In Memory of

Dorothy Rae Rute

August 13, 1918 - August 16, 2018
From: Arnolds Park, IA
Dorothy Rae Rute

Dorothy Rae Rute

Born: August 13, 1918
Died: August 16, 2018
Age: 100

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One of the area’s prominent woman’s bowlers has rolled her last frame.  Dorothy passed from this life on August 16, 2018.  She was the daughter of Ray and Claire Broadie Lawrence, who farmed in rural Clay County.  She is survived by her son Larry and daughter-in-law Kay Rute of Topeka, Kansas and daughter Victoria Rute of Spencer, Iowa; granddaughter Zoe Rute of Lakewood, Washington; niece Mindy and Bill Owen of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Mindy and Bill’s son Russ Owen of Minneapolis; cousins Roger and Gary Boyd of Arnolds Park and cousin Bob Broadie of Ruthven. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell R. Rute in 1972; friend and companion, Orville “Bud” Waimer in 2009 and cousin Ruth Broadie Boyd.

     Dorothy was born on August 13, 1918 on her grandfather’s farm northeast of Spencer, Iowa.  She attended country school, sometimes traveling there on horseback.  She graduated from Spencer High School in 1935 and AIB Business College in Des Moines in 1936.  Dorothy worked for AAA (now ACA) Farm Office in Spencer for seven years.  During that time, she took flying lessons in open cockpit planes, but never flew solo.  Her parents took her to the Clay County Fair to the races when she was just three weeks old and dipped her toes in West Lake Okoboji when she was two.

     Dorothy married R.J. Koch in 1940 and later divorced.  In 1948, she married Russell Rute and lived on the shores of Lake Minnewashta for over 60 years.  She owned The Junk Shoppe full of antiques and collectables.  She worked at the New Inn for over 25 years, managing  Conventions and Reservations.  Dorothy served as Mayor of Arnolds Park from 1990 to 1994, being the first woman elected to that office in Arnolds Park.  Her goal and greatest achievement during her tenure was to improve the Police Department.

     Active in community and civic affairs, she served as President of several organizations and was a lifetime member of the Dickinson County Hospital Auxiliary (now Lakes Regional Healthcare) and the VFW in Spirit Lake.  She was also a member of Calvary Methodist Church in Arnolds Park and the Clay County Garden Club in Spencer.

     An avid bowler, Dorothy participated in the sport for over 60 years.  She bowled a 278 (certified by WIBC), one of the highest scores ever attained in the Spencer Bowling League.  She also bowled several 600s and was inducted into the Spencer Bowling Hall of Fame.  She attended many state and national tournaments, winning first in state doubles sponsored by Atchison Lumber Company.  Her other hobbies including going to Las Vegas and caring for her cats - Harry, Peek-a-boo, Robert, Champagne and Bandy.  She was an avid reader of three daily newspapers and was a formidable Jumble puzzle solver.

     Dorothy donated her body to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy.  Arrangements have been made with Warner Funeral Services in Spencer, Iowa.  A memorial service celebrating Dorothy’s life will be held at a later date.

Dorothy donated her body to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy.  A Memorial Service Celebrating Dorothy's life will be held at a later date.


Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 4:55 PM
“So sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. My condolences.”
- Sue Biederman
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 2:18 PM
“One thing that God promises is that even if we die we can be resurrected. His son Jesus showed us that God has given him the power and the authority yo do so . Which shows that we have the chance to see our love ones again. John5:28-29 Revelation 20:11-13”
- Gerlene Phillips
Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. Just read in the shopper where she was turning 100. So very happy but, this didn't last to long for me. She was a very nice lady and always kind to me. Thru out the years. This lady will be missed by more than her family. Klaren Kelsy also sends her condolences. Prayers are sent to all the family.”
- Donna Dee (Doss) Haberl
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6:15 PM
“To Dorothy's family, So Sorry for your loss. I got to know Dorothy through bowling and we bowled in tourneys together and did quite well!! She was a gem. May God wrap his arms around you now and may your great memories bring comfort. God Bless”
- Mark & Alene (Brinkley) Peters and Family
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:50 PM
“I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in Jesus words at John 5:28,29.
Imagine being reunited with your loved one right here on earth! That’s what Jesus promised, that all those in the memorial tombs ( which are on earth) will hear his voice and come out. Also he said that the meek will inherit the earth. What a wonderful day that will be! If you would like to learn more about this hope, please visit
Please accept my condolences. ”
- Stephanie Reynolds
Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 8:02 PM
“Sympathy to Dorothy's family”
- Kris Berning
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