Edward "Ed" Ruf
July 12, 2019
Edward A. “Ed” Ruf, 83, of Bloomer, went to be with his heavenly Father on Friday, July 12, 2019, with his loving family by his side in Bloomer while under the care of Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice. Edward was born on October 8, 1935, in Tilden the son of Andrew and Wilhemina (Boos) Ruf. Ed married his Polish bride, Ruth Kampa on November 16, 1957. They shared 61 wonderful years together, raising 7 sons and one daughter.
Ed started out hauling milk and then started his own business in 1961, when he and Ruth flew to Pennsylvania to buy his first portable feed mill. Then, in 1972 he purchased what is now known as Ed’s Feed Service, turning it over to his sons and retiring in 1998. During his retirement, he and his good friend and neighbor, Bert Score, enjoyed scrapping salvage and snow plowing. He participated in the “Grumpy Old Men” look-a-like contest for Walter Matthau in Wabasha, MN, winning it many years! Ed enjoyed spending time with family, reading, tinkering in the garage, and playing with his furry friend “Tiger.” He also enjoyed playing cards each morning with the boys at the café, catching up on the latest news. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and active member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. He was a kind, humble, faithful Christian, who will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; sons: Mike (Julie), Jim (Lisa), John (Mary), Jerry (Carrie) and Jr (Shelly) all of Bloomer, Matt (Heather) of Altoona and daughter: Mary Tschida (Mike) of Oakdale, MN. He is further survived by 22 grandchildren: Kyle (Ashley), Becky, Nicole, Diana (Nate), Dena, Andrea (Jeff), Alex (Samantha), Taylor, Jordan, Mitchell, Ryan, Adam, Micah (Whitney), Elisabeth, Marissa, Caleb, Jarett, Ashten, Dayne, Elisha, Zach and Shantelle and 15 great-grandchildren; brother Joe (Joyce) Ruf; sisters: MaryAnn Schimmel, Rosie (Bill) Schindler and Clara Scheidecker; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Ed was preceded in death by his son: Mark “Whitey”; his parents Andrew and Wilhemina; his brother Willie Ruf and sister Helen Boos.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Thursday, July 18, 2019, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Fr. Victor Feltes celebrating the mass. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer and again Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Private interment will be held at a later date.
Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer and again Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Thursday, July 18, 2019, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Fr. Victor Feltes celebrating the mass.
All flowers should be delivered to Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer by 12 noon, Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Vera Woolery My condolences to the family! Such a wonderful kind hearted man! Lots of hugs to you Ruth!
Vera, Tanya and Adrianna
July 18 at 10:20pm
Clara Zenner I will miss my friend and neighbor.
With my deepest sympathy.
July 18 at 8:51am
Karla Mitchell So sorry for your loss. Ed was a great man I always enjoyed sitting and talking with him and Ruth. Hugs to Ruth and the kids.
July 16 at 11:43pm
Karen (Stevens) Smith Ruth and family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
I was so deeply saddened to hear of Ed's passing. He was always so kind to my mom, my sisters and me.
He will be greatly missed.
With deepest sympathy,
Jim and Karen (Stevens) Smith
July 16 at 11:45AM
Polly Paulson Ed was such a nice, nice man. Always had a smile for everyone. My late husband Ray Paulson sure liked him too. So sorry for your loss.
July 15 at 9:40PM
Diane and Ray Elias What a wonderful life he had. Ed left his family with beautiful memories. May those memories keep his spirit forever in your hearts. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
July 15 at 7:18PM
Barry and Chris Moullet We are heart broken to hear of your loss....he was such a fun and wonderful man..so many great memories from years ago.......god bless
July 15 at 5:20PM
Dwight Oemig Dwight Oemig and family sends their condolences.
July 15 at 11:11AM
Pam Durch So sorry to hear of Ed's passing.Such a fine man.
July 15 at 9:14AM