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