He is survived by his wife, Susan Suta Ruggerio; his children: daughter, Elise Marie Willsey and husband Jared, and son, Tony James Ruggerio; sisters: Donna Wied and husband Bo, Cheryl Kasprzak and husband Steve, Lisa Mitchell and husband Chris; brother Ken Ruggerio and wife Cindy; and grandson: Caleb James Willsey.
He grew up in Houston and Spring, Texas. He graduated from Spring High School in 1968. He then attended Tyler Junior College ’69 – ’70, after which he went to Stephen F. Austin State University ’71 - ’73. At SFASU, he was in the TKE fraternity and served as President of his chapter.
He worked at Words & Things, Pegasus Design, …. and was a partner at Origin Design.
He enjoyed golf, betting on sports with his buddies and collecting sports memorabilia.