Robert E. Ruff PDF Print E-mail

Robert Edward Ruff, 94, of Prosperity, died Monday, October 19, 2020 at his residence.

Born on April 2, 1926 in Elizabethton, TN, he was a son of the late Claude Delaney and Leila Chappell Ruff. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran having served on the Yorktown and a retired Certified Orthotist. Mr. Ruff was a member of Zion United Methodist Church and a former member at College Place United Methodist Church in Columbia. He was a member of American Legion Post 55, was the Chef de Guerre of the Forty and Eight and a strong supporter of the American Legion baseball program.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Gatch Stackley Ruff; a son, Robert Timothy “Tim” Ruff (Patti) of Irmo; a daughter, Emily Patrice “Patti” Ruff Smyer (Bill) of Edisto Beach; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Ruff of Chapin; step-sons, John Melvin “Jay” Stackley of Clover, James Raymond “Ray” Stackley (Lane) of Moncks Corner, Charles Christopher “Chris” Stackley (Lyann) of Ladson; a step-daughter, Sara Stackley Wier (Mac) of Barnwell; step daughter-in-law, Fifi Stackley of Gilbert; twenty six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Mr. Ruff was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Frances Cobb "Cootsie" Ruff, a son, Raymond Michael “Mike” Ruff, a step-son, Richard Davis Stackely, a sister, Leila Ruff Hallman and brothers, Johnny Ruff and Claude Ruff.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Zion United Methodist Church Family Life Center by the Rev. R.T. Bowling. A private family committal service will be held at Bush River Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion United Methodist Church, 80 Zion Circle, Prosperity, SC 29217.

The service will live stream via the Zion United Methodist Church Prosperity Facebook account and will also be recorded for later viewing as well.



#7 Curt Tribble 2020-10-21 13:23
Patty and Tim (and the rest of the Ruff family),I send condolences tp you and your families, while recalling fondly how much I liked and admired your Dad. One memory of him sticks in my mind, which I hope will bring you a chuckle. That memory is how your Dad claimed he could talk warts off of people. I am pretty sure that I believed he could actually do that! Love to you all, Curt
#6 BRUCE A. CONNELLY 2020-10-21 08:02
Sarah and family. So sorry to learn of Roberts passing. I know it is pleasing to know he has entered his eternal life with God. There may have been a better person than Robert but that is hard to conceive. Robert touched so many lives and mine was one of them. Thank you God for sharing this great man with us. God be with each of you.
#5 Sammy and Nida 2020-10-21 03:25
Tim, our thoughts and prayers for your family and you.
Sammy and Nida
#4 Hugh Bell 2020-10-20 12:49
Hey, Patty, Tim & Sarah ... What an amazing life we have to honor & celebrate on Thursday. For years & years I spent many a night over on Castle Road. Just about every weekend I was there or Tim was with me! I respected Mr. Ruff just as much as I respected my own dad! He and my dad were a lot alike in many ways! He was quiet, just like my dad! And when he expected something from you he didn’t have to repeat himself! I can remember most of all his amazing talent to whistle. It was beautiful ... Just like a bird! I can sit back right now and here him following songs on the radio or just whistling a tune as he drove us to practice or to a game or to wherever ... He was “old school” in many ways & firm! But but he had a gentleness about him that people gravitated to because he was so genuine & sincere. I am a better person to have known Mr. Ruff and I thank God for all those amazing memories that I have because he was part of my life! ... God picked a flower on Monday ... And it’s name was Mr. Ruff! May God continue to bless each of you richly until you meet your dad once again at the throne of Grace.
#3 Crosby Ruff 2020-10-20 12:40
Pam and I express our deepest sympathy to Sara and all Ruff & Stackley kids over Bud's homegoing. He was a giant of a man in so many ways, and will surely be missed. May our Lord comfort each of you at this time.
#2 Drucie Eaddy 2020-10-20 08:57
Sara, Jewel and I remember all the kindnesses you showed our parents, Dove and Evelyn Connelly, and wish we could extend the same to you at this sad time. Our love and prayers, Drucie and Jewel
#1 Kenny Lipsey 2020-10-20 08:03
Mr. Tim.
Sorry for your loss. Prayers sent to you and your family. God bless!