Richard Jock Ruefle

June 22, 1925 - March 9, 2012
Richard Jock Ruefle


Richard Jock Ruefle, 86, of Wilmington NC slipped suddenly from this life Friday March 9, 2012 at home.

Richard “Pop-Pop” was born June 22 1925 in Albany, New York. As a member of “The Greatest Generation” he was a WWII USMC South Pacific Theater Veteran. Richard was a Recipient of the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Much thanks for your service. After his military service he worked as a funeral director in Albany, NY. As years passed he retired settling with his family in Carolina Beach. He will be remembered for his superior intellect and quick wit. If not reading he could be found tirelessly working in the yard right up to his death. He was well known and admired for his green thumb.

He is survived by son Butch and wife Karen, daughters Lise Ruefle, Dawn Ruefle Guy and husband DeWayne. Grandsons Zackary Guy, Jason Ruefle and wife Donna. Great granddaughter Shauna Ruefle and three nieces on the West Coast, Susan, Nancy and Karen. His faithful pets and companions Sheba and Bellow.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday March 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Feel free to wear your work attire or your favorite sweatpants. Please come as you are.
The family will receive friends following the service and at other times at the residence on Fisher Lane Wilmington.
We love you and will miss you POP-POP. Semper Fidelis!

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • March 13, 2012
    Casey and Andy Exposigto says:
    Dawn, we are so sorry for your loss. I didn't realize how much your dad did for our country in the military, you must be proud. You and your family are in our thoughtss and prayers. Love, Casey and Andy

  • March 13, 2012
    Regina Beaver says:
    Lise, Dawn & Butch, It really seems unreal that POP POP, Kojack or Toby as Dawn called him will not be around to laugh and scold us like he always did. My heart breaks for all of you. We have known each other most of our lives, good old CB..Please know I love you with all my heart and soul and I wish I could be there for you during this time. I am thinking of you and will see you soon. We know that Pop Pop and Ms. Becky are having a reunion right now and they are still WATCHING US !!!! love you , PI Beave

  • March 13, 2012
    Linda Wooley says:
    Lise and Dawn and Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't realize what had happened until late tonight - Tuesday. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I understand your hurt and sorrow. Hug one another and help each other to get through this very difficult time in your life. Lean on each other for strength. Linda Wooley

  • March 15, 2012
    Liz Swaim Mathis says:
    Butch I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It's hard to lose someone, but you've been lucky to have him a long time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.