Richard Lamar Ruis / November 27, 1931 – August 7, 2018 / Obituary

Richard Lamar Ruis

November 27, 1931 – August 7, 2018


Obituary for Richard Lamar Ruis

Richard L. Ruis 86 of Winter Haven passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at his residence. A native of Plant City, FL he moved to Winter Haven in 1963. Richard was a Air Force Korean War Veteran and a member of the Parkland Baptist Church, He was a 1950 Graduate of Plant City High School and a Graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville. Richard was very active in the local Citrus Industry. He held associations with the Florida State Horticultural Society; Board of Directors for Citrus World; Sealed Sweet Co. Hesco Board; Board for EPI Ranch and Co-op 3; Board for Florida Citrus Packers; Gulf Harvesting; Plant City Kiwanis and taught as a Evening Professor at Polk Community College for Twelve years. Richard retired in 1997 as the CEO and General Manager of Winter Haven Citrus Growers. He is survived by his wife Loretta H. Ruis of Winter Haven, FL. Daughters Brenda L. Walker and husband Glen of Bradenton, FL. Traci Rogers and husband Jacky of Decatur, AL. Son Richard “Andy” Ruis of Winter Haven, FL. Grandsons Alan Walker of Venice, FL. Taylor Tanner and wife Hailey of Winter Haven FL. Brothers Jimmy Ruis and wife Rachel of Leesburg, FL. Kenneth Ruis and wife Vivian of Plant City, FL. Sisters Evelyn Johnson and Charlotte Britt both of Plant City. A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10am at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven with a reception to follow.