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Philip Ruth

Philip Michael Ruth

August 3, 1946 - October 2, 2020
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Obituary

Philip Michael Ruth, 74, of Holland, formerly of Jacksonwald, passed away October 2, 2020 in Philadelphia.

Born on August 3, 1946 in Reading, he was a son of the late Walter and Helen (Ketner) Ruth. Philip was a Penn State Main graduate, Class of 1968. He then started his career with the US Navy, where he was trained to be a pilot. At retirement, he held the rank of Captain.

Philip was a Commercial Pilot and started his career first with the prestigious Pan-Am and was with them through the glamorous years of jet setting. Later he was employed with Delta Airlines until retirement.

Philip liked to collect classic cars and enjoyed sports, specifically Penn State.

Survivors include his cousins and longtime friend, David Fountain and his wife, Maria of Festerville, PA.

Philip will be inurned with his family at Charles Evan Cemetery, Reading. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, West Reading is honored to assisted the family.

Fond memories, tributes and condolences may be shared at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.
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John

Posted at 01:14pm
Phil and I were flying buddies for many years. We were both Navy pilots and flew together in the P-2 aircraft in VP-64 at Willow Grove Naval Air Station. We also flew light planes out of the Reading Airport.
Since we both lived in the Reading area, we spent a lot of time together just having fun. We joined the Reading Civic Opera Society together, and performed in the chorus of a production of “No, No Nannette”. We had a blast doing it.
Phil had numerous parties at “Ruth’s Roost”, a converted chicken house at his home in Jacksonwald. My wife and I were there on July 4, 1976, along with other friends to celebrate the bicentennial.
Phil was a great guy who will be missed by all who knew him. Carol and I extend our sincere condolences to the family.
John Toomey, Shillington, Pa.
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Ken Stepanuk

Posted at 09:33pm
Flew with Phil for a number of years as CAC 7 crew. Couldn’t ask for a more even tempered PPC who looked after his crew and treated everyone equally well. My sincere condolences.
Ken (Step) Stepanuk
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Mark Lavin

Posted at 03:35pm
Phil and I flew together for many years in the U.S. Navy as members of Patrol Squadron 64. We were both Penn State graduates, he finishing less than a year before me. We were good friends and shared many adventures together. I am very saddened by his passing and wish to offer my condolences to his family. Mark Lavin, Lemoyne, PA
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