Terry Douglas Ruby

Published 7:18 pm Monday, August 13, 2018

Mr. Terry Douglas Ruby, 71, of 1215 N. Market St., Washington, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Mr. Ruby was born in Caldwell, Idaho, in 1947, and moved with his family to the Washington, D.C., area. He attended DuVal Senior High, Bowie State College and Montgomery College, all in Maryland.

Mr. Ruby was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era, and served as a cook at Fort Hood, Texas. Upon his release from the Army, Mr. Ruby encountered the practice of SGI Buddhism. When he couldn’t prove it wrong, he converted to Buddhism in 1969, resulting in nearly 50 years of practice.

Mr. Ruby worked with computers throughout his career, doing records management and then database management for various companies, most recently for Aerospace Industries Association. Upon his retirement, plans were made to move to Washington, North Carolina, an area Mr. Ruby and his wife found both relaxing and welcoming.

Mr. Ruby was already ill when he moved to Washington in April 2018, and his last days were spent at Vidant Beaufort Hospital. His survivors include his wife of 45 years, Kathy Ruby; daughter Teresa Ruby (and husband Dan Schutzner); son Alex Ruby (and wife Frieh Alemayehu); and two adorable grandchildren, Zachary and Mary Ruby. Also bereaved are Mr. Ruby’s two sisters, Bonnie Watson and Sharron Fortier, and multitudes of nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Buddhist memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at 7 p.m., at the home address of 1215 N. Market St. There may be an additional service in Washington, D.C., for all his friends and relatives who live there. The ashes will be scattered at a later date.

Condolences may be addressed to the family online by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com.

Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Ruby family.