OSWEGO — Donald Gene Ruttgen Jr., 62, of Oswego passed from this life on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Labette Health, Parsons.

Don was born July 24, 1958, in Parsons to the union of Donald Gene Sr. and Kathryn Lorraine (Hollabaugh) Ruttgen. Don graduated from Labette County High School with the Class of 1977.

After graduation he went to work for Ruskin Manufacturing in Parsons as a material handler and was still employed at the time of his passing. Don enjoyed hunting, shooting pool, riding motorcycles, mudding with any ATV or vehicle he could use and gardening.

Don was united in marriage to Paula Jean (Dyke) Ruttgen, and they had just celebrated their 18th anniversary in 2020 but had been together for 30 years. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Cara Ruttgen of San Jose, California; two stepsons, Jeremiah Allen and his wife, Kayla, of Bellville and Mark Carter Jr. and his wife, Billie Jo, of Pueblo, Colorado; a sister, Sherry Foister and her husband, Mike, of Parsons; two brothers, Greg Ruttgen and his wife, Robin, of Welch, Oklahoma, and Mark Ruttgen of Parsons; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Don is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Laverne Walker; and two brothers, Joseph Hull and Chris Ruttgen. 

The service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Oswego Cemetery pavilion. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.   

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