Ruth Elaine Larson Dohrn, of Loveland, Colorado left this world Thursday, March 8th, 2018 to rejoin her daughter Allyson and husband William just shy of her 88th birthday. Ruth was born March 13th, 1930 in Austin, MN to Hogan and Mabel (Viste) Larson of Rose Creek, MN.
Ruth was active in school playing sports and trombone. After graduating from Rose Creek High School in 1948, Ruth went on to study at Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, where she earned her RN degree. While earning her nursing credentials, Ruth participated in the school’s A Capella nurses choir.
On June 8th, 1952 Ruth married a handsome music teacher, William Dohrn. In 1968, they moved their family to Loveland, Colorado where Ruth pursued her nursing career and later worked as a travel agent. In addition to raising five daughters, Ruth was a member of King of Glory’s church choir, participated in many performances in local musical theaters, and sang in barbershop quartets where she made deep and lasting friendships. Bill and Ruth were founding members of King of Glory, where he directed the choir and she sang alto. Ruth was a charter member of Sons of Norway (Stein Fjell Lodge) where she organized Lutefisk dinners.
Ruth is survived by her brother, Donald Larson of Adams, MN, daughters Rebecca, Robin Dohrn-Simpson (Marc Simpson), Paige Kiolbasa, Shaun Smith (Eric) and 7 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and cousins Arlen, Norm, Gordon, and Bob Viste. Ruth is also preceded in death by her brothers Paul and Willard Larson.
Ruth will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her. A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Viegut Funeral Home from 4pm-6pm and 1 hour prior to services at the church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at King of Glory Lutheran Church followed by a luncheon.
Memorial donations can be made to the Scleroderma Foundation by phone at 303-806-6680 or by mail to the Scleroderma Foundation-Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2280 S. Albion St., Denver, CO 80222 or to a charity of your choice in Ruth's honor.