Jean Addie (Ruggles) Thurtle

  • Born: January 8, 1943
  • Died: March 25, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jean Addie (Ruggles) Thurtle, 77, of Burlington passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall with her husband Joseph by her side.

She was born January 8, 1943 in Marshall, Michigan the daughter of Earl Clarence and Ruth Ethel (Smith) Ruggles. She originally lived in Ceresco until moving to Burlington at a young age. Jean attended the Oak Grove and Abscota country schoolhouses and was a 1961 graduate of Union City High School. She was employed briefly from 1961 to 1965 at Coldwater Hospital. Most of her life she followed her greatest calling, caring for others.

Jean Addie Ruggles was united in marriage to Joseph Edward Thurtle on September 5, 1964 at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church in Battle Creek. Surviving are Joe, her husband of 55+ years; three children, James Thurtle of Kalamazoo, Judith (Kurk Sparks) Thurtle of Battle Creek, Jeffrey (Christina) Thurtle of Augusta; five grandchildren, Seth Bader, Rachel Chester, Madilyn Thurtle, Emily Thurtle, Hunter Thurtle; three step-grandchildren, Ashley Chester, Sarah (Daniel) Contreras, Linsey (Jacob) Velting; three step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise (Richard) Sivits of Battle Creek, Ruth Ann Smith of Burlington; one brother, Russell Ruggles of Charlotte and several aunts, nieces, nephews and many cousins. Jean was preceded in death by her parents.

Jean was an avid reader and had a love of hummingbirds. In her younger years, she participated in 4-H and taught Sunday school. She also bowled for years in a league at Springlake Lanes with some of her friends. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, quilting, gardening, baking and playing Bunco with her friends. Jean was a member of Newton United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the former East Newton Ladies Aid. She was the caretaker of her family and numerous friends and neighbors. She lived to help others. She will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandma, aunt, sister, friend and neighbor.

Friends will be received 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A service to celebrate Jean's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Committal and interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or Newton United Methodist Church. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jean will be missed by so many. During the many years I have know here there was never a bad word about anyone and always something positive. I know you and Elaine are having a great conversation and making up for lost time. I will always remember our mutual love of hummingbirds and our loud Bunco parties. Rest in peace dear friend and I am praying that your family will find peace and comfort knowing you are now in God's arms. Until we meet again.

Posted by Ardy Pifer - Union City - Friend   March 28, 2020


You will be greatly miss by your family and friend.

Posted by Ruth Smith - Burlington, MI - sister   March 28, 2020

I went to school with Jean and her siblings. We were in 4-H together. That was a time everyone in the neighborhood knew one another. I remember Jean as a friend, with a great sense of humor. She was a lovely woman, and I know she'll be missed by everyone in her personal neighborhood.

Posted by Sally (Glen) Thornton - Union City, MI - Family   March 28, 2020

To My Beloved Sister JEAN, My heart is broken and my tears are falling because you have always been there for me like big sisters are suppose to be. You always looked after all your sisters ,brother, and the whole families
including taking caring of Mom and Dad and your brother -in -law Dick. Joe's brother .You worked hard at it , it was a big job because we all got the Ruggles temperament(SORRY). So at times it was a full time job. but you never complained .You always loved your family and husband Joe to the fullest. You and him were like(peanut butter and jelly always together). You were always getting Hope Chest items for all the kids and grand kids. Knitting ,quilting, reading, doing lawn work and picking up walnuts every year,working in the garden, canning, helping the ladies aid group and even making things the moms church. I can't think of all that you did but surely God was thankful for you to help him with his work here.He knew he did great job when he put you here on earth. Thank you for excepting me and Loving me for who I am and with unconditional love. Your work is done and your pain is gone here on this earth and we all know you ,mom and dad are in heaven smiling down on us as we go thru this time of morning. i won't say good bye but I will though you a kiss and see you when its my time to join you. Love You Forever.
Your Loving Sister Louise , Brother-In Law Dick Sivits Kelly, Kathy,and Families.

Posted by Louise Sivits and Families - Battle Creek, MI - sister   March 28, 2020

Joe & family. So very sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences. Hugs. Betty jo

Posted by Betty Maisner - Friend   March 27, 2020

Jean wil be missed by us all! We always enjoyed our trips to Frankie's for pizza, but most of all her laughs. She shook from her belly up with a huge grin on her face ! Love and hugs to all the family. God's peace and prayers be with you all

Posted by Kim Kelley - Three Rivers, MI - Family   March 27, 2020

Much prayerful love from our hearts for this beautiful lady

Posted by Dick and Mary Bayerl - Northville, MI - Family   March 26, 2020

Jeannie you will be missed by all of the family. Rest in peace. We had many great times in our youth playing together on the farm. These are times I will never forget and so glad to have the memories.

Posted by Laura Sekon (Ruggles) - Bonners Ferry, ID - Family   March 26, 2020

Love and hugs. Jean was a bright spot in any room (when we could see her). She loved her family and always had positive words to share. May she Rest In Peace under Gods loving care. May you all gain strength from Him and know you are lifted in powerful prayer. Love and blessings with sincere condolences.

Posted by Mike and Hope Bailey - Three Rivers, MI - Family   March 26, 2020


Posted by ERIC & CHARLETT & FAMILY STUEBBEN - MILAN, MI - Family   March 26, 2020

So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Ruth Smith - Burlington, MI - Sister   March 26, 2020