Karl E. Ruck, 79, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:05 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
He was born Nov. 25, 1933, in Lakeview, the son of Helen H. (Gross) and Alfred Karl Ruck, who preceded him in death. On June 14, 1958, he married Lois Schwer Ridenour, and she died June 10, 2008. Then on Oct. 24, 2009, he married Lila K. Hartman, and she survives.
Also surviving are two children, Michael (Mary) Ruck, of Wapakoneta, and Beth (Mark) Gregor, of Bothell, Wash.; four grandchildren, Heather Ruck, of Wapakoneta, Jacob Ruck, Wapakoneta, Amanda Wise, of Hilliard, and Tara Wise, of Dublin; four siblings, Jim (Lois) Ruck, of St. Marys; Bill (Carol) Ruck, of Miller City, Connie (Ken) Bennett, of Defiance, and Sharon (Ron) Meyer, of Napoleon; and Lilaâ€™s children, Michael Hartman, of Houston, Texas, Juli (Alan) Scheinthal, of Houston, Texas, and Dorothy Marr, of Houston, Texas.
A 1951 graduate of Findlay High School, Karl was a 1958 graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a degree in business administration. He was a U.S Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired as a national account sales manager from the Duff Truck Lines, Lima, after more than 30 years service. He then worked as a realtor with Coldwell Banker, Wapakoneta, for 10 years.
Karl was a member of St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church, Wapakoneta, and the Lutheran Hour Ministries. An avid golfer, he was a 50-year member of the Wapakoneta Country Club. His past memberships included the Lima Traffic Club, the Fort Wayne Traffic Club, the Lima Exchange Club, member and past president of the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce, the Wapakoneta Elks, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 691, and the American Legion, Post 330. Karl was instrumental in establishing the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum and the festivities surrounding Neilâ€™s homecoming.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Mark Bauer officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta VFW.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.