Mr. Franklin L. Ruch

1964 ~ 2019 (age 54)


Mr. Franklin L. Ruch, 54, of Mahoning Township, passed away Monday, April 15th in Schuylkill County, Pa. He was the husband of Lori C. (Ziegenfuss) Ruch. They were married for 31 years last May 16, 2018. Born in Lehighton, Pa. on Sunday August 23, 1964, he was a son of Orpah K. (Solt) Ruch of Lehighton & the late Delroy V. Ruch Jr. He was currently employed with the Pa. Turnpike Commission as the District 5 Operations Manager.  Frank was a member of St. Peter’s Church, West Penn, & The Mahoning Union Sunday School.  A very active member of his community, he was a member of The Lehighton Fire Company, The Mahoning Township Volunteer Fire Co., The Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co., The Mahoning Ambulance Association, The Lehighton American Legion Post 314, Lehighton Lodge #621 F & AM, The Beaver Run Rod & Gun Club, The East Penn Sporting Club, The Andreas Sporting Club, & The Mahoning Valley Lions Club. He served as Chairman of Mahoning Township Supervisors, and was a former member of The Lehighton School Board. A sports enthusiast, he was a former volunteer for the Lehighton High School Football Team, a former Lehighton Knee-high Football coach, the Vice President of the Lehighton Bowling League, and played in the Mahoning & St. Peters Churchmen’s softball league. In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, spending time with his loving wife, family, and friends, riding motorcycles, family jaunts to Wellsboro, Pa., hunting, & trips to the Pa Farm Show, & Ag Progress days. Surviving in addition to his wife and mother is a son, Brandon Ruch, sister, Marilynn Ruch, 2 brothers, Brian Ruch & his wife Roxanne, Stephen Ruch, of Lehighton, nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Amy Beth Ruch. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 20th at 10 a.m.  at St. Peter’s Church, 184 St. Peters Road, Tamaqua, Pa. with the Reverend Kenneth T. Melber Jr. officiating. Call Friday evening, April 19th from 6-8 p.m. at The Ovsak FH, 190 S. 4th St. Lehighton and from 9-10 a.m. Sat. April 20th  at the church. Masonic Services 5:45 p.m. on Friday. Interment in St. Peters adjoining parish cemetery. Memorial Contributions in his name may be made to The Mahoning Valley Volunteer Fire Co., 2358 Mahoning Drive West., Lehighton, Pa. 18235 or The Mahoning Valley Ambulance Assoc. 902 Mill Rd., Lehighton, Pa. 18235. Online condolences can be offered at

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