Marvin "Jack" Dean Ruggles, 88, of Manteca, California, passed away at home surrounded by family on May 22, 2023.
Born October 12, 1934, in Fairview, Montana to alfred and Dolly (Golphenrr Ruggles. Known as "Jack" his entire life, Marvin would explain to people "it would take three martinis to explain why". Having grown up in Fairview, MT, and graduated from Fairview High School. He received two AA degrees from Delta College, Stockton, CA. Drafted into the Army in 1957, he moved to FT. Ord in Monterey, CA. Spending his two years in the service there, receiving an honorable discharge in 1959. Wanting to live where there would be four seasons, Jack returned to Fairview, MT. One day shoveling snow from the driveway heard a little voice telling him, "You didn't have to shovel rain or fogin California, what are you doing this for?"
Packing up his family he headed back to California, settling in Livermore, CA. Jack worked for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a research and development lab, for 32 years. Retiring in 1993 as the Lab’s Traffic Manager.
Jack met and later married Madeline “Midge” (Darchuk) Janzen on March 20,1982 in Discovery Bay, CA. Jack had two daughters from a previous marriage, Colleen Larae (Ruggles) Spatari, of Las Vegas, NV and Kay Joy (Ruggles) and Charles Ramos of Camino, CA. Madeline from a previous marriage had a son, Ernest Michael Janzen, Hayward, CA and daughter, Jennifer Lee (Janzen) Freeman-Gong, of Manteca, CA. Jack and his wife, Midge bought a home in Manteca, CA where they have lived for the past 41 years. Marvin enjoyed traveling, music of all genres, history, greeting friends and strangers alike, with a warm hug. He was known as a man who never knew a stranger. Leaving an unforgettable impression.
Park View Cemetery & Funeral Home
3661 E. French Camp Road, Manteca, CA 95336. Celebration of Life, June 26, 2023 11:00 am
Following the celebration of life please join the family for refreshments at:
The Ruggles’ Home, 6226 Choctaw Court
Manteca, CA 95336.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, June 10, 2023