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Colonel Thomas E. Ruffini, USAF (ret) age 74, passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Colonel Ruffini was born January 14, 1940 in Plymouth, Massachusetts and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1958. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts and a Master's Degree in Psychology from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. He was commissioned in the United States Air Force following Officers Training School at Lackland AFB in 1962 and served in a wide variety of Human Resources and Training positions. Assignments took him to Virginia, Japan, Viet Nam, Alabama, Nebraska, England, and Washington D. C. He also enjoyed two different five year assignments at Randolph AFB in San Antonio. His last Air Force position was Chief of Staff of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) in Washington, D.C. Colonel Ruffini received numerous service medals including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal. He returned to permanently reside in San Antonio. Tom joined the Kelly redevelopment team in September 1995 as part of the City Office of Defense Transition, shortly after the BRAC decision to close Kelly. That office was transformed in January 1996 into the Greater Kelly Development Corporation, where Tom was the Deputy Executive Director. He is married to the former Cheryl (Cheri) Yeager of Minong, Wisconsin. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard P. and Barbara E. Cassanelli Ruffini and two sisters; Eleanor Osborn and Pauline Luscombe. Tom is survived by his wife, Cheryl (Cheri) Yeager Ruffini; sister, Barbara Ruffini Riedel; brother, Col. James R. Ruffini, USMC, Ret. and wife Nancy; numerous nieces and nephews and his two cats, Salsa and Mocha. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Porter Loring North.
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Interment will follow in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Military Honors.
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Published in Express-News on June 17, 2014