Chuck Ruthe, the longtime real estate executive who took over management of Boyd Gaming Corp. for more than a dozen years before his retirement in 1996, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, after a long illness. He was 79.
Ruthe began his real estate business with his long-time partner, the late Frank Sala, in 1975. Through a number of business transactions with Bill Boyd, Ruthe became quite familiar with Boyd Gaming activities.
He joined the company and guided it through its regional growth, including the purchase in 1985 of the mob-infested Stardust Hotel/Casino.
Surviving are his wife, Donna, his four children, five grand-children and a brother.
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