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“My prayers and condolences to the family of Ruben Kristianson. I have many fond memories growing up with the Kristiansons. Mr. Kristianson was...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Cherie Helton - Kansas City, MO

“Kay, Please accept my condolences on Reuben's passing. His faith and how he worked with others had such an influence. I especially remember his...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Bill Hanson - Wake Forest, NC

“Dear Kay and family, We were saddened to hear of Reuben's passing and yet also rejoicing because he is now with the...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Lisa Dooley Solorio - San Jose, CA

“I was very sorry to hear about the loss of Rueben, a very kind, thoughtful man. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: Bob Norton

“To the family of Rueben, our company extends our deepest sympathy. In remembrance, Scotts has made a donation to the Univ. of Iowa Holden...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company - IA

“We have been honored over the years of having the opportunity of working with Reuben. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Dale Heidbreder - Donnellson, IA

“An amaizing man with a dream to help many that needed a guided way. He provide more than just a job, he gave many confidence that they needed to...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Jan Mitchell - Firestone, CO

“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I just wanted to send my love and prayers to you and your family. Nancy Hragyil ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy Hragyil - Ankeny, IA

“I'am so very sorry for your (everybodys) loss. GOD must have been short an Angel in Heaven, because we all know what a Wonderful Angel he was here on...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Mike Malloy UPS - Burlington, IA

“Im so sorry for your lost .He was a good boss when I worked at park ridge My prays are with everybody in your family ”
10 of 28 | Posted by: sandra hobb - keokuk, IA - friend

“Reuben and I were in the same class in Ogden High School. He was such a fun guy. Sometimes he drove the school bus that I rode. Such antics !! ...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Judy Phipps Tonsfeldt - Ogden, IA

“Cousin Reuben passed too soon. We grew up on adjacent Iowa farms and went to school together. These are now far distant memories. He is remembered...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Dr. Bryant Kristianson - IL

“Kay, we were so sorry to just learn you lost Reuben. Many happy memories including a halloween party at your house, a visit with you at your lake...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Jerry and Darlene Davis - IA

“Janice and family- I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your Father/Grandfather. I wanted to respectfully tell you that you are an amazing...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Karen Norton - Ankeny, IA

“Kay I just heard about the passing of Reuben, My thought go out to you and your family. He was a nice guy. ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: William Mercer - Fort Madison, IA

“Kay, I am truely sorry to hear of Reuben's passing. I was always glad to see both of you when you came and visited us and always enjoyed our...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Jack Van Aken - Fort Madison, IA

“My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. ”
17 of 28 | Posted by: Barbara McVey - Keokuk, IA

“Kay, I was so sorry to hear of Reuben's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May wonderful memories help give you peace....Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Patsy Cordray VanPelt - MN

“Kay... I'm so sorry to hear of Reuben's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Karan Kreighbaum Faul - IA

“Kay and family, we are so sorry about Reuben's passing and just want you to know you are all in our thoughts. ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Shelley Bush - Nauvoo, IL

“I will miss Reuben knowing him. As a young child myself when him and Kay had the young kids in Sunday School @ The First Baptist Church in Fort...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: McVey Becca - Fort Madison, IA

“I always enjoyed Reuben's ready smile and sense of humor. He will be missed. ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Maxine Dennison - Nauvoo, IL

“Kay and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will always have fond memories of Reuben's witty personality and welcoming smile. You have our...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Ron and Lin Yockey - Nauvoo, IL

“Kay and Family, I was saddened to learn of Reuben's passing. He was a wonderful man who made such a positive difference in so many lives. I was my...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Joyce Sapp - keokuk, IA

“Kay, so sorry to hear of Reuben's passing . . . we are thinking of you. He was really young. Linda and the Painter family ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Painter Wilder - Lexington, VA

“Kay. So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Georgia Merschman ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Georgia (O'Donnel) Merschman - IA

“Kay, Bill and I were so saddened to learn of Reuben's recent passing. We will be thinking of you and your family in this time of mourning. May God...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Sandy (Buckley) & Bill Matthews - NC

“Dear Kay, I just heard of your husband's passing. I am sorry. May God bless you & the family. ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Martha Waters Krueger - MO

Reuben Clyde Kristianson, 73, of Nauvoo, Illinois, passed away at 8:09 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa.

Born April 3, 1939 in Ogden, Iowa the son of Oscar Reuben and Frances Evelyn (Hall) Kristianson. On August 22, 1964 he married Kathryn Ann Womack in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife Kathryn of Nauvoo, Illinois, three daughters: Janice (Brad) Eggers of Ankeny, Iowa, Sherry (Mike) Welcher of Nauvoo, Illinois and Mickey Kristianson of Nauvoo, Illinois, one sister Helen (Jim) Ross of Waukee, Iowa, eighteen grandchildren: Kassia (Ryan) Qualley, Kayla Janic (Tyler Bock), Dustin Ranck (Shelby Huls), Bo Eggers, Cameron Patton, Katelynn Janic (Adam Hayes), Chase Eggers, Aerial Patton, Kaycee Brisby, Stevi Eggers, Ceyana Patton, Jeramey Marshall, Cody Marshall and Caden Welcher, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Reuben was a member of the Nauvoo United Methodist Church and formerly a member of the Fort Madison First Baptist Church. He was executive director of the Park Ridge Workshop (Lee County Activity Center) for forty eight years. Reuben enjoyed watching sports, playing sports with his grandchildren and spending time with his family.

Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013 at the Nauvoo United Methodist Church in Nauvoo, Illinois. Where the family will meet with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. that evening.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Nauvoo United Methodist Church with Pastor Randy Azbel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Online condolences may be made to the family at
Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements.