Joe Ruddle

Joe Reed Ruddle

October 23, 1936 - April 22, 2019
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Joe Reed Ruddle, 82, a 60-year resident of Annapolis, MD, passed away at his home on April 22, 2019. Born on October 23, 1936 in Deer Run, WV to the late Isaac Saylor Ruddle and Verna Smith Ruddle, Joe earned a BSN from Davis and Elkins College and a Master’s Degree from Towson State University.
Joe was employed by the Anne Arundel County school system where he taught human physiology for 38 years and coached many sports at the high school level. In 1969, he launched Anchor Aquatics, Inc., a swimming pool business that started with one pool and grew to over 200 commercial and residential contracts, employing over 250 employees each season. This year marks the company’s 50th anniversary.
As a teacher and business owner, Joe mentored hundreds of young adults throughout his lifetime and has been a pillar of the community. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Alpha Sigma Phi. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, all sports and, most of all, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Fletcher Ruddle, who died in 2017, and eight brothers and sisters. He is survived by two daughters, JoHannah (Walt) Weldon of Lothian, MD and Jennifer (Chris) Ruddle-Frey of Edgewater, MD; two grandchildren, William Reed Weldon and Madison Frey; one sister, Betty Lee Heavner and multiple nieces and nephews. Joe will be deeply missed and remembered as a kind and generous man who always put others before himself.
Friends are invited to celebrate Joe’s life with his family at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26. His funeral service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1300 West Street, Annapolis at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1 Aisquith Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 or Pendleton Manor, 68 Good Samaritan Drive, Franklin, WV 26807.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 10:00am
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    1300 West St.
    Annapolis, MD
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Tara Clifford

Posted at 09:04pm
On a rainy Sunday when my pool was green & I was expecting a family for USNA Commissioning Week, I called the office to leave a voice mail. To my surprise, Mr Riddle answered and hearing my plight, he made a Sunday afternoon house call and resolved the issue. I was impressed by his kind and unruffled demeanor and utmost courtesy. I have heard this from his former students (eg Curtis) whom he later recruited to work with Anchor Aquatics. I appreciate the good will he brought to the greater Annapolis community and offer my heart felt condolences to JoHanna (w/whom I’ve talked on the phone) & Walt and Jennifer and all the employees who have been part of this fine company during the last 50 years. Most sincerely, Tara Clifford

Beth Ann Dye

Posted at 04:18pm
Without Mr. Ruddle and his strong belief in doing the right think and his kindness to the people of this area, small local neighborhood pools may not have survived. Thank You from all the past and present members of SOUTHDOWN POOL.

Marianne Harmon

Posted at 03:51pm
From Anchor's friends at Fair Oaks on the Magothy, our deepest condolences to the Anchor and the Ruddle families.

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Posted at 12:30pm
With heartfelt condolences. Joe will be missed. The Severna Park Community Center
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Linda Allen

Posted at 08:17pm
When I first moved to Annapolis in 1990, I became Pool Chair of our condo pool. I worked with Joe that first summer and many summers to follow. He was wonderful to work with ( and his wife, who helped me change the Pool House furniture), but one of the qualities I remember the most was his great sense of humor. We had a lot of laughs back then. He was a great guy, and I’m sure he will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

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