Stoddard Funeral Home & Sunset Memorial Gardens

3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, CO


Mike Ruzyla

December 19, 1947May 9, 2020

Michael “Mike” Ruzyla, 72, passed away Friday, May 9, 2020 at his home in Greeley. He was born December 19, 1947 to John and Katherine (Maslak) Ruzyla in Augsburg, Germany.

Mike grew up in Kersey where he graduated from High School. After graduating, he entered the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. After discharge, he started working in Kersey in a lumberyard, then Northern Colorado Stain and Painting where he was a foreman. He married Dorothy (Baca) Yates on November 25, 1978 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Mike also attended St. Mary Catholic Church where he was a member as well as St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Mike love sports, especially the Broncos and he watched High School State wrestling matches every year. He loved to make breakfast on Sunday mornings for his family. Family time and holidays were of great importance to Mike.

Mike is survived by his wife Dorothy Ruzyla of Greeley; daughter, Rachael Salazar (Billy) of Henderson; step-sons, Ken Lee Yates of La Porte and Scott Yates of Fort Collins; sister, Anna Nunn (Jim) of Blue Springs, Missouri; brother, Joe Ruzyla of Greeley; grandchildren, Desiree Salazar of Aurora and Chelsey Salazar of Henderson; great-grandchildren, Samara, Vidal, Julio, and Antonio Alvarado. He is also survived by 7 step-grandchildren and 7 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jeanette Ruzyla; step-son, Mike Yates; and a step-grandson, Jason Yates.

Private family service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.


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M.Susan Sierra

May 22, 2020

My thoughts & prayers are with you, Dorothy. I have good memories of the visits with you & Mike during family visits. Love, Sue

RoseAnn Maldonado

May 15, 2020

Condolences from the Mascarenas family. We were classmates, neighbors, coworkers. Feeling your loss.

Gary Sigmon

May 15, 2020

Mike, you will always bring back good memories of our shared time in Kersey at the Pool Hall and while attending PVHS. I will always remember our 'road trips' in your blue Charger to the then "Denver Rockets" professional basketball games. We had some real good times before, during, and after the games. I was also sadden to see that your sister, Jeanette has passed . Jeanette was in my graduating class and we both worked for State Farm for over 40 years. You both will be missed. Thanks for the memories.


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