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Russell “Russ” E. Rueden

Russell “Russ” E. Rueden Russell “Russ” E. Rueden


Russell “Russ” E. Rueden, 83, a former township of Deer Creek resident, passed away on Thursday, February 20 at Clark County Assisted Living and Rehab Center, Owen where he had resided for the past six months most recently under the care of St. Croix Hospice. Funeral services for Russ took place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville with Rev. Richard Russow officiating. Military rites were performed by the Stetsonville American Legion Post No. 519. Visitation was at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Pallbearers were his grandsons.

Russell was born on Feb. 26, 1936 in Dorchester, the son of George and Vera (Anderson) Rueden. He went to Barry Grade School, Dorchester and attended Dorchester High School. His marriage took place on Jan. 18, 1979 at Neillsville Courthouse to Dorothy (Rabehl) Bochanyin and she survives and resides at Clark County Assisted Living & Rehab Center, Owen.

Russell served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1965. After the service, he farmed in the Town of Holton, Marathon County, raced stock cars and operated a bulldozer. He and Dorothy successfully owned and operated Jerkwater Bar & Supper Club for 35 years until retirement. His bloody mary’s and prime rib were next to none. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, mowing lawn, dabbling in wine making, but most of all spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR races and tooling around Lake Solberg on their pontoon.

In addition to his loving wife, Dorothy, Russell is survived by his children, Kathy Wittig of New London, Lee (Lindy) Bochanyin of Mosinee, Linda Reynolds of Athens, Luanne Mears of Ellabell, Ga., Lauri Moore of Stetsonville, Larry (Becky) Bochanyin of Ogema and Lois (John W.) Klimpke of Milan; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister-inlaw, Elaine Rueden of Colby; and many other family and friends.

Besides his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his siblings, Olivia Wesphal, Marilyn Huebner, George and Robert Rueden.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to either American Cancer Society or Stetsonville American Legion Post in his name. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake have been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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