Phillip D. Ruth (1929 - 2013)

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Ruth, Phillip D. Phillip D. Ruth passed away on April 21, 2013. He was born May 11, 1929 to Paul and Margaret (Mantz) Ruth on the family farm in South English, Iowa. Phil was a shy and retiring child and gifted in math and science. It was determined that the farm life was not for him and he needed more than his class of six students could provide. Phil left the family home to attend high school at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO. Upon graduation, he attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, graduating in 1951 with a B.A. in Physics and Math. He continued his education in graduate studies at both Wesleyan University (CT) and the University of Colorado. Phil taught Math and Physics at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, IA from 1954-56 and was delighted to be a regular invitee at the class of 1956 reunions. In 1957, he moved to Cedar Rapids when he started his 30 year career with Collins Radio (later Rockwell International). It was in Cedar Rapids, at Bishop's cafeteria, where he caught sight of Demetra ("Dee") Preftakes, a fellow Collins employee, and he pulled strings to track her down. Phil found his voice with Dee and they were married on April 15, 1961. They started their life together in Cedar Rapids and in 1978 relocated the family to Richardson, TX where Phil continued his career with Collins. With his work, Phil traveled the world and worked on many significant space exploration and defense projects that helped shape this country. He retired from Rockwell in 1986 as Director of Logistics. Following retirement, Phil and Dee commuted to St. Petersburg, FL where he worked for Raytheon until 2002, when he retired from regular work. Back in Texas for good, Phil worked as substitute teacher in the Plano ISD until 2009. Phil's greatest pleasure was doing whatever Dee wanted to do. They were always on the go going to concerts, museums, eating out, spending time with their kids and traveling. After Dee passed away in 2009, Phil missed her terribly. He moved to Highland Springs retirement community and tried to put a good face on his new life, but he missed his old life with Dee. Phil is survived by his son Paul Ruth; daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Jim Myers; and sister and brother-in-law, David and Marie Gibbens. He is preceded in death by Dee, his parents and Dee's sister, Tina Preftakes (to whom he was devoted). Phil will be remembered for his fairness and honesty, his impeccable manners and kind nature, but most of all, for his devotion to - and unconditional love for - his family. Services will be held at 1:00p.m, Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Central Congregational Church, 5600 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX with a private burial. Memorials may be made to Highland Springs Student Scholarship Fund, 8000 Frankford Road, Dallas, Texas, 75252 or the North Texas Food Bank.



Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 24, 2013
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