Russell “Dick” Ruge

Russell “Dick” Ruge

August 11, 1938 – February 15, 2019

Age 80 years

Preceded in death by parents Henry & Jessie; son Curt and  sister Johanna Ruge; son-in-law Randy Hagen

Survived by wife of 49 years Shirley; daughters Trudy Hagen, Joni Gunter and husband Andy; grandchildren Joe Gunter, Casey Gunter, Adam Hagen, Michael Hagen and Cara Gunter; special great-granddaughter Addy; great-grandchildren Hudson, Caroline, Christian, Graham, Ashton and Tiana.

Visitation  5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, February 18th at Bellevue Memorial Chapel

Funeral Service  10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 19th at Bellevue Memorial Chapel

Casual Attire Requested

Interment  Bellevue Cemetery

Military Honors United States Army National Guard and Papillion American Legion Post 32

Memorials will be directed by the family.


  • Robert J Riggs Posted February 15, 2019 4:12 pm

    Truly an honor to know and work with a great man.
    Dick will be missed.

    -On behalf of:
    City of Bellevue Street Department.

    • Shirley Ruge Posted February 19, 2019 6:52 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. Dick had a lot of respect for you.

  • john c mcalpin & family Posted February 17, 2019 2:26 pm

    a true friend

    • Shirley Ruge Posted February 19, 2019 6:54 pm

      Thanks John and Garie. Dick always thought of you as his friend.

  • Teri (Kearns) Gentleman Posted February 17, 2019 7:46 pm

    Shirley and family, I am so sad to hear about the passing of Dick. He was such a kind hearted man. I have many fond memories of him and the entire family. Hugs, love and prayers to you all. Wish I could be there to hug you and say goodbye to him.

    • Shirley Ruge Posted February 19, 2019 6:55 pm

      Thanks Teri. We got your hugs.

  • Gary Harper Posted February 18, 2019 11:21 am

    A wonderful man who will be missed. Dick Ruge and family were always there for my family
    and we have always truly appreciated his friendship. Please know we are praying for you all
    during this difficult time. The Harper family.

    • Shirley Ruge Posted February 19, 2019 6:56 pm

      Thanks Gary. Appreciate you thoughts/

  • Jeff and Angeka Hagen Posted February 20, 2019 5:02 pm

    We are so sad to hear of Dicks passing. Your family is truly so very special. Sending our love and prayers to you .

    • Shirley Ruge Posted February 25, 2019 9:18 am

      Thanks Jeff and Angela. As you know so much grief so soon. Now we all have to wait for the healing. Thank you for sending the kind words and prayers and love. Truly appreciated.

  • Sherry Busby Posted February 22, 2019 4:07 pm

    Shirley.. sending my love and thoughts!

    • Shirley Ruge Posted February 25, 2019 9:21 am

      Sherry how thoughtful of you. Who would have thought that you would know so far away. It means a lot to me to think that you care. It is a very difficult time. Thanks for caring.

  • Richard A Kousgaard Posted May 15, 2019 11:42 pm

    Shirley, I’m so sorry for your loss. My dad, Dick Kousgaard, and your husband, were best friends back in there high school days. I hope even after this late acknowledgement, you still get this message. I have a story to share with you outside of this website if you wish to connect. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    • Shirley Ruge Posted January 11, 2023 4:14 pm

      Richard I would love to hear the story. Call me anytime; we are in the book

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