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Ruth Carolyn Larson Koontz

October 3, 1925 — March 5, 2020

Ruth Carolyn Larson Koontz age 94, of Fairfield, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Sunnybrook Assisted Living surrounded by family.

Visitation for family & friends will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2020, at Behner Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Beth Harbaugh officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Evergreen Cemetery or First United Methodist Church.  With cards and memorials mailed to Jeff Koontz, 1888 Pleasant Plain Road, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

Ruth was born October 3, 1925, in Fairfield to Elmer and Edith (Flinspach) Larson.  She married John W. Koontz April 20, 1946.  They would have celebrated 70 years of marriage before he passed away on February 15, 2016.

Ruth graduated from Fairfield High School.  She went on to college for business but had to return home to help her Dad on the farm because her brother was called to war.  Ruth was a lifelong member of the Lions Club, Ladies Hospital Auxiliary and Merry Makers Card Club.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served on various church committees.  She also attended the Meth-o- Wed Sunday school class. Ruth was an avid Iowa Hawkeye sports fan and was a season ticket holder for many years.  Some of her hobbies were reading, doing puzzles and crossword puzzles, scrapbooking, making quilts and watching RFD tv station.  She also canned and froze the produce from her garden.  Most important to her was following her grandkids activities and spending time with them.

Ruth will be missed by her two children, Jeff (Pam) Koontz and Patti (Craig) Small both of Fairfield; 8 grandchildren, Amber (Dan) Earnest, Shane (Jessica) Koontz, Tori (Cale) Curoe, Lisa (Josh) Phillips, Jason Rippey, Christina Small, Michael Small and Edwin Small; and an abundance of great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Edith; husband, John Koontz; and two brothers, Kenneth and Roy Larson.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, March 9, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

203 South Main Street, Fairfield, IA 52556

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

201 North Court Street, Fairfield, IA 52556

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