Donald R. Ruis
Funeral services for Donald R. Ruis, 92, of Champaign, will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign. Visitation will be at 10 a.m.
Mr. Ruis passed away at 8:41 a.m., Wednesday (Oct. 7, 2015) at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.
Don was born January 14, 1923, in Pease, Minn. To Kryn and Jennie (Van Slooten) Ruis.
He was married to Elizabeth (White) Ruis from 1947 until her death in 1996.
Their two surviving sons are Dennis (Cathy) and Brian. Dennis and Cathy gave him three grandchildren: Jason (Cassandra), Ryan (Samantha), and Allison who gave him six granddaughters. Don also has three surviving siblings, Violet Plankis, Gladys Cunningham, and Marvin Ruis.
Five siblings are no longer with us: Eibert Ruis, Andy Ruis, Grace Godeke, Janet Vedders and Betty Lee Stonecipher.
Don joined the Navy and served his country during World War II. After the war, he moved to Chicago, became a member of the West Pullman Church of God and met his soon to be wife. When they moved to Champaign, they became members of the First Church of God on Duncan Road.
Don was a carpenter by trade. He worked for several years building houses until he started the Don Ruis Construction Co., which he owned and operated for nearly 35 years, building houses and additions in the Chicago area.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Champaign County Nursing Home Sunshine Center.
Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
Thinking of all of you today
I remember my dad saying "not a day goes by that he doesn't think about his dad" true for us and I suspect true for you as well - I have recently come back in contact with three girlfriends from the West Pullman Church and they remember Uncle Don teaching their Sunday School class with fondness - I remember visiting Chicago and staying with you and we all slept in the same room cause it was the only one with air conditioning ha - I remember when we moved to California the last stop was to say good by to Aunt Liz because she was dying shortly after Brian was born but how graciously God intervened and spared her life - I remember being in the car with Brian who was throwing a royal fit and I do remember it was royal but not what about ha - I remember the once in a lifetime "tubing on the Rum" at the family reunion and Uncle Don encouraging aunt Liz at least I think that was encouragement hahaha - Uncle Don was here when my Dad died and (there just something about family) it meant so much - I wish we weren't all so scattered but know you are in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead - See you there Uncle Don