Adams County

Lt. Carl Frederick Ruth




The body of Lieut. Carl F. Ruth, who died November 10, 1942 from wounds received in the attack and capture of Sidi Ferruch in North Africa, arrived here last week and final rites were held from St. Patrick's Church here Tuesday morning. Carl was among the first of Adams County's World War II casualties and was among the first from this county to offer his services after War was declared.

Lt. Carl F. Ruth, son of John F. and Lulu Lantz Ruth was born in Turner County, South Dakota February 3, 1917 and departed this life November 10, 1942 from wounds relieved on the battle fields in Algeria Area in Africa, November 8. He was aged 25 years, 9 months, and 7 days.

When eight years old, he came with his parents to Carbon, Adams County, Iowa. He attended school in Carbon and graduated from high school in Corning with the class of 1933, with high honors. He took four years of college at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, where he relieved his military training and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He took two years training in Camp Crook at Omaha, Nebraska and two years at Camp Snelling, Minnesota and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Delta Fraternity.

He was working in Chicago for the International Harvestor Company when called to serve his country, which he did faithfully.

His mother preceded him in death in 1926, and his only sister, Ruth Misner, also preceded him in death four years ago. He leaves his father, John F. Ruth; stepmother, two brothers, William H. Ruth of Corning, Iowa and Chester A. Ruth of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; one half brother, Joseph Ruth, at home, two nephews, and three nieces, and may other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Corning, Tuesday, June 1, 1948 at 9:30 a.m. conducted by Rev. Father M. J. Powers. Pall bearers were Gene Cotteer, Harold Nevius, Warren Routh, Raphael Hogan, Donald Akin, and John Jones. Interment was made in Quincy Cemetery.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, June 03, 1948, Page 8