Richard "Dick" Ruffridge, 89, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel from complications of multiple myeloma.

He was born April 17, 1923, in Locust, Iowa, to Theobald and Violette (Stoskopf) Ruffridge. He was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church in Locust (rural Decorah) and confirmed at the Mabel First Lutheran Church where he has been a member since.

He attended Mabel High School. As a young man, he worked for area farmers, and at the age of 21 was injured in a corn picker accident, losing one of his hands.

On April 17, 1948, he was married to Delores Peterson in Mabel. The couple lived in Mabel, and Dick started his truck-driving career picking up milk. Over the years, he drove for Bill Welch, had his own Ruffridge Trucking business, drove for Thompson Grain of Spring Grove, and lastly, hauling grain for Jim Horihan.

He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, a Life Member of the Lions Club, an original member of the Mabel Sportsman's Club and the Hesper-Mabel Area Historical Society. He served several years on the Mabel Volunteer Fire Department.

He enjoyed John Wayne movies, horses, bowling, fishing, hunting, building birdhouses, gardening and playing cards. He was a friend to all that knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Delores of Mabel; two daughters, Maureen (Gary) Arneson of Mabel, and Kelly of Dallas, Texas; three sons, Kerry of Riceford (rural Spring Grove) Brent (Jill) of Monona, Wis., and Kirk (Veronica) of Bentonville, Ark.; 10 grandchildren, Andy and Kelsey Ruffridge, Abby and Molly Ruffridge, Victoria and Denton Ruffridge, Kimberly Blaess, Todd Horgen and Jason and Spencer Ruffridge; four great-grandchildren, Cole Horgen, Tate and Ty Horgen and Samantha Seekes; and a great-great-granddaughter, Addison Seekes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randy; and four half-brothers, Floyd, Earl, Harold and Lester.

Funeral services were Jan. 18 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Gail George officiating. Burial was in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at