Memorials directed to Owensville VFW Post 6133.
Armin Henry Rutz, 91, passed away January 21, 2017, at Heisinger Assisted Living Facility in Jefferson City, Mo.
Armin was born March 7, 1925, in Oak Hill to the late Lewis F. and Ruth (Simpson) Rutz. He was united in marriage to Beulah Enke of Bem May 21,1949. He was a World War II veteran serving with the 13th Army Replacement Division in Hawaii from 1944-46. He was a proud member of VFW post 6133, having served 7 years as Post Commander; member of Owensville Masonic Lodge #624 AF&AM 1953-2017 and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason; held past memberships in the Owensville Gun Club and Moose Lodge; served one term as city Alderman and 25 years as an Owensville volunteer fireman. He was a long time member of St. John's United Church of Christ at Bem changing his membership to the Christian Church in 2007. He was an active participant in the Owensville community.
He and Beulah made Owensville their lifelong home. He was a woodworker owning and operating the "Rutz Cabinet Shop" from 1948-1966. After selling the shop he worked for Great Plains Gas until 1972 followed by employment with Beaufort Transfer Co. retiring after 15 years as a teamster union truck driver.
Armin loved family, friends, and life. He enjoyed working in his woodworking shop at home and never missed an opportunity to hunt or fish and talk about it later. He and friends were even highlighted in the Missouri Conservationist in a story about squirrel hunting with muzzle loading rifles. He loved his quiet time in his cabin on the river and socializing on the POET's farm which he, sons and good friends bought and formed a cooperation so that they would always have a place to hunt.
He was preceded in death by his wife Beulah; brothers, Dalless and Lewis; and sister Okel Tayloe.
He is survived by his brother, Warren of Granbury, Tex.; sister, Fern Kramme of Owensville; children, Alan and wife Patricia of Jefferson City, William and wife Darlene of Herculaneum, Kathryn and husband Robert Jackson of Hot Springs, Ark., Theresa and husband Michael Wellman of Austin, Tex., and Norris and wife Cynthia of Jefferson City; blessed with 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a wonderful extended family.
Visitation will be Friday, January 27 from 4-8 p.m. at Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville with VFW Services at 7:00 p.m. and Masonic Services at 7:15 p.m.
Funeral services will be Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Rick Oberle officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's United Church of Christ Cemetery in Bem with full military honors.