Obit: Ruth Paustian


Ruth A. Paustian, 94 of Walcott died Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Wheatland Manor Nursing Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bentley Funeral Home in Durant. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. at Bentley Funeral Home in Durant. Burial will take place in the Walcott Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Walcott Firefighters Inc. or Maysville Fire Department in her memory. The family would like to thank the staff of Wheatland Manor for the loving care they provided to Ruth. Online condolences may be left at

Ruth was born in Muscatine County, Iowa on Sept. 30, 1924 to Earl and Amanda (Klindt) Kraklio. She graduated from Wilton High School in 1943 and from Marycrest College with a BA in Education.

Ruth married Melvin Paustian on June 15, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa. Melvin died on Nov. 13, 2007.

Ruth taught in one-room schools in Scott County, Blue Grass Community Schools and retired from Pleasant View Elementary in Pleasant Valley after 43 years of teaching. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wilton. She enjoyed playing Bingo, playing cards and dancing with her late husband, Melvin.

Ruth is survived by her three sons, Dennis Paustian of Torrence, California, Randy (Dianne) Paustian of Davenport, and Greg (Carrie) Paustian of Dixon, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sisters Deloras Ruplinger and Sharon (Jim) Grunder, and brothers Kenneth and Gary (Kaye) Kraklio; sisters-in-law Joan and Sandy Kraklio.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; one great-granddaughter, Tammy VanGoethem; sisters Eleanor Moeller, Jacqueline Telsrow, Patricia Kraklio, Marion Kappeler and Phyllis Kappeler; and brothers Darius and Earl Kraklio.

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