Raymond B. Ruff

Born: Sat., Nov. 21, 1931
Died: Sun., Jul. 28, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 01, 2013
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Fri., Aug. 02, 2013
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Aug. 02, 2013
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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SOUTH BEND – Raymond B. Ruff, 81, of South Bend, passed away on Sunday, July 28 at St. Joseph Medical Center, following a strong fight against Parkinson’s disease.

               Ray was born on November 21, 1931, to Raymond E. and Fredia (Rinkenberger) Ruff in Chicago Heights, Ill. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, and also served in the U.S. Army during the time of the Korean War.

               On August 25, 1956 on Lansing, Ill., he married Barbara Freeman, who preceded him death in 1984. On December 29, 1990 in South Bend, he married Carole (Bell) Relias, who survives. His sister Rosemary Chambers passed away in December 2005.

               Ray is also survived by his children Jody Ruff of South Bend, Kristin Ruff of Hoboken, N.J., and Kurt Ruff of Tempe, Ariz. His extended family includes his stepchildren, Susan (John) Mazurkiewicz of South Bend, Andy (Michele) Relias of South Bend, Nick (Jamie) Relias of Granger, and Aris Clark of South Bend.

               An avid dog lover, Ray instilled a great appreciation in animals among all his grandchildren. He’s missed by all 14 of them, including Emily Ruff, Lucas and Caroline Mazurkiewicz, Caitlin, Blaise and Morgan Relias, Austin, Chris, Skylar and Tate Clark, and Brady, Sophia, Kade and Corban Relias. With all those grandkids, there are sure to a few more dogs named ‘Jake’ among future generations.

               Ray started in the banking business, working with his father at First Calumet City Savings and Loan, and then at Palos Bank and Trust in Palos Height, Ill. He then took his engineering and administration background to Capital Technologies in South Bend as group president and CEO, followed by senior management positions with its parent company Grabill Corporation. He retired as VP of sales and quality assurance of Henco Enterprises in Niles, Mich.

Following retirement, Ray enjoyed his dogs at field trial events around the Midwest, sailing on Lake Michigan and spending many hours with Carole at various athletic fields throughout South Bend and Granger watching his grandkids play baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, swimming, and soccer. His family and friends could rely on Ray for his solid advice and guidance, and it was always a great discussion talking politics and national and world events with him. Even with his long-time roots in South Bend, he always remained true to the Orange and Blue of his Fighting Illini, and had great memories about growing up just south of Chicago on the Illinois and Indiana border.

               Visitation and viewing takes place on Thursday, August 1st from 4pm to 8pm at Welsheimer North Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland Road in South Bend. Burial services begin at 10:30am at the funeral home with visitation at 10:00 am, followed by internment and Military Funeral Honors at Highland Cemetery.

               Ray fought hard in his battle with Parkinson’s Disease, and his family asks that in lieu of flowers, you remember Ray and help others by contributing to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York NY 10163-4777, 800/708-7644 – or via the web at www.michaeljfox.org.

Family and friends may leave E-Mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com

Charitable donations may be made in Raymond's memory to the following organization:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New Yo
Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York NY 10163-4777

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Chuck and Jill Schaefer
   Posted Wed July 31, 2013
To the family of Ray Ruff,

We remember with smiles the times Ray and his dogs participated in the Greater Indianapolis Brittany Club field trials at Winamac, Indiana. It was always a pleasure seeing Ray, he was a gentleman. I (Jill) remember just sitting around and chatting with him, how pleasant he was. It is with sadness we heard of his passing.

Chuck and Jill Schaefer

Amy Caurro
   Posted Thu August 01, 2013

I hope you are comforted by many happy memories and the knowledge that God is with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Amy Caurro