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Timothy John Ruden

January 28, 2020


Timothy John Ruden, 59, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 28, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Tim was born on August 21, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Don Ruden and Joyce (Hermes) Ruden. In 1979 he graduated Dubuque Hempstead High School in Dubuque and was employed as custodian for Dubuque community school district for 25 years before retiring

He married Deb (Klaas) Ruden on September 19th, 1981 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Tim was a loving husband to Deb, his children and two grandchildren. he loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing were his favorite pastimes. Tim could often be found working in his yard or tending to his garden in which he took great pride. His loyal Labrador companions Sam and Sadies were always by his side. Tim never complained even throughout his 4-year courageous battle with cancer. Earth may have lost a beautiful soul, but Heaven gained a mighty warrior. 

Tim is survived by his wife Deb Ruden; his children, Amanda Ruden, TJ (Brandy) Ruden; two grandchildren Rylie and Noah Ruden. His mother, Joyce (Hermes) Ruden; siblings: Christine (Mark) Richman, of Omaha, Nebraska, Mike (Susan) Ruden, of Dubuque, Michelle Colby of Virginia Beach, VA, Patrick (Kelly) Ruden, of Marietta GA, Brian (Ann) Ruden, of Dubuque, and Mark (Jodi) Ruden, of Dubuque. His mother-in-law Yvonne Klaas, of Dubuque; Sisters-in-law Carolyn Klaas, of Dubuque, and Sue (Bob) Biddle of East Dubuque; brother-in-law, Paul Klaas, of Tracey, CA, along with many nieces and nephews and his beloved black lab Sam.

Tim was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Chris and Myrtle (Pline) Hermes and clarence and Sylvia Ruden; his father, Don Ruden; father-in-law, Herb Klaas, and his beloved chocolate lab Sadie.

Thank you to Dr. Engelman and the Oncology team, MercyOne Medical Center along with the emergency room staff and physicians for all their care, kindness and compassion.

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February 2, 2020

11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
2595 Rockdale Road
Dubuque, IA 52003

Funeral Service
February 3, 2020

11:00 AM
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
2595 Rockdale Road
Dubuque, IA 52003

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