Obituary of Larry Dean Rugh
Larry Rugh, an esteemed Air Force veteran and beloved family man, passed away on September 27, 2023, at his residence in Aptos, California. He was surrounded by his devoted wife of nearly 54 years, Diana; his loving daughters, Laura and Ginger; and his cherished collies, Jasmine and Jasper.
Born on April 11, 1949, in Upland, California, Larry was the youngest of five siblings. He was a proud alumnus of Bonita High School in Laverne, California, where he displayed his athletic abilities on the baseball and tennis teams. After graduation, Larry moved to Prescott Valley, Arizona with his parents. It was here that he met the love of his life, Diana.
Larry's bravery was evident during the Vietnam War when he served with distinction in the Air Force. He learned to fly and undertook more than 450 missions, a true testament to his commitment and valor.
Beyond his military service, Larry was passionate about family, gardening, home improvement projects, photography, camping, basketball, and baseball. The beach held a particularly special place in his heart.
He was the foundation of many family traditions, from festive holiday celebrations to the cherished weekly taco and game nights. His signature humor, complete with an endless supply of bad jokes, brought laughter to all who knew him.
Larry's rich legacy continues through his adored grandchildren: Audrey, Micaela, Ian, Gavin, Nyx, and Summer.
Larry leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, including Rod Rugh, his wife Beverly, and their daughters Cheryl—with her children Eli and Bella—and Cherrie—with her children Braden and Kirsten. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Zelma Rugh; brothers Vance, Vern, and Eston; and sister, Betty Boyd.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for donations to UCSF Giving in support of cancer research.
The outpouring of love, prayers, and support from friends and family during this difficult time has been deeply appreciated. We ask that you continue to hold us in your thoughts as we remember and honor Larry's remarkable life.