Lenor A. "Len" Ruffing

Lenor A. "Len" Ruffing, 96, of the town of Port Washington, passed away on Friday morning, Feb. 1, 2008 at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend where he had been a resident for the last five years.

Len was born in Allenton on Nov. 19, 1911, the son of Louis and Minnie (Kreilkamp) Ruf-fing, and was united in marriage with Evelyn M. Reiter on Sept. 5, 1936 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.

The couple settled in Port Washington in the early 1940s and raised their family.

Len was a barber by trade, first working with Emil Lauis beneath the current Wilson House. He took over when Mr. Lauis retired and barbered for another 20 years.

Len also worked at Simplicity, retiring in 1975 after 13 years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and enjoyed listening to polka music, watching Lawrence Welk and other programs on television, socializing, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of the town of Port Washington; their two daughters, Joyce (Leonard) Hildebrand of West Bend and Carol (Robert A.) Noll of the town of Port Washington; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

He is further survived by his brother, Leroy Ruffing of West Bend; a sister-in-law, Florence Pein of Montello; nieces; nep-hews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wilfred, Jerome and Erwin Ruffing; and a great-grandson, Adam Puerling.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.

Father Tom Lejewski will officiate, and interment will take place in the parish cemetery.

The family will receive visitors at the church on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington or Cedar Community Hospice in West Bend.

Eernisse Funeral Home in Port Washington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences can be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

The family would like to thank Cedar Community Hospice (especially Denise who is an angel without wings), the staff at Samaritan Health Center, Dr. Gary Herdrich and Jean Frizzel for the wonderful care they have all given to Len over the last five years.