Michael Charles "Mick" "Mike" "Papa" Ruffner (1942 - 2015)

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Michael "Mick" "Mike" "Papa" Charles Ruffner, 72, Punxsutawney, died just before midnight Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.
Born July 3, 1942, in Punxsutawney, he was a son of the late Charles Arnold and Josephine Ann Gianvito Ruffner.
He was preceded in death by his wife and soul mate Patricia Ann Foradori Ruffner.
Mike is a 1960 graduate of Saints Cosmas and Damian High School. After graduation he began his railroad career as a brakeman for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad on the Pittsburgh Division. Upon returning home from serving in the U.S. Army Reserves in A Btry, 4th-92nd/SGT, he became a conductor on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and CSX Railroad. Mike worked diligently and became a representative for the United Transportation Union helping many of his co-workers as well as other railroad employees negotiate the pains of economic injustice in times of turmoil.
Mike was a devoted member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church where he served as an usher for years. He was also a member of a number of organizations such as The American Legion, Rossiter, Rossiter Veterans Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Punxsutawney, Loyal Order of Moose, Punxsutawney and was a Life Member of The Elks in Kane, where he lived as a younger man working on the railroad and often talked about with fond memories, but he was entrenched in The Lions Club, where he served as vice president and president of the Punxsutawney chapter and Region Chairman of District 14-J, winning numerous awards for his dedication. Mike genuinely enjoyed being able to devote his time to helping people in need. He also enjoyed spirited debates and Russian literature.
Mike is survived by his son, Michael Charles Ruffner of Marathon Key, Fla.; his daughter, Dulcey Ann Ruffner of Punxsutawney; his daughter, Courtney Judith Ruffner Grieneisen of Bradenton, Fla.; his grandson Valentino "Tio" Grieneisen of Bradenton, Fla.; his brother, Charles Daniel Ruffner of Cherry Tree; his sister, Kathleen Anne Heaps of Charlotte, N.C.; and aunts, uncles, many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends who he cherished.
Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Deeley Funeral Home in Punxsutawney. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church in Punxsutawney with the Rev. Msgr. Joseph Riccardo officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Punxsutawney Lions Club, 199 Rock Run Road, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Online condolences may be made at www.deeleyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Courier Express from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2015
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