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Raymond B. Ruff

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Raymond B. Ruff, age 81, of South Bend passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013 at St. Joseph Medical Center following a strong fight against Parkinson's disease. He was born on November 21, 1931 to Raymond E. and Fredia (Rinkenberger) Ruff in Chicago Heights, IL. Raymond earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana and also served in the U.S. Army during the time of the Korean War. On August 25, 1956 in Lansing, IL, he married Barbara Freeman who preceded him in death in 1984. On December 29, 1990 in South Bend, he married Carole (Bell) Relias, who survives. His sister, Rosemary Chambers passed away in December 2005. Ray is also survived by his children: Jody Ruff of South Bend, Kristin Ruff of Hoboken, NJ, and Kurt Ruff of Tempe, AZ. His extended family includes his stepchildren: Susan (John) Mazurkiewicz of South Bend, Andy (Michele) Relias of South Bend, Nick (Jamie) Relias of Granger, and Aris Clark of South Bend. An avid dog lover, Ray instilled a great appreciation in animals among all his grandchildren. He is missed by all 14 of them, including Emily Ruff, Lucas and Caroline Mazurkiewicz, Caitlin, Blaise, and Morgan Relias, Austin, Chris, Skylar, and Tate Clark, and Brady, Sophia, Kade, and Corban Relias. With all those grandkids, there are sure to be a few more dogs named 'Jake' among future generations. Ray started in the banking business, working with his father at First Calumet City Savings and Loan, and then at Palos Bank and Trust in Palos Heights, IL. He then took his engineering and administration background to Capital Technologies in South Bend as group president and CEO, followed by senior management positions with its parent company, Grabill Corporation. He retired as VP of sales and quality assurance of Henco Enterprises in Niles, MI. Following retirement, Ray enjoyed his dogs at field trial events around the Midwest, sailing on Lake Michigan and spending many hours with Carole at various athletic fields throughout South Bend and Granger watching his grandkids play baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, swimming, and soccer. His family and friends could rely on Ray for his solid advice and guidance, and it was always a great discussion talking politics and national and world events with him. Even with his long time roots in South Bend, he always remained true to the Orange and Blue of his Fighting Illini, and had great memories about growing up just south of Chicago on the Illinois and Indiana border. Visitation and viewing takes place on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Welsheimer North Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland Road in South Bend. Burial services begin at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with visitation at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment and Military Funeral Honors at Highland Cemetery. Ray fought hard in his battle with Parkinson's disease, and his family asks that in lieu of flowers, you remember Ray and help others by contributing to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, (800) 708-7644 or via web at: Family and friends may leave condolences at:

Published in The Times on July 31, 2013
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17033 Cleveland Rd South Bend, IN 46635
(574) 272-2244
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