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Emile Ruffier

Emile "Rufe" Ruffier

Monday, May 9th, 1927 - Sunday, October 6th, 2019
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Emile L. Ruffier left this world on October 6, 2019 at Riverstone Hospice House. He was born on May 9, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in eastern Pennsylvania except for a brief period living in France during early childhood. He graduated from Buckingham High School and then enlisted in the army, serving in France and Germany as an intelligence officer post World War II. He attended several colleges on the G. I. Bill, having a wide variety of experiences throughout the west. Later, he graduated from Montana State College with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
On November 2, 1954 he married Letitia Poultney Studdiford who preceded him in death in 2016. Both are survived by three children Doug and Lori Ruffier (spouse) of Butte, Montana; Lisa Ruffier of Durango, Colorado; and Brenda Ruffier of Pleasant View, Utah; grandchildren Brooke Ruffier of Helena, Montana; Bryce Ruffier of Butte, Montana; Owen Wurtz of Bozeman, Montana; and Holly Wurtz of Bozeman, Montana. All remember with great fondness the times spent visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Red Lodge.
Emile lived in Billings, and Red Lodge. He previously worked for Peter Kiewit & Sons, Ruffier Construction, the City of Billings and Empire Sand and Gravel. During his lifetime he enjoyed skiing, golf, fly fishing and camping with his family. He remodeled and built three houses in Red Lodge, finally settling in the house on his beloved, and at times, cursed Red Lodge Golf course. “Rufe” and “Tish” had many golf friends and ski buddies. They loved skiing at Red Lodge Mountain in the winter. They also enjoyed playing bridge with many friends. Rufe was often seen checking his “gage rock” before going to his favorite fly fishing spot on Rock Creek.
In 2011, they moved to Billings for medical reasons.
A memorial will be held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church on October 22 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please send any honoraria to Riverstone Hospice House, the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Shodair Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be shared at
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    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
    1241 Crawford Drive
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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    Father Jerry Jasmer


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Posted at 12:04pm
Sorry for your loss Brenda. Didn't know him personally but enjoyed reading his letters to the editor.

Joe Brookshier

The Kerr Family

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Robert Bruce Kerr

Posted at 12:09am
Being best friends with Doug, I spent so much time at your house that your folks must have thought they actually had four children. Like so many of that “Greatest Generation” Tish and Emile just took raising half a neighborhood along with their own children in stride. Your father like the men of his generation exuded that calm assuredness that everything was under control no matter the circumstances. Surviving the Depression and WW II had a way of instilling that kind of self reliance and depth of character. We share your heartache at Emile’s passing and sense that with losing Ruff’ the world despite all it’s richness is simply a somewhat less colorful place.
With profound sympathy,

Michelle Olson

Posted at 12:34am
Fond memories of both your parents back in the Young Life days of our lives. So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all at this time.
Michelle Olson

Pam Peters

Posted at 08:34pm
In memory of Emile "Rufe" Ruffier
Monday, May 9th, 1927 - Sunday, October 6th, 2019
Beloved father of Lisa Ruffier.
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