DOB March 26, 1935, born at home on the farm to John Grover & Iola Madelyn Winn Noble Ruegsegger at Kalispell, Montana.
Graduate of Flathead County High School, Kalispell, MT. Northwest Christian University, Eugene, OR, Bachelor of Theology. Drake University, Des Moines, IA, Master of Theology.
Harvey met Bonnie Lou Van Doren while attending Northwest Christian University. They married June 10, 1956. Together, they pursued a lifetime of ministry and music was always a large part of it. Harvey’s booming bass voice sang solos and in many men’s quartets. They both loved performing in their numerous church choirs, teaching Sunday School classes and leading youth groups.
Harvey served the following churches: Gleneden Beach, OR Community Church,
Palouse, WA, Christian Church,
Clearfield, IA Christian Church
Federal Way, WA, Woodmont Christian Church
Loveland, CO, First Christian Church &
Laramie, WY First Christian Church for a total of active ministry duty of 46 years. But one never stops being a minister.
He was very proud of those who chose to pursue a calling to ministry from his encouragement: Clark Shearer, DH Shearer, Marc Mullins, Tina Hansen Cross, Pam Hillard, Tracy Morgan, Mark Hallock, and Lee Sparks.
Harvey served with Volunteers of America installing grab bars, ramps, small home repair, yardwork & other handyman jobs for seniors. He also loved participating in Habitat for Humanity building projects.
He has been a member of the Lions Club. They have raised funds for AEDs (defibrillators) and body armor for the Loveland Police Department. He was involved in the club’s annual “Law Day Breakfast” honoring judges, lawyers and those involved in law enforcement. He still volunteered every Tuesday afternoon throughout the summer to operate the miniature train in North Lake Park. He often had children whose parents who rode the train with them when they were youngsters. He has cooked thousands of hamburgers, hotdogs & pancakes using the Lions Club traveling grill for fundraisers.
He was proud of organizing the Loveland Church Softball League in the mid-1970’s. Many different churches formed both men’s and women’s teams competed on donated fields which volunteers prepared on North Monroe Ave.
After the Big Thompson Canyon Flood of 1976 Harvey was one of several local pastors that began the Loveland Police Chaplains. He was at the dinner celebrating 40 years of this service ministry when he was resuscitated after a cardiac arrest by those police officers and first responders that he served alongside.
Harvey slipped into the loving arms of his Savior on October 24, 2019.
He is survived by his sweetheart, Bonnie, of 63 years. Children: Debra Lynn Bornholdt Steele (Al) of North Logan, UT, David John (Janean) of Loveland, CO, Daniel Paul (Nancy) of Cheyenne, WY.
Grandchildren: Jackie Ruegsegger (Dan Spirek) of Parker, CO, Christi Ruegsegger Oldsen (Cody) of Loveland, CO and Breanna Bornholdt Hume (Kevin) of Bozeman, MT.
Great-grandchildren: Kristopher Ruegsegger, Lillian Oldsen, Milo Oldsen all of Loveland, CO.
Survivors also include his sister: Carol Ruegsegger of Marysville, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Iola Ruegsegger.
“Well done, good and faithful servant!” Matthew 25:21
When love is great,
there is no need for words.
For even in the silence,
love is heard.
A memorial service of celebration will be held at First Christian Church of Loveland, Colorado
on November 1, 2019 @ 1:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to First Christian Church’s memorial fund in Harvey’s name.
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