Daniel Ruggiero
1947 - 2021
FUNERAL HOME
Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home
6710 Swauger Valley Road
Minford, OH

LOVELAND - Daniel P. Ruggiero, 74, died of cancer on November 16, 2021 surrounded by family at his home in Loveland, Ohio. He was born in Fremont, Ohio on January 2, 1947 to Ernest and Emma (Alleman) Ruggiero. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Peggy (Smalley) Ruggiero, his son Daniel (Kelly) Ruggiero, his daughter Susan (Gene) Salyer, his son John (Katie) Ruggiero, his grandchildren, Jacob Salyer and Sammi Salyer, his sisters Diane Duganiero of Canton, Ohio and Debbie Pilcher of Matlatcha, Florida, and many other loving family members and friends.

Dan was a graduate of Start High School in Toledo, Miami University, and the University of Toledo College of Law. He had a distinguished legal career, beginning as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio followed by 43 years in private practice in Portsmouth, Ohio. He was a mentor to many lawyers, most significantly to his daughter, who could not have asked for a greater law partner. He was known for his high standard of ethics and keen sense of right and wrong, and he always strived to do what was right.

Throughout his life he was a member and leader of many organizations including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Portsmouth Bar Association (Board of Trustees and President), Ohio State Bar Association (Board of Governors), Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (Executive Committee), Portsmouth Rotary (President), Scioto County Area Foundation (Chairman), Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (President), South Central Ohio Miami University Alumni Chapter (President), Southern Ohio Community Concert Association (Board of Directors), Portsmouth Area Artist Series (Board of Directors), and the Portsmouth Trojan Athletic Booster Club (Board of Directors).

Dan was an athlete and avid sports fan. He coached his children in baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and tennis and was the Portsmouth High School boys' tennis coach for several years. He completed too many 5Ks to count and ran many other races including Flying Pig relays. When he ran with his family members, he often logged twice the length of the races due to how many times he circled back to check on them. He spent months planning for his annual fishing trips to the Boundary Waters of Canada with his buddies. He was a co-owner of the Portsmouth Explorers baseball team. He loved attending sporting events with his family and friends. The family sports text chains will never be the same without his wry observations.

Most importantly, he was an amazing husband and father. He was always by Peggy's side. One of their favorite activities was bicycling on the Loveland Bike Trail, throughout the United States and in Germany, France, and the Puglia region of Italy. When they weren't traveling throughout the world together, they enjoyed drinking wine on their deck and spending time with family.

A memorial gathering open to all is planned for Sunday January 2, 2022 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Lofts Coffee Company in Portsmouth. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Memories may be sent to www.edafh.com. Donations may be made in Dan's honor to the Scioto Foundation UCAN General Fund: www.sciotofoundation.org P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.


Published by The Daily Times from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2021.
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Such a wonderful person to work with and always a beacon of the right way to do things. Always thoughtful and positive and a great lawyer.
Don Cox
Work
December 8, 2021
Cindy and Bob
December 2, 2021
What can I say that hasn´t been said already. I loved my brother very much. We connected alot on sports. He would have done anything to help me and always did if I asked him to. He was a stand up guy who loved his family very much. I will miss him very much. Life will not be the same without him being in it. Love you
Debbie Pilcher
November 26, 2021
My love now and always!!!!! Miss you terribly!!!!!!
Kim
November 26, 2021
Peggy-I'm so sorry for your loss. Dan was an inspiring influence on our mock trial teams and a big reason for their success. A great man! He will be missed by so many.
Robert West
November 23, 2021
Krista Gohmann
Friend
November 21, 2021
Krista Gohmann
Friend
November 21, 2021
Fred and I are incredibly saddened for what is truly a loss for all of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Dan was a truly respected and loved person, as well as hysterically wry. I never saw him that he didn´t make me laugh.
Krista Gohmann
Friend
November 21, 2021
Peggy , I´m so sorry for your loss. I had great respect for Dan. I pray that God will comfort your family during this difficult time.
Lana Crawford
Work
November 20, 2021
Peggy and family. So sorry for your loss. Saying prayers for comfort.
Pam & Dave Lester
November 20, 2021
We are so sorry to learn of Dan´s passing. He was a wonderful guy and a great attorney. Peggy and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Larry and Linda Nickel
Other
November 20, 2021
Dear Peggy and family...I am so sorry to hear of Dan´s passing. You shared a rich and blessed life, and I think that´s the most we can hope for in this life. My heart is with you. Peace
Bonnie Harrington
Friend
November 20, 2021
So sorry Peggy and family. Dan will be missed.
Debbie Lindner
Work
November 20, 2021
So sad to hear of Dan's passing. We coached a baseball team together and were tennis teammates. Dan was one of the finest men I have ever known.
Jim Ramey
November 20, 2021
Dan was truly one of the good guys. I was blessed be his friend and business partner. My prayers are with Peggy and the family.
Steve Sturgill
November 19, 2021
Peggy and kids, I am so sad to hear of Dan´s passing. He was a friend to so many in the Portsmouth area. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you survive these days ahead. My deepest sympathy!
Becky Climer
November 19, 2021
My love, I´ll miss you!
Kim
November 19, 2021
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