Ruth Elouise Traeger, 91, of West Union, Iowa died Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, Iowa. She was born June 4, 1928 to Anson and Kathryn (Craft) Quackenbush in West Union, Iowa.
In 1940, at 12 years of age, Ruth started her first job selling ice cream and then subscriptions for the Fayette County Union. In addition, she worked at the Avalon Theater. In her senior year, Ruth worked as an operator at Bell Telephone.
Ruth was united in marriage with Bob Traeger, Sr. on June 22, 1947 at Presbyterian Church in West Union, Iowa. Together they opened the Eldorado, Iowa Country Grocery Store. They then moved to West Union, Iowa and opened Big Value grocery, later renamed Jack and Jill. Robert and Ruth retired from store business in 1986. Ruth then worked part time at Kum and Go, Spirts and Such and the Town House. Ruth was proud of working over 70 years in the West Union community.
Surviving Ruth is her husband, Robert, Sr.; her two children, Don (Lori Kay) Traeger of Cresco, Iowa and Robert (Lori Jo) Traeger, Jr. of Solon, Iowa; six grandchildren, Ginger (Dan) Mielke, Jayme Traeger, Dustin Traeger, Benjamin Traeger, Brendan Gorman (Albania) and Andrea (Marshall) Traeger-Thorp; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lila (Dale) Hixson of Waterloo, Iowa and Glenda (Fred) Acuff of Boone, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her parents, Anson and Kathryn Quackenbush; and one sister, Mary Lou.
Ruth dearly loved her family, her many friends, and the West Union community. She will be missed greatly by so many people.
Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.
Private services will be held.
Memorials may be sent to Good Samaritan Society or Gundersen Palmer Hospital, both in West Union, Iowa.
Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of West Union, Iowa is assisting the family.