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Linn County News

Published Feb. 17, 2021

J. Thomas “Tommy” Ruf, Jr. age 95, died Feb. 3, 2021, in Olathe, Kan. He was born on March 19, 1925, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Thomas Ruf, Sr. and Anna B. (Windler) Ruf.  He graduated from Westport High School in Kansas City in 1942.

 Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the 11th Armored Division, 42nd Tank Battalion.  During the war, he served in combat overseas in England, France, Belgium, Germany and Austria, serving first in action in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in March 1946. He returned to Kansas City and married his wife, Betty Golding, in June 1946, where they made their home with their son and daughter. He worked for TWA for five years prior to working for The Ruf Realty Company. They moved to their farm in La Cygne in November 1985, where he was active in farming and served on the boards of the Linn County Cooperative, United Cooperative, Rural Water District 3 and the Linn County Airport Board. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in La Cygne, Kan. 

Those preceding him in death were his parents, Thomas Ruf, Sr. and Anna Ruf; his son, Donald T. Ruf; and a sister, Clara Witten of Kansas City.  Survivors include his wife, Betty; daughter, Kathleen (Rodney) Cummickel of Garland, Texas; grandchildren Jennifer (David) Robertson and John D. Cummickel; great-grandsons Jacob Robertson and Matthew Robertson; and a sister, Catherine Justice of Burleson, Texas.  

Commitment Service at Newcomer’s Floral Hills, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2021.

 

 

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Ann Johnson ~ 09-14-1943 to 05-16-2024

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Linn County News Published May 22, 2024   Ann Johnson, age 80, Pleasanton, Kansas passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024. She was born on Sept. 14, 1943, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Raymond and Vada Daniels Casida. She graduated from Blue Mound High School and... [More]

David Howard McNabb, Ph.D. ~ 06-04-1947 to 05-11-2024

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Linn County News Published May 15, 2024   David Howard McNabb, 76, passed away May 11, 2024 at home in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The son of a farmer, Dave was born June 4, 1947, to Henry and Alice (Jackson) McNabb at Pleasanton. Education and research were always... [More]

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Linn County News Published May 15, 2024   Marci Ann Betts, age 50, Pleasanton, Kan., passed away Thursday, May 9, 2024. She was born on Aug. 6, 1973, in Kansas City, Mo. Marci loved her grandkids and enjoyed spending time with them. She enjoyed being outdoors. She... [More]

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