Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Richard E. Ruckman

Richard E. Ruckman, age 69, of Willard, passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Rick was born April 13, 1952 in Shelby to the late Frederick D. and Betty M. (McBride) Ruckman. He was a 1970 graduate of Shelby High School. Rick spent his career in the insurance industry working for Shelby Mutual Insurance until its closing upon which he transferred to Illinois to continue his work until his early retirement due to disability.

Rick enjoyed singing in the church choir and performed at many weddings and funerals over the years. Chasing the sun brought Rick much joy. While he was still able, he spent his winters in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was an avid gardener and grew the most beautiful flowers. He was known for his alluring saucer-size hibiscus and rainbow array of lilies.

Many will remember him by his warm smile and sense of humor. Rick will be missed dearly, but his family and friends will always feel his presence looking down from the choirs and gardens of heaven.

Those who survive him include his two daughters: Tonya Ruckman of Canton and Carey Miller of Shelby; grandchildren: Kayla Dawson, Darian Miller, MaKenna Miller, and Gavin Miller all of Shelby; great grandson: Bronxon; his brother: Tom (Mary) Ruckman of Bolivar, and their children and families: Missy (Dan) Russell and Adam (Samantha) Ruckman; and his cousin: Pam Moser. In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by his beloved dog, Jacque.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 9:30 – 10:30 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby with a funeral mass immediately following at 11 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby. Fr. Chris Mileski will officiate with burial following in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Rick’s obituary at or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Paul Athy says:

    You have my deepest sympathy on the passing of Rick. Enjoyed singing with him in choir.

  2. Amy Brown says:

    Tom and Mary,
    So sorry for your loss. It is difficult to lose a sibling.

  3. Sam & Karen Lloyd says:

    So sorry to hear of your brother passing. God bless you & all the family.

  4. Margie Hoover says:

    To Rick’s family. So sorry for your loss. I worked at Shelby Insurance with Rick for many years. We enjoyed a lot of fun times with Rick at get togethers on weekends. you have my deepest sympathy/

  5. Tami Salyer says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. He will always be remembered by his kindness and laughter. Will miss him.

  6. Dick & Linda Ebinger says:

    Condolences to Rick’s girls, their families & my other cousins, Tom Ruckman & Pam Moser. Rick’s pain is over.

  7. Donald and Crissy Owsley says:

    I’m very sorry to all of Rick s family. He will always be in our hearts.

  8. Frederick M Studer says:

    Tom and Mary, so sorry for your loss! May God Keep and Bless You and Yours Always!

  9. Melody & Rick Niblick says:

    Mary, Tom and all of family so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Ill always remember him with his dog Jacque at Tom and Marys cook outs. Prayers for all!

  10. Fred Beeching says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Rick at Shelby Insurance. I have great memories from our many fishing trips on Lake Erie as well. Again you have my deepest sympathy!

  11. John and Karen Baker says:

    Tom, Mary and all of Rick’s family: Please accept our deepest sympathy. We hope you can be comforted by the memory of happier times that will surely live on in your hearts.

  12. Sonia Collander says:

    Tonya and Carrie my heart goes out to you on the passing of your Dad. To Tom on the passing of your brother. To Pam on the passing of your cousin. I liked Rick and enjoyed many a picnic with him at Tom and Mary’s. He will be missed here on earth but his suffering is over and he is now back with his beloved Jacque.

  13. Harold & Nancy Metzger says:

    So sorry for you and your families for your loss. We will miss singing with him. We know he will be singing with the heavenly choirs.

  14. Robin Hamilton Smedley says:

    Tonya and Carey
    Deepest sympathies to you both. The loss of a father is a pain like no other. Prayers of comfort, May Gods love surround you and carry you through this journey, and hold you and your families close together

  15. Marilyn & Gene Hopkins says:

    Tom & Mary,
    Sending our sympathy. Keeping you in our thoughts.

  16. Barbara Lawson says:

    So sorry for your loss. I lost both of my parents in the last year and a half, and I know the overwhelming grief you are suffering. Rick was a classmate of mine, and I, too worked many years at Shelby Insurance.

  17. Marlene Henry says:

    I’ve missed Rick being there in the choir with his beautiful voice for a very long time, missed his smile, missed the chatter. He cantored at S.F.X. for a long time, too. I know now that he will be present all the time as he is with his family. My sympathy to his daughters, grands and other family. He always talked about you with affection and smiling eyes.

  18. Denise Carriere says:

    To all of Rick’s family, I worked with Rick at the Shelby Mutual. He sat in the cubicle right along side me. He was the first person I would see every morning. I always enjoyed Rick. You have my heartfelt sympathy. His bless!

  19. Deb Love says:

    Mary and Tom,
    So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing…My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  20. Susan Livingston says:

    Tonya, Carey and family,

    So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I know that losing a parent is tough to bear. I have fond memories of the times spent with your Dad and you girls. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go through this very tough time.

  21. Steve & Ellen Haverfield says:

    You have our deepest sympathy, Mary and Tom. God bless your family with comfort and peace.

  22. Denny and Rainy Studer says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all. May memories give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  23. Rebecca Ryland says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Rick was a classmate and I remember him as a truly nice person. Much sympathy to your family.

  24. Linda Loughman Miller says:

    My deepest sympathy’s to the family. We were neighbors on Mansfield Ave years ago! A lot of good memories with our families.

  25. JoAnn Andrews says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I am a classmate of Ricks and remember him as a compassionate friend. Prayers for his family.

  26. Rick Walsh says:

    What!!? Such Very Sad News!!!

    When I saw his badge on the table on Sept. 4th, I was (apparently stupidly) hoping to see Rick at our 50th reunion at The Shelby Country Club!! I had no idea ☹️!!!

    Rick & I were Best Friends back in St. Mary’s around the formative 5-6 grades… Loved his love for model cars, games… and was always fascinated with the bell over their garage!

    What a GREAT HUMAN BEING Richard Ruckman was…. And a Wonderful Asset to the Planet!!!

    He will be sorely missed by all!!! ☹️❤️

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