Max L. Ruffert, 88

Max L. Ruffert of Grafton passed away peacefully at Watertown Regional Medical Center on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at age 88.

Max was born in Milwaukee on June 11, 1923, the son of Max L. and Vera (nee Weber) Ruffert. Max was united in marriage to his wife, LaVerne, on May 3, 1947, in Milwaukee. Max was a World War II veteran serving in the United States Navy and achieved a lifetime membership in the Rose-Harms American Legion Post 355 in Grafton. Max enjoyed restoring old cars with his son, Gary.

Max is survived by his children, Gail (Dennis) Mudler and Gary

(Linda) Ruffert; grandchildren, Kim (Dan) Rahfaldt, Bob (Jenny) Mudler, Kelly (Ben) Croatt and Courtney (Jimmy) Ingman; great- grandchildren, Dylan, Amanda, Ellie and Joey. Max is further survived by one brother, Jack (Betty) Ruffert; a sister-in-law, Marian Ruffert; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Max was preceded in death by his parents; wife, LaVerne; and brothers, Donald, Herbert and Marvin.

A memorial and American Legion service will be at the Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Grafton on Wednesday, May 2, at 5 p.m. Inurnment will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Grafton. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association are appreciated.

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Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Grafton is assisting the family.