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Richard Henry Ruff, 85, died April 19, 2016. Born on January 14, 1931, in the St. Philip’s Community in Newberry, he was a son of the late David Luther & Nell Lominick Ruff. He graduated from Newberry College in 1952 with a BS in Mathematics and the University of South Carolina in 1954 with a Master of Education.

After serving in the military in Germany, Richard returned home to teach school for several years & then to run a dairy farm. Later on, he went to work & retire with the US Postal Service as a mail carrier. He was chosen as Newberry County Outstanding Young Farmer in 1964 & his family was named SC Region IV Family of the Year in 1983.

Richard was a lifelong member of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church where he was active throughout the years in many capacities - Church Council, Sunday School Teacher & Superintendent, Youth Advisor, President & District President of Lutheran Church Men, & Secretary-Treasurer of St. Philip’s Perpetual Care Cemetery Association. At his death, he was a member of the Adult B Sunday School Class & Joy Fellowship

Richard formerly served as Director & Vice Chairman of Newberry Electric Cooperative, Director & Secretary-Treasurer of Newberry County Farm Bureau, & was a member of the Lower Newberry Farmer Association, the Newberry County Beef Cattle Association, the South Carolina Jersey Cattle Club and the St. Philip’s Fire Department. He also served as President of the Pomaria Ruritan Club & was a Zone Governor with Ruritan National.

Richard loved his Jersey cattle & enjoyed many years of showing cattle with his children & activities associated with the Jersey Cattle Club.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Patty Hite Ruff; daughter Nancy Jane Ruff Shirley of Salisbury, NC; son Charles Richard Ruff (Kimberly) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren David Andrew Shirley (Fiancee Kristen Hall) of Charlotte, NC and Sarah Catherine Shirley Michalec (Russell) of Jamestown, NC; sisters Mary Sease Riser (Pick) and Lunelle Harmon (Harry), both of Newberry. He was predeceased by son-in-law Steven Craig Shirley.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 22nd, 3:00 PM at St. Philip’s Lutheran church by the Rev. Andrew David Eargle. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday night at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Philip’s Lutheran Church or the St. Philip’s Cemetery Association, 2461 St. Philip’s Church Road, Newberry, SC 29108 or to Hospice Care of South Carolina, PO Box 151, Drayton, SC 29333.

Active pallbearers will be AP Smith, Brandon Smith, Virgil Smith, Benji Harmon, Benji Vinson, Ed Branham, Vince Branham, and Bob Holcombe. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Adult B Sunday School Class, the Joy Fellowship, Roger Smith, Keith & Janet Fulmer, Richard & Frieda Koon. A special thank you to his Hospice Care of South Carolina Palliative team – Laura Maston, Andrea Williams, and Shannon Moody.

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#18 Anne Shealy 2016-04-22 17:50
Charles, Nancy And Mrs. Ruff please accept mine and Al's sincere condolences on the loss of Mr. Richard Henry. We last saw him at St Phillips shortly after Mom's passing. He was as ever the Southern Gentleman and sharing stories of years past. I know he has joined many saints gone before.

Al and Anne Taylor Shealy
#17 Anna Marie N Berley 2016-04-22 08:13
I remember meeting Mr. Ruff from the days of dairy cattle with Mrs. Nellie Jo and Mr. John Everette. He was such a kind man. My deepest sympathy to your family.
Anna Marie Nicosia Berley
#16 Mary Francica 2016-04-21 19:42
Dear Nancy and Family,
I am so very sad for your loss. What a wonderful man! My mother was born the same year as your dad, and she passed In January. I see by the clock that visiting hours have just ended. I know seeing all those people were a salve to your broken heart. I saw Steve's name as having pre-deceased your dad, and I am just so sad for that, too. Hugs and prayers; will be thinking of you all day on Friday, imagining as you travel to the church and then the cemetery.
#15 Sara Bee looney 2016-04-21 18:01
Patty and family, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Sara Bee
#14 Flynn Family 2016-04-21 15:25
Heartfelt condolences from Salisbury go out to the Ruff and Shirley families. May you feel God's presence and strength now and in the days and months ahead.

In Christ,
The Flynns
#13 Janice Smith 2016-04-21 14:44
Ms. Patty and family, we are so saddened to hear about Mr. Richard Henry. He was a good man and will be missed by all. Our prayers are with you all at this sad time. May God wrap his loving arms around you at this difficult time. Love. Johnny and Janice
#12 Murriel Shealy 2016-04-21 10:37
Mrs. Patty and Family,
Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with each of you. Mr. Richard Henry was a wonderful gentleman. May your memories help ease the pain during this difficult time.
Clifford and Murriel Shealy
#11 nancy stoudemire 2016-04-21 08:31
So very sorry to hear about Mr. Richard Henry. You all have our love and prayers. Love, Nancy and Ryan
#10 Sara Bee looney 2016-04-21 08:18
Patti, Nancy ,and Charles, I was so sorry to hear about Richard Henry. I am sorry I will not be able to be with you tomorrow but will be thinking about you and keeping you in my prayers. Love, Sara Bee
#9 Carol Sease 2016-04-21 07:40
Patty and family - I was so sorry when I heard about Mr Richard Henry's passing. Our prayers will be with all of you at this very difficult time. God bless all of you.
#8 Eva White 2016-04-21 07:36
Momma Patty, Nancy, Sarah, Russell, David & Kristen....Our love and God's comfort to you all, Ben and Eva
#7 Janice R. Long 2016-04-21 07:15
Lunelle and family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Richard Henry.May God bless each of you and keep you in his care with his love and bring peace to all! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
With much sympathy and love,
#6 Lynn Wessinger 2016-04-21 06:16
We are sorry to hear of Richard Henry's death. Please know that you all are in our prayers. We wish you all God's peace and healing in the days to come.
Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#5 Susan Bowers Smith 2016-04-20 19:17
Ms. Patty, Nancy, Charles and family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
May God give you peace and comfort, knowing that Mr. Richard Henry is not suffering any longer.
Our lord has gained a great man.
One who would do anything for anyone. Mr. Richard Henry was not only a very good man, but one who held a very special place in our hearts. We would say like a second Daddy. We will miss seeing him on Sunday visits. To Ms. Patty , you have been the very best wife, mother and dear friend anyone could ask for. Our prayers are with you all. We love yall. Mr. Richard Henry, until we meet again.
#4 Donna Shealy 2016-04-20 18:23
Mrs. Patty, Nancy and family,
I have fond memories of Mr. Richard from Farm Bureau and our earlier "dance" studio days. Your family is in my prayers.
Donna Chalmers Shealy
#3 Linda Hendrix 2016-04-20 17:46
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
#2 Wendy and Bob 2016-04-20 12:31
Mrs Patti and family so sorry about Mr RICHARD Hentry we are thinking about you all
#1 Susan Wicker 2016-04-20 12:05
Mrs. Patty and family,
So sorry to hear about Mr. Richard Henry. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
May God guide you thru the days ahead and bring you peace.
Brett & Susan