TOLUCA – Arlen Dwight Ruestman, 76, died at 1:48 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Heritage Manor in Minonk with his family by his side.
He was born April 28, 1942, in DeKalb, the son of Peter and Blanche Marie Krull Ruestman Jr. He married Beverly Lucille Kettwich on July 29, 1962, in Minonk. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Laura Miller and Kelly (Tim Bogner) Adolphson, both of Henry; one son, Greg (Ashley) Ruestman, Wenona; seven grandchildren, Jenna Kitts, Chicago, Jason Kitts, Varna, Jessica Adolphson and Michelle Adolphson, both of Lacon, Ryan Bogner, Camp Grove, and Harlow Ruestman and Arlen Ruestman, both of Wenona; one brother, Neil Ruestman, Minonk and one brother-in-law, Tom Ford, Mesa, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda Ford.
Arlen was a forward thinker and innovator. He strongly believed in conservation farming practices, preserving and building soil for future generations. Arlen was years ahead of his time within the farming community that involved technology. He was one of the first farmers to create and integrate global positioning system (GPS) into farming and helped advance the farming technology that is in use today. His accounting ability and practices were second to none. Arlen would overwhelm any financial manager he worked with using the detailed information he provided. He Beta tested accounting software and specialized in agriculture for FMS. "Technology is not worth it if you cannot apply the resulting data" – Arlen Ruestman, 1997. Over the years, Arlen and his son were featured many times in numerous agricultural publications including Farm Journal, Successful Farming, Progressive Farmer, Farm Forum and Farm Industry News. He was a member of Illinois Corn Growers Association and served many offices with the Marshall-Putnam County Farm Bureau, as well as the board of directors for Evans Township. Arlen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Toluca, where he served on the church council in many positions including chair of the congregation, treasurer and council member. He was very active for any of the church’s needs. Arlen was co-chair of the building committee when the new church was built and was active with the building of the parish hall. He was instrumental in getting the first assisted hearing system installed in the church. Arlen was a man of character and integrity, who deeply loved his family and lived by the Golden Rule. He loved and had great pride in his children and grandchildren. The couple proudly raised a beautiful family with strong and thoughtful values.
Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the church. Visitation will take place Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk and Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk.
Memorials may be made to the church.