Ruth Caplinn passes
Funeral services for Ruth Caplinn, 87, of Mobridge, were held Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Bethany Lutheran Church, rural Selby.
Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Ruth passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at Golden LivingCenter in Mobridge.
Ruth Clarine Byre was born to Charles and Ethel (Gustafson) Byre and raised on the family farm south of Mound City. She attended country school and high school in Selby.
She married Elmer Fritz in 1944 and they made their home on the farm until 1950 when they moved to Mobridge. Five children were born to this union. In 1958 she married Wayne Caplinn and two children were born to his union. They continued to make their home in Mobridge. Wayne passed away in 1979, and after his death Ruth took in her mother-in-law, Virginia Caplinn, and took care of her until her death in 1992. Ruth continued to live in her home until August of 2013 when she fell and broke a hip and had to move to Golden LivingCenter.
Ruth is survived by three sons, Larry (Jean) Fritz of Lemmon, Doug (Deb) Fritz of Colorado Springs, Colo., and David (Toni Shillingstad) Fritz of Mobridge; two daughters, Darlys (Harold) Fritz Hepper and Jacklynn (Ed) Caplinn Ries of Mobridge; nine grandchildren; Melissa Fritz Iszler, Cheryl Hepper Block, Bryce Hepper, Shawn Hepper, Annie Fritz, Sadie Ries Steiger, Ryan Ries, Riki Ries Peterson and Heather Caplinn; three step-grandchildren, Barbara Umiker, Brenda Umiker Even and Bryan Umiker; and 20 great-grandchildren; Kenan, Kevin, Moriah, Grace, Owen, Haleigh, Jaci, Brayden, Tayla, Sawyer, Logan, Shawn, Alexandria, Jacob, Jarrod, Levi, Branson, Owen, Mattaius and Madison.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; a son, Wayne Fritz as a toddler; a daughter, Michelle Caplinn; a granddaughter, Callandra Fritz as a toddler; her parents; sisters, Lillian and Irene; and brothers, Earl and Levi.