Leno J. Ruffini, 89, passed away on the morning of Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Nightingale Assisted Living in Arvada, Colorado. A former long time resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and resident of Burlington, Colorado for the past twelve years, Mr. Ruffini died following a brief illness.
He was born on November 13, 1923 in Reliance, Wyoming, the son of the late Attilio and Emma Ruffini.
Mr. Ruffini attended high school in Reliance, Wyoming and graduated in 1942. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army and was awarded a Bronze Star for the Rhineland Campaign and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the Battle of the Bulge.
He was a mine clerk for several years for the UP Coal Company in Superior WY and worked for FMC Corporation.
Mr. Ruffini served as a volunteer to the Wyoming State Credit Union League for thirty eight years and served as President, received Frank J. Spillane award from the Wyoming Credit Union League. He was President and Treasure of the Superior, Wyoming School Board for ten years and Superior, Wyoming City Clerk for eight years. He served as President of Tyrol Trentie Club in Rock Springs, Wyoming and volunteered at the Colorado Welcome Center in Burlington, Colorado.
Mr. Ruffini was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community, Knights of Columbus, B. P.O. Elks and Rock Springs Lions Club.
His interests included hunting, fishing, traveling, especially in his motor home, spending the winter months in Arizona. He also enjoyed Wyoming Cowboy and Denver Bronco Football. .
Survivors include his partner, friend and companion Carly Viehmeyer of Burlington, Colorado; three children Lynn Hubbard and husband Larry of Denver, Colorado, David Brent Ruffini and wife Betty of Sandy, Utah and Mick Ruffini and wife Rhonda of Stillwater, Minnesota; grandchildren B.J. Hubbard and Lisa Griss of Denver, Colorado, Paula Schmidtlein of Castle Rock, Colorado, Alysha Ruffini, Jason Ruffini and Brent Ruffini all of Salt Lake City, Utah, Krista Ruffini of Washington, DC and Joel Ruffini of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jeanne Ruffini, one sister Rena Pedri, one brother Louis Ruffini, and a granddaughter Tiffany Ruffini. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 116 Broadway, Rock Springs, Wyoming. A vigil service with rosary will be recited at 6:00 P.M. Friday at the church. Military Honors and Interment will be in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Friends may call at the church on Friday, one hour prior to the rosary and on Saturday morning at the church until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either the Leno J. Ruffini Scholarship Fund at Trona Valley Credit Union, Green River Wyoming or the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital, Burlington, CO.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Pedri, David Pedri, Gary Pedri, B.J. Hubbard, Brent Ruffini and Joel Ruffini.