John Ruffing

April 24, 1942October 4, 2020

John Francis Ruffing, age 78, of Oakdale, Minnesota passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020. John was born April 24, 1942.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Veronica; brother, Robert; and sister, Merikay Stokman.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; sisters, Sister Thomas More and Jeanne Studelska. John had a passion for motorcycles and cars. He retired after 32 years as a chemist at 3M.

Please join us at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at Guardian Angel's Church for a Celebration of John's Life. To Sign Up to attend the funeral and/or For the Livestream go to

Following the service will be interment at Guardian Angel's Cemetery. There will be no luncheon at the church, but a gathering will take place in the future when COVID restrictions allow.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in memory of John.


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Gil Eian

October 13, 2020

Sorry to hear of John's passing. We worked together in 3M Central Research Lab in the 1970s. He was always dependable and authentic. As many others, I enjoyed his dry humor and chuckled many a Monday as he brought in a piece of dirt bike that needed repair after the weekends races.
Gil Eian

Betty and Roger Drolsum

October 11, 2020

Linda, Roger and I are saddened and so sorry to hear about John. We have so many memories over the years of John and his “special” sense of humor. We remember all the fine dining at many different places, like Dulono’s for pizza and Bluegrass. He will truly be missed. Our sympathy and prayers go out to you.

Donnette Dulas

October 8, 2020

Linda, I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. I was so glad that the two of you were able to attend the class reunion. I have so many special memories of John, especially his dry humor. My sympathy and prayers for you.

Daryl Schmidt

October 7, 2020

Linda, you and John were role models for my wife and me at 3M Trap Club. Will miss him with good memories.

Dave Kerr

October 7, 2020

John was one of the people I always enjoyed spending time with on the skeet field. I will always think of him and cherish the time we spent shooting together.

john herber

October 7, 2020

My thoughts and prayer are with John's family at this sad time, and especially Linda. I knew John both as a chemist and as a shooter. John had a dry sense of humor that always brightened any situation. He will be missed by many.


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