Earvin Lindley Ruddick

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Earvin Lindley Ruddick, 96, of Westminster, passed away early Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2017, at Brookdale of Westminster. Earvin was born on August 30, 1921 in Lockwood, Missouri and was the son of the late Robert Hardin and Ethel Carrico Ruddick. He was the loving husband of Dorothy May Helms Ruddick. His death occurred just a few days before their 75th wedding anniversary. Earvin enlisted in the Coast Guard during World War II, and moved east from his home in Missouri to be stationed at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. After the war, Earvin studied architecture drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art. As a young cabinet maker, he worked for Knipps in Baltimore. According to author Robert Klara, who wrote The Hidden White House, Earvin is believed to be the last surviving workman on the White House renovations done during the Truman administration (1948-1952). He fashioned molding for several of the rooms in the White House from the ancient beams that were installed after the War of 1812 burning of the White House. He made special wooden boxes from the beams for each of the 48 states. In addition, he was also involved in the layout and building of the furniture for the House of Representatives. His love of woodworking carried on throughout his life. Earvin became the foreman for the governments' cabinet shops throughout the D.C. area working for GSA. Locally he was known for constructing grandfather's clocks, cabinets, and wooden crafts that he and Dorothy marketed at the Carroll County Farmer's Market. He loved to travel with his wife, and took trips in their RV around the United States and wintered in Florida. Earvin established the local chapter of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees). He was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church. Surviving in addition to his wife is daughter Susan Ruddick Bloom and her husband Calvin Bloom of Westminster; granddaughters Dr. Sara Bloom Bruce and her husband Matthew C. Bruce of Arlington, VA, Emily Bloom Killinger and her husband Christopher Killinger of Barnstead, NH; great-grandchildren Anne Killinger, William Ruddick Bruce, and Calvin McCormick Bruce. He was predeceased by sister, Ruby Belcher. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. Funeral services will be on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Gerald Fuss officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Westminster Cemetery. Memorial contributions may by made in his name to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster MD 21157. Online condolences may be offered to the family at: www.prittsfuneralhome.com

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 26, 2017
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