Eugene Martin Ruff “Yogi”

Eugene Martin Ruff, known to his family and friends as Gene or “Yogi” died peacefully on September 1, 2018.

Gene was predeceased by his parents, Nora (McLaughlin) and Eugene F. Ruff and his stepmother Mary (Maloney) Ruff. He is survived by his children, Barry C. (Olga) Ruff, Eric M. (Pam) Ruff and three grandchildren. Gene is survived by his 9 siblings Fred (aka Beaver) (Andy) Ruff, Winifred (Roy) Thompson, Mary Cathell, John (Emmalea) Ruff, Tom Ruff, Anita (Rainer) Wolter, Bridget (Rick) Napolski, Anne (Horst) Fischer and Joe (Debbie) Ruff. Gene is also blessed with more cousins, nieces, nephews and friends than can possibly be mentioned and he loved them all, very much.

Gene attended St. Paul’s Elementary School obtaining a football scholarship to play at Salesianum and finishing up at Wilmington High School graduating in 1957. Gene spent his working years in retail sales and in real estate, selling many local Wilmington houses, finishing his career in construction materials sales. Gene always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends mostly in the Wilmington area, leaving for a few years to Rhode Island so he could be with his boys while they were growing up, then returning. Gene also enjoyed dancing and singing whenever he got the chance. He appeared in several shows with the Brandywiners at Longwood Gardens and local theatres. He had several of his songs recorded and his family will continue to enjoy hearing them for many years.

A visitation for Gene will be held at St. John The Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road on Wednesday September 5th, 2018, where friends may call after 10 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to A. I. Dupont Children’s Hospital, 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803. Online condolences may be sent to


Submitted by Sacramenta Landrum on
Deepest condolences to the Ruff family and friends for the loss of your loved one Eugene. Very soon Jesus Christ will resurrect the loved ones we have lost in death back to life Acts 24:15; John 5: 28, 29, right here on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5.

Submitted by Howard (Butch) ... on
Our heart felt condolences to the Ruff Family. Rest in Peace my friend, you are home with our Lord now ! Butch Conner

Submitted by Mil Mealey on
I am sorry for the loss of Yogi in your family. We sang together many, many years ago in St. Paul's choir & I have memories of him being such a kind, somewhat shy young man. It is so very had to part with a sibling, part of your own history will now be missing. But what a joy to know he is singing in the angels choir now.

Submitted by Theresa L Maloney on
To the Ruff family: You are in my thoughts and prayers. May Yogi rest in peace and God bless you all. I have very fond memories of all of you. Theresa

Submitted by Judy Austin on
I'm so sorry to read of Gene's passing. He has been singing with St. Mark's Minstrels for several years, and I will certainly miss his voice, his enthusiasm, and his loyalty. May God hold you in the palm of His hand and give you peace.

Submitted by Pearl diehl on
To my uncle BEAVER And all the family, Our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you. Love, PEARL DIEHL AND Family

Submitted by JimMaloney on
Yogi and I were friends when we were young and became cousins when his dad married my Aunt Mary Maloney. I am sorry to hear of his passing. Jimmy Maloney

Submitted by Rebecca on
Please accept  my sincere sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one. The Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort” will unstintingly give us the emotional and spiritual support that we need. 2 Corinthians 1:3.