Loyal “Rick” Ruegsegger

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May 14, 1952 - May 5, 2024

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Friday, May 10th from 10 am to 11 am at Heritage Christian Church


Friday, May 10th at 11:00 am at Heritage Christian Church


Evergreen Cemetery

Ruegsegger, Loyal "Rick", 72, of Westerville, OH, died Sunday, May 5, 2024, surrounded by family at The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, OH. The son of June and Loyal Ruegsegger Jr. of Waverly, OH, he is survived by his wife of 35 years, Brenda Ruegsegger, his sons Nicholas Ruegsegger of Columbus, OH and Daniel Ruegsegger of Westerville, OH, his daughter Kathryn Ruegsegger (and daughter-in-law Anne Diehl) of Washington DC, and his beloved extended family. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Carol Verdugo of Moreno Valley, CA, and niece Jacqueline Rodriguez (wife of Toni Collins) of Hemet, CA. Born in Canton, OH, Rick attended Waverly High School, and obtained two Bachelors of Science degrees from The Ohio State University (Environmental Science, Class of 1974; Civil Engineering, Class of 1982). Rick was immensely proud of his career working for the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Ohio Department of Transportation, in which he developed significant expertise in finding and mitigating unmapped mine shafts under Ohio's major highways, averting many potential disasters and saving countless lives. A man of profound faith, Rick was very involved with his local church, Heritage Christian Church of Westerville, OH, where he sang in their choir and played guitar for Sunday school. He was also an active member of the Columbus Men's Bible Study Fellowship Class (BSF) for over a decade. A fan of bluegrass and folk music, Rick also enjoyed refurbishing, playing, and teaching others how to play the guitar. True to his legal first name, Rick was loyal, as well as selfless, tireless, grateful, and optimistic. Above all, Rick was a devoted husband and father, who cherished his family and always put them first. Rick remains deeply loved by his family, friends, neighbors, former colleagues, and the communities he was a part of, and will be very dearly missed. His celebration of life will take place Friday, May 10, 2024 at Heritage Christian Church in Westerville, OH, with viewing hours at 10 am and memorial service at 11 am. Flowers may be sent to Heritage Christian Church at 7413 Maxtown Road, Westerville, OH, 43082, or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Esophageal Cancer Oncology Fund (Fund Number 321902) at The Ohio State University, The James Gastrointestinal Cancer Center (https://giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/details/321902). Private interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Waverly, OH. Funeral arrangements by Moreland Funeral Home, 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville, OH.


Ward Smith & Anne Chance - May 12, 2024

Hi Brenda , Sorry to hear about Rick. Well he donโ€™t have to suffer anymore and in a better place. Prayers for you and your family. Please text me back on Messenger and we can talk or call me on my phone at 330 -741-0500 Please be safe and take care ? Looking forward to talking to you. Bye

Dr. & Mrs. Stephen & Pamela Lewis - May 10, 2024

Dear Brenda & Family, With a saddened heart we give our condolences and with my joy and faith I stand on the promises of Jesus. I know that Rick heard our Lord say, Well done, good and faithful servant..." We will always remember his kindness his musical expertise and mostly his agape love. We Love you very much. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ

Jayne Newala - May 9, 2024

Oh, we're so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. We pray the presence of Jesus Christ comfort you and give you peace.

Dan & Kay Moss - May 9, 2024

Dear Brenda, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a privilege to hear Rick's testimony/ life story so recently. His life of courage and faithfulness, and using his gifts is exemplary. To grieve deeply is the price of great love. May God's presence be close as he weeps with you๐Ÿ™

Pat Archer - May 9, 2024

Brenda I always enjoyed seeing you and Rick at the pool when we were in the class together with Sally and then just seeing you in the river recently. May GOD comfort You and your family and give you strength and peace today and in the days ahead.

Bob & Brenda - May 9, 2024

So sorry to hear about Rick's passing, our deepest condolences to Brenda, Nick, Kate and Dan. A long time loyal client, friend and brother in Christ who will missed by us. Our thoughts and prayers to you all...

Bob & Brenda - May 9, 2024

So sorry to hear about Rick's passing, our deepest condolences to Brenda, Nick, Kate and Dan. A long time loyal client, friend and brother in Christ who will missed by us. Our thoughts and prayers to you all...

Sara - May 9, 2024

May family and friends have comfort knowing others have you in prayer. John 5:28,29 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. For more encouraging scriptures visit www.jw.org

Dick Smith - May 9, 2024

I am so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. My condolences to you and your family Brenda.

Lynn Heppner - May 8, 2024

I am so saddened to hear of Rickโ€™s passing. It was like singing in the Heavenly Choir when Rick would sing his part behind me in our Church Choir. Our waiting times in the Choir Room were always positive conversations about his first experience with his cancer and how grateful for all God had done, and that God was in control over all his curcumstances. He loved his Family, and I pray for peace and comfort to them during this difficult time.

Cher - May 8, 2024

Our hearts and their prayers have been with you this week. You are loved!!

Andrea Ellis - May 8, 2024

Rick was one of the sweetest people I haver ever met. He will be greatly missed by all his neighbors. I know heaven will gain another angel.

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