Born: May 16, 1937 - Deceased: March 23, 2019
Dale E. Ruckman 81, of Belleville, IL, born May 16, 1937 in rural Xenia, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.
Dale was raised on a grain and livestock farm and graduated from North Clay Community High School, Louisville, IL in 1955. He attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL and earned a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education in 1959 and M.S. in 1960, graduating with honors.
He taught high school vocational agriculture at Allendale and Vandalia, IL from 1960-64 and was later employed in agricultural finance and marketing with the Federal Land Bank Association in both Bloomington and St. Louis until retiring in 1986.
He was a faithful member of First Christian Church in Belleville, IL and served on the Board of Elders and other committees. He continued to be very involved in his church and bible studies throughout his life.
Dale was married to loving wife Donna for 58 years. He valued his family and church friends dearly. He was a life-long Cardinals fan, enjoyed family reunions, woodworking, traveling and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
He was preceded in death by his:
Surviving are his:
Memorials: Memorials may be made to First Christian Church Belleville.
Services: Visitation from 11 AM to 2 PM followed by funeral service at 2 PM on Friday, March 29, 2019 at First Christian Church, 5929 Old St. Louis Rd. Belleville, IL. with Doug Hargrave officiating. Burial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Oskaloosa Cemetery, Clay County, IL.
Very saddened to hear of the passing of Dale. I had many good visits with him over many years. He was proud of his sons and grandchildren, a professional and just a great person to converse with. Noreen and I send our condolences to Doug, Stan and the whole Ruckman family.
Mindy & Stan: So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your Dad and father-in-law will be in my prayers and thoughts. As someone told me after the passing of my Mom and Dad: “Treasure the Memories!” You ‘ll meet again one day!
May GOD bless and bring much comfort to each of your hearts. Our sincere condolences, love, and prayers are being sent.
So sorry for you lost. Send all my prayers and my love to you and all the family. Love Aunt Alda
If you need anything, please give me a holler. Love you.
Doug and Lorri
You are in are thoughts and prayers! May you have peace at this sadden time.
So sorry for your loss. Dale was a truly descent man.