Glenn Dale Zaruba
April 2, 1932 – June 26, 2020
Glenn Dale Zaruba, 88, of Davenport, passed away peacefully, near his loving wife, at his Bickford Cottage residence on Friday, June 26, 2020. A funeral service will be held at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport, on Wednesday, July 1, at 10:00 a.m, with burial in Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa. Visitation will be held at the Mortuary on Tuesday, June 30, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.therungemortuary.com.
Glenn Dale was born on April 2, 1932, in Oxford Junction, Iowa, to John and Francis (Coppess) Zaruba. He married Helen Marter on March 29, 1952 in Wyoming, Iowa. Glenn Dale served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, from 1952 to 1954.
Glenn Dale first began work at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, Iowa, where he met his wife, Helen. After sixteen years with Clinton Engines, he went on to work at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy, Iowa, taking early retirement after twenty years there. His final employer was Gardner Engineering, Inc. in Davenport.
In his free time and during his retirement, Glenn Dale enjoyed listening to Blue Grass music, trout fishing, and building model tractors.
Those surviving to honor Glenn Dale’s memory include his wife of 68 years, Helen; sons, Rodney (the late Janie) Zaruba, Fairhope, AL, and Gary (Pam) Zaruba, Davenport; brothers, John (Joyce) Zaruba, Tipton, IA, Bobby (the late Darlene) Zaruba, Marshalltown, IA, James (the late Cookie) Zaruba, Des Moines, Jerry (Judy) Zaruba, Cedar Rapids, IA; sister-in-law, Gert (the late Wayne) Zaruba, Maquoketa, IA; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, ten step-great-grandchildren, and eight great-great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Glenda; son, David; brother, Wayne; and sister, Barbara Widel.
- Helen Zaruba, Wife (deceased)
- Rodney Zaruba (the late Janie), Son
- Duretta Zaruba (the late David), Daughter in law
- Gary Zaruba (Pam), Son
- John Zaruba (Joyce), Brother
- Bobby Zaruba ((the late Darlene)), Brother
- James Zaruba (the late Cookie), Brother
- Jerry Zarubu (Judy), Brother
- Gert Zaruba (the late Wayne), Sister-in-law
- Glenda Zaruba, Daughter (deceased)
- David Zaruba, Son (deceased)
- Wayne Zaruba, Brother (deceased)
- Barbara Widel, Sister (deceased)
- John Zaruba, Father (deceased)
- Francis (Coppess) Zaruba, Mother (deceased)
- Glenn also leaves behind six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, ten step-great-grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren to cherish his memory.
- Tyler Zaruba
- Blake Zaruba
- Andy Meckley
- Steve Fuhlaman
- Aalilyah Zaruba
- Christy Zarubu
- Chad Zaruba
- Tim Zaruba
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Glenn Dale Zaruba
July 1, 2020
I'm sorry for your loss of both Glen and Helen. I worked with Glen for many years at Gardner Engineering. Glen never had an unkind word about anyone and never complained about anything...even the bad jobs. He always used to bring us donuts on his birthday even after he had retired. I remember the tractors and insects he used to make from railroad spikes and nails. (I still have my ant!) He was truly one of the kindest and selfless people I have ever known. There is a special place in heaven for Glen.
June 29, 2020
I used to attend church with Glenn and Helen. My wife Lori and I visited with them in their home on several occasions. Helen had been having a rough time but they always kept a sweet spirit about them. We moved away last October. But it was a honor and a privilege to have known them. I'm truly sorry for your loss. However I know where they are today. Find rest in the arms of Jesus during this time.
June 27, 2020
You were an amazing, god fearing man. You were a father to me before mine had the chance. You were so selfless and caring. Thank you for all of the things you have done for me and all the times you stood by my side. Thank you for all of the memories, stories, and laughs. I remember the time the church yard behind your house flooded and you brought me out on your little fishing boat. I will never forget you. I will always keep a pack of Tik-Taks in your memory, although no one will understand why. I will love you at beyond forever. Thank you for showing me that a man will work for what he wants and harder for the ones he loves.
June 27, 2020
You were an amazing, god fearing man. You were a father to me before mine had the chance. You were so selfless and caring. Thank you for all of the things you have done for me and all the times you stood by my side. Thank you for all of the times you held me close, told me stories I’ll never forget , and all the laughs we would share. I remember the time the church yard behind your house flooded and you brought me out on your little fishing boat. I will never forget you. I will always keep a pack of Tik-Taks in your memory, although no one will understand why. I will love you at beyond forever. Thank you for showing me that a man will work for what he wants and harder for the ones he loves.
June 27, 2020
Glen Dale u were the best father in law anyone could ask for I will truly miss you I love u with all my heart your daughter in law duretta