David was born Feb. 4, 1946 in Cherokee, to Arthur and Dorothy (Stilts) Ruge. He attended school in Cherokee. He was united in marriage to Connie Ridge on June 17, 1989 at Cherokee. He had lived in Cherokee all his life. He had worked at the Cherokee Work Activity Center, in the laundry shop at Tyson's Foods and at B & M Creamery Antiques.He was a member of theHeritage Bible Church. He loved watching stock car races at Alta, making birdhouse benches, crocheting, sewing and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Duane Johnson, a brother-in-law Bill Hoefler and a nephew Chad Hoefler. He is survived by his wife, Connie; four children: Kris Van Roekel and her husband Kevin and their children Amanda, Jake, Jeremy, and Aprilof Cherokee; Christa Kelhower and her children Caitlin and Jaren of Hawarden; Carrie Hall and her daughter Hailey of Cherokee; Lindsey Hall and her daughter Asha Loutsch of Cherokee; two sisters and two brothers: Lowell Ruge and his wife Erna of Steilacoom, Wash.;Edna Batten and her husband Harvey of Cherokee; Gerald Ruge and his wife Shirley of Des Moines; Rose Nixon and her husband Clark of Cherokee; his mother-in-law Leva Johnson of Rockwell City;several nieces and nephews.