Nathaniel Charles Ruffin, 87, of Lorain, died Sunday, September 23, 2007 at University Hospital in Conneaut, following a long illness. He was born December 28, 1919 in Coalwood, WV and had been a resident of Lorain for 60 years.
He was a member of Greater St. Matthew A.M.E. Church of Lorain for more than 40 years, serving as an usher, a volunteer for the church’s food bank, and church historian of black history during Black History Month.
Ruffin was employed for 40 years at Pittsburgh Fleet, a division of U.S. Steel, retiring as a chef.
He served in the U.S. Army, receiving an American Theater Ribbon and WWII Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a member of the Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion. He was a brother of the Masonic order.
He is survived by his sister, Rebecca Ruffin of Conneaut; brother, Isaiah Ruffin of New York City; son, James Ethridge, Jr. of Detroit; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one niece, nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma B. Ruffin (nee Campbell); parents, James and Eliza Ruffin, Sr.; sisters, Mary Ruffin and Elizabeth Ruffin; brothers, James and Obed Ruffin; and son, Donald Ethridge.
Friends may call Thursday, September 27, 2007 from 12 Noon until time of Service at 1 P.M. at Greater St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, 1909 West 24th St., Lorain, where Rev. Dr. John F. Newby, Jr. is pastor. Rev. Jeanie Turpin will officiate. Interment will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon. Arrangements are being handled by Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, Lorain.