Joseph F. Ruthinowski of Aquebogue died Dec. 17, 2017 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. He was 71 years old.
He was born April 7, 1946 in Southbridge, Massachusetts to Joseph and Frances (Stypulkowski) Ruthinowski.
He graduated from Riverhead High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971-72. He was the co-owner of Brookside Auto in Riverhead. In his spare time, he enjoyed racing.
Predeceased by his parents and his brother Daniel, he is survived by his wife Susan (nee Kelly) of Aquebogue, his stepsons Leonard Rempe of Riverhead and Kevin Rempe (Laura) of Aquebogue, his sisters Diane Dlugolecki of Florida and Nancy Magee of Riverhead and four grandchildren, Adam, Sarah and Rachel Rempe and Ashley Corwin.
The family will receive visitors Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Isidore R.C. Church. Interment will follow at St. Isidore Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.