Jack Wayne Ruthven

By From page A2 | June 18, 2014

Nov. 20, 1924 — May 18, 2014

Jack Ruthven passed away quietly and quickly at his home near Apple Hill. He was born to Lee and Esta Ruthven in Los Angeles, Calif. After the early death of his father due to injuries from World War I, Jack, his mother and older brother migrated north, settling in Sacramento. He attended Sacramento High School until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in early 1942. He served in the Pacific Region until 1946.

Returning to Sacramento, Jack met and married Emily Jackson, the mother of his children, from Camino. He attended Sacramento Junior College and San Louis Obispo before returning home to Placerville. He worked for Lewis and Lewis Plumbing and owned and operated Ruthven’s Refrigeration, Co., until he was recalled into the Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Returning from the conflict, Jack began constructing refrigeration facilities overseas with Foremost McKesson Company and Castle and Cook Company. He was joined in those travels by Dorothy, his wife at the time. In official retirement, he helped his friends and neighbors of Apple Hill maintain, repair and renew their ranch equipment for many years.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Rich; and Emily. He is survived by Thama, his wife of 14 years; his daughters, Shari Brandow, Lenora English and Midge Galvan; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several step-children.

Following Jack’s wishes, no services were held. Interment will be private.


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