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Ruth E. Hart

Ruth E. Hart, 92, long-time resident of Milan, Ill., passed away Friday, Dec, 15, 2023, at the Summit of Bettendorf. 

Ruth was born April 11, 1931, in Palmyra, Mo., to Clarence O. and Dorthea K. (Voepel) Knueppel. 

Ruth E. Hart

She graduated from Palmyra High School in 1949 and attended the Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis, Mo., graduating in 1952. 

Ruth married Norman L. Hart in 1953. He preceded her in death in 1985. She later married Roy L. Stout in 2000. He proceeded her in death in 2002. 

Ruth worked as a registered nurse at Lutheran Hospital for 17 years and retired from the Rock Island (Ill.) School district as a school nurse after 18 years. 

She was a charter member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Milan where she was very active. 

Ruth enjoyed traveling and gardening. Above all, she loved spending time with her family. 

Those left to cherish Ruth’s memory include her daughters, Judy (Don) Cochran and Jan Carr; grandchildren, Lucy (Patrick) Murphy, Paul (Meagan) Cochran, Courtney (Scott) Goad and Michael Carr; five great-granddaughters; brother, Harold Knueppel; sister, Edna Church; sister-in-law, Jan Hart; and several nieces and nephews. 

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Mary Hart; sister-in-law, Hazel Knueppel; and brothers-in-law, Ronnie Church and Richard Hart. 

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 21, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Milan. Private burial was in Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. 

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Milan. 

Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan assisted with arrangements.  

Online condolences and memories may be shared with Ruth’s family on her tribute wall at