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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Frank E. Ruter, Jr., 87, of Coudersport, PA

Frank E. Ruter, Jr., 87, of Coudersport, PA died Friday, June 22, 2012 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

Born on October 1, 1924 in Bitula, PA he was the son of Frank E. Ruter, Sr. and Viva M. Stiles Ruter. On January 9, 1943 in Coudersport he married Dee Gleason who survives.

Mr. Ruter was a longtime resident of the Coudersport area and was well known as a master farmer. He also had a game preserve. He owned and operated the first Polaris snowmobile dealership in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ruter was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, was a charter member of the Potter County Snowmobile Club and, along with his wife, Dee, had been a board member of the Penn State Cooperative Extension. He was an avid bowler, hunter and snowmobiler.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Dee, are five children, Connie (Dan) Wetzel of Coudersport, Sherri (Ernie) Krensel of Valley Forge, PA, Darlene (Eddie) Gilbert of Ivyland, PA, Stacy (Karen) Ruter of Coudersport, Julie (Kevin) Kosa of Ulysses, PA, twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, one brother, Edward (Madeline) Ruter of Addison, NY, three sisters, Eva Robinson and Betty Spong, both of Coudersport, and Jane Kniffen of Corning, NY, a sister-in-law, Leona Ruter of Coudersport, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Chester L. “Chet” Ruter.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Coudersport Alliance Church with pastor Sam Crossley officiating. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport. To share your fondest memories of Frank, please visit www.lifecelebration.com.

1 comment :

Sue Mitchell said...

Praying for friends and family to comfort you, Faith to uphold you, and Loving memories to carry you through.