James F. “Jim” Ruschill, 78, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at the Pleasant Manor Care Center in Mt. Pleasant.
A funeral service for Jim Ruschill will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 21st at the First United Methodist Church, 309 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. The Reverend Deborah Stowers, Senior Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 9:00 PM on Thursday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 6-8 PM Thursday evening.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family for a charity to be named later. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com.
James Frederick Ruschill was born May 15, 1935 in Burlington, Iowa. He was the son of Karl and Marjorie (Davey) Ruschill. As a young child, he moved with his family to a farm between Wever and Augusta. He lived in the area all of his youth and graduated from the Denmark Academy in 1953. On September 5, 1953 at the First Methodist Parsonage in Mt. Pleasant, Jim was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Mary Ellen Riley.
For 20 years, Jim managed lumberyards for Spahn & Rose Lumber Co. He at first moved to Lowell, IA and then to several other locations in Iowa to manage lumberyards for Spahn & Rose. Jim returned to the home area to manage the Freitag Lumber Yard in West Point. From 1978 – 1981, Jim was the owner of Ruschill Construction. Jim then accepted a position as a sales manager for A.O. Smith Harvestore, a grain silo company. He oversaw many sales territories and won numerous awards and trips with the company. He returned to partner with his son Jeff in Ruschill Construction. He retired in 2000.
Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. While living in the Lowell, IA area, Jim was an active member of the Lowell Baptist Church. Jim’s work was his vocation and avocation, as he loved what he did so much; it was often times his hobby. If there where spare hours to afford, Jim enjoyed “hobby farming” with his tractors and sheep herd. He also was an adept woodworker.
Those thankful for sharing in Jim’s life include his wife of 59 years, Mary of Mt. Pleasant; 2 sons & their wives – Jeffrey & Cathy Ruschill and Jerry & Kendra Ruschill, all of Mt. Pleasant; 2 daughters – Sue and John Lambert of Burlington and Robin and Brent Lehman of New London; 2 sisters – Mrs. Dorothy Henson of Dallas City, IL and Joann Yaley and her husband Gary of Denmark, IA; 12 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
His parents and a brother, Don Ruschill, precede in death.