The Story of Ruth and Lou

I first met Ruth at the Zephyrhills Airport back in the late '60's when I started skydiving.  She had been jumping for a couple of years by the time I started and, at that time, was one of the few women skydivers around.  She could jump, and drink beer with the best of them and I remember thinking way back then, this is one helluva woman.

Shortly after that, I had to go and defend our country and I remember that she would have her class send me letters to keep my morale up.  We had to both go our respective ways after that, husbands, wives, careers so it took a while for us to get back together.  Our first date was on Capt Mike Patterson's "Baby Ruth" and that was it, we never looked back.  We stayed together constantly during this time and this is when many of you became to know us. 

When we married in July of 1990, some say, (those that can remember) that, that was one of the BEST weddings they had ever attended!  Our theme was dolphins and I think it very fitting that the donations will be to Island Dolphin Care. It was shortly after our wedding that I started living with the motto "I won't try to run Ruth's life.........and I won't try to run mine either," or, more simply put, never piss off a Columbian. Needless to say, this worked for almost 17 years of marriage and 22 years of sharing every aspect of life with the most wonderful person I know.

Ruth was truly my partner in life and I know you all miss her every bit as much as I do.

Take care Mija,  My Love is yours for an eternity