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Mrs. Ruth Benz, you will never ever be forgotten, may you be singing with Angels in Heave, thank you for being so kind to so many children in Southern Iowa in the tiny community of Centerville

Posted by: Brian Harrington - Dallas Texas / Centerville I, TX - Teacher   Jan 09, 2019

I am so sorry to see of Ruth's passing. Although I had not seen her for some years she was always a pleasant memory when thought of. She was a kind woman and had good things to say about many people. I hope the many wonderful memories you have of her will bring you comfort.

Posted by: Dianne Strickler - Springville, IA - friend   Jan 09, 2016

Mrs. Benz was one of my favorite teachers! We shared the same birthday and she told me several years ago that she still thought of me every June 23rd. I too think of her on that day!

Posted by: Shawn Drake Hook - Humeston, IA - former 3rd grade student   Dec 22, 2015

Rest In Peace Mrs. Benz you will always be remembered as a very special dear teacher, may God watch over you and your family.

Posted by: Brian Harrington - Dallas, TX - Student 3rd Grade   Dec 10, 2015

Mrs. Benz was a favorite teacher of both of my brothers, while they were in grade school. My husband Steve Widmar, and I got to know Ruth years later as "pew mates" at First Baptist Church. Being in education myself, gave Ruth and I lots to talk about over the past few years. What a kind, sweet amazing person Ruth was to so many! Our thoughts and prayers go out to John and his family at this sad time.

Posted by: Vanessia Oden - Cincinnati, IA - Friend and Graduated with John   Dec 08, 2015

I can still hear Ruth's voice to this day. It had such a unique quality. She was so kind and caring.
Had so many fun times at their home playing hide and seek in the dark in that huge farm yard! Also cleaning out the hay mow for Baptist youth group and choking on all that dust. That was some good times including the grime and grass stains. That family gave alot of young kids some really great memories!
My heartfelt sympathy to you all.

Carol Pickard Kelley

Posted by: Carol Kelley    Dec 08, 2015

Please accept my condolences at this time, John and Goldie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by: Cynthia Amsden - Plano, IA - Friend of John and Goldie   Dec 08, 2015

Just wanted to tell you that Dottie Abrahamson keeps me in touch with your family. She teaches here in Urbandale where I work.

I will not be able to be at the funeral or visitation, but wanted you to know that our family and yours are long time farmers and friends.

John, missed you at the class reunion, hope you can come some year when it works. The 1973 class met at Pancake Day this past year.

My deepest sympathy,
Julia Messersmith Taylor

Posted by: Julia Messersmith Taylor - Ankeny, IA - friends/ neighbor   Dec 08, 2015

To the Family...
Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace.

Posted by: Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson - Centerville   Dec 08, 2015

Mrs. Benz was my first grade teacher, and I loved her so much as a teacher. She was my favorite! Luckily I got to see her for many years at church. She was so kind and will be missed.

Posted by: Melanie (Phillips) Briggs - Albia, IA - former student   Dec 07, 2015