Alfred P. Ruh, born on December 9, 1931 to Alfred and Mary Ruh, a dedicated family man who always put family first, Al will be greatly missed by his loving children: Patty (Jon) Jacoby, Kathy (Steve) Cole, Michael (Gail) Ruh, Pete (Jeannie) Ruh; adoring grandchildren: Jeffrey (Katie) and Jason Jacoby, Allison Kear and Joseph Cole, Kaitlyn and Timothy (Kerri) Ruh, and Peter (Dan) and Katherine Ruh; and two precious great grandchildren: Julian and Jocelyn Jacoby. He also leaves behind many cousins and nieces and nephews who dearly hold humorous and fond memories of their Uncle Al. Al is reunited in heaven with his dear wife Katherine (1996); his beloved son Steven (2009); his cherished sister Helen Zeoli (1996); his granddaughter Jennifer (1988); and the many family members and friends who have gone before him.
As a proud 1949 graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School, who was voted “best looking” in his senior year, Al graduated from Champlain College in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He was drafted into the Army in November 1953 and proudly served our country while stationed for 16-18 months in Korea. It was during this timeframe that he married his high school sweetheart, Katherine Kuney (Kae). After an honorable discharge from the Army in 1955, he joined IBM and retired in 1988 after 33 years of dedicated employment. Never one for sitting idle, following his retirement from IBM, Al was a devoted employee at the Buchanan Home Center from 1988 to 2016, at one point taking time off to assist his wife, Kae in her fight against cancer and finally retiring a second time at the age of 83. He was a life-long active member of the Verplanck Fire Department donating his time serving on various committees as well as serving as President and Commissioner.
We hold him dearly in our hearts and he will always be remembered for his love of life and his never-ending humor, optimism and kindness. Dad, we love you and will miss you ‘til we meet again.
The family would like to thank the staff at Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their exceptional care during his final days.
Reposing, O’Mara & Carpentieri Funeral Home on Sunday from 4-8PM. Funeral Mass, Monday 10 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, Verplanck, NY. Interment, St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Verplanck, NY to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be sent to the Wounded Warriors c/o The Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org).
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Verplanck, New York 10596
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