Anthony “Tony” Ruder, 91, of Hays, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Hays Medical Center. He was born Dec. 30, 1926, in Antonino, the son of Albert and Adeline (Korbe) Ruder.
Tony was a 42-year employee of Central Kansas Power Co./Midwest Energy, where he was a longtime lineman and retired in 1988 as Midwest Energy’s line supervisor. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of VFW Post 9076 in Hays. He was a past commander-in-chief of the Hays post and a longtime member of the organization’s honor guard.
He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where he was an usher for several decades. He also was an honorary graduate of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in Hays and a longtime academic and athletic supporter of St. Joseph's Military Academy and TMP-Marian. He was honored as a TMP-Marian Point of Light recipient in 2017 for his faithful dedication and commitment to Catholic education in Hays.
Tony was a loyal fan of Notre Dame football teams and a baseball fan of the Hays Larks. He coached youth baseball in Hays during the 1950s and ’60s.
Tony married Armella Denning on June 14, 1948, in Russell. They had four sons and one daughter.
He was the proud patriarch of a loving family and a loyal friend to many past and present Hays area residents.
Tony is survived by three sons, Roger and wife Carol, of Universal City, Texas, Rod and wife Donna, of Austin, Texas, and Russ and wife Janel, of Hays; a daughter, RaNell Ruder and husband Brad Catt, of Salina; a daughter-in-law, Donna Ruder, of Frisco, Texas; 13 grandchildren, Curtis (Kim) Ruder, Greg (Monica) Ruder, Patrick (Bonnie) Ruder, Cori Ruder, Erin Dann, Burke (Jessica) Ruder, Marissa (Bryan) Bunn, Lindsay (Kendal) Kershner, Bryanne Ruder, Shaunna Ruder, Heather Ruder, Ryan Ruder and Luke Ruder; and seven great-grandchildren, Katie, Lilly, Tony, Logan, Parker, Kayleigh and Charlie.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Armella, in 2003; a son, Ron, in 2015; five brothers, Nick, Julius, Virgil, Albinus and Albert Jr.; a sister, Armella Lonnon; and a grandchild, Jeffrey Ruder.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays. Burial with military honors will be provided by the Hays VFW Honor Guard in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, all at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays 67401.
A combined parish vigil and VFW Auxiliary rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel.
Memorials are suggested to TMP-Marian, VFW Post 9076 and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Condolences may be left by the guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.