James Ruggerio

July 7, 1949May 4, 2019

James Ruggerio, Jr. was born on July 7, 1949 to James Ruggerio, Sr. and Leoma Bethune Ruggerio in Houston, Texas. He passed away on May 4, 2019 in Spicewood, Texas surrounded by loved ones.

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.


  • Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2019


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Stephen Croxson

May 17, 2019

RIP my brother. As a fellow TKE, my Louisiana Tech chapter sponsored Jimmy's chapter at Stephen F. Austin in the early 70's. I met Jimmy years later in Houston. We shared many rounds of golf together at BraeBurn with Jim Walker. Whenever we would meet, we would share our "secret handshake" known only to fellow TKE's and amuse ourselves with our superiority and knowledge of such things. I was deeply touched by his passing. JR and I competed on the golf course and in business. Whenever I would go up against JR in a competitive bid, I knew it would be a fair and hard fought contest, and the best man would win.

Yours in the bond,
Stephen W. Croxson

Kevin Cawood

May 15, 2019

I worked with Jimmy at Words & Things for a number of years, and remained in contact on and off through out the years since. Jimmy was a good boss and a great friend. He always made time for me and we had a lot of laughs. I will miss you Jimmy. Vaya con Dios, Amigo.

Tom Benbrook

May 14, 2019

We made so many great memories. Jimmie, you always made me laugh, Love you like a brother.