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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Paul Howard Ruff of Paris, who passed
4away on December 2, 2023; and
5    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff was born to the Honorable Howard T. and
6Ruth (Dick) Ruff in Paris on June 17, 1948; he served in the
7U.S. Army during the Vietnam War; he received his bachelor's
8degree in finance from the University of Illinois; he married
9Beth L. Eaker in Vermilion on January 20, 1979; and
10    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff first worked as a self-employed
11drainage contractor; he then served as administrator and
12manager of the City of Paris and the Village of Mount Zion for
1330 years; and
14    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff was serving as a current member and
15public properties commissioner for the Paris City Council; he
16was also a current board member of the Paris Economic
17Development Corporation; and
18    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff was elected to serve on the District 95
19Board of Education numerous times; and
20    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff was a member of the Presbyterian Church



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1of Paris, where he served as a deacon, an elder, and in other
2roles where needed over the years; he was also a member of the
3Kiwanis Club of Paris for a number of years; and
4    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff was instrumental in the Grain Systems
5Inc. (GSI) expansion and the ensuing water project, resulting
6in the extension of water service from Paris to Chrisman; and
7    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff enjoyed old cars and woodworking, and
8he was a dedicated arborist; and
9    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff was a private, quiet, and sentimental
10person by nature who will be remembered as a powerful catalyst
11for positive change in his community; and
12    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff was preceded in death by his parents;
13his sister, Janet Jebe; and his brother, Donald Ruff; and
14    WHEREAS, Paul Ruff is survived by his wife; his sons,
15Charles W. (Briana) Ruff and Tim Paul Ruff; his grandchildren,
16Savanah (Ethan Favorite) Ruff, Alyssa Ruff, Austin Ruff, and
17Kayleigh Ruff; and his step-granddaughter, Kate Summerlin;
18therefore, be it
20ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of



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1Paul Howard Ruff and extend our sincere condolences to his
2family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
4    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
5presented to the family of Paul Ruff as an expression of our
6deepest sympathy.