Delbert M. Rutske, age 92, of Glencoe, Minnesota, passed away Monday, September 6, 2021, at the CentraCare - St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Memorial Service will be Friday, September 10, 2021, 11:00 A.M. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with interment following in the church cemetery.
Gathering of family and friends will be Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., 2 hours prior to the service, all at the church.
Delbert Merele Rutske was born on January 5, 1929, in Glencoe, Minnesota. He was the son of Harold A. “Shorty” and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Arlt) Rutske. Delbert was baptized as an infant on January 20, 1929, by Reverend E. Kolbe, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 18, 1943, by Reverend Alfred Streufert, both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He received his education at First Evangelical Lutheran School and attended Glencoe High School.
On February 15, 1946, Delbert entered active military service in Minneapolis and served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He received the American Area Campaign, World War II Victory Medal, United States Navy Honorable Discharge Button and Honorable Service Lapel Button. Delbert completed the Aviation Metalsmith Class A School. He achieved the rank of Seaman Second Class. Delbert was Honorably Discharged on December 12, 1947, at Corpus Christi, Texas.
On November 23, 1968, Delbert was united in marriage to Ida Buss by Reverend George Perlich at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe. After their marriage, the couple resided in Glencoe. Delbert was employed at Glencoe Manufacturing from 1952 to 1959, Farwell, Ozman and Kirk in St. Paul, and Continental Machines, Inc. in Savage for nearly 26 years, before retiring in March of 1991. Delbert and Ida shared 52 years of marriage.
Delbert was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He was active in church, on many boards and committees, including the cemetery board and the stewardship committee.
Delbert enjoyed traveling, reading, and gardening, especially flowers. He cherished the time he spent with family and friends.
Delbert passed away at the CentraCare-St. Cloud Hospital on Monday, September 6, 2021, at the age of 92 years. Blessed be his memory.
Delbert is survived by his:
Wife, Ida Rutske of Glencoe, MN;
Step-brother, John Rutske;
Sisters-in-law, Lorraine Rutske of White Bear Lake, MN; Geraldine Sylwester of Glencoe, MN;
Brother-in-law, Lowell Buss of New Hope, MN;
Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.
Delbert was preceded in death by his Parents, Harold and Wilhelmina Rutske; Sister, Gloria Schauer and her husband, Ervin; Brothers, Curtis L. Rutske, and Leroy Rutske; Sister-in-law, Deloris Buss; Brother-in-law, Wally Sylwester.