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May 29, 1951 - January 8, 2023
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Barry Ruda, age 71 of Moosic, passed away peacefully on Sunday at Regional Hospital in Scranton after an illness. Surviving is his beloved wife and best friend, Nancy (Smith) Ruda. On May 21, 2022, the couple celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.
Born in Wilkes Barre on May 29, 1951, and son of the late Henry and Carolyn (Schwartz) Ruda, Barry was educated at the former Elmer L. Meyers High School before graduating from Ewing High School, Ewing Twp., N.J. Upon graduation, he returned home to attend the W.B. Business College. He had worked as a bookkeeper for Pezzner Bros. before working in construction for Great Additions but ultimately retired from Red Mill Farms, LLC., in Moosic.
Memories of Barry will certainly last forever. He was the ultimate collector of all things. From Hess trucks to Matchbox cars to Funkos collectibles to Popcorn decor to LEGOs, he accumulated an impressive collection of each of the aforementioned, and plenty more!
Some of his favorite memories were made at Lake Wallenpaupack where he and Nancy docked their pontoon boat. From boating to camping to fishing, Barry loved the outdoors.
Traveling to numerous car shows throughout the northeast, his iconic van had been awarded for its appearance. He also adored his pup, “Rocky”, was arguably QVC’s best customer, and loved nothing more than relaxing on his deck.
A genuinely good person with an unforgettable sense of humor and a loving nature, Barry will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is also survived by Kelly Ann Heckman and husband Robert of Moosic, whom Barry loved and considered family; two nieces, cousins, and his adored pup, “Rocky.”
Nancy would like to acknowledge and thank the entire staffs of both DaVita Dialysis, Old Forge, and Regional Hospital for the collective care given to Barry throughout his illness.
Blessing services are scheduled for Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hanover Twp.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Friday between 4-7:00 PM at the funeral home.