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Otis Glen Ruff

Otis Glen Ruff, 87, of rural Streator passed away suddenly Monday (January 25, 2021) at Gibson City.

Otie was born on October 20, 1933 in rural Fairbury to Glenn and Bernice (Tinges) Ruff.  He married Marian Vissering on November 29, 1996.  She survives.

Also surviving are daughters, Cindy (Kevin) Bertsche of Flanagan, Mary Beth (Virl) Voights of Streator and Barbara Ruff of Fairbury, son, Mark Ruff of Streator;  grandchildren, Tim (Mandy) Hogan, Abby (Bick) Hall, Jared (Joelle) Bertsche, Grace and Glen Ruff and Kyle Voights; 5 great-grandchildren;  brothers,  Jerry (Janice) Ruff of Streator and Keith (JoAnn) Ruff of Pleasant Hill, IL;  sisters-in-law, Arlene (John) Martin of Flanagan and Judy (Jeff) Wahls of Chenoa;  and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dean Ruff.

Otie attended the Cornell Grade School and High School and graduated from the Long Point High School in 1951.  He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  Otie farmed all his life in the Long Point area and on the Wisconsin state line.  He, along with his brothers, started Long Point Grain elevator in 1957.  Later known as Ruff Brothers Grain, the business now serves 15 central Illinois communities.  

He had a passion for horses and the Ruff Riders pony and draft horse hitches were staples at many central Illinois horse shows and parades.  He was a member of the Long Point United Methodist Church and the Long Point American Legion.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his name to the Livingston County 4-H, Long Point Cemetery Association, Long Point United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Graveside services will be held Sunday (March 28, 2021) at 2:30 PM the Long Point Cemetery with military honors conducted by members of the Long Point American Legion

The Winterrowd Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Barb and Family. So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Please know you are our thoughts and prayers

Butch and Martha Becker Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Cindy, Mary Beth, Barb, and Mark-
We were sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. We have many fond childhood memories with the Otis Ruff Family- neighbors, babysitters, and friends. We pray that you sense God's Peace and Comfort at this difficult time.
Love, Chris (Zbinden) Dudak and Gerald "Jerry" Zbinden

Christine (Zbinden) Dudak Feb 2 2021 12:00 AM

Condolences to the Otis Ruff family. Our prayers are with you all.

Dale and Pat Barnard Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to all of Oties family. What a fun guy and a great man. We certainly will miss seeing him in the Threshers Parade in Pontiac. Thoughts and prayers to all his family. Jack and Carole Cashmer

Jack & Carole Cashmer Feb 1 2021 12:00 AM