Kenneth L. Ruff, 89, passed away May 3, 2007. Survived by his wife, Marilyn Ruff of the family home; son, Kenneth (Michelle) Ruff II of Santa Rosa, CA; daughter, Karen Clay of Maple Grove, MN; grandchildren, Ken Ruff, Jennifer Ruff, Michelle (John) Hill and Steven (Kelli) Clay; six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, George Langley of Pueblo; numerous nieces and nephews, including, Mary Lou Jackson, Georgia Kennedy and Judy Thomas. Kenneth is preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine Ruff; brothers, Robert Ruff, Melvin Ruff and Ernest Ruff; sisters, Mildred Wright and Opal Langley. Kenneth was born on December 11, 1917, in Bartlesville, OK, to George H. and Alice Ruff. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for over 60 years, South Pueblo Lodge #31, A.F. & A.M. and B.P.O. Elks #90. He was in the First Master Gardeners Class and also a member of the Farmers Market, Pueblo Historical Society and Pueblo Association of Realtors. He graduated from Pueblo Central High School in 1936. Ken worked at the C.F. & I. Steel Mill, then as a photo engraver for 25 years with Pueblo Engraving Company, as well as 30 years in real estate with Jones Healey Realtors and Schwabe Real Estate. Ken enjoyed socializing, playing bridge, bird watching and working in his garden. He had a very special way of connecting with people. Visitation Sunday, May 6, 2007, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2007, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 85 Stanford, with the Rev. Kim James officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Marilyn,
    I just wanted to say how sorry I was for your loss. My prayers are with you.
    Mary Highline

  2. My fondest memories of Mr. Ruff is of a very friendly well groomed man who attended Northern Avenue Methodist/Wesley Methodist Church. My condolences go out to Karen and Kenny.

  3. Ken and Karen,
    I remember your dad so fondly. We kids had a fun time in our old neighborhood. I’m so sorry he is gone.

    Both my parents died in 2001 within two months of each other.

    My deepest symptathy to you and your families.

    Ruth Ann

  4. Seeing the name and remembering the son, I have to respond to an opportunity to say goodbye to the father and hello to the son. Ken and I were classmates at Corwin, Central and that other school that forced us to leave the rest of our friends. I was the only black guy in the South high Band (“59- “60) and played first chair clarinet while Kenny played Bassoon that year. I met dad twice; once around high school graduation and years later as a customer. His smile and the way he made me feel as if I was the only customer he had, makes me think of the son on a regular basis. When I confessed being a classmate of his son, the can of worms was opened and we talked for far too long and he went through another customer before we quit laughing and talking family.
    When one like Mr. Ruff is on their way to eternal life, it does make us wonder about our Heavenly Father: does He really understand that we will miss them that go into death before we do. Death is a door that leads to everything we hope for and yet I hesitate to go through it and would not want to return once I”ve gone through it. I know that God has an arm full of comfort for us…. I just wish we wouldn’t have to shed tears and bear pains to recsive it. Its there and if there was a way to put it in big buckets with every family member’s and all friends’s name on them I would see to it that all would get it poured all over them like yesterday. My prayer for you is the next best thing.
    God Speed
    William Conner

  5. My Uncle Kenneth was a dear man; I will remember him for his kindness patience, and encouraging ways. He was loved and respected by my parents who spoke of him often. Tom, and I send our sympathies to you, the family and friends gathering in Pueblo today. Our hearts are with you.
    Love & prayers,
    Mary Louise (Ruff) Hildebrandt

  6. Marilyn, Karen & other Family
    Thinking of you at this time.
    Kenneth is now at peace after a difficult time.
    Remember him for the good memories.
    Hurt will pass and time will heal.
    I knew him for so many years along with his connection to all the
    Allison – Kennedy families memories

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a fun guy and thoughtful guy. He will be greatly missed. Mary Beth and Family

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