Karen Ruggle of Perry


Karen Ruggle, 89, of Perry passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at the Rowley Masonic Community in Perry, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Ogden. Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be at the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be given to the discretion of Karen’s family or the Raccoon Valley Pet Rescue and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.

Karen Bernice Ruggle was born Sept. 16, 1931, in Minnesota and was adopted by Harry and Lydia (Lehman) VondeLinde.

She graduated from high school in Echo, Minnesota, and then attended the St. Paul Bible College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Karen was united in marriage to Donald Leo Ruggle at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church July 5, 1986.

She worked at various jobs, including Moews Seed Corn, Younkers, Hotel Club Escadrille and Fanny Farmer Candy.

Karen was a member of the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Webster Garden Club in Perry and the Questers Antique Club.

She enjoyed gardening, watching birds, antiquing and collecting teacups.

Karen loved travelling, especially cruises, entertaining friends and family, and she loved to rescue cats.

In death she rejoins her parents, Harry and Lydia; and an infant daughter, Cheryl Lynn, who died from malaria while Karen was serving as a missionary in Nigeria.

Left to cherish Karen’s memory are her husband, Donald Ruggle of Perry; children, Chrys (Jim) Velky of Ogden and Paul Purviance of Perry; grandchildren, Medina (Craig Morgan) Velky of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Justin (Janel) Velky of Madrid, Trichelle (Adam) Jackson of Forest City, Iowa, Ryan (Carrie) Purviance of Newton, Michelle (Brody) Benton of Cambridge, Iowa, and Brandon (Jaime) Purviance of Indianola; great-grandchildren, Loken and Rylin Velky, Hazel and Judah Jackson, Bennett and Huxley Purviance and Ethan, Norah, Levi and Jace Benton.


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