|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1924|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 2008|
Billie Haskell Ruyle
April 10, 1924 – July 3, 2008
Billie H. Ruyle, beloved and dedicated husband of Helen P. Ruyle, passed from this life amidst the uproarious thunder and lightening storms of the early morning of July 3, 2008. He was surrounded by his family in his last hours—laughing, joking, storytelling, drinking Pepsi and eating chocolate ice cream. Billie not only lived life on his own terms, but left this world in exactly the same way.
Billie was born on a cotton and sorghum farm in near Foss, Oklahoma in Turkey Creek Township,Washita County,Oklahoma on April 10, 1924 to Verne Arden Ruyle and Martha Frances Wheeler. Billie graduated from Stafford High School, Stafford, OK in May of 1942. When he was 18 years old he left Foss to come to Washington to work in the Tacoma shipyards. Billie would often catch a bus to the Upper Skagit Valley to visit his Oklahoma buddy, Bon Temple. When Billie expressed a need for a girlfriend, Bon said he'd see what he could do. As it happened, Bon's girlfriend was Helen Richmyer's best friend. A blind date was arranged between Billie and Helen. Billie, who "didn't want to let a good thing get away", proposed to her on their third date on December 1942.
Billie was drafted into the U.S. Army 97th Signal Battalion under the U.S. Constabulary on May 30, 1945. Helen traveled by train to Alexandria, Rapides Parish, LA to marry Billie on September 13, 1945 at the First Baptist Church. Then he was sent overseas deployed to Occupied Germany on November 18, 1945. He was honorably discharged on November 16, 1946 reaching the rank of Tech-5 Corporal.
Billie and Helen were among the first homesteaders on the Pinelli Road near Birdsview. They began their life together in a two room cabin and for the first ten years they had no electricity or running water. They raised two children, Gloria Gayle and Verne Arden II, on their 90 acre farm where they resided for 60 years of their 62 year marriage. In 1965 they erected a pan-abode log kit home on the property in one weekend with help of friends and family. This was their one and only move and it was right next door.
When they settled on the Pinelli Road, Billie's first jobs were at the local sawmills but in 1959 he started working at Cascade Supply Hardware in Concrete. He later became part-owner and eventually sold the store in 1974. At this time he retired and began devoting his time improving the Ruyle Ranch and discovering new interests. One of his favorite hobbies was woodworking. He put a lot of love and care into each piece of beautifully made furniture that he gifted to his children.
Billie loved the land. Over the years, on his 'Back-Acher Ranch' he raised turkeys, peacocks, chickens, pigs, horses, and beef cattle. In his later years he continued raising beef cattle, buying in the spring and selling in the fall. Every fall he and Helen would combine a cattle selling trip with a celebration of their anniversary at a favorite resort near Soap Lake, WA. He was a member of the Washington State Cattlemen's Association and enjoyed going to cattle auctions. Billie was so good at buying cattle that the local vet trusted him to purchase cattle for him and keep them on his pasture. It didn't matter to Billie that the steers weren't his, he still spent time each day tending the field and fences and watching the cattle grow. The farm is still home to a herd of grazing cattle belonging to his vet friend Greg Ingman.
Billie enjoyed raising huge vegetable gardens, harvesting fruit from his orchard and keeping bees for honey. Billie and Helen enjoyed their rhododendron gardens, planting flowers, feeding wild birds and keeping an arboretum. Billie enjoyed introducing his great-grandchildren to life on the farm. His life revolved around his beloved wife Helen and their life together on the farm. Billie and Helen enjoyed dancing. They had to re-take dancing lessons several times: Helen had the rhythm and Billie could remember the steps. This is how they danced through life together—as a team.
Billie is survived by his two children Gloria Gayle Ruyle of Bellingham, Verne Arden Ruyle II and his wife Linda of Birdsview; his two grandsons, Marcus Sean of Redmond and Devin Arden (Nicole) of Surrey, B.C.; his great-grandchildren, Rian Nicole, Parker Jade, Isabella Maxine, Izaac Oliver and his brothers Donnie of Burlington and Elmo of Kansas. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Helen in January 2008, his parents, his siblings Edwin and Bonita and his great-grandson Maxwell.
Billie Haskell Ruyle was an honest man who lived his life with integrity, striving to always do the right thing in the matter of fairness to others. He had great inner strength and will power. He was a man of his word, a hardworker, courageous, and a warrior. He often referred to major setbacks in life as "merely little bumps in the road". Billie's wife was the envy of many women—they wished they could find a good man like Billie for a partner and often commented "they don't make men like him anymore." He was literally always by Helen's side in sickness and in health. Billie was a devoted and dedicated husband beyond compare. He was also a good brother and just the right dad for his daughter and son.
Thanks Dad, for the gift you gave all of us in your final hours.
Billie will be entombed with his beloved wife Helen at Tahoma National Cemetary at 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM with full military honors. All are welcome to attend.
Donnie Ruyle, Brother of Billie Ruyle
Verne Arden Ruyle (1893 - 1967)
Martha Frances Wheeler Ruyle (1899 - 1971)
Helen Priscilla Richmyer Ruyle (1924 - 2008)
Edwin George Ruyle (1922 - 2004)*
Tec/5 Billie Haskell Ruyle (1924 - 2008)
Bonita Fae Ruyle Hopkins (1927 - 2008)*
Forever With My Love
Tahoma National Cemetery
Created by: Donnie Ruyle
Record added: Aug 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29350367