Donald Gene Ruttgen Jr.

July 24, 1958 - May 6, 2021
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Donald Gene Ruttgen, Jr., 62 of Oswego passed from this life on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Labette Health, Parsons, KS.

Don was born July 24, 1958 in Parsons, Kansas to the union of Donald Gene Sr. and Kathryn Lorraine (Hollabaugh) Ruttgen. Don graduated from Labette County High School with the class of 1977. After graduation he went to work for Ruskin Manufacturing in Parsons, KS as a material handler and was still employed at the time of his passing. Don enjoyed hunting, shooting pool, riding motorcycles, mudding with any atv or vehicle he could use, and gardening.

Don was united in marriage to Paula Jean (Dyke) Ruttgen and they had just celebrated their 18th anniversary in 2020, but had been together for 30 years. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include daughter, Cara Ruttgen of San Jose, CA; two step-sons, Jeremiah Allen and wife Kayla of Bellville, KS, and Mark Carter Jr. and wife Billie Jo of Pueblo, CO; sister, Sherry Foister and husband Mike of Parsons, KS; two brothers, Greg Ruttgen and wife Robin of Welch, OK, and Mark Ruttgen of Parsons, KS; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Don is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Laverne Walker; two brothers, Joseph Hull, and Chris Ruttgen.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Oswego Cemetery Pavilion. Family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m., at Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego, KS. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Association in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at