Alois was born in the beautiful city Lucerne in Switzerland.
He was the oldest son of six siblings.
He grow up and was raised on a farm in Emmen. He went to one-classroom-school with over 50 students and learned so much for his future to come.
After finishing the secondary school he joined the agriculture school in Sursee.
He also went to the French speaking part to learn the French language.
After schooling was done he drove on his first big adventure in his grandfather’s car with his brother Willi to Spain.
The family farm was sold to the government because they needed the farmland for a new military airport.
Alois build his first pig barn and in his spare time he build his own house and others.
He got married in 1961, Cristina was born in 1962, followed by Franziska 1965 and last not least Johanna in 1966, who are all present here.
After several successful years in business the Swiss government put so many restriction on farmers, that Alois and his wife Adelheid decided to sell the business. Alois big dream came true. They immigrated to Canada. The container was packed and they bought a farm in Petrolia and started their new farming life.
It was a very big adventure with a lot of up and downs but after a few years it was all worth it.
Watching and hearing the airplanes close by in Emmen planted a seed in Alois’ mind, which the wish to fly his own airplane one day.
Being here in Canada his dream came true to fly his own Cessna. So he could see his fields from above. He really loved flying and especially checking out his crops.
Another passion of Alois was driving his Porsche.
In the wintertime he was an excellent skier in the Swiss Alps.
His life was being a successful farmer and he loved every minute of it.
Alois was a very caring husband, father and grandfather, a pioneer, a visionary, an
adventurer, a silent observer, hard-working man, with courage and entrepreneurial spirit.
He impressed with his immense knowledge and great life experience.
Alois was very honest, open minded and always had a vision to follow.
We all miss him dearly, but we have the great hope, that we will see him again.
Irgendwann musste dieser Tag kommen,
das wussten wir alle.
Doch die Endgueltigkeit schmerzt,
was uns bleibt, sind viele Erinnerungen an die gemeinsame Zeit.
The Light shines in the Darkness and the Darkness
has not overcome it.
Died peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in his 86th year.
Dearly beloved husband of Adelheid Ruettimann.
Loving father of 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren.
Cristina (Joerg) Mattich-Ruettimann and their children Natascha, Yasmin and Carmen.
Franziska (Beat) Traber-Ruettimann and their children Joy, Robin, and Michelle.
Johanna Ruettimann (Roger Lagodny) and their children Julia and Kayla.
Also missed by his 2 brothers, 3 sisters and many relatives and acquaintances abroad and in Canada.
Alois is mostly remembered for his love of nature and farming, both in Switzerland and Canada.
Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Christopher’s Parish, 68 Union Street in Forest
on Friday, May 19 at 11:00am.
If so desired, donations may be made to Salvation Army or charity of choice.
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