He was a life long resident of Lodi, where he met and made many friends. Robert was a retired, very talented and life long devoted truck driver. He was a committed teamsters member in union 507. Robert had a deep passion for life and for his family. Nothing made him happier than spending time and conversing with his loved ones.
Robert is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Gwen Ruf. He was the father of Linda Hamrick, Carol Piper, Bobby (Loretta) Ruf, Kathy “Kip” Greathouse and his stepson, Don (Kathy) VanSwearingen; his grandchildren, Michael, Todd, Jennifer (Robert), Eric, Stacy (Tom), Rebecca (Justin), Mariah and Andrea (William); his special girls, Alyssa and Aliyah; along with many other beloved great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia (Hall) Ruf; loving daughter, Bonnie Spiker; his parents; and three brothers, Harry, Richard and Donald.
A memorial potluck dinner is being held Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 4 to 8 P.M. at The Pine Villa Event Hall, located in the Pine Villa Trailer Park, where Robert resided.
In substitution of flowers, contribution of funds would be greatly appreciated to help the family cover expenses for Robert’s services.