Claris Madlyn Wildermuth

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Claris Madlyn Wildermuth passed away, Monday, Oct. 30. She was born Aug. 2, 1921, in Marshall County, Iowa. Claris was the first daughter of Melvin and Wilma Ruff.

Claris attended rural school for eight years and graduated from the Garwin, Iowa, high school in 1939.

She married Frederick Christian Wildermuth on Feb. 29, 1940. To this union two children were born, Gloria Helen and Frederick Melvin.

They farmed near Coggon, Clutier and Marshalltown, Iowa. They were married 60 years.

Claris was a member of the Willard Baptist Church and Willard Senior Citizen Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Wilma (Hall) Ruff; two brothers, Boyd Eugene and Neale La Verne Ruff; her husband, Frederick Christian; and a grandson-in-law, Curtis Fleig.

Claris is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Tommy) Mitchell, of Le Grand, Iowa; and son, Frederick “Butch” (Sharon) Wildermuth, of Willard, Mo. Her sister Wanda (Ruff) Hofer, of Eldora, Iowa; five grandchildren, Jolene (Mike) Salzwedel, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Beth Ann Tow, of Le Grand, Iowa, Aaron (Shannon) Mitchell, of Le Grand, Iowa, Brian (Angela) Wildermuth, of Willard, Mo., and Dana Hyde of Willard, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Marcus and Kiersten Fleig, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, McKenna and Caitlin Tow, of Le Grand, Iowa, David (Ireasma) Turk, of Seattle, Wash., Carrington (Brian) Stalzer, of Marshalltown, Iowa, Bruin, Ashton and Gunner Wildermuth, of Willard, and Ethan, Emma and Elaina Hyde of Willard, Mo. A great-great-grandchild, Natalya Turk of Seattle, Wash.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 5-7 p.m. at Wilson-Griffin Funeral Home, Ash Grove, Mo. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at Willard First Baptist Church, Willard, Mo. Interment will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, in Le Grand Friends Cemetery, Le Grand, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Willard First Baptist Church or Gideon Bible Ministry and may be left at the funeral home or mailed to Wilson-Griffin Funeral Home PO Box 217, Ash Grove, MO 65604.