Wallace LeRoy Ruffcorn

Wallace L. Ruffcorn, age 86, of Modale, Iowa, passed away on January 7, 2018 at Elmwood Care Center in Onawa, Iowa.


Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on January 12, 2018 at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2018 at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Burial- 12:00 (noon) at Magnolia Cemetery, Magnolia, Iowa.



Wallace L. Ruffcorn, age 86, of Modale, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Elmwood Care Center in Onawa, Iowa.

Wallace “Wally” was born January 29, 1931 in Mondamin, IA to Milo and Anna (Wallace) Ruffcorn. Wally graduated from Mondamin High School in 1949. Wally enlisted in the United States Navy in 1950 to serve his country during the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex. He was honorably discharged in 1954.

Wally married Margaret Ann Hoss on November 21, 1954 at the Missouri Valley Christian Church. To this union two children were born, Milo (Lynne) Ruffcorn, Laurie (Mike) Hinkel. Wally began farming full time in the Mondamin area with his brother-in-law, Q.S McClannahan, while also working at the International dealership in Mondamin for Vern Muxfeldt. He was a farmer through and through, and stayed active in farming into his 80’s. Wally led an active life. He earned his pilot’s license in the early 1970’s. He was an active motorcyclist and took many cross-country trips, including traveling to Sturgis. He also took up the game of golf in his 50’s and enjoyed traveling with his friends to courses in the area. He and Margaret enjoyed spending winters in Arizona, where they made many friends through the years. Wally enjoyed watching his grandchildren throughout their activities, and from the stands, was known to help out an umpire or referee when he felt they had missed a call. Wally was a member of the Jesse Strong American Legion Post 378, and enjoyed attending the Veterans Day programs at the West Harrison School.

Wally is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and their husbands, Fama (Q.S) McClannahan, Shurrelene (Robert) Hoff. Wally is also preceded in death by many brothers and sisters-in-law from Margaret’s family. Margaret is the last sibling of the George and Hazel Hoss family, which consisted of six boys and four girls.

Survivors include his beloved wife Margaret of 63 years; son Milo and his wife Lynne of Modale, IA; daughter Laurie and her husband Mike Hinkel of Omaha, NE; Grandchildren: Amie Ruffcorn of Gretna, NE, Kari (Cameron) Godsey of Council Bluffs, IA, Sarah (Matt) Hahn of Elkhorn, NE, Zane Hinkel of Omaha, NE, Michael Ruffcorn of Modale, IA, Tanner Hinkel of Kansas City, KS; Great grandchildren: Zaden Ruffcorn and Brecken Hahn, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Friday at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship to the Mondamin Community Center following the graveside service.

Military Honors will be conducted by O’Hara-Seely American Legion Post 612 during the graveside service.


In Loving Memory Of 

Wallace “Wally” L. Ruffcorn 


January 29, 1931                                   Mondamin, Iowa

Entered Into Rest

January 7, 2018                                          Onawa, Iowa

Memorial Service

11:30 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2018

Hennessey Funeral Home

Missouri Valley, Iowa

Officiating                                             Elder Gary Alton 

Music Selections

“He Walked On Water”                      “Run for the Roses”

“Keeper of the Stars”

Honorary Bearers

Amie Ruffcorn                                               Kari Godsey

Sarah Hahn                                                   Zane Hinkel

Michael Ruffcorn                                       Tanner Hinkel

Final Resting Place

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia, Iowa



  • Mary Brandt Posted January 8, 2018 3:52 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family he was a great person

  • Gaylene (Hilton) Woodward Posted January 8, 2018 6:31 pm

    He was a good guy. We enjoyed hoeing his bean fields. Him using the bean hook vs us using a bean knife. Oh, the conversations and the weather we hoed in. Early morning wet beans. Losing our shoes in the mud. Hot sun. He had the best bean hoeing crew! Right, Margaret and Milo?!! Crew – Helen Hilton, Nellie Edward, Conita (Edwards) Williams, Janise (Hilton) Richardson & me.

  • Duane @Kathy Hoss Posted January 9, 2018 7:17 am

    SO sorry for your loss guys Love you

  • Conita Edwards Williams Posted January 9, 2018 2:04 pm

    Remembering goods time with Wally and Margaret. He will be missed.

  • Denice Czarnecki Posted January 9, 2018 2:44 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  • Marjorie Stirttzz Posted January 9, 2018 7:02 pm

    my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Jerry and Sharon Bertelson Posted January 10, 2018 6:52 pm

    Maggie, you and your Family are in our Thoughts and Prayers! With Deepest Sympathy, Friends,Jerry and Sharon Bertelson

  • Tammie Zortman deanda Posted January 10, 2018 9:41 pm

    Wally was always a joy when he would stop in the chiropractor office. He had so many stories about his time in the service. He always had great pride when he spoke of his family. The world was a better place by simply knowing him. My prayers to his family.

  • Genee and Norm Godden Posted January 12, 2018 11:58 am

    Wally was always such a wonderful time.
    Knew him all our lives. So enjoyed. The visits
    And dinners we had together..So glad we got to have a good visit with him in Nov.
    Prayers Genee& Norm

  • Christina Sawhill and Charlie and Connie Waite Posted January 12, 2018 5:56 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Charlie Connie and the kids

  • Fred Frazier Posted January 22, 2018 6:26 pm

    Maggie, I’m sorry to hear about your misfortune and I’m thinking about you. Fred

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