Edward R. Ruffin Print
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:55

Edward R. Ruffin was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, even if the team’s football games were not televised in Iowa.
    While living in Betterndorf, in the southeast part of the state, only Chicago Bears games were shown on TV.
    “He would sit out in the cold, running his car a little bit and then shutting it off,” Mr. Ruffin’s wife Alice said. “He could’ve been inside maybe watching the Bears. But oh no, he was such an avid fan he sat out in his car and listened to the Packers play.”
    Mr. Ruffin died Friday, Dec. 1, at his Port Washington residence. He was 75.
      Mr. Ruffin was born in Matthews, Mo., on March 20, 1942, to Ronald and Stella Cates Ruffin.
    He grew up in Bettendorf and graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1959.  Mr. Ruffin worked at Sieg Auto Parts until he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1966.  He served his country until his honorable discharge in 1970.
    Mr. Ruffin then resumed working at Sieg Auto Parts.
    On March 3, 1973, he married Alice Smith in Davenport, Iowa. The couple made their home in Bettendorf, where Mr. Ruffin continued working for Sieg for more than 30 years.
    In 2010, the couple moved to Port Washington to be closer to their son.
    Mr. Ruffin was a member of First Congregational Church in Port Washington and a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa.
    He enjoyed golfing and fishing.
    Mr. Ruffin is survived by his wife; son R.D. (Bridget) of Port Washington; two grandsons Louis Edward and Cyrus Dean; and sisters Marjia (Al) Hehr and Bettie Beck, both of Cleveland.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Jay Beck.  
    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at First Congregational Church in Port Washington. The Rev. Jeff Suddendorf will officiate.
    Visitation will be at the church from 1 p.m. until the service on Saturday.  
    Memorials are suggested to First Congregational Church or First Presbyterian Church in Davenport.  
    Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington.