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Ruben Haertling

Funeral service for Ruben E. Haertling of New Wells, was held Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. The Rev. Virgil Kelm officiated. Graveside committal and military honors followed at the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

Ruben, 88, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 18, 1932, in New Wells, to Theo and Olga Koch Haertling, the eldest of eight children. He and Carol Lorenz were married Aug. 25, 1956, in Altenburg. Two children were born to their union, Rodney and Carla. They had been married 52 years when Carol passed away Feb. 24, 2009.

Ruben was born and raised on the family farm in the New Wells area. He, his wife and their son owned and operated a dairy farm a half mile from where he was raised. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, where he was baptized in July, 1932, and confirmed April 14, 1946. He was faithful in church attendance and also served as an usher and elder.

Ruben worked briefly as a driver for Shawneetown Feed and Seed. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, and was stationed abroad in Landshut, Germany during the Korean War.

Loving survivors include his daughter, Carla (Kevin) Kasten and their son, Nicholas, of Lorena, TX, a sister, Lorna (Kenneth) Steffens of Frohna, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, son, Rodney (5/29/2020); four brothers, Elton, Harlen, Clinton and Wayne Haertling and two sisters, Alida Evans and Lorene Mayfield.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, the Missouri Veterans Home Foundation or the donor’s choice of church or charity.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the tribute wall of Ruben’s personal obituary page at

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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