Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5:25 pm

Otto A. Ruen, age 100, of Decorah, died Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Decorah Lutheran Church. Burial was in Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah assisted the family.Online condolences may be made at
Otto A. Ruen was born June 13, 1915 in rural Waukon, Iowa to Olaus and Amanda (Egge) Ruen, the fifth of six children: Laurence, Olger, Eleanor, Adolph, Otto and Vernon. He was educated in the rural schools of Allamakee County through eighth grade, after which he worked on the family farm until entering the US Army. While serving in the army, Otto married Laila Thorsen of Waukon Dec. 25, 1941 while home on leave. They were blessed with two children, Ronald and Mark. After being discharged from the army he held various jobs in the Decorah area before opening his own furniture retail business in 1956. He owned and operated Ruen Furniture for 20 years and remained involved in it for an additional 20 years while it was owned by his sons Ronald and Mark. He was awarded an honorary diploma from Decorah High School in 2008.
He was a member of Decorah Lutheran Church. He enjoyed growing and sharing produce from his garden. He also enjoyed old automobiles, especially his 1956 DeSoto. What brought him greatest joy were his grandchildren and great grandchildren. During his retirement years, Otto enjoyed spending mornings with friends over a cup of coffee at Hardees and McDonalds. Otto took pride in living in his own home until the age of 99, when he became a resident of Wellington Assisted Living in Decorah.
He spent his first night in the hospital at the age of 100 and then moved for a brief time to Good Samaritan Center in Waukon.
Otto passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon at the age of 100.
He is survived by his children, Ronald Ruen and Judy Tjossem, and Mark and Nancy Ruen, all of Decorah; his grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kari and Clint Koch, Colton and Wyatt; and Erica and Peter Lea, Kirsten and Simon. Otto is also survived by nieces and nephews, as well as cousins.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Laila on Nov. 21, 1985, great grandson Nolan Koch on Aug. 5, 2010, and his siblings Laurence, Olger, Eleanor, Adolph and Vernon.
The family suggests memorials may be given to Decorah Lutheran Church, Wellington Place Assisted Living, Good Samaritan Center or Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice.

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