WILLIAM F. RUFTY JR.

12/18/1936 – 2/22/2018
William F. Rufty Jr. was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Myrtle O. Rufty and William F. Rufty Sr. He graduated from Macomber High School in 1954, where he was a star basketball and baseball player. While at Macomber, he was recommended for, and received, the prestigious University of Michigan award given each year to a student athlete for outstanding achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership throughout their high school career. He turned down two professional baseball offers right out of high school to attend Ohio University, and entered the United States Army prior to his draft notice being served. He served our country both here in the states and abroad in Germany for six years both, as an active member of our armed forces and in the reserves. Prior to going off to college he met the love of his life, Sherry Ann Bellair. While still both in high school, and on their first date, a Friday the 13th, he told her he was going to marry her one day … that day came on May 4, 1957. Bill spent the majority of his career with Owens Illinois beginning in the tech center. When asked, he would transfer to wherever OI needed him at the time … from Champaign, Illinois, to Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to White Plains, New York, and back to Toledo, in between each move. When Owens Illinois acquired Lily Tulip, his assignment was to transition Lily Tulip and its corporate headquarters from New York City to Owens Illinois headquarters in Toledo. Bill was named vice president of purchasing for Lily Tulip, and with several other members of the executive management team acquired Lily Tulip from Owens Illinois in the early 1980’s. Bill transitioned away from Lily Tulip in the mid 80’s, and accepted a position as vice president/ general manager of the Metalized Division of Dennison Manufacturing in Framingham, Massachusetts. After 10 years there, he and Sherry moved south permanently to their condo in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he remained active providing motivational training for a company that sold products that helped provide funds to hospitals across the United States. In 2000, Bill and Sherry, built a new condominium just north in New Port Richey, Florida, in a golf course community of River Ridge. In 60- plus years of marriage, this home is the one they lived in the longest. Shortly thereafter Bill formed a mixed scramble with a few of their new friends they had met, and that scramble is still played to this day every Monday and Friday bringing friends together that have migrated to this area from all parts of the United States, and many foreign countries. He earned the nickname “Mr. River Ridge” for the community work that he and Sherry did right up until the day of his death. On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, a Celebration of his Life was held at River Ridge Golf Club, where more than 100 people attended to celebrate him. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Myrtle O. Rufty and William F. Rufty Sr. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Ann (Bellair) Rufty of New Port Richey, Florida; brother James L. Rufty of Maumee, Ohio; son Gregory A. Rufty (Maureen) of Perrysburg, Ohio; daughter Jodie R. Rufty-Graux (Angelique) of New York, New York; grandchildren Derek (Angie), Megan, and Brendan; great-grandchildren Wylan and Hudson, and many very special nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at St. Rose Church, 215 East Front Street, Perrysburg, with a Celebration of Life luncheon immediately following at WW Knight Preserve in the Hankison Room, at 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in the name of William F. Rufty Jr. to: HPH Hospice, Development Department, 12107 Majestic Boulevard, Hudson, Florida, 34667

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