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First Baptist Church
Saturday March 7th, 2020

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Ruth Esbeck

Madrid, IA: Ruth Heuer Esbeck, 89, passed away peacefully Monday, March 2, 2020.  She was born July 11, 1930 in Hawarden, Iowa, to Louise "Birdie" and Orin Harris of Akron, Iowa.

   Survivors include Amy (Brian) Vander Wilt of Buffalo Center, Iowa, Jeff (Peggy) Heuer of Johnston, Iowa, Tim (Jennifer) Esbeck of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Ann (Jim) Alexandres of Salina, Kansas; brothers, Leland Harris, Akron, Iowa, Reese Harris, Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Orin Harris, Forest City, Iowa; 9 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, John Heuer and Lamar Esbeck; son, Steve Esbeck; sister, Lois Jean Dawson; brothers, Stuart Harris and Morton Harris.

   Though Ruth lived in many towns including Sheldon, Clear Lake, Carroll and Pella, she always thought of Akron and Hawarden as home and was happy to spend her retirement years in the area.  Ruth was a proud member of the Hawarden Class of 1949 (the 49ers) and a Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan.  She also enjoyed serving as a volunteer secretary for the Hawarden Chamber of Commerce into her 80’s.

   Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden with Rev. Barb Joy officiating. Inurnment will be in the Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden with a lunch to follow at the church.

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Ruth was a resident of Oakhill Assisted Living in Hawarden. I remember the day I had to pick her up at the hospital rather than having her sister Lois bring her. She adjusted well. She was a sweetheart to care for. With her Alzheimers we were unable to provide the care she needed, but she was always talked about and missed her as being part of the family. Condolences to all the family

Jan Cain Mar 6 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry. Was great to know Ruth. Love to her family

Kay scroggs Mar 6 2020 12:00 AM

So great to know Ruth. Love to you all. Kay

Kay scroggs Mar 6 2020 12:00 AM

Ruth was my aunt from her first marriage to Johnny Heuer. Johnny was what my father, Harold, always called him as his youngest brother. I remember Ruth fondly. The Heuer family partied together often. Condolences to my cousins and all who knew her.

Eloise (Heuer) Hamann

Eloise Hamann Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Ruthie's family. I so enjoyed spending time with her as she volunteered at the Chamber office. She played a huge role in preparing the Hawarden Christmas Scrip and I looked forward to that time every year. We would share a Diet Coke, muffins, and stories during our break. Later when she took residency at Oakhill Assisted Living we would share memories of those times in the Chamber office. She was a kind & loving soul and I'm grateful that I got to share a piece of her life. Rest in Peace Ruthie. Always in my heart.

Cathie Brown Mar 3 2020 12:00 AM