Domenic "Nick" Ruggiero, 82, of Gibsonburg died Sunday morning at Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Village.
Nick was born in Tiffin, the son of Salvitore "Sam" and Maria (Reino) Ruggiero. He married JoAnne M. Herman Oct. 6, 1948, and she survives.
Nick was a sales rep for Cal-Van Tools, a division of Chemi-Trol, and prior to this he was a salesman for Tony's Bakery for 28 years.
He was a high school football and basketball official for 34 years, having been inducted into the Ohio Officials Hall of Fame in April 2002. Throughout his years of officiating, he officiated a Class A Division football championship and the 1967 state basketball tournament.
He was a 1939 graduate of Gibsonburg High School and a 6-man football All American.
Nick served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a lifemember of the American Legion, Gibsonburg Post 17, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Gibsonburg, and VFW Fremont Post 2947.
Nick's loving family consists of his wife JoAnne; sons, Michael (Lisa) Ruggiero of Nevada City, Calif., and Christopher (Laura) Ruggiero of Gibsonburg; daughters, Ann (James) Woehrle of Stockton, Calif., Rosemary Runion of Oak Harbor and Teresa (Mark) Murray of Perrysburg; brothers, Carmin (Elaine) and Anthony Ruggiero of Fremont; sisters, Susie (Jim) Rusher of Gibsonburg, Conceta (Richard) Hoffman and Mary (John) Benner of Fremont; grandchildren, Brian, Jason, John, Dominic, Anthony, Luisa, Maria and Spencer. He is preceded by brother, Patsy, and an infant sister, Maria.
Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Herman-Kinn-Veh Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Gibsonburg.
Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael's Church, Gibsonburg, with the Rev. Ted Miller officiating.
Burial: St. Lawrence Cemetery, Gibsonburg.
Memorials: St. Michael's Church, Gibsonburg, American Heart Association P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, Ohio, 43218, or donor's choice.