Steve Ruch, age 60, a resident of Colorado Springs area since 1989, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2013 at a local hospital. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He had retired after serving his country for more than 20 years in the United States Army. Steve was born on November 29, 1952 in Madelia, Minnesota to the late Fred and Marjorie (Evjen) Ruch. He was a 1971 graduate of Madelia High School, entered the Army, his proudest time was in the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington D.C. and while serving as a Drill Instructor. After retirement from the Army, he hauled jet fuel throughout the region for Chief Petroleum Company. He met the love of his life, Cheryl Lynn Morris while on assignment in Washington D.C. They had various assignments across the U.S. and in Berlin. Steve loved hunting, country music, and most of all, his family. He will be best remembered for his sense of humor and strong will. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl of Yoder; his three children: TSgt Scott (wife, Stacey) Ruch, United States Air Force, stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Caryn (husband, Nick) Jasa of Omaha, Nebraska; and Cindy (husband, Eric) Benfield of Aztec, New Mexico. He is also survived by his siblings: Deb (husband, Dan) Miller of Hastings, Minnesota; Rich (wife, Brenda) Ruch of New Ulm, Minnesota; Kim Yock of Mankato, Minnesota. He is also survived by eleven wonderful grandchildren and his mother-in-law, Betty Morris of Mission, Texas. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents, and most recently, his father-in-law, Howard Morris last December. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel. A reception will follow at the Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 South Union Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Steve L. Ruch Memorial in care of Ent Federal Credit Union. Online Condolences: ShrineOfRemembrance.com
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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 11, 2013