Gerald D. ‘Gerry’ Ruth – HOOKSTOWN (GREENE TWP.)

Gerald D. “Gerry” Ruth, 88, Hookstown (Greene Twp.), beloved husband and father passed away in his home on Wednesday evening, September 14, 2016, following a long illness with heart and lung problems.

He was born in Tuscarawas County, OH, on February 16, 1928, to the late Ernest and Grace (Heston) Ruth.  He was an active member of the Southside Senior Citizen’s Group and president of the organization for over 15 years.  He was retired from the former Kaufmann’s Department Stores as a master mechanic and garage foreman.  He also drove tractor trailer for many years and taught big-rig driving to the “Kaufmann Elite”.  Gerry enjoyed fishing, talking trucks and NASCAR.  He could drive anything on wheels and loved his recreation day group.

In addition to his parents, Gerry was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Neal Ruth.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Celeste R. (Sally) Rohde Ruth; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Joseph McLaughlin and Lynne and Joe Linger, all of Hookstown, and two grandchildren, Jaimee and Jason Lupoi. He will be sadly missed by all. “Keep On Truckin’.”

Family and friends are welcome to call on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the MCCONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 447 Pine Street, Hookstown, PA  15050,  where services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Wilmer J. Olszewski of the Hookstown Free Methodist Church, officiating.  Gerry will be laid to rest in the Mill Creek Hill Cemetery.

Please omit flowers.

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