John "Jack" Wilson Ruckman

Born: Friday, June 3, 2005
Passed: Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Christopher "Chris" Hamilton & John "Jack" Wilson Ruckman, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Chris was born on November 15, 2003 and Jack was born on June 3, 2005, both in Rockford, the sons of Heidi (Walter) Ruckman. Both Chris & Jack were students at Rockford Christian.
Music was Chris's life. He played the piano and guitar in his high school jazz band. He was a self-taught guitar prodigy. He was blessed enough to share the stage with music greats such as Harlan Jefferson. He was known for his impromptu concerts and last year performed with the Atlanta All Stars in Nashville. Chris was also a member the Junior High Jazz band, pep band, and "The Vitamin Gang" with his brother Jack. He tried his hand on the drums when he played in the Rockford Drum Corps.
Jack was a drummer and played in "The Vitamin Gang", was a member of the Junior High Jazz Band, and Rockford Christian Drum Corps. Jack played baseball, was an avid gamer and enjoyed playing XBOX with friends and cousins.
Survived by their mother, Heidi; aunts and uncles, Bruce & Lindy Rucks of San Diego, CA, and Joe & Jennifer Walter of Washington DC; cousins, Laura, Greta, and Holly; grandma, Jean Walter of Rockford, IL; great- grandpa, John Rich of Sycamore, IL; and several great aunts, great uncles and cousins. Special thanks for all of their love to the family and Rockford Christian for their support and Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. who have both gone beyond anything imaginable to help the family during this difficult time.
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018 in Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford with Reverend Jeff Fricke officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Private burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. Memorials to Rockford Christian High School to be used to establish a music scholarship in Chris & Jack's names.

Condolences & Shared Memories (13)

  1. Penny E Taylor

    Heidi & Family, May our Heavenly Father comfort you all as no human can comfort. May the peace of God that passes all understanding wrap you, hold you, & keep you. Praying for you all.

  2. Ann Higgins

    My heart aches every time I think of of these beautiful young men! I will continue praying for your healing! God Bless

  3. Debra Adams

    Heidi, I am shocked beyond words and cannot imagine your pain and grief. I pray that your faith in God will bring you comfort.

  4. Larry and Judi Theros

    Sending our sincerest condolences to the family of Jack and Chris, may God give you comfort and peace, and be especially near to you in this most difficult time. Revelation 21:4 🌹

  5. Carole Mayer

    So sorry for your loss, knowing that they were christians by there school they attended. Hopefully gives the comfort that they are in Jesus Christ’s Arms. Again you have my deepest condolences and prayers. Carole Mayer

  6. Uncle Joey & Aunt Mary Jane Walter

    Our hearts are broken for you but with such strong faith in God you will make it through. Know that you are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers as you go through this most difficult time of your life. We are so sorry we can't be with you physically at this time but know that we are with you spiritually in prayer especially during the Wake and Funeral tomorrow. We love you always!

  7. Bryan Thomas

    Dear Heidi, my sister texted me on Sat to see if I knew you. I anticipated her telling me she ran into you, not this tragic news. Know that there are many praying for you, sending our love and support to you and your family.

  8. Bonnie, Alexa and Grandpa Bruce A. Rucks

    We cannot find the words to express how sorry we are for you, Heidi, and your family. Everyone is stunned! Our hearts go out to you all! You have our deepest sympathies....

  9. Heidi Goebel

    Dear Heidi, My heart goes out to you and your family. You helped make my introduction to the ADTA so much more enjoyable, and I'm struggling to find a way to repay that kindness at this point for you. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Marcette Happ

    I remember Jack as a quiet, well-liked, kind young man when he was in my Spanish class last year. He was greatly loved by his friends at Rockford Christian, and though we miss him, we rejoice that he is in heaven right now. Our prayers are with you.

  11. Montii Holt-Iverson

    he was the best on the baseball team and was a real friend.

  12. Carter

    My condolences to Heidi and her family. God speed Chris and Jack.

  13. Dottie Beres

    I am speechless and would like to express my deepest condolences to your family Heidi for Jack. God is the only way I would know to get through this tragedy. Hold on to the Lord and if you need anything know I am here for you. Love Dottie