In Memory of




Obituary for Ruth A. East

Ruth A. East, 84, of Valrico, Florida, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2023, at
HCA Florida Brandon Hospital. She was born in Reading, PA, the daughter of the late
Clarence W. and Dorothy G. (née Schaeffer) East. Ruth was a graduate of Reading
High School and retired from the U.S. Air Force after a distinguished 32-year military
During her service, Ruth achieved the rank of E8 Senior Master Sergeant, earning
numerous accolades and awards. She served during significant historical periods,
including the Vietnam era (1961-1975), Persian Gulf War (1990-1991), and Cold War
(1947-1991). Her duty stations included AFSC 702X1 Admin, retraining to 732X1
Personnel, and then a 906X1 Medical Administration. She was assigned to the 912th
Combat Support Squadron in Willow Grove, PA, and later to MacDill AFB, FL, where
she served as the 906X1 Air Reserve Technician (ART) for the 37th Aeromedical
Evacuation Group AEG. Subsequently, her squadron changed to the 622nd
Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron AES under the 22nd Air Force and Air Force
Reserve Command until her retirement on April 1, 1999.
Ruth's military honors included the Meritorious Service Medallion with 2 oak leaf
clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding
Unit Award with 3 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Reserve Force Meritorious Service Medal
with 1 silver and 2 bronze oak leaf clusters, Air Force Recognition Ribbon with 3 oak
leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award
Ribbon with 2 silver and 1 bronze oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with
gold hourglass and 3 M devices, and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon M16.
Ruth is survived by her brother, Roy G. East, Sr., husband of Marie, of Kentucky; niece,
Lisa Kay, wife of Jason, of North Carolina; nephews, Roy East, Jr., husband of Tawnya,
of Kentucky, and Scott East, husband of Lori, of Florida. She is also survived by several
great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to The Wounded Warrior Project,
The Quilt of Valor, the Shriners, or St. Jude's in Ruth's memory.