Obituary Details

Kenneth William Ruffing

(05/07/1934 - 07/11/1987)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 07/22/1987

Kenneth William Ruffing

Kenneth William Ruffing, 53, died at is Riverton home on July 11, 1987.

Services were Wednesday, July 15 at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. Burial was in the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Evansville.

Mr. Ruffing was born May 7, 1934 at the Christ Ruffing ranch north of Lusk to Henry and Sophia (Grout) Ruffing, where he lived during his childhood. He attended Fairview School and graduated from Lusk High School in 1952.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and served four years, spending most of his time in Japan. After his discharge, he worked for Harry Manning west of Lance Creek.

He married Joyce Arthur of Riverton on June 10, 1967. The couple had three children.

After his marriage, Mr. Ruffing worked for Wagoner Herefords at Jay Em. In 1969 the Ruffings moved to Riverton. For a time Mr. Ruffing was engaged in ranching with the Arthur family. The last 13 years he has owned and operated XY Mobile Home Service with the help of his wife and family.

He was an avid lover of flying as a young man and he belonged to the Civil Air Patrol, logging many hours. His great desire was to own his own plane.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons, Tim and Rod; one daughter Ramona; and two grandchildren, all of Riverton; one sister, Jean Thomas of Lusk; three uncles, including Jennings Ruffing of Lusk; three aunts, numerous cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three uncles and two aunts.

Out-of-town family attending the services were Jean Thomas, Juddee Thomas, Wes French, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thomas and David, Gertie and Donna Ruffing, and Mr. and Mrs. Jennings Ruffing, all of Lusk.

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