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EDGEWATER, FLA. Kyle Wayne Ruffner, 15, died Saturday at his residence.
Kyle was born March 10, 1997, in Youngstown, a son of David and Jennifer Jones Ruffner.
He was raised in Austintown and moved to Florida eight years ago. He also lived in Kentucky.
He attended Lynn Kirk Elementary School in Austintown and New Smyrna Beach High School in Florida, where he was a sophomore.
Kyle loved sports and played for the Austintown Little Falcons football team and Austintown soccer league. He was currently playing for New Smyrna Cudas Football Team. When not playing football, Kyle enjoyed playing a game of basketball with his friends. Kyle loved the outdoors, spending time at the beach and expeditions of night fishing with his friends. With his father in Kentucky, he enjoyed 4-wheeling and hunting. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, enjoyed attending the Daytona 500 and visiting Disney World.
Even though Kyles nickname was Ruff Dog, he loved performing with his buddies as a back up dancer for the New Smyrna Beach National Show Dolls.
He was a former member of the Christ Presbyterian Church in Youngstown and was presently attending St. Pauls Episcopal Church in New Smyrna Beach, where he helped out with Vacation Bible School.
Kyle will be remembered for his contagious smile, wonderful sense of humor and his kindness. He was always ready for a big hug and shared his affection with friends and family openly. Kyle will be sadly missed, loved and remembered by all who knew him in Austintown, Edgewater and Stamping Grounds, Ky.
Kyle is survived by his parents, David (Lee) Ruffner of Kentucky and his mother, Jennifer Ruffner, with whom he made his home in Florida; one sister, Kayla Ruffner at home; one brother, Christian Squibbs, also at home; grandparents, Carol Graw Jones of Columbiana, June Williams of Kentucky and Cliff (Alice) Ruffner of Pennsylvania; two aunts, Kim Kiki (John) Hladun of Berlin Center and Tina Weaver of Pennsylvania; three uncles, Cliff Ruffner of Pennsylvania, Robert Ruffner of Pennsylvania and David (Lisa) Euler of Kentucky; and 11 cousins, Cody, Melissa and Joe Hladun, Shane, Garret and Bobby Ruffner, and Michael, Krista, Samuel, Corey and Ricky Euler.
Kyle was preceded in death by his grandfather, Clinton Rick Jones and his uncle, Clinton Ricky Jones.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, with Pastor Bob Offerdahl and Pastor Leo Feher officiating.
Interment will follow at Lowellville Cemetery.
Friends will be received on Friday from noon until 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
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