Eugene Bernard Rugh

Born: 07/09/1944 Passed:

Eugene Bernard Rugh 75, of New Philadelphia passed away June 24th, at New Dawn Retirement Center after a period of declining health. He was born in 1944, to Mary Katherine and Joseph Rugh in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He was very fond of Ft. Wayne and would share memories with his family of growing up.  He attended Ball State University and received a Master’s in Journalism.  He worked at the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel, as an editor for 3 years.  After his time at the newspaper, he started working at Zimmer Patient Care and retired after 30 years, as the Director, Marketing Communications.  He was known to make people laugh with his dry wit and sense of humor. After his spinal cord injury in 1962, Gene became an advocate for people with disabilities.  He helped publish an ADA guide for establishments in Tuscarawas County.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 47 years, Mary Kay; his children, Michael and Julie; and his two grandchildren, Michayla and Liam.

A visitation and mass will be held at St Joseph Church in Dover, Ohio with burial to follow later in the month.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations sent to St. Joseph Church in Dover, Ohio or the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.  Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at


Heritage Cremation Society



8 Tributes to Eugene Bernard Rugh

  1. Scott Holdsworth says:

    Gene will always be one of my favorite people ever. Great wit and big personality that never let a handicap get in his way!! Taught me many life lessons and I miss seeing him. Here’s hoping he’s walking again in heaven!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    So very sorry for your loss.

  3. Tom Simmelink says:

    Wonderful guy. Always fun. Condolences to his family.

  4. Cynthia Jackson says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family of Gene. I had the pleasure of working with him at Zimmer. I can remember his wit and smile.

    • Lyle & Michelle Tope says:

      Mary Kay & Family,
      Our sincere condolences on Genes passing. Please know our prayers for you & Gene continue. May you all be consoled in your grief by our Lord, Jesus Christ.

  5. Rita Saunders says:

    Mary K,
    My thoughts are with you during this time of grief.
    God bless you and your children.

  6. Bill Donizetti says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Gene. We traveled together on many business trips. We would joke back and forth. He typically got the best of me. I always enjoyed speaking with Gene. He was so talented and fun to be around.
    Mary Kay, he was a great guy and will be missed.

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