Alfred Dennis Ruff, 76, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in El Paso, after battling kidney disease.
Mr. Ruff, the oldest of six children born to Alfred "Pug" Dennis Ruff and Emma Mae Morris, was born on May 25, 1936, in Wildcat, Wyo. Mr. Ruff was raised and educated in Wyoming and Idaho before moving to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Mr. Ruff was a civil service electronics engineer at Holloman Air Force Base for more than 30 years, retiring in 1999. Mr. Ruff was an avid reader who also enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, sailing and spending time with his family, friends, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Ruff is survived by his wife, Linda, of the family home; son Derek Ruff and wife, Terri, of Las Cruces; daughters Kim Buie and husband, John, of Alamogordo, Cindy Matteson and husband, Wayde, of Apopka, Fla., Debbie Spencer, of Dallas, and a special daughter Katie Jennings and her son, Richard, of Alamogordo; grandchildren Anthony and Ilea Ruff, of Las Cruces, Dustin Castro, of San Antonio, Texas, Morgan and Blair Buie, of Alamogordo, Mikael Matteson, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Krystal Matteson, of Apopka, Nichole Herod, of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Joshua Hardy, of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren Payton, Jocelyn and Mariela; brothers Butch Ruff, of Rozet, Wyo., Dave Ruff, of Dubois, Wyo., and Mike Ruff, of Wasilla, Alaska.
His parents, brother Buck Ruff and sister Sharon Winn preceded Mr. Ruff in death.
A memorial for Mr. Ruff will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel located at 2301 First St., Alamogordo, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas Arrowsmith-Lowe officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations be made to the Alamogordo Cancer Resource Center or Animal Village New Mexico.
The Ruff family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.