Jacob R. “Jake” Ruggles
March 05, 1932 ‒ December 18, 2017
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.