Robert Henry Ruggeri, 1921 ~ 2009

Robert H. Ruggeri, attorney-at-law, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in Grand Junction, Colo. at the age of 88 after a prolonged illness.

He was born May 23, 1921 to the late Henry and Clara Kimball Ruggeri in Price, Utah. Affectionately known as Hank, he grew up in Carbon County and attended Carbon County High School and then went to the University of Utah, where he graduated with a degree in business and finance.

In 1943, Robert married Arleen Tanner of Layton, Utah, and the same year joined the Army to fight in World War II. He was initially stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. as part of the 66th Infantry Division. Later, he shipped overseas and was stationed at Cherborg, France, where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Robert returned to the University of Utah and received his Doctorate of Law in 1950.

As an attorney, he worked for the Utah State Tax Commission, was city attorney for the city of Layton, Utah, and later became Deputy Attorney General for the State of Utah.

In 1954, he moved to Moab to set up a private practice with his partner and gubernatorial candidate, Mitchell Melich.

From 1954 until 1986 he served in the various capacities as city attorney for the city of Moab, member of the Combined Metals Reduction Company board of directors, secretary of Scorup Summerville Cattle Co., president of Utah-Wyoming Consolidated Oil Co., and secretary of Excaliber Industries.

He retired in 1986 and he and Arleen moved to Grand Junction, where he lived until his death.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Arleen Tanner Ruggeri; two sons and a daughter, Robert T. (and Olwen Morgan) Ruggeri of Seattle, Wash., William (and Dharm Khalsa) Ruggeri of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Elizabeth (and Daniel) DeRuyter of Spokane Washington; and five grandchildren.

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Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 2 at Callahan Edfast Mortuary.