Gerhold Paul Ruffner
October 11, 1924 – April 14, 2017
Paul was a longtime Bellevue resident raised, on the family farm in Plattsmouth. He was a WWII veteran and Purple Heart recipient. A founding member of Eastern Sarpy County Fire Department and also Wake Robin. Active in Boy Scouts, 4-H, Camp Creek Threshers, VFW, and Midwest Antique Auto Club. Paul was employed as a locksmith and marine dealer, and later retired from Johnson’s Hardware in Omaha.
Preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Madeline; first wife LaVonne Schuessler; second wife Anita Amato; brothers William and Andy; sisters Ella Mae Glup, Dorothy Rinker, and Betty Bebe.
Survived by 4 sons, John (Annette) of Morris, IL., Daniel of Bellevue, David of Plattsmouth, and James (Jean) of LaVista; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Paul enjoyed exchanging stories. His passions were hunting, restoring tractors, stationary engines and old cars. Spent many winters in Arizona with friends and didn’t miss a Polka dance, or a golf game. He just enjoyed life, and will be deeply missed.
Visitation: 5-7:00 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 at Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel
Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 104 Galvin Road N. Bellevue, NE
Interment: Oak Hll Cemetery, Plattsmouth, NE
Memorials: will be directed by the family