Ruby J. Whealen


Saturday, Jan. 30


Ruby J. Whealen was born on July 25, 1926 at Bridgewater to John and Emma (Albrecht) Graber.  As a child the family moved to Parker where she graduated from Parker High School in 1944.  As a Parker Pheasant she was a cheerleader and was the Homecoming Queen. 

On Dec. 29, 1946 she was united in marriage to Allen Whealen at Parker.  They lived near Parker where she was employed at the Freeman Hospital for 19 years as a nurse’s aide and for 13 years at the Turner County Courthouse in the WIC Program, retiring in 1992.  Her husband Allen died in 2001 and shortly after that she moved into Parker.  For the past couple of years, she had been a resident at Dow Rummel in Sioux Falls. 

She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, enjoyed knitting, quilting and bike riding.  She had a talent for doing things and together with her friend Margaret had an upholstery, wallpaper and painting business. Her family and friends were very important to her, and she loved spending time with them.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Kathy (Don) Duncan, Flandreau; Beth (Mick) Francis, Blue Springs, Mo.; Mark Whealen, Parker; Nancy (Dave) Scott, Sioux Falls; Brian (Terri) Whealen, Madison, Wis. and Lisa (Tom) Targonski, Sioux City, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson and special friend Mary Garry, Parker.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Phil and Robert, a nephew Robert and two granddaughters in infancy, Jennifer and Melissa. 

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home, Parker. 

Private family services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at the First Presbyterian Church, Parker, live streamed at   Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery, Parker.  

Due to Covid 19, mask and social distancing are to be observed in celebrating Ruby’s life.

 Funeral Arrangements provided by Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home.

Comments are closed.

  • Rosemary Dains

    February 26th, 2021

    92 Sunday, Feb. 14 Marion Rosemary Teresa Ruppert was born on Oct. 15, 1928 at Parker to Frank and Elsie […]

    Cora Schoffelman

    February 26th, 2021

    96 Thursday, Feb. 18 Chancellor Cora Lucille Mansfield/Highstreet was born on Aug. 18, 1924 to Lloyd and Mamie (Young) Mansfield […]

    David Lee Kleinsasser

    February 18th, 2021

    59 Thursday, Feb. 11 Monroe David Lee Kleinsasser was born on Aug. 17, 1961 at the Freeman Hospital, Freeman to […]

    James (Jim) Gesick

    February 18th, 2021

    80 Tuesday, Feb. 9 Marion Jim was born June 19, 1940 in Waterford, Conn. to Andrew and Ivy (Moynihan) Gesick. […]

    Lorene DeNeui

    February 18th, 2021

    91 Thursday, Feb. 11 Chancellor Lorene Marion Harms was born on April 30, 1929, near Chancellor, to Herman and Olive […]

  • Dorothy Mae Weeldreyer

    February 10th, 2021

    92 Thursday, Feb. 4 Sioux Falls Dorothy was born in Parker on Oct. 7, 1928 to Irvin and Mae (Nowstrup) […]

    Marjo Dannen

    February 4th, 2021

    81 Friday, Jan. 29 Sioux Falls Marjo Beth Ulfers was born July 22, 1939, on the family farm near Chancellor, […]

    Fran Ingalls

    February 4th, 2021

    85 Wednesday, Jan. 27 Parker Frances E. Ingalls was born on Oct. 13, 1935 in Sioux Falls to Alpha and […]

    Martha Elizabeth Bak Soeth

    February 4th, 2021

    103 Saturday, Jan. 23 Viborg Martha Elizabeth Simonsen was born on Jan. 7, 1918 to Simon and Gertrude Simonsen at […]

    Monica Griebel

    January 21st, 2021

    53 Tuesday, Jan. 12 Sioux Falls Monica Griebel was born on Sept. 15, 1967. She was adopted on Sept. 25, […]

  • What’s Happening

    Shop, Shoot and Eat

    Dawn Rye | Writer Chances are you’ve visited a thrift store before. Maybe you’ve gone thrift shopping for a costume […]

    Hammer called to serve at First Presbyterian Church

    Dawn Rye | Writer For many, the most important thing a pastor does is stand at a pulpit every Sunday […]

    Flandreau edges Parker in finale

    Shane Merrill | Writer Hot off a hard fought overtime victory, the Parker Pheasants faced off against conference foe Flandreau, […]