Wilbert A. Ruether, age 89, passed away peacefully after a sudden illness on Monday, January, 31, 2011 at Riverside Medical Center, Waupaca, WI.
Wilbert was born September 13, 1921 in the town of Maine to the late Albert and Ida (Lueders) Ruether. He attended Red Granite School in the town of Maine. He then entered the Army July 21, 1942, and was part of the 320th Engineer Battalion. He was in several battles and campaigns which took him to Rhineland, Northern France, and Central Europe. He also served in one of the biggest battles of the century, the Battle of the Bulge, in 1944. He earned several military decorations, including a Good Conduct medal, American Service ribbon, EAME Service ribbon, three Bronze Service stars, and one Bronze Star medal. He came home from the service on November 1, 1945. He was proud to be a veteran, and to have served his country so well.
Wilbert worked for Michel's Pipeline, and was a carpenter as well. He enjoyed fishing in northern Wisconsin on his favorite lakes, Pelican, Muskellunge, and Little Arbor Vitae. He loved to deer and bird hunt with family and friends at the family hunting shack in Tomahawk. Whenever anyone would come to visit, he always had time for a "hot cup of coffee" or a "cold bottle of beer"! He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Survivors include his three sons, James Gresens of Marathon, John Gresens of Marathon, and Matthew (Kathy) Chandler of Virginia; one daughter, Mandy (Todd) Bishop of Merrill; and several grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond.
Funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St. Wausau. Chaplain Wayne Schwanke will officiate of King Veterans Home. Military Honors will be conducted by VFW Burns Post #388. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be from 4:00 until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com