Ruth Elizabeth Fardal

Ruth Elizabeth Fardal, of Des Moines, Iowa and Sun City West, AZ, passed away February 24, 2015.

Upon graduation from high school Ruth worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring after 30 years in Des Moines, Iowa.

Obituary and further information at Sunland Memorial Park Funeral Home:


Jack Alfred MacAllister

Jack A. MacAllister, 87, of Omaha NE / Gunnison CO. passed away Feb. 14, 2015.

Jack started with the telephone company in 1950 — known as “Ma Bell” at the time — as a telephone installer for the princely sum of $50 per week.  Jack moved upward through the ranks of the telephone company, moving every two years or so.   The final tally was 19 moves in five states.    He liked to say he had pretty much performed every job there was to do and knew the company inside and out.    He loved people, loved meeting customers, believed in treating employees fairly and with respect and always tried to make the best decisions for the customer, his employees and the company.    He was a much beloved and legendary figure within the company.    After serving as president of Northwestern Bell in Omaha, Neb., his career culminated in 1982 with his appointment as the chief executive officer and chairman of U.S. West.

Obituary, and much more information at the Gunnison Country Times:

Robert N. McGinn

Robert N. McGinn, age 77, of St. Peter, MN, died on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Robert worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 1986 after 30 years.   After retirement Bob worked for Geldner Construction and later Geldner Underground for the next 28 years.

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