Deputy Sheriff Eugene Donald “Gene” Ruwe (1929-2021)

Gene was born October 2, 1929, the 9th child born to first generation Germans, Joseph William and Louise Mary (Schumacher) Ruwe.  He attended Elder High School and graduated in May 1948.

Gene joined the United States Army during the Korean War.  During August 1952, he graduated from the 7th Army’s Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy.  Sergeant Ruwe was honorably discharged.

He joined the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrolman on June 3, 1962 and spent his career patrolling the west side of Hamilton County.

Deputy Ruwe then joined the United States Marshal’s Service.

He was a member of the the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 84 and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 10380.  He had also served in his early years as a volunteer fireman with the Mack Fire Department.

Deputy Ruwe died on October 18, 2021 at the age of 92.

Deputy Ruwe is survived by his wife of 68 years, Barbara “Jean” (Winkler) Ruwe; children, Thomas (Peggy) Ruwe, Sharon (Ed) Hafertepe, Kimberly (Len) Bleh, Tim (Lori) Ruwe, and Chris (Jennifer) Ruwe; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren

Visitation will be held 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Rebold Funeral Home at 3700 Glenmore Avenue in Cheviot.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church at 5222 North Bend Road.

Memorials may be made to Elder High School in his honor.


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