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Ruth Georgia (Palmer) Schwanebeck age 85 of Knoxville, passed away Friday evening, May 12, 2017 at the West Ridge Specialty Care of Knoxville.
Funeral services for Ruth will be held Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Knoxville with Pastor Joel Picard officiating. Private family internment will be held on a later date.
Visitation for Ruth will be held from 2 to 7:00 p.m. Friday May 19th, also at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Ruth's family will be present from 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening.
Ruth was born November 4, 1931 in rural Perry, Iowa the daughter of Wayne and Edith (Workman) Palmer. Ruth attended Perry Country School, that was across the road from the family farm where she was raised. Ruth lived at the family farm until her senior high school year when she moved into an apartment with friends so she could graduate from Perry High School, Class of 1949.
In 1948, at the Perry Theatre, Ruth met Carl Fredrick Schwanebeck. Carl and Ruth were married two years later, on September 10, 1950. They lived in Perry and had three boys, Curt, Cris, and Cort.
The Schwanebeck family left Perry in 1957 and moved to Anamosa, Iowa. In 1960 Ruth, Carl and family moved to Knoxville to manage the Grand and Marion Theatres, and Frontier Drive-In Theatre. One of the first major tasks for Ruth and Carl was to relocate the drive-in theatre that was west of town to north of town because of the Red Rock Dam Project. As if Ruth wasn't busy enough helping Carl with the two theatres two daughters were added to the Schwanebeck household, Caprice and Colette. Ruth was a wonderful homemaker and for 25 years she worked as a bank teller at Iowa State Savings Bank in Knoxville. Ruth was also a devoted volunteer with her sorority Beta Sigma Phi, Iowa Kappa Master, and enjoyed being a member of the Knoxville Federated Garden Club.
Ruth is survived by her three sons, Curt Schwanebeck and wife Karen of Knoxville, Cris Schwanebeck and wife Patty of Knoxville, Cort Schwanebeck and Jim Wickesberg of St. Helena, California; two daughters Caprice Daugherty and Dan Losada of Knoxville and Colette McRoberts of Knoxville; 14 grandchildren, Jeremy and wife Misha Schwanebeck, Jennifer and Jason Klootwyk, the late Joseph and wife Allison Schwanebeck, Sarah and husband Andy Neary, Kathleen Schwanebeck, Elizabeth Schwanebeck, Aubrey Schwanebeck, Cris Patrick Schwanebeck, Madisen and husband Tony Schroeder, Chambray and husband Josh Burk, Ashton Daugherty, Connor McRoberts, Delaney McRoberts, and Hallie McRoberts; and seven great grandchildren, Kerigan and Clay Schwanebeck, Jacob, Jared, Justin, Jaden Klootwyk and Rowan Neary. Ruth is also survived by her brother John Palmer of Perry, Iowa.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Carl Schwanebeck; her grandson, Joseph; her son-in-law Kevin Daugherty; her parents Wayne and Edith Palmer; and two sisters, Hazel Palmer and Betty Pierce.
A memorial in Ruth's memory has been established to the HCI Hospice Care Service and Quality Home Health Care both of Knoxville.
Published on May 15, 2017
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