Charles Ruff

July 9, 1940 - January 20, 2024
Charles  Ruff

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Chausey Ruff, 83, passed Saturday January 20, 2024 peacefully surrounded by his family.  Immediately prior to his death, he was also able to share goodbyes with family from afar.  He was born on July 9, 1940, in Long Beach, California to the late Joe and Lupe Ruff.

After high school Chausey enlisted in the US Navy, proudly serving 4 years during the Vietnam War.  His time aboard the USS Hamner allowed him to travel abroad and started his love of world history.  Upon his return, he engaged in numerous vocations including construction and jewelry sales.  Thanks to family friends who owned a salon, he began his lifetime career as a hair stylist and Cheveux Sales Representative. After retiring he relocated to Wilmington, NC to be closer to his daughter and family.  During his retirement he was able to enjoy his passions of gardening, watching soccer, and mostly spending quality time with his grandsons.

Chausey never met a stranger, would give the shirt off his back and he sure lit up a room!  We joked he knew all our neighbors before we did.  His larger than life and loving personality will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Andre Ruff, sisters Eleanor Segrist, Betty Pendray and Darlene Beason.  He is survived by his daughter Chelsey Overton and husband Brad along with their sons Beckett, Berkley and Collins; grandchildren Rosa, Bella and Chance Ruff; sisters Mary Sundeen (Jim) and Jo Anna Dorn (Mike); and a number of nieces of nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 27, 2024 at 11am at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation at 1535 S. 41st Street in Wilmington NC.  Friends and Family are also invited to a Celebration of Life at Plantation Landing Clubhouse at 342 Gaskins Lane at 12:30.

For friends and family unable to attend in person, a Live Stream of services for Chausey can be viewed by clicking here at 11:00am EST. A recorded video will be available here after services have concluded.

In lieu of flowers donations can made to Welcome Home Angel in his memory via link

Service arrangements are entrusted to the Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington.  Please leave condolences messages for the Ruff’s family on his Tribute Wall at

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  • February 09, 2024
    Jo Anna says:
    Miss you my brother. 💔

  • February 05, 2024
    Jojo Smith says:
    We send our condolences and prayers to you and your family. Charles was one of our favorite patients. We enjoyed seeing him. Lots of Love Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.

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