Charles F Ruffing
Oct. 21, 1931 - Apr. 23, 2021
De Pere, WI
Charles F Ruffing
De Pere, WI
Charles F. Ruffing, age 89, of De Pere, died peacefully passing gently into the night on April 23, 2021, at his home in De Pere. He was born and raised in the town of Stockbridge, entering the world on October 21, 1931, son of Ray and Theresa Ruffing. He joined the United States Air Force in 1951. He met Alice Hopfensperger at a dance in St. John and they were married on July 7, 1952, at Andrews Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Alice was the love of his life; the two were inseparable and always there for each other. While in the Air Force, Charles was stationed in France where he helped rebuild the country after WWII, and later completed his service while stationed in Washington, D.C.
Charles worked hard and always kept himself busy. He was born and raised on a farm but left the farm to attend and graduate from Auto Mechanical school in Nashville, TN. He and Alice ran a dairy farm for several years and eventually he worked with his friend, Larry Wieseckel, as a mechanic at Mueller Implement in Sherwood in the 1960s. From 1960 to 2000, he ran a beef cattle farm in the town of Chilton where he was one of the first to raise Holstein cattle for beef. Growing up on a farm, he developed a passion for repairing and modifying tractors. Many thought he should have been an engineer given his abilities and love for restoring tractors. From 1967 until 1987, Charles operated a tractor repair business, while also selling and repairing snowmobiles. He wanted an easier way to work on the snowmobiles, so Charles designed and built his own snowmobile lift table and had it patented in 1971. During his retirement he rebuilt and customized dozens of tractors but his favorites were always Olivers, and he even built a 1/4 scale model of an Oliver 2055.
Charles was very kind, considerate, and thoughtful. Despite all of his projects, he had time everyday for his daily visits from the neighbor, Pete Steinmetz, who would come by just to shoot the breeze. He liked joking around but was so good at keeping a straight face that no one ever knew if he was being serious or not. Sundays started at St. Mary’s Church in Chilton and although he was not a “sports guy” every Sunday during football season was spent watching the Packer game or listening to it on the radio. He enjoyed the company of his grandchildren and was always happy to support them in their school and sporting activities. He was always grateful for the gifts in his life and throughout his recent illness he stayed positive and said “thank you” for the help he received everyday. Charles will be greatly missed by Alice and his entire family.
Charles is survived by his wife, Alice; his children: Charles (Theresa) Ruffing and Cindy (Paul) Korb; eight grandchildren: Charles Ruffing, Marykate Ruffing, William Ruffing, Alexandra Ruffing, Annemarie Ruffing, Andrew Ruffing, Ashley (Mark) Alt, and Mitchell (Stephanie) Korb; one great-grandchild: Jordan Alt; sisters: Rosemary Miller and Helen (Tom) Maciulski; and brothers: Raymond Ruffing, Jr., Robert Ruffing, and Richard (Julie) Ruffing.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Theresa; a son: Gary Lee Ruffing; brother: Edward (Delphine) Ruffing; and brothers-in-law: Melvin Miller and Robert Gember.
A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00am on Monday, May 3, 2021, at St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church (120 Davis St.) in Stockbridge. Friends may call from 10:00am until 11:00am at the church on the day of service. Masks are required for those coming to visitation or attending the service. Those who wish to watch a livestream of the funeral service, or view flowers given to the family, can do so by clicking HERE
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Fragile X Foundation https://fragilex.org
The family extends a special thanks to the entire Heartland Hospice team for providing outstanding comfort and care for the past eight months. Special thanks to Krystal for providing to Charles’s personal care and to Traci providing compassionate nursing care, comfort, and guidance for Charles and his family. Thank you to Chaplain John for providing enlightening spiritual support.
Dear Alice, Chuck, Cindy and Family,
Please know that we are thinkin of you during this difficult time. Dan's parents enjoyed all the times with you back in the days of raising the kids and the beef cattle. Lots of stories were shared and good times too. May he rest in peace and join them in his new life again in Heaven. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ann & Dan Konen
Ann Konen - May 2, 2021
We have an Angel in heaven - we call him Dad. We will all miss you so much. Love you to the moon and back, Infinity and beyond!
Cindy and Paul Korb (Daughter/Son-in-Law) - Apr. 28, 2021
Richard, Julie, and family, I send you my sympathy for your loss.
Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - Apr. 27, 2021
I will miss you so much grandpa
Annemarie ruffing (Granddaughter ) - Apr. 25, 2021
HE WILL BE MISSED
THOMAS & hELEN mACIULSKI (SISTER & HUSBAND) - Apr. 24, 2021