Obituary: James R. Ruzgis, 63, of Scottville

November 17, 2020

James Ruzgis

James R. Ruzgis, 63, of Scottville

James R. Ruzgis, 63, of Scottville passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born August 9, 1957 in Lansing to Paul and Phyllis (Courtland) Ruzgis. Jim graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1975. Jim worked in a wide variety of trades. He was very handy and loved to tinker and fix things. He once rebuilt an antique buggy and several pieces of antique farm equipment. 

Jim spent 10 years living in Washington state. He loved the water and never lived too far from it. He loved having a good time with family and friends. He could talk to anyone and he enjoyed learning local history.  Jim also enjoyed gardening, baking, and canning.

He is survived by his parents; his siblings, Jack (Patty) Ruzgis, Joe Ruzgis, and Jean (John Wimberly) Lynch; his nieces and nephews, Corrine, Steve, Connie, Scott, Tammy, Rick, Tony, Matt, Louis, Daniel, Kristina, Liam, Tanna, Matthew, Brendan, Bryan, Paul, Joel, and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his siblings, Joyce Lyon, Janice Smith, Jerry Ruzgis, Jill Ruzgis, and Julie Ruzgis.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Sugar Grove Cemetery. A mask will be required and social distancing should be observed. A lawn chair is recommended. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers donations can be made the American Cancer Society. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington,

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