Charles Ruckman Obituary

Service Information

 
In Memory of

Charles Ruckman

April 15, 1947 - August 11, 2014
Obituary

Charles Allen Ruckman, 67, passed away peacefully Monday, August 11, 2014, at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Charlie was born in Evansville, IN, on April 15, 1947 to Walter "Bud" Ruckman and Emily (Waters) Ruckman. He graduated from North High School in 1965 and the University of Evansville in 1969, where he majored in journalism, played varsity tennis, and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. For the next two years, Charlie served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Thailand as a writer and photographer for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Following his honorable discharge...
Charles Allen Ruckman, 67, passed away peacefully Monday, August 11, 2014, at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Charlie was born in Evansville, IN, on April 15, 1947 to Walter "Bud" Ruckman and Emily (Waters) Ruckman.

He graduated from North High School in 1965 and the University of Evansville in 1969, where he majored in journalism, played varsity tennis, and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. For the next two years, Charlie served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Thailand as a writer and photographer for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Following his honorable discharge from service, he returned to Evansville and utilized his education and numerous talents in such positions as reporter for the Evansville Courier and Press, Public Relations Director of United Way of Southwestern Indiana, photographer at Donahue Studios, and printer at Garrett Printing and Scot Lad Foods. Charlie moved to Florida in the early 1980s and settled in Palm Bay. He retired from Florida Today newspaper in 2007, after 18 years of service.

Charlie was preceded in death by his father in 1968, step-father Jack Brinkley in 2007, and mother in 2008.

Survivors include his beloved and devoted wife of 24 years, Linda (Ploeger) Ruckman of Palm Bay, FL; step-son Randy Jones of Josephine, PA; sisters Donna Ruckman-Nave (Claude Nave) of Evansville, IN, and Anita Meyer Layton (Robert) of Summit Point, WV; step-sisters Jill Brinkley of Evansville, IN, and Janet Mominee (John) of Platteville, WI; niece Krista Beshear and children Avery and Della Gardner of Chandler, IN; nephews Todd Beshear and children Jake and Katie of Evansville, IN; Ryan Meyer of Melbourne, FL; and Than Meyer and son Ty of Cocoa Beach, FL.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18, at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Share your memories or express your condolences by signing the Guest Book below or click here for entry suggestions.

"I was another coworker of Charlie's at Florida Today and he was a very sweet and truly a gentleman. He will be missed." Joann Butler (Palm Bay, FL)

Submit Guest Book Entry
This Guest Book has 16 entries. View Complete Guest Book

More Obituaries

Courier Press
Charles A. Ruckman Palm Bay, FL Charles Allen Ruckman, 67, passed away peacefully Monday, August 11, 2014, at UF Health Shands Hospital in...

Read obituary at Courier Press.

FloridaToday
Charles Allen Ruckman Palm Bay, FL Charles Allen Ruckman, 67, of Palm Bay, FL, passed away peacefully Monday, August 11, 2014, at UF Health...

Read obituary at FloridaToday.

Personalize Your Tribute

Share photos, videos and more with Legacy Memorial Websites. Find out more.

 
Start Planning Today

Make Your Plan Today

Preplanning your funeral or cemetery arrangements gives you and your loved ones peace of mind. Don't wait. Make your plan online today.
Plan Online Now