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James Alan Ruffner, 70, of Rural Valley, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the ACMH Hospital.

He was born on July 22, 1949, to James and Betty (Pounds) Ruffner in Indiana.

James worked as a paramedic for Dayton, Citizens’ and LifeStat ambulance companies. He was also a journeyman electrician, a magician and a pastry chef.

Jim served his country during Vietnam with the United States Coast Guard. He was a member of the Dayton American Legion. His favorite quote was, “I have led a good life in the service of others, may I be remembered for those that I have helped.”

James is survived by his mother, Betty Ruffner, of New York; sister, Donna Ruffner, of New York; caregiver, Kiley Nelson Cribbs, of Rural Valley; godson, Chase Stockdale, of Rural Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward “Ted” Ruffner, and a brother, Dennis Ruffner.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Carson/Boyer Funeral Home Inc., 724 W. Main St., Rural Valley. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will take place in the Rural Valley Cemetery.