Raymond A. “Ray” Ruffing, 72, of Sandusky, passed away unexpectedly late Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2008, in University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Raymond was born Feb. 29, 1936, in Bellevue. He was a 1954 graduate of Bellevue High School and then graduated from Central Technical Institute in Kansas City, Mo. Raymond entered the U.S. Navy in June 1954 and served four years. He was employed at the NASA Plum Brook Research Station for over 30 years, retiring in Oct. 1998. After retiring, he went on to work part-time at Woussickett Golf Course and also worked for WLEC Sports Radio as a statistician.
He was an Eagle Scout, a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Sandusky Council 546 where he was Past Grand Knight, K of C bowling league, Central Catholic Athletic Boosters, SeniorFellowship, AMVETS, American Legion and VFW.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jeannette M. (Pohlman) Ruffing, who he married Dec. 26, 1959; daughter, Joyce Sehlmeyer, Sandusky; son, Roger (Dee Ellis) Ruffing, Sandusky; grandchildren, Jason (Cindy) Sehlmeyer, Cleveland, Jessica Sehlmeyer, Sandusky, Jodi (Matthew) Burrier, San Antonio, Texas, and Ashlee Albert, Sandusky; three brothers, Jim (Margaret) Ruffing and Dave (Lu) Ruffing, both of Bellevue, and Tom (Sherri) Ruffing, Antwerp, Ohio; sister, Ruth (Ed) Hopper, South Pasadena, Fla.; aunt, Mary Stark, Bellevue; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janine (Ruffing) Korte, Sept. 13, 2008; and his parents, Werner and Pauline (Wybensinger) Ruffing.
At his request, cremation will take place. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Monday in David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky; the Rev. Philip Feltman will officiate. Entombment of cremains will take place later in Meadow Green Memorial Park Mausoleum, Huron.
Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Central Catholic High School Tuition Fund or Central Catholic Athletic Boosters, 410 W. Jefferson St., Sandusky, OH 44870, or American Red Cross Military Division, 300 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.