Thomas Ruggeri, 61

Thomas Ruggeri, 61, of Otsego passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born June 7, 1954, the son of Vincent and Beverly (Haile) Ruggeri in Grosse Pointe Farms.
Tom was a graduate of Fraser High School and Western Michigan University where he was part of the Kalamazoo Underwater Recovery Team.
On July 30, 1977, he married Helen Keeler at Otsego United Methodist Church. Together they moved to the Detroit area where they lived for several years before returning back to Otsego.
Tom had worked as an electrician for IBEW Local 131 in Kalamazoo for 26 years and had also taught Industrial Arts. He had served as a scoutmaster for Otsego Troop 98 for many years.
Tom was a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed woodworking and traveling in his spare time.
Surviving are his wife Helen; sons, Brian Ruggeri of Little Rock, Ark. and Matthew Ruggeri of Otsego; siblings, Kathryn (Paul) Wierbicki of Romeo, Cynthia (Phil) Gallo of Florida, Joseph (Heidi) Ruggeri of Washington and Gina (Robert) Vish of Commerce Township; along with several nieces and nephews.
Honoring his wishes, Tom's body was donated to science and cremation has taken place.
Friends may visit with Tom's family on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A memorial service will be Monday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. at Otsego United Methodist Church. Pastor Joe Shaler will officiate.
Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan or to the charity of one's choice.
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