Life Story: Vytas Ruikis, 93; Native Of Lithuania

Mr. Vytas Ruikis passed away Jan. 3 at his home in Franklin Park. He was 93 years old.

Mr. Ruikis was born in Lithuania and came to the United States on the USNS General Stuart Heintzelman through Boston Harbor on the 1950. When he arrived he could not speak English. He bought the newspaper every day and learned how on his own. He lived in New Brunswick for a time before moving to Franklin Park in 1979. He was employed by Triangle Conduit and Cable in New Brunswick but retired as a master Mechanic from PSE&G in Edison. He was cut from a different mold. He was a hard working, “strong like bull,” old-school Lithuanian. He was deeply proud of his Lithuanian heritage but he loved this country and was extremely proud to be an American citizen.

He was pre-deceased by his wife Theresa in 2002, and sisters Birute Plioplys and Sigita Ruikys.

Mr. Ruikis is survived by his son Ashley Ruikis, his wife Denise of Millstone and his nephew John Plioplys of New Brunswick.

Visiting will be held from 4-8 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Gleason Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 11 at the funeral home, followed by a funeral mass at St. Mary of Mount Virgin Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in New Brunswick.


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