Joseph "Joe" W. Ruh, age 75, of Sea Isle City, NJ, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at home with family by his side.|
Born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in Sea Isle City, Joe graduated from Ocean City High School in 1955, then joined the US Navy and Navy Reserve, serving until his honorable discharge in 1961.
While stationed in Milton, Florida, Joe met the love of his life whom he soon after married and spent the rest of his life.
Upon leaving the military service, Joe settled in Maryland and began his career as a butcher. He began cutting meats for Jumbo foods which became Shoppers Food Warehouse and retired after 30 years as Meat Supervisor over the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC district. Being a hardworking man, Joe's retirement did not last long; he soon returned to work for The Montgomery County School District as a bus driver for children with special needs, later transferring into the maintenance department and retired again after 15 years. Shortly after retiring, Joe returned to his home town of Sea Isle City.
Joe had a passion for sports, he enjoyed swimming and basketball, and as a teen was instrumental in getting the basketball courts in Sea Isle City where they still remain. His real passion, though, was baseball. In 1954 he was invited to try out for The Philadelphia Athletics and attend a baseball school. Although he never went to tryouts, Joe continued to play ball throughout his adult life and coached several youth and men's leagues for which many championships were won. Joe was a big fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Red Skins.
Among many affiliations, Joe was a member of the Am Vets, Patriots, V.F.W., Moose and the Redman Clubs for which he played an active role in food drives, toys for tots, and servicing the needs of people less fortunate.
Surviving is his beloved wife of 55 years, Edith V. Ruh (nee Nichols) and his four children: John Joseph Ruh (Kim) of Charlestown, WV; Elizabeth Ann Doody (Michael) of Union Bridge, MD; Donald Ruh (BillyJo) of Smithfield, PA; Charles Ruh of Sea Isle City; a niece he loved like a daughter, Joyce Allegretto of Sea Isle City; his sister Blanche Mazurie (John) of Sea Isle City; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, numerous sisters and brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Joe was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by many who had the pleasure to know such a kind and caring man. Services will be private. Condolences may be made by visiting earlefuneralhome.com .
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Dec. 28, 2012