LTC George Herbert Ruggles (US ARMY RET)
LTC George Herbert Ruggles (US ARMY RET)

November 12, 1922 - August 26, 2018
Born in Holly, NY
Resided in Odenton, MD
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LTC George H. Ruggles (US ARMY RET)
Retired Lieutenant Colonel George Herbert Ruggles, of Odenton died of natural causes on August 26, 2018 at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center at 95 years old.
LTC Ruggles was a resident of Odenton for over 50 years. He was born in Holly, NY on November 12,1922. He lived in the Northwest area of New York State, until he entered the US Army, in June 1943. He served as a Medical Technician through three campaigns in the South Pacific, until Honorably discharged in November 1945.
He attended one year at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He was employed as a junior civil engineer by the New York Western District of Highways, on the New York Thruway until he re-entered the Army as a Specialist 4th grade in July 1947. He served in the Adjutant General Corps until he retired from active duty in 1974. After retirement from active duty he served as a civilian Military Personnel Manager Supervisor at Fort Meade Headquarters First US Army from September 1976 to 1992 retiring at the age of 70.
During his period of service, he served in all but one enlisted grade; Warrant Officer through W-3, until September 1962, when he was directly commissioned as a Captain while serving at the Southern European NATO Headquarters in Naples, Italy. LTC Ruggles served in three wars, WWII, Korea and two tours in Vietnam where he was promoted to Major, and subsequently Lieutenant Colonel upon return to NSA, Ft. Meade Maryland. LTC Ruggles received two Legion of Merit medals during his time of service.
George had been very active in the Masons. He was a Past Master of the Harry S. Truman Lodge #649 he founded in Naples Italy and received his “50” year pin in 2003. He was also a Shriner and life member of the Sojourners, as well as life members of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of the Foreign Wars, the Elks and several Hunting, Fishing and Gun Clubs.
George was Past State Chairman of Ducks Unlimited; a conservation organization whose purpose is to restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. LTC Ruggles was a Diamond Sponsor in Perpetuity.
His interests included hunting, fishing, clay target shooting, nature, hunting dogs and his cigar.
Surviving are his wife Violet Ruggles of 64 years, a son Charles A. Ruggles (Barb) and daughter Nancy R. Mullen (Ed), three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Visitation is from 3 to 6 PM on Thursday September 6th at Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Road, Gambrills, MD. Interment Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MD Ducks Unlimited ( or SPCA of Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403.




Hardesty Funeral Home-Gambrills
851 Annapolis Road
Gambrills, MD US 21054
September 6, 2018
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


1815 Bay Ridge Ave.
Annapolis, MD US 21403
Ducks Unlimited