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Walter J. Ruzich

April 10, 1930 ~ July 20, 2021 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Walter J. Ruzich, age 91 of Dyer, IN formerly of Whiting, IN passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at home.  He is survived by his wife, Loretta Clark-Ruzich; two daughters, Marla (Kirk) Hild and Luann (Brian) Jennings; daughter in-law, Judy (late David); granddaughters: Melissa (R.J.) Tiller, Courtney Janiec, and Ashley Kieltyka; grandson, Steven Kieltyka; great granddaughters: Tressa, Tori, and Tatum Tiller.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores (nee Dobos); son, David; grandson, Brian; brother, Mike Polich.

Walter was born on April 10, 1930 in East Chicago, IN to Walter and Katherine (nee Majer) Ruzich.  He was a Korean War U.S. Army Veteran.  Upon his return, he became a member of the East Chicago Police Department for 20 years, he then served as a security guard at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond.  He retired from the City of Whiting after serving 18 years as Street Commissioner.  During his lifetime, he enjoyed playing cards, attending Croatian picnics, listening to music, and riding his Harley.

Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 12:30 pm at FIFE FUNERAL HOME, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN with Rev. Charles Niblick officiating.  Burial to follow at St. John Cemetery, Hammond, Indiana.  Visitation will be on Wednesday prior to the services from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Calumet Area or your nearest animal shelter would be appreciated. To share an online condolence, logon to

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July 28, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Fife Funeral Home
4201 Indianapolis Blvd.
East Chicago, IN 46312

Funeral Service
July 28, 2021

12:30 PM
Fife Funeral Home
4201 Indianapolis Blvd.
East Chicago, IN 46312

Interment following funeral service
July 28, 2021

St. John Cemetery
1547 - 167th Street
Hammond, IN 46320


Hospice of the Calumet Area
600 Superior Avenue, Munster, IN 46321,


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