Gerald (Jerry) Ruffner,79, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Jerry was born on May 21, 1937 in Lambertville, Michigan to James and Maleta (Stall) Ruffner. He was married on October 24, 1970 to Janice (Jan) Pickett.
Growing up he enjoyed Boy Scouts and always treasured his trip to the Boy Scouts Jamboree in California in 1953. This sparked his love to travel. Jerry was blessed by a wonderful family and even more so when he received a new heart in June 2001.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Claren and Keith; son, Russ Ruffner; son-in-law, Bill Fackler; and grandson, Brandon Fackler.
He is survived by his wife, Jan, sister, Janet (Jim) Casacchia, children, Rhonda Fackler, Rick (Dana) Ruffner, Jamie (Jess) Ruffner, Marc (Elizabeth) Pickett, and Michele (Paul) Boland.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Donovan Lee, Kyle (Britni) Fackler, Lucas (Emily) Fackler, Adam Fackler (fiancée Krista), Jeremy Ruffner, Heather Ruffner, Sean (Anna) Boland, Tyr Pickett, Mariah Pickett, Shannon (fiancé Cristian) Pickett, Erin Pickett, Marc Pickett, Olivia Ruffner, Emma Ruffner, Elle Ruffner, Addison Ruffner, Reese Ruffner, and Wynn Ruffner.
Great grandchildren are Sebastian and Lillian Fackler, Maci and Austin Fackler, Addi Lee, Sofia Lendel and baby Nora Boland due late May.
Jerry is survived by nephew, Chris (Mary Jo) Maurer, and Nick Mauer, along with nieces Gayle (Fred) Maschewski and Sharon (Jay) Williams.
Jerry has donated his body to UTMC for science.
A celebration of life followed by a luncheon, will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College, Bowling Green.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.