Wendell R. “Jack” Ruckman

March 26, 1934 - August 26, 2019

Wendell R. “Jack” Ruckman, age 85, of Romney, died at the Hampshire Center on Monday, August 26, 2019.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow Wendell Ruckman and Winifred Onile Hott Ruckman.  His wife of 57 years, Janice Louise Beery Ruckman (d. 2014); (2) sons, Jay Wendell Ruckman (d. 2002) and Randall Howard Ruckman (d. 2004); (3) siblings, Stanley Ruckman, Patty Hott, and Onile Kreiling.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy A. Kesner Ruckman; (2) brothers, Richard Ruckman (wife Gracie) of Oklahoma and Billy Ruckman of Augusta; (4) sisters, Wanda Ely of Moorefield, Janette Richman (husband Glen) of Winchester, Judy Kenney of Stephens City, and Linda Smith (husband Larry) of Cumberland; (2) grandchildren, Christina Moton (wife Rachael) of Baker and Wayne Ruckman (Ashley) of Ridgeley; (3) great grandchildren, Charlie, Jay, and Autumn Ruckman; (4) step-daughters, Bonnie Lamoree of Winchester, Terry Sekhon of Dale City, VA, Carla Nicholson of Romney, and Barbara Harris of Romney.  Jack is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jack was born in Slanesville, WV on March 26, 1934 and graduated with the class of 1953 from Capon Bridge High School.  After High School, Jack and his lifelong friend, Kenny Voit, worked together in the Metro area in the car parts business.  After that, Jack joined the U.S. Marine Corp where he served for 3 years.  Coming home, Jack had various jobs in the community working at Sears, ABL, and always messing with cars.  He and Janice married in 1957 and started their family.  Jack’s love of cars took control and he and Kenny went into business together owning and operating Romney Auto Mart on North High St. in Romney.  Jack also tried his hand in the orchard business and retired from everything in the late 90’s.

Jack had a passion for woodworking and had all the right tools to make about anything.  He also knew quite a bit about many things, and could do, fix, and rebuild about anything.  Jack could also cook, enjoyed art and painting, fruit trees, gardening, canning (biggest joy was giving it away for others to enjoy), and loved to be outside and on the go.

Jack had an outgoing, strong willed and quiet way about him.  He loved good conversation, socializing, and having people around.  Never seeking to be the center of attention, he enjoyed being a part of a large family and circle of friends all of whom will dearly miss him.  He made a difference.

Friends will be received on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 6 to 8 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.  Funeral services will be on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11 AM at Christ Community Church in Augusta with Pastor Don Kesner officiating.  Interment will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery, Romney.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jack’s name may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ~ 262 Danny Thomas Place ~ Memphis, TN  38105 / www.stjude.org / (800) 608-3023

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511

Carter Wagoner August 27, 2019

8 condolences for “Wendell R. “Jack” Ruckman”

  1. Although I am not there in WVA, I am sending love out to my Ruckman family. Jack will always be my Uncle Jackie, the Ruckman family’s big brother. I recall him as kind and always with a story to tell and a smile to share. He is a beloved member of our bloodline and we are all the better for it. Its a big consolation to know he is in Heaven; surrounded by loved ones and catching up with them. Godspeed, Uncle Jackie.

  2. Sending love and prayers to the family. We will always love you and miss you. Kiss Meme for us.

    Teri Beeman and Steven and Daniel Ruckman

  3. Prayers for the family. Jack was a well known resident of Romney.
    I’m sure he will be missed by all who knew him

  4. Jackie, as Janice used to call him, was one my favorite people in Romney! I spent a lot of time at their home on the river! Jay and I ice skated and played hockey many nights while burning tires from the car lot!! I was always welcome in the Ruckman’s home…great memories!

  5. Dot,
    I know that as much as you will miss Jack you have been grieving his loss over the past number of months. You have watched Jack’s pain and suffering and have felt helpless being able to do nothing to ease the chronic hurting he experienced. And so I rejoice with you in knowing that Jack was ready to go home to be with the Lord and you were ready for him to be out of pain. “Oh death where is your sting, oh grave where is your victory?” For a child of God, death is merely a home-going – graduation day and Jack has received his diploma. Rejoice in knowing that Jack has achieved what we are still striving for.

  6. Dot. So sorry to see this. My heart goes out to you. I pray Our God will heal your broken heart and know that his mansion was ready for him. And so he must go. Love you
    Fay medlin

  7. Dot and family
    I am sorry for your loss.
    May God bring you comfort and peace
    I pray that God will give you strength in the days ahead

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