The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael/Alber
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Martin J. Ruter, a 52 year resident of Hanover, passed away on March 23rd at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, Gladys, and four children: Kathy Septon-Johnson (Rick) of Plymouth, Mark Ruter (Kandy) of Kent, WA, Lynn Tiemann (Mark) of South Haven, and Paul Ruter (Dee) of Hanover. He also left behind 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Martin was born on February 24, 1923, in Raymond, MN. He was the ninth of fifteen children born to Jalla and Jennie Ruter. Twelve survived to adulthood.
During World War II, Martin served for two years in the army, fighting in Italy and North Africa. He was in the First Armored Division and was an expert sub-machine gunner. In 1945 he was decorated with four bronze battle stars and three overseas service bars.
When his military service ended, he drove streetcar for Twin City Lines. He later drove bus for the company, now called MTC, and was a faithful employee for 48 1/2 years. MTC honored him by naming a bus garage after him, the Martin J. Ruter Garage!
Martin boxed in his younger years and even boxed, for fun, with the famous boxer, Joe Louis.
In 1951, Martin married Gladys Kronberg. They had four children and were married for 60 years.
In 1959, Martin moved his family to Hanover where he bought a farm. He raised his children there and taught them to work hard! All the kids hated the work at the time, but now, as adults, appreciate the valuable lessons he taught them.
Martin retired in 1994 but continued to work on the farm. He even chopped wood well into his 80’s.
He was known in the family for his corny expressions which kept everyone laughing! He loved his family and will be greatly missed.
Martin became a Christian years ago when he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. We know he is with the Lord and look forward to seeing him again in Heaven! He attended Plymouth Bible Chapel with his wife.
On March 29th, Martin was buried in Hanover Cemetery with full military honors. He is also survived by brothers Henry and Lewis Ruter, and sisters, Martha Reigstad, Jeraldine Pates, Rosie Nelson, and Victoria Eisenbeisz.
Martin was a simple man, but we think he was truly a great man!