David R. Ruffin (’54)

David Raymond Ruffin, 90, passed away Wednesday, September 30,2020 at his home. He was born March 18, 1930 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Raymond and Grace (Ledbetter) Ruffin. David graduated from Aldine High School in 1947. He owned Ruffin Inc. in Dodge City. He attended the Methodist Church and was Rotary President in Dodge City, Kansas and Georgetown, Texas. He entered the United States Marines in June 1947 at the age of 17. He served as a Trustee of Saint Mary’s of the Plains. While a Marine, he did his basic training in San Diego and was later stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. After the military he came to University of Houston and graduated with his Bachelor of Science and was the first in his family to graduate from college. After he retired, he enjoyed traveling with Stephen and Glenn and golfing with Tim. After selling his business in Dodge City, he moved to Pratt. He wanted to be close to his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed watching Bryan and Katie play sports. He is survived by his children, David Ruffin, Jr. of Walnut Creek, California, Tim (Nancy) Ruffin of Reno, Nevada, Stephen (Glenn Andersen) Ruffin of Porto, Portugal and Susan (Mike) Kirby of Cunningham; grandchildren, Coleman (Jessi) Ruffin, Robert Ruffin, Daniel Ruffin, Thomas Ruffin, Bryan (Erin) Kirby, Katie (Phil) Hellman and Sean (M’kaylee) Kirby; and 5 greatgrandchildren. David is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bobby Ruffin. A funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 9, 2020 at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Nashville.

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