Lila Ruch

Lila Ruch, 79, of Indianola passed away Jan. 5, 2020 at the Thomas Rest Haven Facility in Coon Rapids where she had been recuperating for the last two weeks.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola. Interment was at the Rose Hill Memorial Cemetery in Marshalltown. Family received friends on Thursday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola. Memorials may be made to the Kiya Koda Humane Society in Indianola, Out of the Darkness Walk, or the First United Methodist Church - Indianola.

Lila Maelene was born in Hopejoy, Iowa to Ronald and Lucille Ashby Stierwalt. The family moved to a farm near Newbern, Iowa. As a little girl, Lila contracted poliovirus, which caused nerve damage. Although this changed Lila’s life, it didn’t slow her down. Lila graduated from Chariton High School in 1959 and went on to receive her cosmetology license from Thompson’s School of Beauty in Des Moines. She proudly opened her own salon in Newbern.

Lila was united in marriage to Ken Ruch. The couple was blessed with two children, Allen and Karla. Lila continued to work in the salon, but also helped with the office work for Ken’s plumbing and heating company. The family lived in the Newbern area until 1983 when they moved to Indianola.

Lila was always a very social person. She enjoyed visiting with friends, family, and her church circle. She was a member of the “Better Homes Club”. Lila surrounded herself with people who made her laugh.

Lila enjoyed camping, especially at the Iowa State Fair. She stayed busy with sewing projects, cooking, and canning. Above all else, Lila enjoyed time spent with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She looked forward to family gatherings and keeping her grandchildren overnight. She will be missed dearly.

Lila is survived by her husband, Ken Ruch of Indianola; daughter, Karla (Doug) Bingham-Halverson; grandsons, Derrik (Shelley) Bingham and Jerod (Hannah) Bingham; great grandchildren: Carter, Callen, Braylon, Benton, Bryston, and Nolan; and brother, Roger (Mary) Stierwalt. Lila was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald and Lucille Stierwalt; son, Allen Ruch; and granddaughter, Terin Bingham Hart.

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