auditor for several years. In 1960, she began working in the office of the Hillsboro Public Schools, a job she held for 32 years until retiring in 1992 as its business manager. Her commitment to HS students led her to encourage participation in the H-509 Dollars for Scholars program, which was dear to her heart.
Ruth was known for her attention to detail and used that talent for planning and organizing events at work, in the community, in her church, and within the family. She was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School, attended Bible Studies, made quilts, and was an active leader in the LWML.

Spending time with family was Ruth’s greatest joy. She treasured her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Their antics would always bring a smile to her face. She was also compassionate and supportive of the Witt foster kids. Ruth looked forward to staying connected with extended family, through biennial reunions. She always had stories to share. Ruth also enjoyed reading, golfing, playing cards, making quilts, working puzzles, and watching Minnesota Twins baseball.

Her husband, Vernon, was called to his eternal home on May 2nd, 1965. Other family members who preceded her in death included her parents, brothers and sisters Henry (Orrel) Schlichtmann, Walter (Ina) Schlichtmann, Margaret (Fred) Behnke, Herbert Schlichtmann, Vivian O’Donnell, Dorothy (Fred) Hintz, Eleanor (Kenneth) Ydstie, Shirley (John) Taylor, and Lois (Daniel) Maisel; Father-in-law and Mother-in-law Albert and Emma Rust, and brothers/sisters-in-law Elmer (Renata) Dickhoff, Willard (Sally) Dickhoff, and Evelyn (William) Meyer; and Great Grandson, Leo Robert Wilson.

Ruth is survived by her brother Raymond (Sharon) Schlichtmann, her son, Randy (Judy) Rust, his children Maggie (Bob) Wilson, John Rust, and Jacob (Nicole) Rust; her daughter Bonnie (Craig) Braymen, and her children Aurora (Rob) Witt, Erica (Lief) Christensen, and Marissa Braymen (Brian Swinkels); Great grandsons Tyler, Oakley, and Henrik Wilson, Noah Rust, Asa and Aksel Christensen. Ruth also has many nieces and nephews.

Ruth and the family are so appreciative of the loving care that was given by the Sanford Nursing Home and Hospice staff. If you are so moved, memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

PUBLIC VISITATION: 4-7 PM Monday at St. John Lutheran Church – and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Tuesday
PUBLIC FUNERAL SERVICE: 2 PM Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church
BURIAL: Immanuel Cemetery near Hillsboro, ND


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8 responses to “Ruth Rust”

  1. Stuart and Kathy Larson says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to you in the loss of Ruth. We knew her from many interactions where she was always prepared and ready for work, or a kind word and interest in our lives. God bless the memory of Ruth Rust.

  2. Gary and Mary Ellen Hawkins says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Ruth’s family. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  3. Joan Vettel says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all your family.

  4. Lee & Cynthia Kaldor says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the family of Ruth Rust. She will always be remembered for her dedication to her church, St. Johns and to the Hillsboro Public Schools. We cherish the memories made throughout the years. Prayers for peace.

  5. Debi Patterson (Rude) says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss! Your Mom was a great lady! May your many wonderful memories comfort you. Prayers and hugs for you all. 🙏🙏🙏

  6. Ann Biberdorf Jobst says:

    I have fond childhood memories of Ruth and her family. May God fill you with his comfort and peace.

  7. Michael Stigen says:

    I am saddened to hear about your loss. I didn’t know Ruth well but when we did meet I always enjoyed our chats. It was In later years when I visited my father at Kelleher Manor that I saw her most often, usually working a crossword puzzle. She will be greatly missed by many.

  8. Becky and Ray Foss says:

    I am sorry for your loss of Ruth. She had a deep abiding faith and truly loved her family. I believe “It was well with her soul”. What a comfort that is!

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