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Ruth Elisabeth Van Gordon

July 10, 1923 — June 16, 2021

A livestream of Ruth's funeral service 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 22nd by clicking on "read more" and scrolling to the bottom of her obituary.


Ruth Van Gorden, age 97, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen, WI.


Ruth Elisabeth Van Gorden was born on July 10, 1923 in Gilman, WI the daughter of Alexander and Mabelle (Minard) Heagle. She graduated from Stanley High School in 1941 and then attended Carroll College in Waukesha for a year and Lawrence College in Appleton, where she earned a teaching degree from the school of music in 1946. She then moved to Neillsville and taught school. Ruth was united in marriage to Heron “Pink” Van Gorden on August 9, 1947 at the Stanley United Methodist Church in Stanley, WI. After they were married, Ruth continued to teach, part-time, for three more years and then she stayed home to raise their family.


She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. She was also a member of the church’s Circle of Friends and a past choir director. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the PEO, the American Legion Auxiliary, an organizer for the American Heart Association, and her and “Pink” were generous donors to The HighGround in Neillsville.


She is survived by one daughter, Marcia Van Gorden of Minneapolis, MN, four grandchildren, Ian (Erin) Kelley, Sean Kelley, Colin (Sor) Kelley and Meghan Anderson, five great grandchildren, Cynthia Kelley, Cyrus Kelley, Konrad Anderson, Adeline Anderson and Ethan Kelley.  She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Janet Van Gorden of Neillsville, WI.


Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, “Pink”, a son, Scot Van Gorden, her parents, three brothers, Charles, Gorden and Edward Heagle, four sisters-in-law, Annette, Eloriane and Hazel Heagle, Cyrena Dierauer, a son-in-law, Carroll R. Kelley and two brothers-in-law, Dick Van Gorden, Robert Dierauer.


Funeral Services for Ruth will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the church.


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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, June 21, 2021

7:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Gesche Funeral Home & Cremation Service

4 S Grand Ave, Neillsville, WI 54456

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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