1930 census Arnold and Erma have 5 children (all b KS) and in the 1940 census, still in Rinehart, no younger children have appeared. So the Rutz siblings are: Vergene E Rutz b ca 1918 Donald A Rutz b ca 1922 Robert S Rutz b ca 1923 Henry J Rutz b ca 1927 John F Rutz b ca 1930
In the obituary in 2002 for Robert "Bob" Rutz, three siblings are listed as survivors: Vergene Henry John One sibling preceded Bob in death: brother Bud Rutz.
ERGO Bud Rutz is Donald.
Original Poster: Do you know whether Bob's family did indeed know Bud had died? Or did they simply say he had died because they had lost track of him?