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Ruth Knock
(February 12, 1947 - November 7, 2008)


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Ruth Knock

Ruth Knock, age 61, of Parkersburg, died Friday, November 7, 2008, at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center, from natural causes.

Funeral Services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Parkersburg. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Wellsburg.

Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg. (319) 346-1534, and for an hour before services Tuesday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family of Ruth.

Ruth Lois Knock, age 61, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the daughter of Ralph and Louise (Harringa) DeVries on February 12, 1947, Aplington, Iowa. She attended the Wellsburg School and graduated at the Wellsburg High School in 1965. Ruth continued her education at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo for bookkeeping. Following graduation Ruth lived and worked in Cedar Falls, Iowa, at the University of Northern Iowa, in scheduling in the administration office.

On September 2, 1973, Ruth was united in marriage with Dennis Dale Knock at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church rural Wellsburg. They made their home in Cedar Falls. They moved to Davenport where Ruth worked for St. Ambrose College. They moved to Storm Lake for a short time and in 1979 they moved to Stout, Iowa. Ruth worked several jobs including Air Gas and was currently working at Cedar Valley Medical Specialist. Dennis and Ruth lived in Parkersburg for the past year and were currently living in Grundy Center following the tornado in May.

Ruth was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Parkersburg where she taught Confirmation classes, Sunday School and was treasurer and secretary of Circle Ruth. Ruth was a kind and generous person and was always volunteering and helping anyone in need. In her free time she enjoyed reading, gardening and quilting. Perhaps her greatest joy was time spent visiting with family and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her father, Ralph DeVries and one aunt, Gertie DeVries.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Dennis Knock of Parkersburg, Iowa; one son, Eric (Penny) Knock of Buffalo, Iowa; one daughter, Rachel Knock of Parkersburg, Iowa; one grandson, Brockton; her mother, Louise DeVries of Grundy Center, Iowa; one brother, Robert DeVries of Winsor, Colorado; two nieces, Staci (Matt) Folot and Stella (Marvin) Ferris; and a nephew, Brian (Jamie) DeVries.

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