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Clarence J. Ruggles

September 1, 1931 ~ August 24, 2020 (age 88)


Clarence J. Ruggles, age 88 of Sanford, passed away Monday morning August 24, 2020 at Health Source in Saginaw. The son of the late Harry L. and Leona (Rogalski) Ruggles was born in Saginaw on September 1, 1931. Clarence graduated from Arthur Hill Trade School. He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. Clarence worked as a pattern maker for several companies, eventually working for General Motors as a pattern maker until retiring in 1991 after 30 years of service. He was very active with Our Lady of Grace (St. Agnes) Catholic Church in Sanford, a 3rd degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council 8043, and Habitat for Humanity. Clarence enjoyed woodworking, making three legged stools, toy boxes, bird houses, and many other items. He built the first fiberglass car in Saginaw in 1954. On August 6, 1955 in Assumption Catholic Church in Bridgeport, Clarence married the former Catherine Giltrop and after 64 years of marriage she passed away on December 15, 2019.

Surviving are his sons, Dr. Patrick Ruggles of Saginaw, James Ruggles of Pegram, Tennessee, Terry (Linda) Ruggles of Sanford; daughters, Cherie (Rick) Savard of Sanford, Karen (Dale) Gaudreau of Venice, Florida, Susan (Scott) Reese of Saginaw, Jane Klawitter of Bonita Springs, Florida, Sandra (Chris) Lenz of  Wyoming, Michigan; 19 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis Duperon, Lillian Kozan; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by a grandson, David Ruggles; sister, Charlotte Ruggles.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private funeral service will take place at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church with Fr. Dan Fox, OFM, Cap officiating. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery with Military Honors being provided by the U.S. Marine Corp and the Midland Area Veterans. A Video link will be provided after the funeral service at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to Habitat for Humanity and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the care of Wilson MILLER Funeral Home. Personal messages of condolence maybe offered to the family at

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Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
2500 West River Rd, Sanford MI 48657

Midland County Habitat for Humanity
1825 Bay City Rd Suite 100, Midland MI 48642

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