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Ruth E. McKlveen

Posted September 24, 2013 in Des Moines West, Obituaries, Downtown

April 11, 1925 – September 22, 2013

Ruth McKlveen

Ruth McKlveen

Ruth Ellen McKlveen, 88, died Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the church.

Ruth was born on April 11, 1925 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Hallas and Elsa Ostrom. She grew up in LaGrange, Illinois and graduated from Lyons Township High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Iowa State College (ISU), where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Following graduation, she was employed at the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchen. She was united in marriage to John H. McKlveen, Jr. in 1948. Following John’s retirement in 1982, she worked part-time at Younkers Bridal registry.

Ruth was a member of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, where she served as a Deaconess and was a member of Women’s Fellowship. Ruth was also a member of Questors and American Home Club. Ruth spent many hours volunteering at the Planned Parenthood Book Sale and Festival of Trees. During her spare time, she enjoyed entertaining friends, playing bridge, traveling, reading and cooking.

Ruth is survived by daughters, Martha McKlveen of Sarasota, FL and Sally Sandblom (Steven) of Tulsa, OK; granddaughter, Dr. Sarah Van Hauen (Clint) of Ames, IA and grandson, Scott Sandblom (Kasia Olek) of Tulsa, OK; and great granddaughters Ava Sandblom and Lauren Van Hauen. She is also survived by her step-brother, John Storm (Janet) of New York City, NY. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. McKlveen, Jr.; her parents, Hallas and Elsa Ostrom; her sister, Nancy Demma; and step-mother, Evelyn Ostrom.

Memorial contributions may be made to Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 4126 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, 4900 NE 22nd St., Des Moines, IA 50313, or Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, 1171 7th St., Des Moines, IA 50314. Online condolences may be shared at IlesCares.com.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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