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William E. Rucker, 78, of Bonita Springs, Florida, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at his residence. He was born April 20, 1939, in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of the late Thomas M. and Margaret (neƩ Estes) Rucker. He had been a resident of Bonita Springs since 2000 coming from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bill grew up in Dallas, Texas, and moved to Logansport, Indiana, in 1961, where he met his wife, Carolyn Grube. They were married in 1963. The family spent 1967 to 2000 in Minnesota, where Bill helped found CORE Resources, a hunting apparel company. In 2000, Bill and Carolyn retired and moved to the warmth of Bonita Springs, Florida.
Bill had a deep passion for travel, photography, deep sea fishing, boating, warm weather and a lifelong love of Texas.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carolyn G. Rucker of Bonita Springs, Florida; two daughters, Laurel S. Shuman and her husband, Mitchell of Lafayette, Colorado, and Elizabeth R. O'Donoghue and her husband, Patrick of Wilmette, Illinois; two sisters, Margaret (Ray) Hill of Dallas, Texas, and Susan (Mark) Miller of Denton, Texas, and five grandchildren: Dillon Jensen, Calli Praner, Norah Shuman, Genevieve Shuman, Theodore O'Donoghue.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Carrie E. Rucker on July 28, 2011. and his brother, Robert M. Rucker.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10, in Trinity Episcopal Church (East Market & Seventh Streets) with Fr. Clark Miller officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Friends may greet the family from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the funeral service, in the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Kroeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Arthritis Foundation National Office, 1355 Peachtree St NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 or online at www.arthritis.org.
Published on June 4, 2017
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