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Jerry L. Ruedebusch

August 28, 1956 ~ February 11, 2019 (age 62)

Jerry Lee Ruedebusch, age 62, of Watertown, S.D., passed away on February 11, 2019, at the Dougherty Hospice House, in Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Watertown.  Rev. Paul Janke will officiate.  Music will be provided by Carol Janke organist.  The family is requested to meet at the church by 1:30 pm for a prayer service.

Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Visitation will also be held prior to the services at the church on Sunday beginning at 1:00 pm. 

Burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Brent Ruedebusch, Greg Eden, Justin Christensen, Tom Franken, Tom Beaudry and Mike Doschadis.  Honorary Pallbearers will be his four grandchildren.

Jerry was born on August 28, 1956, to Virgil and Joyce (Ruth) Ruedebusch.  He attended grade school and high school in Wilmot and graduated in 1974.  While attending school, Jerry was involved in music and band.  He played piano, guitar and the baritone.  He also sang at many weddings and funerals for family and friends.   

On September 10, 1977, Jerry was united in marriage to Cindy Reyelts in Wilmot, SD.   They were blessed with two daughters and one son.   They resided in Wilmot for one year and then moved to Watertown, SD, where they resided for the past 40 years.   After moving to Watertown, Jerry continued his life long career as a meat cutter at Spies & Jubilee grocery stores, the Butcher Shoppe and most currently at Hy-Vee for the past 15 years.

Jerry enjoyed cooking, traveling, dancing, country music, camping, and boating.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his loving wife, his children and grandchildren.  He was a family man. His ultimate goal was keeping them secure and happy!  One of the greatest joys in his life was becoming a grandparent.  He was a member of the St. Martin’s Lutheran Church.   

He is survived by his wife Cynthia “Cindy” Ruedebusch, of Watertown, SD, three children, Alyssa (Justin) Christensen of Hartford, SD, Andrea (Greg) Eden of Lennox, SD, and Brent (Brandy) Ruedebusch of Watertown, SD; four grandchildren: Madison and Carson Eden and Taylor and Connor Christensen; and two sisters, Verdean Vreim of Milbank, SD, and Carol (Leon) Theye of Wilmot, SD. 

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Russell Vreim; and his niece, Kimberly Vreim.

Arrangements by the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel. 











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