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Laverne Ruckman

veteranFeb 1st, 1940 - Oct 16th, 2023

Funeral Ceremony: 10 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Interment: Oskaloosa Cemetery

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home


      Laverne Edward Ruckman, age 83, of Flora, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, October 16, 2023, at Flora Gardens Care Center.

      Born in Songer Township, Clay County, Illinois, on February 1, 1940, he was the son of Ivan Leslie and Sarah Irma (Anderson) Ruckman.  On December 20, 1963, Laverne married Brenda Sue Dawkins, joining hands together for a lifetime dance that would lovingly span 59 years.

      Laverne was a graduate of North Clay High School and later proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves between 1963 and 1969.  Throughout his life, he faithfully tended to his family farm, and also worked at Sparton Manufacturing for three decades, precisely crafting tools and dies.  Laverne was a very talented builder with great knowledge and skills in carpentry and woodworking, and had the ability to repair and repurpose all types of equipment.  Laverne and Brenda enjoyed travel, exploring 49 states together, and they shared 20 years of promenade walks in the Flora Square Jammers square dance club.  He was a lifelong member of Bethel Christian Church.    

      He is survived by his wife: Brenda Ruckman of Flora; 2 daughters: Karen (Mark) Rewerts of St. Louis, Missouri, and Deb (Paul) Duquaine of Flora; and 6 grandchildren: Jacob and Tyler Rewerts, and Vivian, Max, Sam, and Nolan Duquaine.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; father-and-mother-in-law: Bill and Vivian Dawkins; and 3 brothers: Dale, Charles, and Don Ruckman.

      A funeral ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Oskaloosa Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to the Flora Gardens Activity Fund, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Vickie Sachau

October 17th

So sorry for your loss.

Paula Jones Rahn

October 17th

Enjoyed working with him he was always in a good mood so sorry for your loss

Kelly Pearson

October 17th

So sorry for your loss. We had such a blessed community growing up with Laverne and Brenda and all parents watching over us. Much Love to the family.

Rebecca Bonville

October 17th

Deb and family: my deepest condolences to you - I miss my daddy every single day.

Bill Holeman

October 18th

Rest in peace ole friend.

Lisa Morkin Davis

October 18th

I am so sorry for your families loss. Prayers for you all today and the days to come

Shelly Allen

October 18th

Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all.

Nancy Moses Lambert

October 18th

Karen and family - sending a hug and my condolences on the passing of your dad. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jodi Erwin

October 18th

So Sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers of comfort and peace to you all.

Nancy and Chris Hunt

October 18th

we celebrate the time we had with Laverne and Brenda as our neighbors and close friends. He always welcomed us with smile. To know Laverne was to love him. We will miss him! We send our love to Brenda and all of his lovely family.

Mary Sefton Saras

October 19th

Brenda, Debbie, & Karen, Laverne was a very special neighbor & dear friend to our family for decades. I always admired his intelligence, kindness, and good-hearted nature. His legacy lives on in you and his grandkids, for sure. May he now enjoy the fruits of his labor in Heaven. Mary Sefton Saras

Jim and Jill Stratton

October 19th

Our deepest sympathies to the family. May your memories help you through this difficult time. God bless!

Gerald and Virginia Dennis

October 20th

We have been family for a long time, Brenda, Karen, Deb,sorry for his loss, but he in a great place now!

Cheryl And Gary Kuhlig

October 21st

So sorry to hear this. Your family is in our prayers. He was a good and respected leader at Bethel Christian Church. He will be missed.



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