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Thomas Ruhe dies at age 80

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Thomas Arthur Ruhe, age 80, passed away April 10, 2014, at his home in LaHabra Heights, Calif., after a long battle with multiple myeloma. His wife and five children were at his bedside.

Tom was born in Chesterton, Ind., to Edward and Geneva Ruhe, both of whom preceded him in death.

In 2007 he married Ping (Pan) Ruhe. He is survived by his children, Lynn (Ruhe) Minidis, Palmdale, Calif., Terry (Ruhe) Armstrong, Corona, Calif., Mark Ruhe, Davis, Calif., Scott Ruhe, Yorba Linda, Calif., and Sandra (Ruhe) Dosch, Yorba Linda, Calif., and thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his wife, Ping Y Ruhe (Pan) and her daughter Helen Anson. Tom had six siblings, three of whom survive; Jack Ruhe, Mishawaka, Ind., Richard Ruhe, Indianapolis, Ind., Janet (Ruhe) King, Hayward, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Gene, sister, Helen Krause, and brother, Robert Ruhe.

He graduated from Chesterton High School in 1951. He married Constance (Conru) Ruhe in 1952. He received a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, graduating with honors in 1961. Tom held executive positions with several corporations, ending his career with public companies at Ingersoll Rand, Proto Tool Division. He was vice president of manufacturing, managing five locations. He was on the Board of Directors for the Guadalajara, Mexico Division. He retired from Proto Tool with honorable mention in 1980. He purchased a manufacturing company Shepard-Thomason Co. in 1980 and his second manufacturing company in 1990 J.C. Ford Company; he was CEO of his companies until his death.

A private viewing and rosary will be held at Loma Vista Mortuary on April 21, 2014. A public funeral mass will be held on Tuesday April 22, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Juliana Falconieri Catholic Church1320 N. Acacia Ave., Fullerton, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486. For more information visit

For information on memorial funds, please call 713-792-3450 or 1-800-525-5841. Please include Thomas Ruhe/multiple myeloma memorial gift.


Posted 4/17/2014