Patrick Lawrence Ruth, 31, a United States Naval Aviator and resident of Collinsville, Mississippi, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in a naval aviation training mishap in the Cherokee National Forest near Tellico Plains, Tennessee. Patrick was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1986 to David Allen and Mary Warren Ruth. He grew up the middle of five children surrounded in love by his siblings, David A. Ruth Jr., Lesley Ruth Fandal, Alison Ruth Zeringue, and Sean W. Ruth. He proudly held the title of ‘favorite uncle’ for his five nieces and two nephews. Patrick was to be married on October 28, 2017 and is survived in mourning by his fiancé, Jessica Lauren Fugitt. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Patricia W. Warren.
Patrick, a member of Brother Martin High School’s Class of 2004 graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Mathematics and was commissioned as a naval officer in 2008. He earned his “Wings of Gold” in 2011 to begin his career as an aviator in the fleet. He deployed with VAW-126 Seahawks on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), in 2013-2014 in support of U.S. Navy operations in the Persian Gulf. His most recent tour of duty was as an instructor pilot at Naval Air Station Meridian, Training Squadron VT-7 Eagles, training the next generation of Naval Aviators. Patrick loved the life he lived and celebrated each day with new adventure and wonder. He will be forever missed and never forgotten. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA at 12:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 9:15 AM. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery. To sign the on line guest register, please visit www.Greenwoodfuneralhome.net
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14, 2017