Stanford Dean Ruggles

1935 - 2019

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Stanford Dean Ruggles, age 83, born December 24, 1935 to Alfred and Fern (Foust) Ruggles in Marion, Ohio entered the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in heaven (Philippians 3:20, 2 Corinthians 5:8) on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Stanford graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1953, Findlay College in 1957, and The Ohio State University in 1969 graduating with a PH.D. He pastored the Salem EUB Church, Pleasant Grove EUB Church, Union EUB church, and St. Paul EUB church before becoming a high school teacher in Columbus, Ohio. From 1969 to 1995 Stanford was a professor of Technology Education at the College of New Jersey in Trenton, NJ. After retirement he returned to help on the family farm near Vanlue. An older sister Colleen (Wayne) Burns preceded him in death. His wife, Eleanor (Van Sant) Ruggles survives after 63 years of joyful marriage, son Mark (Kim) Ruggles of Findlay, daughter Michelle (Thom) Redmond of West Lafayette, Indiana. Five grandchildren, Rebecca (Matt) Geris of Baltimore, MD, Sara (Adam) Boutwell of Findlay, Steve (Maggie) Ruggles of Findlay, Rachel (Colton) Underwood and Mandi Redmond, both of Jackson, Mississippi. Four great-grandchildren Quinn and Emery Geris, and Regan and Summer Boutwell. Two nieces, Diane (Jim) Cormack of Clarksburg, West Virginia and Julie (Tom) Gyongosi of Parkersburg, West Virginia. Stanford enjoyed his family and many friends at church and the YMCA. He enjoyed skiing, golfing, hunting, painting, playing the banjo, guitar, piano, and harmonica. Stanford enjoyed playing the banjo with Eleanor on the keyboard for many groups including church, college, nursing homes, and senior citizens groups. Stanford fought a gallant battle with Parkinson's Disease for many years. The family would like to thank all the caregivers who helped Stanford during the last two years. Visitation will be held from 1:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay and one hour (10:00-11:00 AM) prior to the funeral service on Monday. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Melanie Martin officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service in Van Horn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Vanlue Community Church, 101 W. Main St, Vanlue, OH 45890 or Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, OH 45840. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Sunday, February 3rd 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Monday, February 4th 2019 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, February 4th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Van Horn Cemetery [Map]
    Twp Rd 190
    Amanda Twp., Ohio 45890

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Condolences For Stanford Dean Ruggles

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To : Steve and Maggie Ruggles
Date :Friday, February 1st 2019
From : Marna Warren
Sorry for the loss of your grandpa, Steve

To : Elanore Ruggles
Date :Saturday, February 2nd 2019
From : Rhonda Talley Housekeeping at Birchhaven
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

To : Michelle Redmond
Date :Saturday, February 2nd 2019
From : Mindy Prater Boyd
Dear Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. Stan was a great man. I remember looking forward to your visiting church when we were both little girls. Stan and I were always kidding with each other who had the biggest scars from heart surgery. Him and Eleanor always kept track of Mom. I so appreciate everything they always done. He will be missed.
Prayers are with you and your family during this time.

To : The Stanford Ruggles family
Date :Saturday, February 2nd 2019
From : Robin coit
It is truly with sadness i sent my condolences to his family. I was just speaking of him the recently and expressing the joy that i had seeing him at the YMCA.I enjoyed the time i had talking with him and must say i found him to be someone i looked forward to seeing. Such a comforting wonderful man.Blessings to you all.

To : Mark Kim and family
Date :Saturday, February 2nd 2019
From : Dana Tong
I am so sorry to hear of your loss! I will be praying for you and your family through this time!

To : Stanford Ruggles family
Date :Saturday, February 2nd 2019
From : Karen Feigert-Brown
Sara Boutwell, I am sorry to hear of Stanford's passing! He made my day every time he came into the YMCA! Such a gentleman, with just enough jokester! I have missed him every day since I left the front desk of the Y. Love and hugs to your family.

Karen Feigert-Brown

To : Mark and family
Date :Saturday, February 2nd 2019
From : Tom and Mary
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Stan, but rejoice with you to know he’s now living in Heaven, pain free and whole again. Praying for peace and comfort for your entire family. Love and blessings!

To : Stanford D Ruggles Family
Date :Sunday, February 3rd 2019
From : Jack Glick
Caring thoughts are of you and your
family in this time of sorrow......
May your faith give you strength.
With Sympathy.


To : Michelle redmond
Date :Sunday, February 3rd 2019
From : grimes
Michele and Eleanor, , what a great man and father to read about and how is loved you all. I didn't,t know he was pastoring so many places. I told steve about it, hope to get to see him in Hawaii. You know where his peace is now in heaven with our Lord. Just remember visit Eleanor at PEO about family, now have new group here in Boise. We miss all our ohio friends but love mountain. May you all reflect on great memories of dad and what he met to you and grandkids. Blessings the Grimes family don and Lynda

To : Mark Kim and family
Date :Sunday, February 3rd 2019
From : Denise Roger Keeran
Sincerest sympathy to you all. Keeping you in our prayers,

To : Ruggles Family
Date :Sunday, February 3rd 2019
From : Jeff Breitigam
My prayers and condolences are with your entire family! May you take solace knowing what a wonderful life he lead and great family he established!

To : Eleanor and family
Date :Sunday, February 3rd 2019
From : Charlie and Carol Breitigam
You have our deepest sympathy.

To : Eleanor and Family
Date :Monday, February 4th 2019
From : Ryan Young
I have many fond memories of playing music with Stan, Ed, and Joe at church in Vanlue. Stan taught me the basics of music and a lot about playing music in a group. He was an excellent teacher who made a huge impact on me, and I'm sure many others. God bless you and your family.

To : Ruggles family
Date :Wednesday, February 6th 2019
From : Heather Newcomer Hunt
I’m so very sorry for your loss. You have been a good friend to our family for many years.

To : Family
Date :Thursday, February 7th 2019
From : April
I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in the scripture at Acts 24:15. This is what our God Jehovah promises for us all. And we can look forward to what is written in Psalm 37:9-11 and 29.