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VALENTINE J. RUZICK Jr.

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VALENTINE J. RUZICK Jr. Obituary
Valentine J. Ruzick JR. (93) went to be with the Lord Friday, April 26, 2013. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Tuesday, April 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11525 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. Burial to follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, KS. Visitation will be 5- 8pm Monday, April 29 at Skradski Funeral Home, 340 North 6th Street, KC, KS, with the Rosary at 6pm. The family would appreciate donations in Val's memory to St. Joseph Church or St. John the Baptist Church. A native of Kansas City, KS, Val was deeply committed to his Catholic Faith and grew up as a member of St. John the Baptist Church on Strawberry Hill. He graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1938, where he performed in many plays and excelled in public speaking. Val was an accomplished accordionist and after graduating from high school was offered a music scholarship from Duquesne University. Declining the scholarship, Val went on to enlist in the Army. He was a WWII veteran. Val went on to become a Staff Sargent in the US Army Air Force and served in the Philippines directing fighter planes in flight and in combat. Before an opening of a USO show, Val was asked to do a few numbers on his accordion before Bob Hope appeared on stage. After the war, he had a band with his brother Joe and they played for numerous weddings and social events and became quite the entertainers. In 1951, he married Theresa Dercher at Holy Family Church in KC, KS. He raised his four children and attended the Cathedral of St. Peter. Val worked for several years at General Motors, and after that became an employee of the US Post Office for over 30 years, retiring in 1984. After his retirement, a move to Shawnee allowed Val to become a member of St. Joseph Church and he volunteered to be a crossing guard for the Shawnee Mission School District. He became a permanent crossing guard and served at his post for sixteen years until he was eighty-six years young! He loved this job and "his kids" always looked forward to the end of the year treat when he brought his cooler and passed out a can of soda pop to all who crossed the street. Val and Theresa were avid dancers. He was a loyal follower and tireless volunteer of the Don Lipovac Polka Orchestra. He served as president of the Don Lipovac Booster Club for many years, and supported countless dances, fundraisers and club activities. Preceding him in death, were his parents and brother, Joseph. Survivors include his wife of sixty-two years, Theresa; daughters, Karen Wetschensky and husband, Dick; Kathy Andalikiewicz, and husband, Tom; sons, Val M. Ruzick and wife, Sheila; and John Ruzick; eight grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. A special thank you to Val's extensive nursing home family at Garden Terrace in Shawnee- Erin, Sara, Josh, Les, Frezer, Ryan, Michael, Vanessa, Christine and so many more, too numerous to name. You all made his two year stay a loving, caring home and he was always treated with dignity and respect. Thank you also to Lenora Collins, for all her friendship, support, care and patience these past two years. Val was loved by everyone who knew him and was always kind, friendly and always ready to tell a story or a joke. His ever-present smile and genuine display of love for family and friends will be so dearly missed. He was respected and admired by so many. We all loved him so very much and were so proud to have been a part of his life. Arrangements: Skradski Funeral Home, Kansas City, KS 913-371-1404 www.skradskifh-kc.com
Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 28, 2013
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