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Ruth McKone

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Ruth L. McKone age 86 of Lawler, IA, died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center in Harmony, MN. A private family Mass and burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements are with Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Ruth Louise Simon was born in Lawler, Iowa on January 1, 1934, the daughter of William and Ida (Shores) Simon. Ruth attended Waterloo’s Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary and West Waterloo High School. When Ruth was a freshman at West, her family moved to Lawler and she attended Lawler High School. During this time, she met Jack McKone. After that year, the Simons moved back to Waterloo where she resumed her education at Waterloo West graduating in 1952. After high school, Ruth worked for IDS in Waterloo and later worked for the New Hampton Tribune. On April 30, 1955, she married the love of her life Jack McKone in Lawler, Iowa. They made their home in Lawler and raised five children. Ruth was the church organist and choir leader for Our Lady of Mount Carmel for 35 years and played for many weddings, funerals and special occasions. A great lifetime passion of Ruth’s was playing the piano. She started her own piano lesson studio teaching many students over the years. Ruth took great pride in her piano students and held recitals in her home and at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Lawler. She also accompanied Turkey Valley High School instrumental and vocal students when competing in state contests. She was an avid follower of Turkey Valley sports and music activities. Ruth was very involved in the Lawler bridge club and loved to be with her friends for Ladies Day at the golf course, but most of all, Ruth loved to spend time with Jack. Jack and Ruth loved to travel and took many trips throughout the United States usually with their children. Later in life, they continued to travel including to Ireland, several parts of Europe and a winter home in Orange Beach, Alabama that she and Jack enjoyed for 20 years. Of greatest importance to Ruth was her love of family and her Catholic faith. She put her family ahead of herself. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include, her children Jackie, Jane, Jim (Connie), Jenny (Steve) Dosch, and Jess (Lane) Powell; grandchildren, Casey (Jess) McKone, Madison McKone, Nicholas Powell, Joseph Dosch, John Dosch; and great-grandsons Brecken and Benen McKone; brother Keith Simon, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack McKone; parents William and Ida Simon; brothers Frank and Kenny Simon; niece Diane Simon, great-nephew Daniel (Danny) Fratzke; her father and mother-in-law, Chet and Annamae McKone; sisters-in-law Helen McKone, Regena (George) Lindeman, Myrnie (John) Corkery; brothers-in-law John Corkery and George Lindeman; niece Colleen Corkery; nephew, Paul Lindeman; niece, Patrica Lindeman.

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  1. My Deepest Sympathy to the Entire family of Ruth. Prayers and Thoughts are with you at this difficult time of Loss of a Loved one. Lyn ( Meissen) Bailey

  2. Sincere condolences to the entire McKone family. She was a kind s, caring soul. and is happy being united with Jack again.

  3. Our sympathies to the McKone Families. Ruth is among the individuals whose legacy makes a lasting impression within the Lawler Community. Mary Burns and Dale Christensen

  4. She was such a great lady and Jack completed their partnership. They are back together as it should be. All our prayers to her family. Jeanne and David Roder

  5. Another great friend has gone to heaven. Jack has been waiting for her arrival. We loved Ruth so much and have many wonderful memories. RIP Ruth with your Jack by your side, God loves you.

  6. Jack and Ruth were my long time neighbors growing up. Ruth and I shared a birthday and that was always something special to me. My deepest condolences to the McKone family.

  7. Thank you everyone for loving my, our, mother. Ruth was never a woman to look back. Mom’s piano virtuosity was evidenced early in life, and by the time she was in about junior high, she was offered a summer of study at The Juilliard School in NYC. Not really understanding the magnitude of such an offer, Ruth’s parents decided they just wanted their little girl home for the summer. I asked mom about her feelings about not experiencing Juilliard considering mom’s great talent, and typical of my mother, her response was swift and strong…”I don’t regret it at all. If I had gone, my life could have been far different than it is now, and I would never trade loving Jack and having you kids and our family.” I miss you so much mom.

  8. In honor of Ruth’s deep devotion to her Catholic faith, I lit several candles in churches for her and Jack last fall as we toured Quebec. It seems only fitting to light a candle at this time of her heavenly passing. Peace to Jess, Lane, Nick and all her family.

  9. My sympathy to all of you on the passing of your mother. Enjoyed music and the discussion of music with Ruth. I especially enjoyed accompanying the Turkey Valley students at State Contest with her. She was a consummate accompanist. May she enjoy the music of the angel choirs and the trumpets! She will be blessed! Jeanette Dietzenbach

  10. Ruth was my piano teacher when I was a kid. Her calm demeanor, kindness, smile, patience and positive attitude was a joy to be around. She loved music and helped many kids over the years learn to play piano. Her and Jack raised a great family! They were huge Hawkeye fans!! They treated you like their kid!! May God Bless her… It was an honor to have known her…

  11. My sympathy to Ruth’s family. She showed her love of faith, family and friends always. Her smile always made me smile. God bless. Kris Markham

  12. Ruth was such a lovely lady as everybody knows. She always took time to visit you and make you feel special. Her and Jack were such a great couple. I’m so happy for her to be back home with the love of her life. She missed Jack terrible I’m sure. God bless her soul. R.I.P. Ruth🙏📿

  13. Ruth was my piano teacher for years and always looked forward to coming into her home to learn with her. A wonderful person and a great family that offered me so many family memories. Jess and to the rest of the family – my thoughts are with you all during your last months with your loss of your parents- their home was my younger years playground you both will be missed. Anne Blazek Arizona

  14. Sympathy to the family of this lovely woman. Ruth was gracious to all she met. She is fully at Home with God,,Jack and family members who went before her

  15. To the family of Ruth, Your mom was my piano teacher & I remember lessons on Wednesdays in your home. She always expected 30 minutes a day of practice, so my pianist days were short lived. Your mom and dad were great family friends and I remember her as patient, kind,& smiling. So sorry for your loss. Jacqueline (Blazek) Evans

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