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Riley Puterbaugh 1995-2015

Aug 20, 2015

RUTHVEN — Funeral service for Riley Zahrt Puterbaugh will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Kris Hackbart will officiate.

Interment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven.

Riley Zahrt Puterbaugh passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. He fought a courageous battle with cancer and is now with his Lord and Savior in heaven.

Riley was born to Chad and Tracy Puterbaugh on April 21, 1995 in Spencer. He grew up in Ruthven where he loved the farm and working outside. He attended school in Spencer, graduating in 2014. He was an active participant in the Iowa Special Olympics, where he competed in track and field events. Riley was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ruthven, where he was baptized and confirmed.

Riley was a gentle but courageous young man. He loved his family and his pets. Riley loved John Deere tractors and Dodge pickups. He could tell you all kinds of information about them. He liked to tease his friends and always enjoyed a good laugh. Riley loved a cold Coke and French fries. He was happiest at home with his family. He enjoyed the simple things in life.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Chad and Tracey Puterbaugh; brother, Gage Puterbaugh (Melissa) and nephew, Henry; grandparents, Allan and Jean Puterbaugh; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

Riley was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gary and Marjorie Zahrt; his aunt, Jodie Miller; and both maternal and paternal great grandparents.

On behalf of Riley’s family, we thank the entire community of Ruthven and the many other friends whose love, generosity, and support have been a constant source of strength and encouragement. Thank you to the teachers and staff in Spencer School systems that have gone above and beyond in every way to love Riley and make him feel so important. Thank you to the doctors and nurses at Mayo Clinic who did everything in their power to care for Riley. Thank you to the incredible Hospice and Home Health nurses who have shared their gentle touch and kin d words to Riley in these last difficult weeks. We also give a special thank you to the Shayla Bee Fund for their contributions and support.

Memorials will be given to: Shayla Bee Fund and the United Methodist Church in Ruthven.

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