Kenneth “Bruce” Whitcomb
Little Falls, New York (Town of Manheim)
Mr. Kenneth “Bruce” Whitcomb, 75, of Ashe Road, Little Falls, NY (town of Manheim), passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, Feb. 23, 2022, in the peace and comfort of his home.
Bruce was born on October 26, 1946 in Little Falls, son of the late James H. and Nancy (Clingen) Whitcomb and educated in Little Falls schools. He proudly served in the US Army, 809th Engineer Battalion, stationed in Thailand, during the Vietnam War. He enlisted on Dec. 5, 1966 and was honorably discharged on Dec. 4, 1969. He was the recipient of the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, and Marksman Badge (M-14 Rifle). Bruce retired from the City of Little Falls Dept. of Public Works, as a heavy equipment mechanic/operator, retiring after 20 years plus of dedicated service. On April 28, 1973, Bruce was united in marriage with Robin Ruffo, at St. Joseph’s Church, Little Falls. The couple celebrated 48 years.
Bruce loved to putter in his garage where many family members and friends enjoyed visiting with him and they spent many good times. He loved his memories he created at “Red Camp”. A kind, gentle, and honorable man, Bruce was the kind of man whom family and friends appreciated, for it was easy to know where you stood with him. Bruce was a hard worker whose main focus in life was his family and meeting their needs. He enjoyed sharing what he had with those he loved and was a fantastic family man. He lived a abundant and active life filled with the friendships of many in Little Falls and surrounding area. He was a dedicated member of the Little Falls VFW Post 4612, where he served as past commander and was a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Herkimer.
Survivors include his beloved family, his loving wife, Robin at home; his daughters, Melodie Day and Alyese Simpson; his cherished grandchildren, Zachary Williams, Amber Romero and Wilfredo and Jacob Day; adored great grandchildren, Alaris Simpson and Sauyer Romero-Simpson, Jordan Day, Grace Simpson and Kendra Simpson; his brother, Thomas Whitcomb and wife Joyce of Manheim, a sister, Elizabeth Gillette of Little Falls and Martha Pawluk and husband Peter of Little Falls; aunt, Charlotte Phillips of Manheim; brother in law, Daniel Ruffo and wife Carol (Brown) of Little Falls; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, James “Jamie” Whitcomb.
A memorial funeral service will commence at 2 pm from Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, Little Falls (corner of Bidleman Road), 315-508-5131 on Saturday, March 12, 2022, where memories will be shared. Bruce’s friend and cousin, David Teall, will be conducting the service. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours also on Saturday, March 12th from 12-2 pm, prior to the service. Members of the Little Falls VFW Post 4612 and the Vietnam Veterans of Herkimer will conduct ritualistic services on Saturday, March 12th at 1 pm at Dan Enea’s funeral home location. There will be another celebration of Bruce’s life which will take place at a time to be announced later in the spring. Burial will be private.
In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider and send contributions in Bruce’s memory to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301. Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or to Camp Outlet (Red Camp), c/o Malone and Malone Law Office, 45 W. Main St., Little Falls, NY 13365. The family would like to offer their deepest gratitude to the first responders on Wednesday evening, who were kind, caring and professional during this difficult time.