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LTC Michael E. “Mike” Ruth

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LTC Michael E. “Mike” Ruth

Birth
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Death
7 May 2018 (aged 64)
Kearney, Clay County, Missouri, USA
Burial
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Plot
Lot 8, row B, site 42
Memorial ID
191329845 View Source

Lt Col (Ret) Michael Ruth - Class of 1975
Deceased on May 7, 2018

A memorial service was held on 12 May 2018 at the Kearney Community Covenant Church. A graveside service will be held on 11 Jun 2018 at the USAFA Cemetery.

From Gone But Not Forgotten

A strong, quiet man and lifelong servant of his God, his family and his country, Michael Eugene Ruth was taken from us on May 7, 2018, to be reunited with his worldly and his heavenly fathers as a result of pancreatic cancer. Mike was born on Nov. 4, 1953, in San Diego, Calif., into a loving and nurturing family of patriots. Most of his ancestors served their families and friends as teachers and in the medical professions, the clergy or the military. By 5 years old, he had developed a passion for airplanes and had set his sights on a career as an Air Force pilot, following in his father’s footsteps. Growing up in a military family, he enjoyed a freedom of exploration of nature and geography, and as the oldest of five siblings, always embraced the leadership role. Mike applied for and received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs during his senior year of high school and joined the Class of 1975 “Best Alive” on July 5, 1971. After graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and went on to pilot training at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas, flying T-37 and T-38 aircraft. The next 12 years of his career was spent training for or operational flying assignments in the A-7D Corsair at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and England AFB, La.; the OV-10A Bronco at Patrick AFB, Fla., and Sembach AB, West Germany; and the F-16A/B Falcon at Shaw AFB, S.C., Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea, and MacDill AFB, Fla. Following a year at Quantico Marine Base, Va., completing Marine Command and Staff College, he served out the remaining time of a 25-year Air Force career in staff positions at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Va., and North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Following his very fulfilling Air Force career, Mike spent the next two years as a commercial airline pilot with Mesa Airlines, flying out of Denver, Colo. Hired by Southwest Airlines in 1998, Mike spent almost 17 years flying various models of the Boeing B-737 as first officer and captain out of Phoenix, Ariz., and Midway Airport in Chicago, Ill., and retired in 2014. Mike retired with 18,000 hours of flying time over a lifetime and enjoyed every minute in the air and on the ground. Mike spent his adult journey with the love of his life, Susan. They married immediately upon graduation from college. Mike served most recently as the chairman of the leadership team at Community Covenant Church in Kearney, Mo. Besides Susan, Mike is survived by his mother, his daughters and their families.

Susan Ruth, Mike’s loving wife | September 2018

Lt Col (Ret) Michael Ruth - Class of 1975
Deceased on May 7, 2018

A memorial service was held on 12 May 2018 at the Kearney Community Covenant Church. A graveside service will be held on 11 Jun 2018 at the USAFA Cemetery.

From Gone But Not Forgotten

A strong, quiet man and lifelong servant of his God, his family and his country, Michael Eugene Ruth was taken from us on May 7, 2018, to be reunited with his worldly and his heavenly fathers as a result of pancreatic cancer. Mike was born on Nov. 4, 1953, in San Diego, Calif., into a loving and nurturing family of patriots. Most of his ancestors served their families and friends as teachers and in the medical professions, the clergy or the military. By 5 years old, he had developed a passion for airplanes and had set his sights on a career as an Air Force pilot, following in his father’s footsteps. Growing up in a military family, he enjoyed a freedom of exploration of nature and geography, and as the oldest of five siblings, always embraced the leadership role. Mike applied for and received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs during his senior year of high school and joined the Class of 1975 “Best Alive” on July 5, 1971. After graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and went on to pilot training at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas, flying T-37 and T-38 aircraft. The next 12 years of his career was spent training for or operational flying assignments in the A-7D Corsair at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., and England AFB, La.; the OV-10A Bronco at Patrick AFB, Fla., and Sembach AB, West Germany; and the F-16A/B Falcon at Shaw AFB, S.C., Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea, and MacDill AFB, Fla. Following a year at Quantico Marine Base, Va., completing Marine Command and Staff College, he served out the remaining time of a 25-year Air Force career in staff positions at Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Va., and North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Following his very fulfilling Air Force career, Mike spent the next two years as a commercial airline pilot with Mesa Airlines, flying out of Denver, Colo. Hired by Southwest Airlines in 1998, Mike spent almost 17 years flying various models of the Boeing B-737 as first officer and captain out of Phoenix, Ariz., and Midway Airport in Chicago, Ill., and retired in 2014. Mike retired with 18,000 hours of flying time over a lifetime and enjoyed every minute in the air and on the ground. Mike spent his adult journey with the love of his life, Susan. They married immediately upon graduation from college. Mike served most recently as the chairman of the leadership team at Community Covenant Church in Kearney, Mo. Besides Susan, Mike is survived by his mother, his daughters and their families.

Susan Ruth, Mike’s loving wife | September 2018


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Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Class of 1975

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  • Created by: David Goltry
  • Added: 12 Jul 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 191329845
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191329845/michael-e-ruth: accessed ), memorial page for LTC Michael E. “Mike” Ruth (4 Nov 1953–7 May 2018), Find a Grave Memorial ID 191329845, citing United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA; Maintained by David Goltry (contributor 47177571).