She had been a resident of Whitley County since 1951. She attended Arcola High School. On December 25, 1951, she married Duane E. Ruckman. While Mrs. Ruckman worked for nine years at Dana Churubusco, she spent most of her working years raising her four children and 10 grandchildren. She was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Congregation of Columbia City.
Survivors include her husband, Duane E. Ruckman of Churubusco; four children, Penny L. (Marvin) Olson of Elkhart, David D. (Teresa Brown) Ruckman of Churubusco, Bryan R. (Gwynne) Ruckman and Rachel A. Mix, both of Columbia City; former daughter-in-law, Teri Ruckman; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Everett “Bud” Routt; and three sisters, Helen Vaughn, Ernestine Keller, and Margaret Routt.
Visitation with the family is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, January 8, 2011 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will follow the visitation hours at 3 p.m. with Marvin Olson officiating. Burial will be private. Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.