Sunday, September 13, 2009

Raymond L Ruffing Obit and Online Memorial

Ruffing, Raymond L.

RUFFING RAYMOND LOUIS RUFFING On Sunday, September 6, 2009 of Beltsville, MD. Loving husband of the late Emily J. Ruffing; beloved father of David R. Ruffing of Crofton, MD, Diane L. Ruffing of Beltsville, MD and Debra J. Mills of Stevensville, MD. Also survived by seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and godfather of Dana Payne, Jr. Relatives and friends may call at the ROBERT E. EVANS FUNERAL HOME, Rt. 450 and Race Track Rd., Bowie, MD on Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10 a.m., Monday, September 14, 2009 at Our Lady of Fields Catholic Church, Millersville, MD. Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association.

Published in The Washington Post on 9/11/2009

There has also been an online memorial done online with lots of pics here

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday- Garland Family Bible

As a child I would always pull out my Grandparent's family bible from a book shelf and look at all the great pictures in it. I would always stop at the family record section and read through the entries of births, marriages, and baptisms. Amazed at the history those pages contained. Just a few years ago I was honored to be presented the same bible as a Christmas gift from my mother and aunt. It is an heirloom I will always treasure.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Remembering PapPap

My paternal grandfather Raymond L Ruffing passed away two days ago on September 7th in Laurel, MD. Ever since he was admitted to the hospital last week I have been thinking a lot about the man I and my cousins always called PapPap. Pap was born in Mifflin, PA on July 2, 1927 to Florian J Ruffing and Nora L Flading. He worked at a steel mill when he was a young man, joined the army during World War II, served as a Washington D.C. police detective and umpired/coached baseball for as long as I can remember. (See this blog post for a previous post about my Pap)

My best memory of my Pap was 4 years ago shortly after my grandmother died. We were all gathered around the family table after the funeral and Pap was telling the story of when he first saw my grandmother. They were both stationed in Germany after World War II, my grandfather with the 508th Parachute Regiment that was affiliated with the 82nd Airborne and my grandmother was with the Womens Army Corps. Pap said he was in a taxi riding down the street when he saw my grandmother walking down the sidewalk and he told the cab driver "You see that woman? I'm going to marry her one day." He had tears in his eyes as he told the story. I will miss you PapPap, I hope you are at peace, and you and Memaw are somewhere having a most excellent time.