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Funeral Services for Charles E. Ruggles, 92, of Bellville were held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at 10 a.m. from Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Steve Olsen, officiating.

Interment followed in Oak Knoll Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were nephews, Bruce Ruggles, Don Ruggles, Jim Ruggles, Morris S. Ruggles, Ron Krumrey, James Woodrick, Steve and Barbara Sommer. Honorary pallbearer was Allen Garling. 

Charles Edward Ruggles was born on July 18, 1916, in Bellville, Texas, son of Albert and Lena Bartay Ruggles. He was known to family and friends by his childhood nickname “Zoo.”

After graduation from Bellville High School, Charles attended the University of Texas in Austin where he obtained a BBA degree in 1939.

He began his professional career with Humble Oil and Refining Company as a Rotary Helper in Hardin, Texas, in early 1940.

He married Mozelle Krumrey, also of Bellville, on Dec. 14, 1940.

They moved to Louisiana where Charles worked as a Junior District Clerk for Humble at Crowley and Bayou Sale.

He entered military service in March, 1942, serving until his discharge in December, 1945, when he rejoined Humble at Raccoon Bend,. After consolidation of the Raccoon Bend office in 1958, Charles worked as a Senior District Clerk and Accountant in Tomball, Baytown and Houston. Charles retired from Exxon in 1975, after which the Ruggleses returned to Bellville, built a new home on the Krumrey farm on Buckhorn Road, and lived there until 2008.

Charles was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bellville, the American Legion Post #115, Woodman of the World and Houston West Metro Exxon Annuitant Club. Vegetable gardening and tending a small herd of cattle was a favorite pastime, as was camping in their travel trailer and spoiling their two dogs Suzie and BeBe.

Charles E. Ruggles passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 in Bellville. 

He is survived by his wife Mozelle, his brother Owen Ruggles and many nieces and nephews. 

Charles was preceded in death by brothers Marion, Arleigh, Morris and Albert Ruggles, and sisters, Shirley Ruggles Sommer, and Audrey Ruggles Walker. 

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in Bellville.

Posted by Joy Neely


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