Ethan Edwin Rutenbeck
July 12, 1918 - June 13, 2013
IOWA CITY — Ethan Edwin Rutenbeck, 94, died June 13, 2013, at his granddaughter’s home in Iowa City.
He was born July 12, 1918, at his family home near Lost Nation, Iowa, to Edwin and Viola Rutenbeck, and was the oldest of four children. The family moved to Clinton, Iowa when Ethan was six years old.
Ethan married Catherine Bendixen on May 1, 1940, in Washington D.C., where he was employed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He and Catherine had attended grade school, junior high, and high school together in Clinton and graduated in the class of 1935.
In December 1943, Ethan was drafted into World War II and served in the Army Air Corps on Iwo Jima. In 1948, they returned to Clinton from Washington D.C., and Ethan worked at DuPont in quality control testing, drafting, and design, until he retired in 1979. Ethan had many hobbies on his small acreage including growing strawberries and other crops, bee keeping, raising rabbits and geese, and raising Christmas trees.
He was also an accomplished wood carver and wood-carving teacher. He carved busts of family members, and numerous artistic and humorous pieces.
Survivors include his daughter, Kay Nelson of Ames, Iowa; his son, Todd Rutenbeck of Evergreen, Colorado; four grandchildren, Lori Nelson of Iowa City, Iowa, Kari Clore of Cincinnati, Ohio, Greg Rutenbeck of Ely, Iowa, and Julie Smith of Pittsboro, Indiana; and five great-grandchildren.
Ethan was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, a brother, and his wife.
No public services are planned, as Ethan requested.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Clinton County Historical Society (P.O. Box 2435, Clinton, Iowa, 52733).
Death date: June 13, 2013