Bernard W. Rue

OWATONNA – Bernard W. Rue, 96, of Owatonna, formerly of Lakefield, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at United Methodist Church in Lakefield, with Pastor Kathy Brandt officiating. Burial will take place in the Lakefield City Cemetery.

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Bernard W. Rue was born Dec. 8, 1917, in Lakefield, Minn., the son of Lenny and Elizabeth (Bieri) Rue. He graduated from Lakefield High School in 1935. After his education, he entered into the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He was united in marriage to Violet Marion Casper on Feb. 14, 1941, in Clara City, Minn. After his honorable discharge, he worked at Farmers State Bank in Lakefield, where he later became its President. In 2010, they moved to Owatonna to be closer to their children. Violet passed away there on July 5, 2012. Bernard continued to make his home in Owatonna, where he passed away at the Homestead Hospice House on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the age of 96 years, 6 months and 24 days. Bernard was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lakefield. He had been mayor of Lakefield, a member of the Fire Department and Kiwanis. He was a member of the Willow Point Hunting Club and the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the card club and Supper club. He was a lifetime member of the Lakefield VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He and Violet traveled immensely, having traveled around the world.

Bernard is survived by his four sons, David (Kay) Rue of Fairbanks, Alaska, Bruce (Merlene) Rue of Meridan, Idaho, Craig (Linea) Rue of Owatonna, Minn., and Keith (Sheri) Rue of Ely, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Violet; four sisters, Margaret Peterson, Lois Nelson, Catherine Rue, and an infant sister, Harriet Rue.

Blessed be the memory of Bernard Warren Rue.