Rufus (Rufe) Duane Silvus - Morgan County Herald: Obituaries

Rufus (Rufe) Duane Silvus

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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:03 am

Rufus (Rufe) Duane Silvus, 86, of McConnelsville, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at his home.

Rufus was born May 20, 1934, in Morgan County, son of the late Edwin and Mildred (Devitt) Silvus.

He graduated from Malta-McConnelsville High School, in 1952, and was a former member of several civic organizations. Rufus was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, in McConnelsville, Ohio, for 60 years and served on several committees of the church. Rufus retired from the United States Postal Service after 32 and one half years, of which the last 15 years he served as Postmaster. He also worked five years for the Village of McConnelsville, Ohio. Rufus and his wife enjoyed all sports, especially high school and college sports.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Patricia (Welch) Silvus, whom he married July 10, 1955; one daughter, Vicki (Gary) Kuntz of McConnelsville, Ohio; one grandson, Nathan (Stephanie) Kuntz and daughters, Kinsley Grace and Miley Ann of Plain City, Ohio; two step-grandsons, Clint (Kendra) Kuntz, and son Elijah Christian of North Dakota University, and daughters Mia Ainsley and Aireonahh Nichole of Tucson, Arizona; and Curt (Jackie) Kuntz, and daughters Ava Rose and Halle Ann, of McDonald, Ohio, and Parkland, Florida; sisters, Sara Harper of McConnelsville and Wendy (Danny) Ray of Malta; and a sister-in-law, Betty Silvus of Canton, Ohio. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Rufus was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Dorothy Wilson and Betty Maloney; brothers, Neil Silvus and Dayle Silvus; and a step-great-grandson, Ethan Gary Kuntz.

Calling hours will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at the Miller-Huck Funeral Home in McConnelsville. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m., at the funeral home, with Pastor Lee Ann Dunlap and Pastor Galen Finley officiating.

Rufus will be laid to rest in McConnelsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 73 S. 9th St., McConnelsville, OH 43756.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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