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Obituaries

April 25, 2014

Ruth Hedberg

CENTERVILLE — Ruth Christine Hedberg, 93, of Centerville, died April 24, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.

She was born the daughter of Loy and Cecile (Higdon) Tipton on Aug. 12, 1920, in Moulton. She graduated from the Moulton High School.

On March 17, 1942, Ruth was united in marriage to Hugh "Midge" Hedberg in Unionville, Mo. She first started working at Sebben's Dairy Crème in Centerville, and later it would be renamed to Raymond's Dairy Crème, where she would work for more than 30 years. She was a lifetime member of the Eagle's Club in Centerville and was past president of the Eagle's Auxiliary.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Beverlee Howe and her husband, James of Ottumwa; grandchildren, Cathy and her husband, Michael Britt of Batavia, Chris and her husband, Mike Durflinger of Bloomfield, Jim Howe of Ottumw and Eric Howe and his wife, Jamie of Agency; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Junior Tipton of Moberly, Mo., Rex Tipton of Moulton and Max Tipton of Newton; sisters, Enid Moulton of Moulton, Patty Edwards of Moulton, Helen Harrington of Unionville, Garnett Landtiser of Bloomfield and Lola Hinerman of Warrensburg, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hugh Hedberg in 1980; sisters, Fern Morrison, Pauline Bailey and Hazel Belloma; and a her longtime companion, Julius "Boomer" Dove on Nov. 1, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville; Rev. Brian Hargrave officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville. Following the burial, the family will be having a luncheon at the Eagle's Club in Centerville.

Visitation will be held from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the family present one hour before services on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either the American Cancer Society or to Hope Lodge in Iowa City and can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.

The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Hedberg family at this time, and condolences can be sent at schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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