Herbert William Ruger, age 87, of Coatesville, Pa., Warren Center, formerly, Bradford County, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013, at the VA Medical Center Coatesville, Pa. with his loving family at his side.
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Herbert was born Sept. 11, 1925 in New Milford, Pa., and his family moved to Sullivan County when he was very young. He was a son of the late Stanley W. and Sara Tiffany Ruger. He attended the Loyalsock Vo-tech High School in Estella and later the Troy High School in Troy, Pa.
Herb joined the U.S. Army Infantry in June of 1944, during WWII and after the war ended he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1945 and was stationed with the 86th Air Depot in Germany until discharged in November of 1946 with the rank of Corporal. He then re-enlisted into the U.S. Army and extending his service into Vietnam War. He was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal with "V" devise which participation in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy. He served with the 25th Infantry Division in Germany and Vietnam and retired as a SSgt in 1970.
After his discharge he returned to Bradford County and worked for PennDOT, Bishop Bros in Barton, N.Y., and lastly for Wysox Sand & Gravel. In retirement he resided in Wyalusing and could be found at the Friendenshutten Restaurant for breakfast and dinner. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Surviving: three children Carol (Joe) Adams, Doylestown, Pa., Barry (Brandy) Ruger of Scottsville, Mich., and Denise (Steve) Baker of Keystone Heights, Fla.; step-son; Anthony Bailey, of Kulmbach, Germany; step-daughter, Crystal (Mike) Wiles of Sayre, Pa.; and a brother, Gerald Ruger of Rome, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Barry A Ruger in 1938, Duane Ruger in 1940; Louis R. Ruger in 1998; Kenneth E. Ruger in 2012; and a step-daughter, Edith R. Bailey.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with the Rev. Robert G. Kaltenbaugh officiating. Interment will be in the Fairmont Cemetery, Forksville, Pa.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
The family will provide the flowers and request that memorial be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to the
Graveside military honors will be accorded by members of the U.S. Army Honor's Detail.
To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.
Published in Daily Review on Apr. 19, 2013