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Robert Dale “Doc” Rueter

Birth Date: December 29, 1923
Death Date: October 22, 2017

Decatur-Robert Dale “Doc” Rueter, 93, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017 in St. Mary’s Hospital.

Dale was born December 29, 1923 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Henry and Irma (Hyland) Rueter. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Dale was an optometrist in Decatur retiring in 1988 after thirty years of service. He also became an auxiliary police officer with the Mt. Zion and Decatur Police Departments. He was a member of the Golden K and American Optometric Association and enjoyed working with the police departments and computers. Dale married Mary Ann Hershfelt on October 8, 1943 in Houston, Texas. They shared over seventy-four years together.

Dale is survived by his wife Mary Ann, son Scott Alan Rueter, Scott’s wife Melinda, and grandchildren Griffin, Kaitlyn, Matthew, and Michael Rueter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Hyland Rueter, one sister Anita Rueter, and two sons Robert Michael Rueter and William Dale Rueter.

Services to celebrate Dale’s life will be 10:00 AM Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home with Rev. Miley Palmer officiating. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM Wednesday, October 25, 2017 and from 9-10 AM Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard will be in Fairlawn Cemetery.

The family of Robert Dale “Doc” Rueter is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.

Video Tribute for Robert Dale “Doc” Rueter: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/BTWYJZFTWT58P456

Visitation
October 25, 2017
4:00 pm
- 6:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Celebration of Life
October 26, 2017
10:00 am
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Cemetery
October 26, 2017
Fairlawn Cemetery
1600 W. King St. Decatur, IL 62522
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Visitation prior to ceremony
October 26, 2017
9:00 am
- 10:00 am
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Thanks for being a good friend to us when we were new to Decatur and a great eye doctor later on. Condolences to Mary Ann, Scott and the rest of the family.
    Mark & Kathy Sorensen

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