Herbert William Ruger, 87, of Coatesville, PA, formerly of Warren Center, (Bradford County), passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Coatesville, with his loving family at his side.
Born Sept. 11, 1925, in New Milford, his family moved to Sullivan County when he was very young. He was a son of the late Stanley W. and Sara Tiffany Ruger. He attended the Loyalsock Vo-Tech High School in Estella and later the Troy High School in Troy.
Herb joined the U.S. Army Infantry in June of 1944. During WWII and after the war ended, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1945 and was stationed with the 86th Air Depot in Germany until discharged in November of 1946 with the rank of corporal.
He then re-enlisted into the U.S. Army and extending his service into Vietnam War. He was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal with “V” devise, which participation in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy. He served with the 25th Infantry Division in Germany and Vietnam and retired as a S/Sgt. in 1970.
After his discharge, he returned to Bradford County and worked with PennDOT, Bishop Brothers in Barton, NY and lastly at Wysox Sand & Gravel. In retirement he resided in Wyalusing and could be found at the Friendenshutten Restaurant for breakfast and dinner. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Surviving are three children, Carol (Joe) Adams of Doylestown, Barry (Brandy) Ruger of Scottsville, MI and Denise (Steve) Baker of Keystone Heights, FL; stepson, Anthony Bailey of Kulmbach,
Germany; stepdaughter, Crystal (Mike) Wiles of Sayre; a brother, Gerald Ruger of Rome; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Barry A. Ruger in 1938, Duane Ruger in 1940, Louis R. Ruger in 1998 and Kenneth E. Ruger in 2012, and a stepdaughter, Edith R. Bailey.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Robert G. Kaltenbaugh officiating. Interment will be in the Fairmont Cemetery, Forksville.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
The family will provide the flowers and requests that memorials be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to the charity of your choice.
Graveside military services will be accorded by members of the U.S. Army Honors Detail.
To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.