William “Bill” L. Ruark, 78. Of Coffeyville, Kansas passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 at CRMC.
Bill was born on December 4, 1941 in Coffeyville, Kansas to James R. and Jennie E. (Dunn) Ruark. He grew up in Coffeyville where he attended school. On his 17th birthday Bill joined the United States Army where he served at Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Chaffee, Fort Sill and the Army base at Schwabisch Gmund, Germany. He had earned the rank of RCT E-1 before he was honorably discharged in 1961.
After returning to home to Coffeyville, Bill attended NEO College in Miami, Oklahoma. He moved to Seligman, Missouri and opened his own car lot until 1982 when he moved back to Coffeyville. Over the years he was self-employed, mostly buying and selling antiques. He also built several homes in Coffeyville over the years.
Bill is survived by his love and best friend, Vicki Ruark of the home; daughter, Jennie Ruark of Colorado; special niece, Lisa along with several other nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Jennie Ruark; daughter, Roberta “Robbi” Ruark; brothers, James and Carl Ruark and sister, Peggy Barnard.
Following his wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of David W Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas.
The family will hold a private graveside memorial service. Inurnment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Coffeyville.
Memorials can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; contributions can be left with the funeral home or mailed in care of David W Barnes Funeral Home 306 N Cline Rd, Coffeyville, KS 67337.
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