June 1, 1925 - April 27, 2010
Louis Anton Ruzicka was born to Louis Ruzicka Sr. and Helen Merta Ruzicka on June 1, 1925, in Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada. He moved to Walla Walla in 1936. He served in the Army during WWII, including participating in Operation Market Garden and Battle of the Bulge.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor and was married for 51 years. He is also survived by his children, Don Ruzicka of Lakewood, Wash., Marie Ruzicka of Seattle, Captain James Ruzicka and Nancy DeLaRosa of Walla Walla; twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Louis was a local family farmer, raising pigs, cattle, alfalfa and sugar beets. He worked for the Veteran's Administration Hospital in the mail room for 11 years. He then operated Ruzicka Stamps and Coins in downtown Walla Walla for 12 years until 1991.
Louis was a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th degree, and also a member of the VFW Post 466 and St. Patrick Catholic Church. He was a Cub Scout Master. He was an ardent collector, especially of stamps, and an avid bowler.
Viewing and visitation will be Monday May 3, 2010, at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until after the Rosary. Vigil Service and Rosary will be 7 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Senior Center Adult Daycare through the funeral home.
Omitted from Sunday’s Obituary: Survived by sister, Agnes Mason, niece, Sister Helen Mason; sisters-in-law Mary Ruzicka and Mary Jane Ruzicka; 17 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Helen Ruzicka, three brothers: Charles, Vincent and John Ruzicka, and sister Louise Theriault.