Charles L.
Ruckman, 75

 Charles L. Ruckman, age

75 of Topeka, Kansas and formerly

of Illinois, passed away

Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

He was born April 15,

1942, in Xenia, Illinois, the

son of Ivan and Irma (Anderson)

Ruckman. Charles graduated

from North Clay Community

High School in Louisville, Illinois and received

a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Industries from

University of Illinois. He served in the Illinois National

Guard. Charles was a statistician with the US Department

of Agriculture

(NASS) for 32 years, retiring

in 1997. He was a

member of Prince of Peace

Lutheran Church, where

he and his wife volunteered

as a marriage mentor

couple. He also volunteered

as a youth counselor

at Hope Lutheran Church,

Boy Scouts of America and Meals on Wheels.

Charles married Linda Goebel on October 7, 1967 at

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wheeler, Illinois. She

preceded him in death on August 2, 2003. Survivors

include two sons, Robert Ruckman and his wife, Melinda

of Birmingham, Alabama and John Ruckman and

his wife Heather of Lawrence, Kansas; seven grandchildren,

Carter, Collin, Brenna, Camden, Sophia, Cortlyn

and Spencer. He is also survived by two brothers, Dale

Ruckman of Belleville, Illinois and Laverne Ruckman of

Xenia, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents,

his wife, and a brother, Donald Ruckman.

Charles enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening and

spending time with his children and grandchildren. He

was an avid sports fan, enjoying St. Louis Cardinals, KU

and K-State.

Family will greet friends from 4 pm until 6 pm on Friday,

March 9, 2018 at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel,

10th and Lane, Topeka, Kansas. Additional visitation

will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday,

March 12, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wheeler,

Illinois. Graveside services will be held at 11:15 a.m.

Monday, March 12, 2018 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery

in Wheeler, Illinois with Rev. Stephen Gillet officiating.

Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home in Paris, Illinois

is assisting the family with the local services. Memorial

contributions may be made to, Great Lakes Caring

Hospice 3715 SW 29th, Suite 100 Topeka, KS

66614. For further information and online condolences,

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