Verner "Vern" Ruff
Verner "Vern" Ruff, age 89, formally of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 at The Wellstead of Rogers in Rogers, MN. Vern was born in 1930 to Friedrich and Margaretha (Enzminger) Ruff of Medina, ND. Vern came from a family of 11 children and he grew up and attended school until the eighth grade in the Media, ND area. Vern married Martha Mayer on August 5, 1947, together they had four children. On October 3, 1970, Vern was united in marriage to Faye Rhoades. This union blessed Vern with 3 more children. Vern was a very loving father and grandfather. He was very proud that he was a fifth-generation family member and loved every minute of it. He spent many years driving a fuel oil truck on the Iron Range in northern, MN. Vern also was a contractor building homes in the Grand Rapids area. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Milton Ruff; several brothers, sisters and their spouses.
Vern is survived by his children, Pauline (Leon) Carlson of Willmar, MN; LeRoy (Deborah) Ruff of Nashwauk, MN; Barbara Snetsinger of Elk River, MN; Roger (Lori) Bertram and Lori (Robert) Garsow, both of Grand Rapids, MN; and Nancy (Steve) Oberaigner of Anthem, AZ; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; two brothers; Walter Ruff of Grand Rapids, Harry (Inez) Ruff of Streeter, ND, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 16, 2019 beginning at 10:00 A.M. until the 11:00 Funeral Service at Rowe Funeral Home in Grand Rapids. Pastor Paul Haddix will officiate with burial to follow at Itasca Calvary cemetery in Grand Rapids. Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.