Fairmont Funeral Services for Ruth Philipp, age 89, of Fairmont, were held on Sept. 30, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial followed at Fairview Memorial Park in Fairmont.
Ruth passed Thursday morning, Sept. 26, 2013, at the Ingleside Residence in Fairmont.
Ruth Dorothy Marie (Benck) Philipp was born on June 7, 1924, as a gift of God to Henry and Emilie (Schwieger) Benck. She was received into the Kingdom of God by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and she reaffirmed her faith in the rite of Confirmation on April 2, 1939, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Ruth was united in marriage to Lester M. Philipp on June 27, 1942, and they farmed near Guckeen for many years. They moved into Fairmont in 1979. Lester passed away on Feb. 21, 1998.
Ruth is survived by three sons, Gary (Janice) Philipp, of Monticello, Dennis Philipp, of Granada, and Eugene (Donna) Philipp, of Circle Pines; two daughters, Diane (John) Evans, of Fairmont, and Gaylene (Peter) Gunberg, of Coon Rapids; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Leona Benck, of Fairmont; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Lester, Ruth was also preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Della Philipp; great-grandson, Hunter Philipp; two sisters, Caroline Fritz and Bernice Meyer; two brothers, Walter and Herbert Benck; other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.