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William Rucker

July 19, 1931 - January 24, 2019

William Rucker William 'Bill' Rucker
SPARTA -- William 'Bill' Rucker, 87, of Sparta passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, peacefully in his home.
He was born in Chicago, July 19, 1931, to Harvey and Violette (Zeman) Rucker. He graduated in 1949, from Melrose High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving on the Floyd B. Parks DD-884 ship in the Navy. Upon leaving the Navy, he worked for many years as a painting and decorating contractor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Frank and Robert.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Evelyn; nine children, Jean Rucker (Fred) of Milwaukee, Gary Rucker (Carol) of Green Bay, Wis., Dave Rucker (Cindy) of Holmen, Tom Rucker (Michelle) of Mindoro, Doug Rucker (Pam) of West Salem, Barb Thompson (Andy) of Beloit, Wis., Don Rucker of Fredricksburg, Texas, Diane Weisse (Tony) of La Crosse and Sue Rucker of Deforest, Wis.; 16 grandchildren, Nathan (Erica), Michael and Drew Rucker, Josh Rucker, Ryan Rucker, Adam (Crystal) Rucker, Brett Rucker, Courtney (Jeff) Raasch, Katie (George) Labonte, Alex (Erika) Thompson, Emily Thompson, Elizabeth (Alex) Thompson, Dustin (Ashley) Falkenberg, Ingrid (Ronald) Weisse, Simon (Jacqueline) Weisse, Estella Weisse; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Bill was a lifetime fan of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs and USS Floyd B. Parks reunions. He will also be fondly remembered by friends and family for the numerous games and other creations he made for his children and grandchildren, his love of animals, hot weather, country music, tractors, plentiful gardens, adventures in the woods and a good game of euchre or push up, that always involved a little banter and a lot of fun.
The family will have a private celebration of life.
The family would like to thank the Mayo Clinic Oncology Department and Mayo Clinic Hospice care providers for all their help and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Department. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.
Published on January 27, 2019
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11 posts

Teresa and Roger Mathieu
Feb 01, 2019
We are very sadened at the news of Bills passing. we are so sorry for the loss of your husband/dad/brother/uncle/grandfather. Praying for your families peace.
Holly Haefner Nance
Jan 29, 2019
I was deeply saddened by the news of Bill’s passing. My heart felt condolences to Evelyn and the entire Rucker family.
Kay Thompson
Jan 29, 2019
Thoughts are with you Aunt Evelyn and family during this hard time. Uncle Bill was a wonderful man and will be missed. Special time with you all this last summer. Sending love and hugs to all.
Sharon Clark Jacobson
Jan 28, 2019
Evelyn and family my deepest condolences to everyone. I was so very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I know it's been a long time since I have seen your family but I do remember special times with all of you.
Eddie Allen
Jan 28, 2019
I am saddened to learn of Bill's death and extend my best wishes and respect for his fine family. I have fond memories of my childhood years in rural Medary Township with the Ruckers as good neighbors to all.
Donna k Dreier
Jan 27, 2019
so sorry to hear about your loss Evelyn and family... I think about you and remember those years we bowled together, and the lunches we ate ....
Sandy Hermanson
Jan 27, 2019
A heartfelt condolence to Evelyn and the entire Rucker family. May happier memories fill your loss during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Irene Timm
Jan 27, 2019
I appreciate my privilege to have been with the family this past July during the reunion and getting better acquainted with Bill and his family. May my thoughts be a comfort for you, Evelyn, and family as you pay your last respects to your loved one. Peace and love.
Gordy Clark/Judy Friederichs
Jan 27, 2019
Our sympathies to the family regarding Bill's passing. We have fond memories of the get-togethers with Bill and all of you at family reunions and other social gatherings.
Steve Morgan
Jan 27, 2019
My condolences and prayers to the Rucker family. I'm glad I got to see and visit with Uncle Bill and Auntie Evelyn this year.
Carol Amann Reichhoff
Jan 27, 2019
My sympathy to Mrs. Rucker and family. Bill and your family were a staple of Court Acres for many years. Whenever I think of the Ruckers, I think of a healthy, loving family. Thank you for including my sister, Lynette, in your family activities. She has wonderful memories of those days.