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Carl Robert Ruffing, 83, of Rincon, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Memorial Health University Center in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Ruffing was born in Pittsburgh, PA and spent the first 74 years of his life in Pittsburgh, and in Pleasant Hills, PA before moving to Oviedo, Florida in 2005 and then to Rincon, Georgia in 2007.
Inducted into the US Army in 1952, Mr. Ruffing was stationed for a time at Fort Benning, GA, and was honorably discharged in 1954 receiving both the Good Conduct and the National Defense Service Medals. Shortly after his return to Pittsburgh, Mr. Ruffing married the love his life, Lois Jozwiak, in 1955 and began his lifelong career in the steel industry, first working for J&L Steel, which later became LTV, and then after his retirement from LTV, working for Metal Tech until his mid-sixties. His fondest memories were of the men he had worked alongside, mentored, and supervised in the military and at the mill. He was a leader who earned the admiration and respect of his crew, a friend who would remain a friend throughout a lifetime, and a father who above everything loved his wife and his children.
Mr. Ruffing appreciated crossword puzzles, liked baseball, and took pride in the care and condition of his lawn. He could easily chat with a stranger, made sure that everything was fixed and in working order at his home, and was always just a phone call away if you needed anything.
Mr. Ruffing was the son of the late Joseph and Cecelia (Ratajczyk) Ruffing of Pittsburgh, PA, and brother of the late Joseph Conrad Ruffing also of Pittsburgh. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lois (Jozwiak) Ruffing currently of Rincon, Georgia, his daughters Carol Sommers, Linda Rozinak, and granddaughter Jessica Rozinak Klug and her husband Raymond, grandson, Justin Rozinak,; his daughter Deborah and her husband Raymond Lorson, and his daughter Pamela (Schimborski, Williams) and her husband Najeeb Zuberi and their daughter, Aleah; grandson David Schimborski and granddaughter, Bethany Schimborski, grandson Austin Williams and an extensive list of family and friends.
In Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, 7 May 2014, friends and family are invited to the Beinhauer Family Funeral Home (www.Beinhauer.com) on West Liberty Avenue where viewing hours will be from 5pm to 8pm. On Thursday, 8 May 2014, at NOON, a religious service will be held at the Beinhauer Family Funeral Home, followed by a procession to the VA National Cemetery of the Alleghenies located at 1158 Morgan Road in Bridgeville, PA where a Military Honors Ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm. Respects to the family can be sent to[email protected].
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