L. Wayne Rucker, 85, of Marshall, MO, died Friday, February 20, 2015 at his home.
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Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. Roger McMurry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home where a masonic service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials are suggested to Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children or Community Cancer Center in Marshall. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis .com
Wayne was born April 14, 1929 in Kansas City, KS and was the son of the late F. Ted Rucker and Clara Cusey Rucker. He graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1947 and then attended Central Methodist College in Fayette where he played in the band. On August 14, 1949 he married Barbara Louise Green who preceded him in death on May 6, 1998. He lived in Marshall most of his life and in 1961 he opened Rucker Signs and continued to own and operate that business until his death. In addition to his sign business, he and his wife had also owned and operated The Marshall Messenger for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years, was a Shriner, a member of Kiwanis International, and a former member of the Optimist Club and Central Missouri Racing Association. Wayne was a member of First Christian Church in Boonville.
He is survived by two daughters, Cathy Haase of Troy, and Becky Silvey of Marshall; one son, Larry Rucker and wife Raynelle of Kansas City; daughter-in-law, Susan Rucker of Pawhuska, OK; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother, John Rucker of Sedalia; his special friend, Kay Earls of Boonville; as well as nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Gary Rucker; one son-in-law, Doug Haase; two grandchildren; and two brothers, Ed and Bill Rucker.
Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.
226 S. Odell
Marshall, MO 65340
Published in Boonville Daily News from Feb. 23 to Mar. 2, 2015