H. C. Rugen Jr., 91, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Tipton Oaks Manor. He was born June 25, 1922, in Florence, Mo., the son of Herman C. and Lillie (Rodekhor) Rugen. On October 14, 1950, H.C. Rugen Jr. was united in marriage at East Sedalia Baptist Church to Eleanor Wright, who preceded him in death on July 18, 2003. Junior was a hard working farmer that enjoyed farming on his farm just south of Syracuse, Mo., and being with his family. His church and family was what he lived for. Junior was a deacon of the Syracuse First Baptist Church. Survivors include: four sons, Bob Rugen with his wife Brenda of Fulton, Mo., David Rugen of California, Mo., Jerry Rugen with his wife Connie of Montreal, Mo., and Ron Rugen of Kansas City, Mo.; 10 grandchildren: Michelle (Paul) Husse of Knoxville, Tenn., Melissa (Brad) Thompson of St. Louis, Mo., Brett (Kristin) Rugen of St. Louis Mo., Chris (Sarah) Rugen of California Mo., Kevin Rugen of Kansas City, Kan., Jeremy (Jamee) Rugen of Camdenton, Mo., Valerie (Jacob) Morris of Cameron, W. Va., Alana Rugen of Jefferson City, Mo., Aaron (A.J.) Rugen of Columbia, Mo., Zachary Rugen of Columbia, Mo.; and five great-grandchildren. Junior was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, three brothers: Hersel Rugen, Vergel Rugen, Kalo Rugen; and two sisters: Grace Twenter and Nadine Rugen. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Greg Morrow and Rev. Gary Payne. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013, also at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Preferred Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.