Rugeley Pierson DeVan III, 82

Published 2:18 pm Thursday, January 18, 2024

Rugeley Pierson DeVan III, 82, beloved husband of Jane Allen DeVan, passed away at his home surrounded by his wife, son, daughter and grandson. Born in Charleston, West Virginia on October 2, 1941, he was the son of the late Rugeley Pierson DeVan Jr and Jane Mayer DeVan. He attended Kentucky Military Institute and graduated from Washington and Lee University. Ruge served as President of The Allen Company, and later took over Allen Concrete before retiring. In his spare time, he devoted himself to giving back to his community. Ruge survived a brain aneurysm in his thirties and rehabilitated at Cardinal Hill. The job he was most proud of was being affectionately known as the paperboy at Cardinal Hill Hospital for over 14 years, diligently working 7 days a week and bringing smiles to patients. He was also the Coordinator for The Road to Recovery program, providing transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who were unable to drive themselves. In the midst of challenging times, he lightened the mood and brought laughter to his passengers. Ruge also volunteered his time to the Hope Center. Ruge’s favorite pastime was watching his grandson play sports, he was indeed his biggest fan. Ruge was a member of Lexington Club, Idle Hour Country Club and Keenland Club. One of his favorite clubs was AA. In addition to his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Ruge is survived by his son, Rugeley Pierson DeVan IV (Pierce), his grandson Rugeley Pierson DeVan V (Pierson), his daughter, Ashley Allen DeVan, and his brother, Mike DeVan. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and a large circle of cherished friends. Ruge received the most wonderful care from his caregivers Cindy Short and Hannah Boateng, and his driver Mike Turner.

Ruge was renowned for his generosity and his sense of humor. His charismatic personality made him easy to adore and impossible to forget. He has left an indelible imprint on the lives of those he loved and will be deeply missed by many. Jane was the love of Ruge’s life, and he was hers. Ruge was known for laughing often, and his laugh was quite contagious. His presence alone was guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. To honor Ruge’s memory, let laughter fill your hearts. Visitation will be held at First Christian Church in Winchester, Kentucky on January 20th from 1 o’clock to 3 o’clock. Ruge’s celebration of life will immediately follow at 3 o’clock. A private burial service will take place at a later date with immediate family. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that a tribute gift be made to The Sayre Fund (194 North Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40507) in Ruge’s honor. www.milwardfuneral.com.

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