November 8, 2013


Ryan Alan Rueter, 59, of Carroll, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll with Pastor Brian Licht officiating.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Sunday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Monday when visitation will resume. Organist for the service will be Tami Biggerstaff, and soloist will be Deb Schmidt. Casket bearers will be Ryan's nieces and nephews. Burial will be at Carroll City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Little Lamb Preschool and Carroll County Ambulance Service and may be left at the funeral home or the church. Online condolences may be left for Ryan's family at

Ryan Alan Rueter was born June 4, 1954, to Kenneth A. and Mary Christine Rueter at Worthington Regional Hospital in Worthington, Minn. He was baptized in 1954 at Zion Lutheran Church in Horton Township near Ocheyedan, Iowa. Ryan was confirmed in 1968 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ocheyedan. He graduated from Ocheyedan High School in 1972.

Ryan attended Pipestone Area Vocational School with an associate's degree in auto parts/parts sales, graduating in 1974. His first job after completion of vocational school was working at Gopher Auto Supply in Worthington. He moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1975 and worked at the International Dealership, Dey Appliance, Champion Auto, and Chippewa Motor Freight.

Ryan married Darlene Dass on June 5, 1976, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux Valley, Minn. Ryan and Darlene moved to Carroll in 1980 when Ryan was hired at Crouse Cartage Company as a rate clerk. He eventually became evening supervisor in that department. After Crouse Cartage closed in 1999, Ryan accepted the position of evening supervisor of the rate department at Midland Transportation in Marshalltown, Iowa. After one year, Midland closed and Ryan started with Randy's Diesel Repair as parts manager. In 2002, he began employment at American Home Shield in the authorizations department. He retired in 2013.

Ryan was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and was on the Church Boards of Elders, Trustees, Human Care and Stewardship/Family Life. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church choir for several years. He was also custodian and grounds keeper at the church for 16 years.

Ryan has had many interests including collecting Coca-Cola items, woodworking, wood carvings, doing home repairs and lawn care. He was especially proud of his John Deere Tractor.

Ryan is survived by his wife of 37 years, Darlene; two sons: Aaron Rueter and his girlfriend Abby Weiman of Addison, Ill., and Jonathan Rueter of Lincoln, Neb.; his mother Mary Christine Rueter of Ocheyedan, Iowa; two brothers: Leon Rueter (Ruth) of Shakopee, Minn., and Neal Rueter of Ocheyedan, two sisters: Cheryl Rueter of Ocheyedan and Terry Dias (Virgil) of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; his mother-in-law Rowena Rae Dass of Lakefield, Minn.; two brothers-in-law: Don Dass (Deb) of Circle Pines, Minn., and Duane Dass (Jody) of Roseville, Minn.; two sisters-in-law Marilyn Rients (Otis) of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Dorothy Ulbricht (Jim) of Lakefield, Minn.; as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Ryan was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Rueter, in 1994; his father-in-law, Arthur Dass, in 1983; and paternal and maternal grandparents.