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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
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Ruth Pranger

Ruth Arlene Pranger (Paulson)

Monday, September 29th, 1930 - Sunday, November 29th, 2020
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Ruth Arlene (Paulson) Pranger, 90, a lifelong resident of Platte, SD, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Platte Care Center Avera. A private family Committal Service will be held at the Platte City Cemetery on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. A Celebration of Life is anticipated for a later date in 2021.

Ruth was born on September 29, 1930 in Platte, to her parents, Johanas and Marie (Gabrielson) Paulson. She attended grade school at the Torrey Lake School and graduated from Platte High School where she met her husband, Bruce Pranger. Ruth and Bruce were married on July 23, 1951 at the Platte Christian Reformed Church where they remained faithful members their entire lives.

Following marriage, they farmed on the Pranger farm north of Platte. Ruth also worked at the local bank and taught school for a few years. They became parents to four children: Daniel, Denice, Douglas, and Doreen.

Ruth enjoyed gardening, tending to her numerous flower gardens, and planting trees. She especially enjoyed cooking and baking for the family’s holiday gatherings that she enthusiastically hosted at her home. She was a member of the Platte Hospital Auxiliary, Christian Reformed Church Women’s Assoc., and was always supportive of the organizations her children were involved in.

Ruth is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren:
Daniel (Mary) Pranger of Mitchell, SD. Their children: Christopher (Denver, CO) and Brittney (Elliott) Nathan (Sioux Falls, SD) – their son, Beckett.
Denice (Mike) Hockett of Newcastle, WY. Their children: Ty (Madelaine) Wood (Spearfish SD) - their sons: Scott and Carson.
Douglas Pranger of Platte, SD.
Doreen (Craig) Reiman of Spearfish, SD. Their children: Christian Cooper (Spearfish, SD) and Carly Cooper (Vermillion, SD).

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband of 64 years, Bruce (Oct. 23, 2015); son-in-law, Drew Cooper; two sisters: Aldoris Anderson and Marie Balloco; two brothers: Arlo and John Paulson; and an infant brother buried in Stavekirk, Norway.

Ruth will always be remembered for her selfless demeanor, infectious smile, green thumb, and an absolute devotion to supporting her family.

Memorials in Ruth’s memory have been established for: Platte Christian Reformed Church, PO Box 386, Platte, SD 57369 and Platte Care Center Activities Dept., PO Box 200, Platte, SD 57369.
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    Platte City Cemetery
    PLATTE, SD 57369
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    A Private Family Committal Service was held at 2:00pm Tuesday, December 1, 2020.


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Jean Williamson

Posted at 10:42am
I am so sorry for your loss. Ruth was so wonderful. She was always so welcoming to all of us. I was always so happy that she include Mom in Pranger family things. She was loved and will be missed. Love and Prayers Jean Williamson

Susan Hickok

Posted at 09:55am
When I think of Aunt Ruth (my mother always called her Ruthie!), I remember her smile, her quiet demeanor, her quick hug and the joy our family felt when we drove up to the lush green Pranger farm. Aunt Ruth always had a beautiful feast prepared for everyone and love and laughter filled the house. Great memories! Much love to Dan, Denise, Doug, Doreen and families.

Larry and Marcella Olawsky

Posted at 08:20pm
Our deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of your mother. You are very blessed to have had her in your life for so many years and all the wonderful memories she gave you. May the Lord bless and keep her in his loving arms. And may God give you all strength as you go through your grieving process. Larry always enjoyed seeing your mom and dad when he was in Platte and commented on what a wonderful couple they were. You will be in our prayers. Larry and Marcella Olawsky

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