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Clarence “Butch” Jacob Ruthruff

Clarence “Butch” Ruthruff, 72, formerly of Shelbina, passed away on September 10, 2020 at his home in Wixom, MI.

Butch was born March 27, 1948 in Hasting, MI to Dwayne and Wilma (Goodenough) Gosneigh. He was married Gilda Jo Power on March 27, 1991.  She preceded him in death on October 11, 2014. He married Shirley McClelland on September 8, 2015 in Shelbina.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Penny Ruthruff of Kirksville,  Tami Cooper Brown of Macon,  Leslie Templin of New Port, TN Jake Ruthruff of Shelbina; step-children, Brenda Beck (J.R.) of Monroe City,  Linda McClure (Jim) of Clark; Jim Stafford (Stacy) of Farmington, MI, Bryant Stafford (Linda) of Wixom, MI, and David Stafford (Jamie) of Hickory, N.C.; three sisters, Debbie Gosneigh of TX, Pam Johnson of FL, and Cheryl Renk of TX; one brother, John Gosneigh of FL;  grandchildren, Curtis Little (Bo), Brandon Little (Sarah), Brooke McClure (Dylan), Gage Langdon, Connor McAfee, Logan Ruthruff, and Kaiden Ruthruff.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Gilda; two brothers and one sister.

Butch served in the Army for two tours in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart Medal. He was a member of the Shelbina American Legion and Lakewood Union Chapel. He enjoyed motorcycles and collecting skull memorabilia. Butch worked at Greening’s Station, as a security guard for Cerro Copper, and was a custodian for Shelbina Elementary for years. He had a heart of gold and never knew a stranger. Butch loved his kids and grandkids. He was best known for his dad jokes and was always fun to be around.

A funeral service will be held at 11am on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, MO. Burial will be held at Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO following the service. A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 5pm-7pm.  Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses.