Leno J. Ruffini, 89, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 at Nightingale Assisted Living in Arvada. |
A former longtime resident of Rock Springs, Wyo. and resident of Burlington for the past 12 years, Mr. Ruffini died following a brief illness.
He was born on Nov. 13, 1923 in Reliance, Wyo., the son of the late Attilio and Emma Ruffini.
Mr. Ruffini attended high school in Reliance, Wyo. and graduated in 1942.
He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army and was awarded a Bronze Star for the Rhineland Campaign and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the Battle of the Bulge.
He was a mine clerk for several years for the UP Coal Company in Superior Wyo. and worked for FMC Corporation.
Mr. Ruffini served as a volunteer to the Wyoming State Credit Union League for 38 years and served as president, received Frank J. Spillane award from the Wyoming Credit Union League. He was president and treasurer of the Superior, Wyo. School Board for 10 years and Superior, Wyo. City Clerk for eight years. He served as president of Tyrol Trentie Club in Rock Springs, Wyo. and volunteered at the Colorado Welcome Center in Burlington.
Mr. Ruffini was a member of Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, B.P.O. and Rock Springs Lions Club.
His interests included hunting, fishing, traveling, especially in his motor home, spending the winter months in Arizona.
He also enjoyed Wyoming Cowboys and Denver Broncos Football. In Burlington Leno was known as the 80 year old gentleman who rode his bike all over town.
Survivors include his partner, friend and companion Carly Viehmeyer of Burlington; three children Lynn Hubbard and husband Larry of Denver, David Brent Ruffini and wife Betty of Sandy, Utah and Mick Ruffini and wife Rhonda of Stillwater, Minn. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jeanne Ruffini, one sister, one brother, and a granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, in Rock Springs, Wyo. A vigil service with rosary was recited on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at the church.
Military honors and interment was at the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Pallbearers were Leno's three grandsons and three nephews.
Memorials can be made to either the Leno J. Ruffini Scholarship Fund at Trona Valley Credit Union, Green River, Wyo, or Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital. Memorials for KCCMH may be left at or mailed to The Bank of Burlington, 410 14th St., P.O. Box 419, Burlington, CO 80807.
Condolences may be left at www.vasefuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Burlington Record on Oct. 24, 2013