John A. Ruthven
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John A. Ruthven

Cincinnati - John A. Ruthven, 95, lovingly remembered as the "Modern Day Audubon." The Cincinnati born artist was the beloved husband of the late Judy Ruthven for 43 years. Cherished father of Ricki (Steve Halper) Ruthven and Kevin (Mark Tipton) Ruthven. Devoted grandfather of Adam Weissman and Matthew (Molly) Weissman. Proud great-grandfather of William, Jack, and Michael Weissman. Passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020. John proudly served our country as a member of The United States Navy during WWII in the North Atlantic. A recording of the private service is available for viewing at https://vimeo.com/469136919/217c88e338. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Judy and John Ruthven Foundation, P.O. Box 43069, Cincinnati, OH 45243. Sympathy may be expressed at www.springgrove.org. Arrangements entrusted to the Spring Grove Funeral Homes, 513-853-1035.





Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Oct. 13 to Oct. 21, 2020.
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October 17, 2020
Kevin,

I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. However, upon hearing this unfortunate news my nostalgia kicked in bringing back some very pleasant memories. Don't know if you remember but years ago during one or two summers, we ran around and hung out together in Georgetown while I was visiting my grandparents. Can't particularly remember what all we did , but I do know we drove around a lot (all over Brown County) in my PawPaw's Buick!

It's memories like that that help you get through times like this!

Take care,
Steve Grimes
Steve Grimes
Friend
October 16, 2020
John not only was a world class artist but he also a conservationist thru that very skill. I met John thru The Ruff Grouse Society and also Duck Unlimited. He dedicated himself to his love of the outdoors in many way, these two organizations are just a small part of that dedication. John was a true gentleman ans asset to those whom got to know him. He will be missed but certainly remembered by those whom had the opportunity to know John.
God Speed John and rest easy that your efforts will continue.
Mark Driver
October 14, 2020
We loved John for his warm personality , great stories, and wonderful artwork
Our home is filled with his art and memories of our times with him and Judy
catherine bradford and fred shaw
Friend
October 14, 2020
I knew John for over 40 years and was a fellow member with him in Stumps Boat Club. Aside from being a world renowned wildlife artist John was a true gentleman who was a friend to everyone he met. John will certainly be missed by his beloved family and multitude numbers of friends and admirers.
Michael Getz
Friend
October 14, 2020
Kevin, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Nelson and Janet (Wagner) Baker
Friend
October 14, 2020
Ricki I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. He will always be remembered in our home as his prints surround us Prayers for you and your family.
peggy smothers
Friend
October 14, 2020
Ricki, Adam, and Matthew,

Dad / Grandpa continues to brighten the homes of many many people, particularly those in Mariemont who have always proudly displayed his paintings. We are fortunate to have known John and cherish our memories of him. You know that we also cherish our relationship with the three of you.

Very sincerely,

Rex & Sharon Bevis
Rex Bevis
Friend
October 14, 2020
I met John though Helen Black when I joined Greenacres Foundation as the Water Quality Project Director in 1998. As a member of the Masterworks for Nature he showed many pieces at Greenacres shows and help raise funds for Greenacres education programs. As a member of the Little Miami Inc. I was also privileged to connect with him many times including the dedication of a park in honor of him and his wife. But my best memories of him were flipping pancakes at California Pancakes in the Woods over the years. He managed to use the pancake batter dispenser to create a turtle pancake for me and I was just thrilled. I also loved talking with him about creating the mural of Lucy downtown and his experiences on the scaffold. He also shared his memories of growing up in Cincinnati as a child over the years and his love of his wife of over 40 years.. John was one of a kind generous spirit and I will treasure always the times I spent with him. I am so sorry for your loss and that it happened at a time where we cannot come out in force to support you and your family. He was a Cincinnati treasure.
Anne Lyon
Friend
October 13, 2020
My wife Peggy and I were blessed to meet John and get to know him a bit over weekly breakfast at the Mariemont Inn from 2017-2019. I believe The Greatest Artist was at His best when He created John. May God rest his soul. Steve Horgan

Steve Horgan
Friend
October 13, 2020
John was a patient of ours. We always sat and talked when he came in. I always looked forward to seeing him. He was one of the sweetest men. It saddens me to hear of his death. RIP John you can now paint the heavens with your beautiful colors. We will miss you.
Michelle Vogt
Friend
October 13, 2020
Kevin,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father.
It’s been a long time, and I’d love to get together sometime and catch up. Some of my favorite memories of Ohio State are with you.
Nancy Letizia Shear
Nancy Letizia Shear
Friend
October 13, 2020
Way too soon for a truly great friend to leave us
john olmstead
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