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Ruth Hitz

Ruth I. Hitz, 89, of Crosslake, died Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn.

Ruth was born June 29, 1923, to Dan and Golda (Miller) Kirkman in Polk City, Iowa.

Ruth married William (Bill) Hitz on June 5, 1943, and they raised three daughters: Barbara (Lowe), Crosslake; Janice (Johnson) Ramsey, Minn.; and Joyce Hitz, West Des Moines. Together they operated the Rosebud Dairy Farm.

Ruth and Bill left the farm in 1964 and moved to Des Moines. Bill was secretary of the International Motor Contest Association and Ruth was his office assistant. They traveled to state fairs in Florida, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota. She also worked in the Iowa State Fair Treasurer’s Office and for Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

In 1975, Ruth and Bill moved to Pelican Lake in Nisswa, Minn., where they lived for 31 years. They made their final move to Crosslake in 2006. Ruth had been an active member of Chapter DV P.E.O. since 1980.

In addition to her three daughters, Ruth leaves behind a sister, Lois Burt, of Urbandale, Iowa; two sons-in-law, Terry Lowe of Crosslake and Larry Johnson of Ramsey, Minn.; grandsons, Brian Atkinson (Nikki) and Doug Johnson (Amy), and granddaughters, Shelly Somrock (Barry), Shannon Pietzsch (Chad), Heather Eisenmenger (Dave) and Tammi Atkinson (Al Gorman); and 13 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Bill, and parents preceded her in death.

Funeral services were at noon Monday, March 4, at Highland Memory Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation with the family was held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Chapter DV P.E.O.