James N. Ruoff, age 76, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on May 8, 2017.

He was born on July 14, 1940 in New Albany, IN to Walter Ruoff and Thelma Kopp Ruoff.

James was a United States Navy veteran, serving as a radioman from 1957 to 1961.

James served aboard the U.S.S. Lansing, with a crew that helped develop search and recovery techniques for radioactive contaminated objects at sea.

On June 22, 1962, James married Willa Mae Fouts. They have celebrated 54 years of marriage.

James loved horses, music, playing guitar, and all things Western. He also enjoyed Hot Rods, painting cars, and restoring old tractors.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Ruoff and Thelma Kopp Hollowell, a son, Steven Ruoff, and three siblings, Gary “Butch” Ruoff, Dennis Ruoff, and Judy Hollowell.

He is survived by his wife, Willa Mae Ruoff, two sons, Roy (Marcia) Ruoff and Donald (Jennifer) Ruoff, and two daughters, Connie (Greg) Egle and Cindy (Steven) Phieler. Brothers; Jack (Regina) Hollowell, Gary (Vicki) Hollowell, David (Patty) Ruoff, sisters; Jane (Dick) Mattox, Janice Eurton, Judy Brumback, and Reva (Steve) Bruner. He is also survived by three grandchildren; Steven (Leia) Ruoff, Clinton (Roxanne) Ruoff, and Katie (Kyle) Kruer, as well as three great-grandchildren; Jake Ruoff, Isabella Ruoff, and Skyler Kruer.

Funeral services will be held at Love Funeral Home in Palmyra on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at Love Funeral Home on May 11, 2017 from 2- 8p.m. and on May 12, 2017, from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Burial to take place at Palmyra cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’s honor to: Amedisys Hospice Care, 305 Quartermaster Court, Jeffersonville, IN 47130.