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OBIT: Jerred David Ruble

Jerred David Ruble, 75, of Hanlontown, IA, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2022 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice, Mason City, IA.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Grace Lutheran Church, 302 4th St E, Hanlontown, IA, with Pastor Linda Johnson Prestholt officiating. Masks are requested. Burial will take place in the Brush Point Cemetery outside of town. The service will be streamed online at

Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Ward-Van-Slyke Colonial Chapel, 310 1st Ave N, Clear Lake, IA. Masks are requested.

Jerred was born November 8, 1946, the son of T.M. “Jim” and Leona (Thoreson) Ruble in Austin, MN. He graduated from Austin High School and furthered his education at Austin Community College until enlisting in the Air Force for four years. After an honorable discharge he attended the University of Minnesota and earned a degree with honors in Computer Science. On July 15, 1972, Jerred married Karen Halvorson in Whalan, MN, and from this union two sons were born. He worked at Sperry-Univac (later Unisys) for nearly 20 years. Jerred and partners founded TeamQuest Corporation in 1991, and eventually retired. Karen and Jerred later divorced in 2000. In May, 2002, Jerred married Eileen (Perkins) Brunsvold at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church in Forest City, IA.

His passions included acquiring and restoring antique farm equipment, especially steam engines and old gas tractors. Jerred gained worldwide notoriety in these circles, for his wealth of knowledge, and his generosity, ingenuity, and fairness.

Since childhood, his family participated at the Steamerama steam show in Moscow, MN, a tradition he later brought to his own farm south of Hanlontown, IA. Jerred’s “Threshing Bee” gained traction every year with the help of the Hanlontown Community Club, and many friends and family. The event grew into the annual Steam Threshing Days, and later the Steam Threshing Festival still being held at Heritage Park in Forest City, IA.

The event has included church services and barn dances in the haymow, inspired by Jerred’s faith, and his love of music. Jerred played many instruments and had the skill to play music by ear, and he particularly loved the fiddle. The musical gift runs in the family.

Those left to cherish memories of Jerred are his wife, Eileen; sons, Tim Ruble of Dallas, TX, and Nathan Ruble of Bismarck, ND; brothers, Steve (Cindy) Ruble, and Dan (Bonnie) Ruble; Karen Ruble; sisters-in-law, Nancy, Doreen, Carol, and Barb; aunts, Mary Ellen, Joan, and Arlene, numerous extended family members, former coworkers, fellow enthusiasts, and many close friends that became family along the way.

Jerred is preceded in death by both his parents, and brothers, Randy and Craig.

The family requests any donations be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, or MercyOne North Iowa Hospice.

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