Jacob R. “Jake” Ruggles

March 05, 1932 ‒ December 18, 2017

Marengo, Ohio

Jacob R. “Jake” Ruggles, age 85, of Marengo, passed away Monday morning, December 18, 2017, at Bennington Glen Nursing & Rehab in Marengo.

On March 5, 1932, Jake was born at home in Morrow County, the son of the late Walter L. and Ada (Chapman) Ruggles.  He attended Ashley schools until his sophomore year when he had to quit and find work to help his family make ends meet.

A proud U.S. Navy Veteran, Jake served his country during the Korean War.

In his younger years, he worked as a machinist in California at Consolidated Vacuum Corporation.  There, he had the pleasure of working with the aerospace program in developing parts for the first moon landing.  In 1977, Jake became a deputy for the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office.   He also served many years as a sergeant.  He enjoyed his job, especially the interactions he had with kids talking at the different schools.  Jake loved children, and children loved Jake.  After 21 years of dedicated service to the community, Jake retired in 1998.

On September 20, 1985, Jake married the love of his life, Betty C. Carver Salyer, at the Mayor’s Court in Mount Gilead.  They have shared an inseparable bond for the last 30 years.  The last 16 years they enjoyed winters together in Avon Park, Florida, and made many friends there to enjoy the time with.  They attended Centerburg Enterprise Baptist Church in Ohio and Community Church in Florida.

In his spare time, Jake enjoyed hunting deer and elk, and was an avid fisherman.  He still holds a record for largest bass out of Bonnet Lake in Avon Park.  He also enjoyed working with his hands, creating many things out of wood.

Jake will be dearly missed by his four children: Tonii Mather of Ashley, Karen (Scott) Sullivan of Cardington, John (Janet) Ruggles of Marion, George (Stephanie) Ruggles of Ashley; two step-children: Frankie (Phillip) Crothers of Marengo, Buddy (Phyllis) Salyer of Marengo; 8 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 2 step-great grandchildren; and a sister, Rosie Hayes of Westfield.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven sisters: Laverna Holtz, Freda Weiser, Opal Nichols, Donna Martin, Dorothy Lang, Doris Shaw, and Mary Cowels.

Jake’s family will greet friends from 12Noon – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will immediately follow at 2:00 p.m. with Chaplain Jeff Slider officiating.  Please come with your special stories to share about Jake.  Military honors conducted by Active Duty Navy, VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will conclude services.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338, in honor of the wonderful care they provided Jake and his family.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Jake’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • So sorry for your loss Aunt Betty. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We love you.

  • …So very sorry for your lost Aunt Betty. Our prayers and many thoughts are with you and family at this time. We love you so very much.

  • Dear Betty and family,

    So very sorry to hear of Jake’s passing. He is in a better place now. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have many fond memories of Jake when I worked at the Sheriff’s Dept. w/him in the 80″s. He was such a gentle man but could scare the daylights out of someone who didn’t know his sense of humor. May God watch
    over and guide you.

    Judy (Rogers) DeIuliis

  • Betty,
    Sorry to here about Jake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Glad we got to spend some time together this past summer. and we will remember our great times together in Florida.
    Love Marlene and Ken

  • To Betty and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Jake was such an important part of our family and we treasure the memories that each of us were able to share with him and with each of you.
    Love to you all,
    Michael and Linda Lang, Sandra Reed, David and Billie Lang, Wayne and Kelli Marshall.

  • Please accept our heartfelt wishes of peace. The world lost a great man, that affected and guided so many people. I feel honored and blessed to have called him my friend. The Skipworth’s

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this trying time. Jake was a good man and helped anyone he could. Jake always helped when needed in the ER at MCH all those years ago.

  • With deepest sympathy to Betty and family on the lost of our dear friend Jake. he will truly be missed. love Bubbles and Joe

  • Jake,
    Wayne and I will miss you. You always made us feel so at home. We loved the fishing trips you took us on at Avon Lake. OUR Heart Aches.

  • When God created Jake, he threw away the mold. Our county is richer for having him in our lives. Best deputy sheriff we ever had in morrow county. God speed 927, prayers for your family.

  • Betty, I am so hurt by Jake’s passing. I love you so much. God will get you through this. I will see you soon. Live Hope

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ruggles family during this difficult time. Jake was one of a kind and taught us so much at the Sheriff’s Office. He will be greatly missed.

    Steven, Penni, Travis and Alexis Fox

  • John and Janet and family
    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • My dearest sympathies. I didn’t know the man, but I am told I’m related to him through the Nichols side. Proud to know if another service member of the family, as well as a man of the law. My heart goes out to you.

  • So sad to hear of Jake’s passing. He always made me smile! Praying for the whole family. I know my Dad will be welcoming him into Heaven! They will be sharing deputy stories! Thinking of you all!

  • Betty and family so sorry for your loss of Jake. I have many stories that Dave Lester told me about the time they worked together as deputies. We enjoyed our visits at the fair every year. Lean on your family and your faith, I will pray for you. Robin Lester

  • So sorry for your lost.Hes up there with Dave Smith and Ralph Ruggles talking about old times.He was a very SPEÇIAL MAN!!!

  • So sorry for your loss. I pray you will find comfort from family and friends as they surround you during your grief.

  • We are so sorry for the passing of Jake. Richard had such a good friendship and good laughs while they worked together. He was a beautiful man. We send our love and prayers to your family.
    Richard and Marjie Braddock


  • Betty and family, we were so sorry to hear of Jake’s passing. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  • George,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. God Bless you and your entire family.

    Sherry Childers-Melvin

  • Jake was a such a good guy. Had the opportunity to do a ride along day with him in Jr.High School. Was a great experience. My most sincere condolences.

  • I have many great memories of Jake while working with him when I was working on the squad and fire department. He was a comfort when there was a hectic scene, his size and calm attitude always soothed the soul. Ue will be missed.

  • I have many great memories of Jake while working with him when I was working on the squad and fire department. He was a comfort when there was a hectic scene, his size and calm attitude always soothed the soul. He will be missed.

  • So sorry Betty, he was such a great guy. I’m sure he and Tom are talking about the good old days.

    Your in my prayers

  • Dad, sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye. I’ve been sick as a dog. I hope that I’m to sick for the funeral. I love you.

    • Meant, not to sick. I just wish we spent more time together. I will miss you and think of you often. I love you, Dad.

  • Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers be with your family during your sorrow. Jake was a wonderful man and a great sheriff deputy. May he rest in peace in heaven.

  • My condolences to the family. Jake and I ran into each other several times when I was a Sheriff’s Deputy with the Knox County SO.

  • Aunt Betty,

    We are so very sorry to hear about Jake’s passing. He will be greatly missed. I loved his smile and great sense of humor. We have a lot of great memories of him, and he will always be with us in our hearts.

    Love you so much, Aunt Betty,
    Robbie and Sylvia

  • Dear Betty & family,
    Even though we have lost touch since Randy passed, know that your are in my
    prayers. Always enjoyed stopping for a visit when we planted the graves in Marengo.
    Always good memories
    Sue Stander