Norbert C. Ruff

Norbert C. Ruff

Death 28 Nov 2007 (aged 88)
Burial Bloomer, Chippewa County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 89224584 · View Source
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Norbert C. Ruff, age 88, of Bloomer passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire following a cerebral vascular accident while deer hunting on his land at Keystone.

Norbert was born in Bloomer on June 4, 1919, to Edward and Helena Ruff. He attended St. Paul's Catholic Elementary School, Bloomer High School, Detroit Institute of Technology and the Central State Teachers College at Stevens Point, pursuing a degree in chemical engineering.

Norbert enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 23, 1940. His primary flying school was Arledge Field in Stamford, Texas, graduating in the class of 41-I Texas on Dec. 6, 1941, as a second lieutenant. He lived his life governed by the spirit of the Flying Cadets - honor, discipline and character. Stationed in the South Pacific, Major Ruff flew fighters with the 80th Pursuit Group; after completing his combat duties, he was then stationed at numerous bases throughout California.

After leaving the military, Norbert along with his brother Richard were co-founders of Catalytic Combustion Corp., an air correction technologies firm, and later he was involved with several other business ventures.

Norbert is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Rose Eileen Ruff; daughters, Wendy Heggendorn (Ruedi) of Grenchen, Switzerland, Geralyn Rovello (James) of Portland, Ore., Jacqueline Peterson (Ronald) of Bloomer and Jeanne Ruff of Salisbury, Md.; one son, Mark Ruff (Kelly) of Bloomer; grandchildren, Christine Heggendorn, Alex Rovello, Nick and Emily Peterson, Blake and Lauren Ruff.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herbert and Richard Ruff; sisters, Norma Fashingbauer and Lorraine Rivers; wife Dorothy Hanson; and infant daughter.

Norbert was passionate about the outdoors, especially deer hunting and fishing. He enjoyed building and repairing fishing rods, gardening (particularly tomatoes) and repairing "anything." The account of his experiences as a fighter pilot resulted in the publication of "RUFF STUFF, A WW II Pilot's Story." Norbert was a member of the St. Paul's Catholic Church, American Legion, VFW and several local and national service organizations. He will be best remembered for his analytical mind, problem-solving abilities and passion to always do the RIGHT thing.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at Schriver's Funeral Home in Bloomer.

A memorial Mass at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Bloomer will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.

Memorials can be made to the N.C. Ruff Educational Fund at St. Paul's Catholic School, Bloomer, Wis.

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