OBITUARY

James Richard Ruffini

July 30, 1937March 18, 2019
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James Richard Ruffini, 81, of Belton, Missouri passed away on March 18, 2019.

Jim was born on July 30, 1937 in Plymouth, MA to Richard and Barbara Ruffini. He retired as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He was the former President of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA). An avid outdoorsman, Jim also enjoyed the hobby of Pigeon Racing since he was seven years old.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Eleanor Osborn, sister Pauline Luscombe, brother Thomas Ruffini, sister Barbara Riedel and his son Richard Jackson Ruffini. Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years Nancy Ruffini, daughter Jamie Ruffini (Susan Duke), son Andrew (Lisa) Ruffini, son Alec (Amy) Ruffini, daughter Kirstie (Bill) Roberts, grandchildren: Shelby (Adam) Stangl, Aly Ruffini, Nick Ruffini, Delaney Roberts, Gabby Ruffini, William Roberts and Sophie Ruffini.

A Visitation will be held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, March 24 at St. Sabina Catholic Church, 700 Trevis Avenue, Belton, MO 64012. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00am on Monday, March 25 at the Church. Burial will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s honor to the Uplift Organization, Attn: Kathy Dean, 1516 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64127.

  • FAMILY

  • Barbara (Cassanelli) Ruffini (deceased), Mother
  • Richard Primo Ruffini (deceased), Father
  • Eleanor Osborn (deceased), Sister
  • Pauline Luscomb (deceased), Sister
  • Thomas Ruffini (deceased), Brother
  • Barbara Riedel (deceased), Sister
  • Richard Jackson Ruffini (deceased), Son
  • Nancy (Jackson) Ruffini, Wife of 56 years
  • Jamie Ruffini (Susan Duke), Daughter
  • Andrew (Lisa) Ruffini, Son
  • Alec (Amy) Ruffini, Son
  • Kirstie (Bill) Roberts, Daughter
  • Shelby (Adam) Stangl, Granddaughter
  • Aly Ruffini, Granddaughter
  • Nick Ruffini, Grandson
  • Delaney Roberts, Granddaughter
  • Gabby Ruffini, Granddaughter
  • William Roberts, Grandson
  • Sophie Ruffini, Granddaughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jeff Riedel, Pallbearer
  • Bill Roberts, Pallbearer
  • Alec Ruffini, Pallbearer
  • Adam Stangl, Pallbearer
  • Nick Ruffini, Pallbearer
  • William Roberts, Pallbearer
  • George Osborn, Pallbearer
  • Andy Ruffini, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Commital Service Monday, March 25, 2019

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Ivy Hendrix

March 24, 2019

Nancy, I want to send my condolences. I am so sorry for your loss, and you and your family are in my prayers. -Ivy

Janalee ( Jan) Jones

March 22, 2019

I am so sorry Nancy.❤️ I am thinking of you so much and your family. We had known each other since Millcreek and I talked many times to Jim and he always knew your schedule when you always subbed for me. I miss you and thinking of you so much. Love Jan

Brad Grandon

March 21, 2019

Alec, my Would Brother, I am sorry for your loss! My family and I will be praying for your father and that the Holy Spirit bless you and your family with an abundance of grace and comfort in this difficult hour. Our love to you all! -- Brad and family

Steven Alberg

March 21, 2019

I got to know Jim by racing and flying pigeons with him and against him for many years. Jim loved being a pigeoneer and was one hell of a competitor winning a lot more races than most. I'll miss ya Jim but also know your flying that big flock in the sky for the lord!! Rip big Jim.
Steve Alberg..follow pigeoneer and friend

Fred Miller

March 21, 2019

Jim helped start me in pigeon flying and racing. Whenever I had a question and I had a lot of questions I could always depend on Jim for an answer.
Jim will,be missed.

Krisla Peterman

March 20, 2019

Kirstie...and to the rest of your family,

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a great man and I see that every day in the way you live your life. He raised you to be a kind and gentle person who shows compassion to many and has a deep love for God and I am glad that you are a part of all the lives of mine and so many other’s kids. You do such a wonderful job of showing them God’s love and a love of our faith. Thank you for that. If you need anything, please let me know.

~ Krisla Peterman

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Biography

James Richard Ruffini, 81, of Belton, Missouri passed away on March 18, 2019.

Jim was born on July 30, 1937 in Plymouth, MA to Richard and Barbara Ruffini. He retired as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He was the former President of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA). An avid outdoorsman, Jim also enjoyed the hobby of Pigeon Racing since he was seven years old.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Eleanor Osborn, sister Pauline Luscombe, brother Thomas Ruffini, sister Barbara Riedel and his son Richard Jackson Ruffini. Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years Nancy Ruffini, daughter Jamie Ruffini (Susan Duke), son Andrew (Lisa) Ruffini, son Alec (Amy) Ruffini, daughter Kirstie (Bill) Roberts, grandchildren: Shelby (Adam) Stangl, Aly Ruffini, Nick Ruffini, Delaney Roberts, Gabby Ruffini, William Roberts and Sophie Ruffini.