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ROBERT H. RUCKER, 84, formerly of rural Columbia City, died on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, 3:50 p.m., at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he was transported Sunday from Markle Health & Rehab. Born July 26, 1930, in Champagne County, Ohio, he was a son of William E. and Josephine (Hart) Rucker. His formative years were spent in Ironton and Springfield, Ohio. He served in the United States Army from Aug. 12, 1951 to Aug. 1, 1953, during the Korean War. On April 5, 1968, he was united in marriage to Sharon L. Braddock. They made their home Whitley County. He was employed at General Electric for 26 years. He was known as "Rocky Rucker", a Lightweight Golden Glove Boxing Champion. His memberships included Tri Lakes Baptist Church, GE Boxing Club and American Legion Post 98. Surviving relatives include his wife, Sharon; eight children, Robin (Sharon) Rucker of South Whitley, Chris (Rob Menzie) Cornelius of Warsaw, Kelly Rucker of Ocala, Fla., Laura (Ted) Wisniewski of Cherryville, N.C., Bobbi Jo "BJ" Rucker and Gary (Lisa) Nierman, both of Columbia City, Linda Eloph of Fort Wayne, and Duane (Laurie) Nierman of Columbia City; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Louise Verro of Auburn. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Rucker. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Friday at Tri Lakes Baptist Church, 5679 North Center St., Columbia City, with visitation after noon Friday. Burial in Blue River Cemetery, with military honors presented. Preferred memorials to Tri Lakes Baptist Church Food Pantry. Arrangements by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Send condolences to www.

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 28, 2014
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