Carl W. Ruddell 1933 - 2011 Lawrence
Memorial services with military honors for Carl W. Ruddell, 78, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home and Crematory, with Chaplain Paul Reed officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Wellsville Cemetery
Mr. Ruddell died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at his home.
He was born April 13, 1933, in Harris, Kan., the son of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Estella Farrell Ruddell. He graduated in 1951 from Wellsville High School, where he was an accomplished athlete.
Mr. Ruddell was involved with electronics communications in the United States Air Force, where he received additional schooling. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, and retired after 20 years of service.
He was a member of the Countryside TLC Bible study group, and enjoyed reading and spending time with friends and family.
He married Elena Maria Falbo on June 17, 1956, in Buca-Izmir, Turkey. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Alan G. Ruddell and wife Lisa, Miller, Ind.; two daughters Germaine M. Ruddell, Lawrence, and Lorraine M. Orner and husband Paul, Miller, Ind.; two brothers, James W. Ruddell and wife Jessie, Mesa, Ariz., and Leslie W. Ruddell and wife Fran, Independence, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Lena M., Anna M. and William E. Barker, Ellen A. and Luke D. Orner, and Isabella and Ethan Ruddell; and two great-grandchildren, Kyla and Anaya.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister and brother-in-law, Idonna and Robert Walter.
The family suggests memorial contributions to The Salvation Army or the Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.