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Saturday, March 10, 2012 Mourns the Passing of Joe Ruyle

Joseph Wardell Ruyle, 80, Kenney, died at 12:34 p.m. Wednesday (March 7, 2012) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with the Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or Second Chance Adoption.

He was born Sept. 5, 1931, in Bellview, son of Joseph E. and Pauline F. Stearns Ruyle. He married Janet Ann Pfeffer Schanafelt on Oct. 21, 1983, in Heyworth.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Ann Ruyle, Kenney; children, Jeffrey W. Ruyle, Clinton, and Kimberly Jo (Brian) Vinson, Camdenton, Mo.; stepchildren, Denise (Rick) Johnson, Kenney; Bryan (Robyn) Schanafelt, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Sheila (Steve) Taylor, Weldon; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer (Wade) Benenhaley, Disputanta, Va.; Russell Berning, Camdenton, Mo.; Lindsay Johnson, Farley, Iowa; Lacy (Jesse) Carter, Hallsville; Lance Johnson, Decatur; Josh Taylor, U.S. Marine Corps; Ashley Taylor, Weldon; Olivia Schanafelt, Katherine Schanafelt and Samuel Schanafelt, all of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Harding, Logan Cole and Kamden Carter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He had worked for Illinois Central Railroad, retiring after 43 years of service. He loved gardening and flowers and his dogs. Joe was a well regarded member of the Wapella community, always a gentleman, a fine host and storyteller.

All flags 1/2 mast please for USAF Veteran Joe Ruyle.

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