Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday's Obituary - Carlton Park Ruth

The following is the obituary of a long lost relative who came to light yesterday via searching on We share the same ancestors, George Pecht and Rachel Hartsock. The couple were his great-grandparents and they are my third great grandparents.

Carlton Park Ruth's parents were Edward Ruth and Edna Hutchinson. His grandparents were Samuel Hutchinson and Martha J. Pecht. Martha was the daughter of George Pecht and Rachel Hartsock. Martha was the sister of my great great grandfather, John Crispin Pecht.


Carlton Park Ruth

Funeral services for the late Carlton Park Ruth, who passed away at Hines hospital on Sunday morning, were held this afternoon at 2:30 at First Methodist church, Freeport, with Rev. Gene Van Kranenburg, pastor of the Dakota Methodist church, officiating, assisted by Rev. John H. Nightingale, of First Methodist church. Brief services for the family were held at the Walker mortuary at 2. The American Legion conducted services at the grave. Eric Carlson, Albert Swanson, Clifford Scheider, William Frank, Donald Fink and Stanley Smith served as pallbearers, and burial was in Oakland cemetery.

Mr. Ruth was born in Lancaster township on Oct. 18, 1894, the son of Edward M. and Edna M. Ruth. He was married on Sept. 19, 1925, to Marie E. Kortemeier, who survives him, as do two daughters, Roselyn and Betty Louise. He resided on a farm in Rock Run township. He had been a devoted member of the Methodist church for 35 years and at the time of his death was a member of the Dakota Methodist church.

He is also survived by two brothers, William Ruth of Eagle River, Wis., and Edward Ruth of Wilmette, Ill., and a sister, Esther Ruth Smith, of Crescent City, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He served as a first musician in the U.S. navy during the first world war, having enlisted July 19, 1917. He was stationed at Great Lakes naval training station during 1917-1918 and later served overseas. He was a member of the Lena post of the American Legion.

Source: Freeport (Ill.) Journal-Standard, Freeport, Illinois, July 18, 1944


  1. Susan, what a nice find, both with a new cousin and getting the obituary. Question, was the obit on Ancestry or did the "long lost relative" send it to you? It doesn't matter, what matters is how lucky you were. Your blog title is appropriate for this post.

  2. Barb - I found this one on