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Robert R. Ruhm, III

May 18, 1946 ~ July 27, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Robert Ruhm, III Obituary

Mr. Robert Raymond Ruhm, III, age 77, of North Utica, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2023, after a long illness.

Born in New Hartford on May 18, 1946, he was the son of the late Robert and Janet Ruhm. He and his mother shared a special bond, in addition to sharing the same birthday. Bob graduated from UFA in 1964 and attended Utica College. A proud veteran of the United States Army, he honorably served his country from 1968-1970 with the 25th infantry in Vietnam. On June 8, 1988, he married Maureen Levine.

Bob was dedicated to his career as a police officer for the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department from 1980 to 2008 when he retired. During his tenure, he served on patrol, performed as a dog handler with his faithful companion, Corporal, worked as an undercover narcotics cop, and lastly, he was a lieutenant and division commander at the Oneida County Court House.  He received the NYS Deputy of the Year in 1989.

He was a member of the New Hartford American Legion Post #1376. Also, Bob was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling with his wife. Being a devoted animal lover, he enjoyed time with his dogs, Corporal, Indy, Gus, Honey, and most recently, Jasper.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 35 years, Maureen; his son, Robert Ruhm, IV of Georgia; his siblings, Gordon Ruhm of Utica and Allison Jones of New Hartford; and his sisters-in-law, Patricia (Chris) Liuzzo of Sand Lake, NY and Kathleen Slattery of Stillwater, NY. In addition, he leaves several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his nephew, Jack Jones; and his brother-in-law, Jack Jones.

Per Bob’s wishes there will be no services or calling hours.  Arrangements are with the Mark C. Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford. To express sympathy, go to

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