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Ruth E. Buckholz Dies At 91

Posted On: 9/20/2017

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READING, PA -- Ruth E. Buckholz, who shared 67 years of marriage with vending pioneer William (Bill) Buckholz, died here on Sept. 11. She was 91.

"Mrs. Buckholz was a very special longtime member of Tri-State (formerly PAMC), the National Automatic Merchandising Association and the vending industry in Pennsylvania," said NAMA director of association services Pam Gilbert. Among other services to the vending industry, Ruth Buckholz served as chairperson of the spouses' program for an annual NAMA convention and trade show in Philadelphia, PA.

Ruth Buckholz met her future husband while he was employed as a teenaged route driver (and the first employee) at Goodman Vending Services in Reading. His many friends recall his account of his introduction to the industry as a route driver: it was a great job, he said, because not only did he receive a salary, but also "all the candy I could eat -- and I could borrow the company truck to visit my girlfriend." He married her, and they went on to acquire Goodman Vending from its founder, Erv Goodman, in 1965.

Ruth Buckholz is survived by her husband William, two sons, Tony and Thomas, and three grandchildren. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church (Robesonia, PA). 

Visitation with the family is scheduled at the church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Services will be held at 11 a.m. with pastor Rev. William H. Weiser officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 108 S. Robeson St., Robesonia, PA 19551, or to the First Tee, a national youth golf development program, online at, or by mail to the organization at 425 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092.