Ruth Leona Dunkel, formerly of Alburnett, Iowa, passed away peacefully at age 94 on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at her home in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, where she lived for the past 12 years. A visitation will be held from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Monday, September 5, 2022, at Murdoch Funeral Home, Center Point, Iowa. The funeral service will take place at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Lafayette Cemetery in Alburnett, Iowa.
Ruth was born February 20, 1928, in Monticello, Iowa to John J. Wenger and Rachel Harriet (Gaddie). Ruth married Ernest John Dunkel on September 28, 1944, in Monticello, Iowa. Together they raised seven children. Working as hired hands on several farms in the area, they eventually purchased land of their own in Alburnett, Iowa. There, they built a house and managed their own farrow to finish pork operation while also farming crops.
Ruth is survived by five children: Ernie of Newhall, Iowa; Doug of Vinton, Iowa; Dan (Edna) of Hurt, Virginia; Rick of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Kathy (Tammy) of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; siblings Millie of Tipton, Iowa and Betty of Edgewood, Iowa.
Her legacy also includes 15 grandchildren: Randy, Tim, Scott, Jennifer, Valerie, Jarrod, Chris, Tamanda, Josh, Art, Ted, Brian, Mindy, Tim, and Madison; 23 great grandchildren: Taylor, Megan, Zachary, Michael, Amy, Robin, Tyler, Caitlyn, Cheyenne, Peyton, Ashley, Avery, Harmon, Montana, Nevada, Dakota, Nicole, Jessica, Tucker, Brooke, Landon, Jenson, and Jemma; 8 great great grandchildren Braelyn, Bellamy, Libby, Piper, Dallon, Lauren, Avery, and Brixton; and many nieces and nephews and extended family that knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Rachel Wenger, husband Ernie (1924-2002), a daughter Carol (1945-2014), a son Jack (1949-1972); daughter-in-law Pat (1954-2017), grandchild Chad (1980-1984) and great grandchild Kara (2007-2008).
Ruth will always be remembered for her kind and generous soul. Her children's friends became her kids and anyone who came to the house was always offered a good meal. She loved to travel, being outside, walking, reading, visiting with neighbors, playing cards, and doing her word search puzzles. She had a great sense of humor and greeted everyone she met with a warm smile and a friendly hello.
To share a memory of Ruth, please visit www.murdochfuneralhome.com.
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