Marilyn Rude | KWBG-AM1590 | Bone, Iowa

BOONE, Iowa – Marilyn Arlene (Johnson) Rude, 90, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2022 surrounded by loved ones in the Westhaven community. Marilyn was a veteran who served as a civil engineer in the United States Air Force for thirty years.

Marilyn was born on March 21, 1932 to parents Ralph M. and Clara (Wackershouse) Johnson in Boone, Iowa. She graduated from Boone High School in 1950 and went on to earn her engineering degree. Marilyn was united in marriage with Gilman Rude (veteran and prisoner of war).

During her years as a civil engineer in the Air Force, Marilyn spent 10 years in Japan, traveling to see many of the sites. She loved to travel and was able to visit Hong Kong, the Peak Tram, Macau and the Philippines. Many of those trips were with her loving friends, Art and Arleen Blackstone, whom she met during the service. After retiring, she held various jobs including Manatt’s in Ames.

Marilyn was a very accomplished woman – she served as an engineer, managed and maintained the family farm, was very active in conservation and recycling, and was involved with Food at First in Ames for many years, where she served on the board. She was also very active at the YMCA in Boone, where she developed many close friendships. Marilyn was very knowledgeable about history and wrote articles for RSVP in Boone, Ia for many years. She loved to read, sew, travel and spend time with her friends who loved her sharp, quick wit and loving personality.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gilman in 1986; and brother Maurice Johnson. She is survived by many wonderful friends who were like family.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel at Sixth Street and Marshall Street in Boone. Inurnment will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Many thanks to dr. Rodney Logan, Boone Co. Hospital, Westhaven Community Staff and Suncrest Hospice for their wonderful care of Marilyn.

Memorial donations can be made to Food at First in Ames in lieu of flowers. That would put a smile on Marilyn’s face.

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The Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel at Sixth Street and Marshall Street is responsible for the arrangements.

Marilyn Rude, 90, Westhaven Community of Boone, Iowa

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