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Emil ‘Bud’ Ruhnow Jr.

September 8, 2012

Emil ‘Bud’ Ruhnow Jr.
Sept. 16, 1925-Sept. 4, 2012
CULVER — Emil “Bud” Ruhnow Jr., 86, passed away peacefully in his home Sept. 4, 2012. Bud was born in Chicago, Ill. Sept. 16, 1925 to Emil and Anna (Mueller) Ruhnow. The family moved to North Judson in the 1930s and then bought a farm on the outskirts of Culver. Bud attended Leiters Ford School.
Sept. 11, 1944, Bud joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. LST 1027 until his discharge in April of 1946. He crossed the equator in Pago Pago Samoa in March of 1944 and became a Trusty Shellback.
On his discharge from the Navy, Bud worked a short time at Studebaker and then went into business with his father in Ruhnow’s Plumbing and Heating. Bud bought the business from his father and continued in the plumbing, heating, sheet metal business until retirement. Bud was Past Commander and Life Time Member of Finney Shilling VFW Post 6919 and a member of Collins Tasch American Legion Post #399.
He married Mary Ann Busart in 1952, built his own home on Sage Road, and raised his family there. Mary Ann Ruhnow passed away in 1983. In 1994 he married Bobetta Washburn, who survives.
Also surviving are his children Margaret (Dale) Bowersox, Richard (Sheila) Ruhnow, Denise Ruhnow and Gail (John Reininga) Ruhnow. Also his stepchildren, Larry Washburn and Jacqueline (Scott) Crull. Seven grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Edward, Gertrude, and Crystal, and Mary Ann Ruhnow.
Services will be held at the Odom Funeral Home in Culver Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at 12 p.m. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to services. Burial will take place at St. Anne’s Cemetery in Monterey.
Memorial contributions may be made to Finney Shilling VFW Post 6919.
Well done good and faithful servant.
Letters of condolence may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.
The Odom Funeral Home of Culver is in charge of arrangements.

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