In Memory of

Ruth Elaine Sandeen

May 1, 1931 - August 19, 2021
From: Gowrie, IA

Gowrie – Ruth Elaine Sandeen 90, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 19, 2021 at her home.  Funeral Services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church, Gowrie, with Pastor Jim Davis and Pastor Denise Berns officiating.  Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church until service time.  Burial of casket will be in Gowrie Township Cemetery.  Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is serving the family.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

     Ruth is survived by her son Steve (Jackie) Sandeen of Kelley; son-in-law Dean Downer of Massena; grandchildren, Jake (Lucy) Sandeen, Megan Sandeen, Ted (Stephanie) Sandeen, and Allison (Travis) Dorsey; brother Bob Swanson of Latimer; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Howard Sandeen; daughter Kathy Downer; grandson Nathan Downer; great-granddaughter Elayna Sandeen; and her parents, Ted and Adina (Renquist) Swanson.

     Ruth Elaine Swanson was born May 1, 1931, at Fort Dodge, and graduated from Harcourt High School, with the Class of 1949.  Ruth also graduated from Iowa State Teachers College in 1951 and Drake University in 1968 with a Bachelor’s degree.  On December 28, 1952, she was united in marriage to Howard Sandeen at Faith Lutheran Church in Harcourt.  Ruth taught elementary school in Dayton for 3 years and at Callender for Prairie Community Schools for 30 years until her retirement.  Ruth was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Stephen’s Ministry, Alter Guild, Sunday school teacher, Mission Action Committee, and quilting ministry.  Ruth dearly loved her family and friends, enjoyed dancing, quilting, playing cards, gardening, and entertaining.  She also loved following her children and grandchildren’s sporting events and Iowa State University Women’s Basketball.

Funeral Services
1:30 p.m. - Tuesday
August 24, 2021
Zion Lutheran Church
Gowrie, Iowa
Pastor Jim Davis
Pastor Denise Berns
11:30 a.m. - Tuesday
August 24, 2021
Zion Lutheran Church
Gowrie, Iowa
Gowrie Township Cemetery
Gowrie, Iowa


Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 12:34 PM
“Ruth Elaine was a very special person to us and such a joy to visit with when we were together. She and Ray were childhood friends growing up as next door neighbors. We always enjoyed stopping and visiting when we were in Iowa. Our last visit was three years ago.
We cherish our many memories of her. Blessings and prayers to the whole family. Ray and Sharon Sayers”
- Sharon Sayers

Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 1:34 PM
“She was a wonderful teacher, made a significant difference in my education. I always felt she gave each child in her class individual attention and she did not consistently compare you to your siblings a big problem I had with other teachers. Thanks Ruth and God bless you and your family!”
- Cindy Christensen Heires

Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 8:29 PM
“Such an honor to be a part of the Sandeen family. My heart is breaking. Aunt Ruth was a wonderful caring person. I always felt so comfortable and welcomed when I was with her. She will be missed so much.”
- Colleen Follman

Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 2:23 PM
“So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and friend. We had so much fun on our Christmas coffee outings. ”
- Betty Peterson

Friday, August 20, 2021 at 8:26 PM
You all mean the world to my family and I. Ruth was such a sweetheart. When around her I always felt so welcome and loved. I felt like I just wanted to sit in the room and listen to her. She was either making me smile or sharing wisdom. So many prayers for you all!!”
- Kelsey Wolfe

Friday, August 20, 2021 at 6:39 PM
“Aunt Ruth was one of the sweetest people with the kindest heart I have ever had the privilege to know. So glad we got to visit earlier this summer.”
- Sharon Geisinger

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