Russell Lewis Ruth

December 6, 1930June 29, 2018

RUSSELL LEWIS RUTH Russell Lewis Ruth, 87, formerly of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away peacefully in his sleep June 29, 2018 at Truman Lakewood Care Center, Kansas City, MO. Memorial services 11:00 am August 11 at McGilley & George Funeral Home, 12913 Grandview Rd, Grandview, MO 64030. Visitation 10-11 am prior to the service. Military Honors following at Longview Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Parkinson’s Foundation Heartland, 8900 State Line Rd. Suite 320, Leawood KS 66206. Russ was born December 6, 1930 in Shenandoah, Iowa to Mable Ruth and George Forrest Ruth. He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1950. Russ attended college at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg MO and Peru State College, Peru Nebraska. He service his beloved country from January 1951 to September 1954. Russ married Donna Ruth Pursell December 14, 1952. He worked in the banking business serving in most every position from teller to director of the board. Russ was active in many civic organizations: Lions Club, Together Grandview, Grandview Historical Society, Grandview Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, Grandview School Board, Richards Gebaur Base Community Council, just to name a few. Proceded in death by his parents, brothers Richard and Robert; son William and wife Donna. Survived by sons Richard and wife Carol, Roger and Kathy Ruth; daughter Dana and husband Brendan Egan, daughter-in-law Susan Mahlstedt Ruth, eight grandchildren Emily, Rozalind, Mark, Scott, Jessica, Thomas, Daniel and Sara; two great grandchildren Ethan and Hailey Robertson. Russ loved his Lord with unending dedication. Family and faith were foremost in his life and the way he lived life. He was a kind, respectful, humorous man who will be missed dearly by those living in the communities in which he lived and served. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Ruth family.


  • Contributions are suggested to Parkinson’s Foundation Heartland



  • Visitation Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018


  • Inurnment/Longview Cemetery

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Karen Doerr

August 14, 2018

You lived your life by the Golden Rule, treating others with kindness and fairness and lending a helping hand. My family and I were fortunate to have you as our neighbor, and we have good memories of when you lived across the street. May you now rest in peace with Donna and Bill.

Roger Ruth

August 13, 2018

Love and miss you Dad!
Most people knew you for your Civic effort and professional high values but to me you were Dad. The one person I feel motivated and challenged to be like.
You are the litmus test for my life
Love ya!

Matt Coale

August 10, 2018

Russ, I never met you, but I've spent a lot of time with your son. He's a great human being. You and your wife did a great job raising kids and sharing love. Good job! Rest well, Russ. Your work here is complete.

Rhonda Charles Jantzen

July 31, 2018

Russ was a wonderful, thoughtful person. I am very fortunate to have met the Ruth family during high school. Russ loved his family and was “the perfect dad” — funny, respectful of others and active in the community. I have many warm memories of Russ and Donna and their kids, especially Bill. Russ’s good nature lives on in the family he raised. He will be missed by many.

Kathy Ruth

July 31, 2018

Russ was a great father in law. He had a sense of humor that showed up at unexpected times. His love and care for Donna for over 50 years set a wonderful example for his kids. He will be missed.

Dana Egan

July 30, 2018

Miss my dad like crazy. So proud he was my father. He was always a gentleman, supportive and loving. Such a good person and it was always wonderful to see how much he and my mom loved each other.

Jerry Romig

July 11, 2018

Dana, I knew your Dad when he was with the Grandview Lions Club. He loved to joke around at the meetings. He will be missed by you and rest of the family.
Jerry Romig, PDG