Eugene Martin Ruff, known to his family and friends as Gene or “Yogi” died peacefully on September 1, 2018.
Gene was predeceased by his parents, Nora (McLaughlin) and Eugene F. Ruff and his stepmother Mary (Maloney) Ruff. He is survived by his children, Barry C. (Olga) Ruff, Eric M. (Pam) Ruff and three grandchildren. Gene is survived by his 9 siblings Fred (aka Beaver) (Andy) Ruff, Winifred (Roy) Thompson, Mary Cathell, John (Emmalea) Ruff, Tom Ruff, Anita (Rainer) Wolter, Bridget (Rick) Napolski, Anne (Horst) Fischer and Joe (Debbie) Ruff. Gene is also blessed with more cousins, nieces, nephews and friends than can possibly be mentioned and he loved them all, very much.
Gene attended St. Paul’s Elementary School obtaining a football scholarship to play at Salesianum and finishing up at Wilmington High School graduating in 1957. Gene spent his working years in retail sales and in real estate, selling many local Wilmington houses, finishing his career in construction materials sales. Gene always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends mostly in the Wilmington area, leaving for a few years to Rhode Island so he could be with his boys while they were growing up, then returning. Gene also enjoyed dancing and singing whenever he got the chance. He appeared in several shows with the Brandywiners at Longwood Gardens and local theatres. He had several of his songs recorded and his family will continue to enjoy hearing them for many years.
A visitation for Gene will be held at St. John The Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road on Wednesday September 5th, 2018, where friends may call after 10 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to A. I. Dupont Children’s Hospital, 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803. Online condolences may be sent to mealeyfuneralhomes.com.