William Rueben Sauer
Born: April 22, 1918 in Powell, Wyoming
Died: March 23, 2013 in Twin Falls, Idaho
Age: 94 years old
He was known as Rueben all his life. Rueben was born in Powell, Wyo., on April 22, 1918, to Emma Marie (Kaiser) and William Albert Sauer. He was the second of four children: Viola was the oldest, then Rueben, Roy and Mildred. His parents were farmers all his life. The family farmed in Wyoming, Nebraska and Idaho while Rueben was growing up. Rueben married Ella Serr on Dec. 27, 1939. They had seven children: Jerry, Tom, Cheryl, Sam, Harold, Bryce and Tim. Cheryl died at the age of 8 months.
Rueben continued to farm and dairy until 1997, when he sold the farm and retired. Rueben and Ella continued to live in their home after the farm sold. Ella died Feb. 24, 2006. Two of his granddaughters and their children lived with him much of the time, each at different times. Rueben enjoyed spending time with all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When his health declined, he lived with Sam for eight months and then moved to Birchwood at the end of April 2012 as his health continued to decline requiring more care.
Rueben is survived by his sons, Jerry of Spokane, Wash., Harold (Carol) of Hagerman, and Tom, Sam (Helen), Bryce and Tim, all of Jerome; and his brother, Roy of Hagerman; 17 grandchildren; and more than 35 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ella; daughter, Cheryl; sisters, Viola and Mildred; and three grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah and Ronnie Rae II.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Jerome Cemetery. The Rev. Lance Jennings will dedicate the grave. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Demaray-Robertson Funeral Chapel in Jerome.