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Edward Leroy Rugg

December 7, 1933 ~ June 16, 2021 (age 87)


Edward Leroy Rugg (Portland, MI, formerly of Lansing)

Mr. Edward Rugg was born to Harold and Leola (Zimmerman) Rugg on December 7, 1933.  He was born at home in Lansing, MI, started school in Dimondale, grew up in Shaftsburg, and graduated from Perry High School.  Edward died peacefully at Sparrow Hospital ICU on June 16, 2021 with family by his side.  

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Sue (McGiveron) Rugg, daughter, Patti Rugg, son, Doug Bethka, Jr and brothers- Bill, Art and Dick Rugg.  Surviving are his children- Susie (Dave) Rankin, David Bethka and Dan Rugg; grandchildren-Jeremy Rankin, Casey (Stephanie) Rankin, Danielle Hanes, Josh Rugg, Alexx, Ronni and RJ Lyon; and great-grandchildren- Jacob Burnham and Savanah Rankin.  Also surviving are sisters- Marilyn Horstman, Carol (Don) Warfle, and Kathryn (Mike) McDaid.  (Ed wintered for 20 years with the McDaids in AZ after his wife’s passing in 2000.)  He was a loving and kind man who will be missed by each of us and many others, including close friend, Doris Kitchel.  Ed started in 1952 at Oldsmobile (GM), retiring in 1990 as a machine repairman.  He enjoyed bowling, golf and was a member of the Capitol City Old Car Club.  He lovingly sponsored children around the world for decades.  Ed was a faithful member of St. Luke Lutheran Church-Christ Campus in Lansing, where over the years he served as: a liturgist for Saturday night worship service, a member of the Dorcus Guild, a deacon, a communion steward and a “jack-of-all-trades” when asked to fix something by the pastor or others.

A  Memorial Service to celebrate Edward’s life will be held on Wednesday, July 14th at 11:00 am at St. Luke Lutheran Church-Christ Campus, 122 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, MI, with Pastor Trevor Sutton and Pastor Zerit Yohannes officiating.  Family will receive friends at 10:00 am at the church.  A private internment service will take place at Oak Plains Cemetery in Shaftsburg, MI, at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church in Ed’s memory.  Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at

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