Theodore J. Rufli(1926-2013)

Theodore "Ted" J. Rufli, 86, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at his home in Fairbanks.
Ted was born May 10, 1926, in Omena, Mich., to the late Royal Rufli and Mary (Mooney) Rufli.
Ted honorably served his country in the United States Army 4th Armored 53rd Infantry Division under the direction of General George S. Patton. He received the Purple Heart for injuries incurred during World War ll during the Battle of the Bulge.
Ted worked at many places in his lifetime and headed to Alaska in 1966 to work on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He was a member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, and retired in 1986.
For those who knew Ted, his home was the "Cheers" of the aviation community and the neighborhood of friends. He built and repaired many airplanes throughout his lifetime, both for himself and his friends.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Roya, Carl and James; and sisters, Claribel Banonis, Margaret LaPonsey and Eileen Holzknecht.
He is survived by his younger sister, Josephine Cato; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nephews and nieces.
There will be a celebration of Ted's life in May, at his house. His ashes will be spread where those of his lifelong friends, Cy and Dean Fouts, were spread.
Ted will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have him as part of their lives.

Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 9, 2013