Dennis Gary Rugg
Dennis Gary Rugg, 77, passed away quietly at home Monday, February 17, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Dennis was born November 30, 1936, in Dearborn, Michigan. He played football at Dearborn High School, and earned degrees in Physics and Math from Michigan State University.
In college, he met the love of his life, Lucille. They were married 55 years.
Dennis worked his entire career in aerospace as a "rocket scientist." After college, he spent five years at Boeing, moving his growing family around the country to work on Minuteman missile sites. The next four years were at Bendix, creating technical equipment for astronauts to carry to the moon, while finishing his MBA and earning his pilot's license. He spent the last 27 years of his career as a program manager at Radiation Corp., then Harris, where he earned Program Manager of the Year for the GASD and Electronic Systems Sector in 1991, and served as a Director.
Dennis also gave generously of his time and expertise to the community. He was well-known to Space Coast swimmers as a starter, referee, and meet manager of numerous local swim meets from 1972 to 1985, and served five years as President of Platinum Coast Swim Club.
After swimming, he moved on to competitive shooting, serving as secretary of the Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club. He trained his family's Great Danes as show dogs, and also served the Indian River Dog Training Club as its treasurer.
In his spare time, he enjoyed several thousand rounds of golf at Harbor City Golf Course on Lake Washington Road.
He is survived by his wife Lucy, and his four children: Tony, a landscape architect, and wife Debbe; Gigi, an English teacher, and husband David; Patrick, an engineer, and wife Julia; and Diana, a TV reporter, and husband Michael. He was also 'grandpa' to six grandchildren: Chelsea, John, Dillon, Grace, Faith, and Michael; and one great-granddaughter, Londyn.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beach Funeral Home at 1689 S. Patrick Drive, Indian Harbour Beach. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 21, with a memorial service at noon. Condolences can be shared at www.BeachFuneralHome.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2014