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Ruby Ruff - January 27, 2013


Ruby Ilene Shockley Ruff, 73, of Logan, Kan., died Jan. 27, 2013 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan. Ruby Ilene Shockley was born July 1, 1939 on the family farm in the Thornburg community to Thomas Everett Shockley and Erma Matilda Tuxhorn Shockley.

She was raised with her four brothers and one sister: Harold, Kenneth “Kenny,” Marvin, Richard and Elaine. She went to school in White Eagle, Black Eagle and Thornburg Grade School. She graduated from high school in Smith Center in 1956, then shortly moved to Logan where she was employed by the Ed Graham Road Construction Company.

While employed, she met Lawrence “Sonny” Fredrick Ruff. Then on Nov. 2, 1956, she married Sonny at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Logan. In the summer of 1957, Sonny was inducted into the U.S. Army. The couple moved to Colorado Springs where, in 1958, Sheila Denise was born.

After Sonny’s military service, they moved back to Logan in the summer of 1959 where they made their home. In the summer of 1962, Richard Lawrence was born. After a brief time working for Donahey Grocery, Ruby was employed by First National Bank. She worked for them as a bank teller.

After First National Bank was sold, she assisted in the opening of Farmers National Bank branch in Logan. She managed the front of the bank, doing customer service and daily banking transactions. After her combined service of 40 years, she retired.

She enjoyed flowers and watching the birds and squirrels that frequented her many feeders. She enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence “Sonny” Ruff; brother, Marvin Shockley; sister-in-law, Dorothy Shockley; daughter, Sheila Gift and husband Paul of Holyoke and their children, Andrea McCallum and husband Gary, Christopher Gift and wife Shalea, Megan Schwarz and husband Nathan and Braden Gift; son, Richard Ruff and wife Denise and their children, Stephanie Carlin and husband Kyle, Daniel Ruff and wife Aubrey, Tiffany Seeliger and husband Brian and Jennifer Ruff; six great-grandchildren, Blye McCallum, Lauren Carlin, Weston Ruff, Shayanna Gift, Nash Gift and Vincent Schwarz; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 30, at the Logan Christian Church with Troy Buss officiating.

The family has requested that memorials be made to Logan Fire Department or the Logan American Legion Auxiliary.