FORT WORTH John Lloyd Ruddick, 84, passed away Friday, March 21, 2008, in a local care facility.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at the Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin. Interment will follow at the Dublin Liveoak Cemetery.

He was born July 5, 1923, in Westbrook, the son of Dollie Mae Morris and John Isaac Ruddick. In 1941, John Lloyd and Janie Louellen Bundrant were married in Dublin. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1942, served in World War II in the Pacific on the USS Melvin DD680, and was discharged in 1945. In 1950, he re-entered the U.S. Navy, served in Korea on the USS Trathen DD530, and was discharged in 1954. Gifted with many talents, John spent his career years as an electrician and machine tool repairman. For 20 years he worked for Walker McDonald Enterprises in Greenville, and the 10 years prior to his retirement he worked at General Dynamics in Fort Worth. He retired in 1988 and began fulltime care of his beloved Ellen until her death in 1997.

Many of his 84 years were spent serving in various lodges. For over 50 years John served in the Masonic Lodge where he was a Golden Trowel recipient. The following list includes many of lodges where he served: Past Master of Dublin Masonic Lodge #504, dual member of Chalk Mountain Masonic Lodge #894, Past District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District #67, Moslah Shrine Temple, Fort Worth Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Scotland, Order of Eastern Star, Past High Priest, Past Thrice Illustrius Master, Past Commander of Knights Templar, York Rite College, KYCH, and was a member of the Ten Can Sailors of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ellen Ruddick and one brother, Paul H. Ruddick.

He is survived by his daughter, Carrolyn Hopkins of Fort Worth; two grandsons, Mark Hopkins and his family and Jon Hopkins, all of Fort Worth; one brother, Howard Ruddick and his wife Sherry of San Saba; one nephew, Larry P. Ruddick and his wife Joyce of Aledo and their children, Jerrod Ruddick, Aaron Ruddick, Nathan Ruddick, and Jessica Ruddick Menchaca; one niece Debra Engebretsen and her children, Rhiannon and Aston of Aubrey; and very special friends, James Hotopp and his wife Cindy of Crowley.

Published March 24, 2008

Stephenville Empire-Tribune