Howard Wilson Ruths Jr., 74, of Stephens City, Va., died Monday, May 13, 2013, in Winchester Medical Center.
Mr. Ruths was born in 1939, in Waynesboro, Pa., the son of the late Howard W. and Kathryn M. Ruths Sr. He was a graduate of Smithsburg High School, Class of 1957 in Smithsburg, Md. Mr. Ruths was a foreman operating for Potomac Edison/Allegheny Power Company, serving for more than 32 years, and retiring in 1997. He was a member and vestry member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stephens City. Mr. Ruths was a member of Salem Lodge No. 196 AF&AM in Smithsburg; Post 239 Sons of the American Legion in Cascade, Md.; Eagles Incorporated of Waynesboro, Pa.; Smithsburg (Md.) Community Volunteer Fire Co.; Winchester Eagles Aerie No. 824, Elks Lodge BPOE No. 867, and Moose Lodge No. 1260.
He married Sudie Loretta Winders on October 14, 1957, in Smithsburg.
Surviving with his wife are his sons, Howard "Bud" W. Ruths III and wife, Debbie, of Georgetown, Tenn., Edgar "Ed" B. Ruths and wife, Bobbi, Lynn S. Ruths and wife, Sebrina "Beanie," all of Stephens City; grandchildren, Jennifer McCoy and husband, Nathan, Tiffany Snow and husband, Aaron, Janessa McCormick and husband, Drew, Alexis Ruths, Isaac Ruths, Taylor Ruths, Tanner Ruths and Zach McCarty; one great-granddaughter, Rilyn McCormick; and his sister, Sharon F. Olsen of Cascade.
His daughter, Susan May Ruths and sister, Shirley E. Ruths, preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home located at 1600 Amherst St., Winchester, Va., and again Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church (Jones Chapel) in Stephens City.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church (Jones Chapel) in Stephens City with the Rev. Robert Clark Jr. assisting the Rev. Cameron P. Keyser. Interment will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Stephens City.
Pallbearers will be his sons and grandsons, with Frank Schaller, Joel Schaller, Andrew Olsen, and Corey Snyder as honorary pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1087, Stephens City, VA 22655.
Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com.
Howard W. Ruths Jr., 74
1939-MAY 13, 2013
Ruths (May 16, 2013)
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