Ruth Eleanor Fast

January 19, 1923 ~ May 31, 2014



Ruth Eleanor (McDill-Enger) Fast, 91, of Brandon, SD, died peacefully in her home, Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, SD, with Pastor Zach Sommerlot officiating. Inurnment will take place at 2:00pm, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Ft. Bayard National Cemetery in Santa Claira, NM.

Ruth was born January 19, 1923, in Cicero, IL, to Samuel & Agnes (Lindsay) McDill. She married (Kenneth) Warren Enger on May 24, 1942. Ruth & Warren had two children; Ken and Heather. They were married 10 years before Warren died from cancer.

On January 6, 1953, Ruth married Milton Fast. They lived in the Chicago area until 1973 when they moved to Silver City, NM. During the time in the Chicago area, the couple had five more children. They lived in the Silver City area until Milton’s retirement in 1991. The couple then moved to Sun City, AZ. In September of 2001 they moved to Madison, SD to live with their daughter, Beryl and son-in-law, Walt Moser. In 2007, her second husband, Milton, died and in November of 2010, Ruth moved with her daughter & son-in-law to Brandon, SD.

Ruth is best known by her family and friends as a woman who loved her Savior. She loved to read and had a passion for God’s word. It was not uncommon to see her sitting in her chair, pouring over scriptures and she spent many hours praying for her family, friends, and many others.

Ruth is survived by her three sons; Ken Enger, Colorado Springs, Kevin (Adelina) Fast, Albuquerque, NM, and Dan (Valerie) Fast, Las Cruces, NM; two daughters, Heather (Creighton) Bell, El Paso, TX, Beryl (Walt) Moser, Brandon, SD; two daughter-in-laws, Kassie Enger, Colorado Springs, CO, and Betty Fast, Tucson, AZ.; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas (Doris) McDill; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel & Agnes McDill; two husbands, Warren Enger and Milton Fast; two sons, Timothy Fast and Lorin Fast; one brother, Samuel McDill IV; two sisters, Angie Gibbs and Rose McDill; a granddaughter, Emily Fast; and one great-granddaughter, Roselyn Fast.

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  • Jane McAthie says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at
    this time. She was a special lady, so glad I got to know her. May she rest in peace.

  • D. Ellyn Thompson says:

    i just had a feeling that maybe Ruth had stepped into Glory. I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to look. So I Googled Her name and searched and the Lord brought Me to this site. I met Ruth in PhoeniX, Az. when We both did those Humongous paper routes in Sun City in the middle of the night. Her and I would chat and pray for one another. We kept in touch here and there. Ruth, I will miss you here on earth as I always knew You were there and praying for me. The Lord knows how much You meant to me even tho we could go for long times w/ out hearing from each other. What a Beautiful Loving Caring Kind Encouraging and Cheerful and more Woman You are. Thank You for All that You Put into My Life. Ruth, You are Truly a True Woman of the Living God. Full of HIS Love, HIS Word and HIS fruits. It was an HONOR to have You in My Life. I will see You in Heaven and We will Chat thru `Eternity. Love, `Ellyn 🙂

  • John Williams says:

    My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother.I ran across this notice while searching for contact information of another family member, Lorin Fast. It is with profound sadness I noted that he had preceded his mother in passing. Lorin and I served aboard the USS Coronado LPD-11 back in the middle 1970s as Operation Specialists. Again, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. And fair winds and following seas to my old shipmate Lorin.

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