Bob Dean Ruth was born June 23, 1931, at Portsmouth, OH, to Vernon and Ruth (Carter) Ruth. He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1949. He attended Cedarville University, in Cedarville, OH, for one year, and then served in the US Navy from 1951 until 1955. He served as a hospital corpsman, stationed in Bainbridge, MD, Portsmouth, VA, Coronado, CA, Japan and Alaska. His last two years of service was with the Amphibious Construction Battalion One in California and Japan. On May 14, 1951, he married Phyllis Ann Roe at Cattlettsburg, KY. He received his BA Degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY, and his Masters Degree from the University of Cincinnati. He also attended Ohio State University. From 1955 until 1968, he was a teacher, principal, coach and counselor at Georgetown, OH and from 1968 until 1972, he was the Dean of Students at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD. He was the Superintendent of Schools at Ethan, SD from 1972, until his retirement in 1991. He then was a teacher at the Mitchell Christian School. He was also a basketball official for many years.
He was a member of the Mitchell Wesleyan Church, Gideon International, the American Legion, VFW, South Dakota School Administrators Association and the Mitchell Area Retired Teachers Association.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis, four children: Peggy Weeks and husband Waite of Bristol, ME; Debbie Bell and husband Tom of Alexandria, SD; Cindy Schneider and husband Dan of Mitchell, SD; Michael Ruth of Miller, SD; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.