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Ruth Draeger

Ruth Draeger

Ruth Draeger, 92 of Fargo, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Bethany on 42nd in Fargo.

Ruth was born on July 29, 1921 in Boone County, Nebraska, the youngest child of George Paul Willard and Elsie (Merrell) Willard. She grew up on the family farm and after graduating from Albion High School worked in the Boone County Treasurers Office. On June 17, 1947 she married Evan Draeger in St. Edward, Nebraska. They lived in St. Edward, Columbus and Aten, Nebraska. They also called Pickstown, Yankton, Chamberlain and Mitchell, South Dakota home. Starbuck, Washington was also their home for several years.

She is survived by her son, Gene (Monica) Draeger of Sioux Falls, SD, Carol (Jerald) Strand of Casselton, ND; grandson, David (Nan) Draeger of Woodbury, MN; great-grandson, Xavier Merryman of Loveland, CO and her brother, Merrell Willard of Littleton, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Evan; sister, Margaret Jensen; brother, George Willard and granddaughter, Rebecca Merryman (Draeger).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your local hospice chapter in Ruths name.

There will be a memorial service at Bethany on 42nd-Larsen Chapel on Saturday, September 21 at 10:30 am. There will also be a service on October 5 in St. Edward, Nebraska with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in St. Edward.