Tommy Tifton Rucks

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Okeechobee - Tommy Tifton Rucks, a lifelong dairy farmer, passed away peacefully at his home in Okeechobee, May 19, 2018, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
In addition to his loving wife and best friend, Betty Rucks; he is survived by his three children, Tommy Rucks Jr. (Pamela), Keith Rucks (Susan) and Robin Sims (Allen) all of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Tommy Rucks III (Lindsey) of Altamonte Springs, Kimberly Clark (Brian) of Ringwood, N.J., Laura Altman (Shane), Chase Rucks, Jared Sims (Hannah) and Keith D. Rucks all of Okeechobee; two great-grandchildren, Blake Altman and Murphy Jane Sims; along with his beloved nieces, Kathryn Murphy, Vivian Lee; and special family member, Cathy Yates.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Hobert and Jency Viola (Sally) Rucks; his sister, Joann Rucks Lee; and his son, William Joseph Rucks.
Tommy was born in Tifton, Ga. on August 19, 1930 to Hobert and Jency Viola (Sally) Rucks. He was raised in Miami on his family's dairy farm. After graduating high school he attended the University of Florida. Tommy entered into the United States Navy in 1953 the same year he married the love of his life, Betty Stokes. The couple would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this coming October.
Tommy has been a resident of Okeechobee and a member of First Baptist Church since 1975. It is here where his three children still operate H.W. Rucks and Son Dairy, a business which Tommy and his father co-founded in 1955.
Tommy was an avid Florida Gator fan as well as a Bull Gator for 27 years. He served as President of Independent Dairy Farmers Association for 14 years as well as on the board of SunTrust for 16 years. He co-founded United Feed Co-op with Robert K. Butler & Theo Berman in 1979 where he served as President for 31 years.
Tommy loved his family, life and the Lord. He lived his life to the fullest which was made evident in his many worldly travels with his wife and lifelong travel companions, Red and Reda Larson. He enjoyed summers at his home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with wife Betty and cousins Neil and Rita Rucks. He spent the rest of his time in Okeechobee where he took great joy in trips to and from the dairy and United Feed Co-op as well as admiring his "Birds of Paradise".
Tommy's legacy will forever live on, not only in the hearts of his family and friends but in the community and Florida dairy industry as a whole. He served as a beacon of strength, morality and love to all that knew him, and we were all made better by his presence.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Buxton and Bass Funeral Home (400 N. Parrott Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m. Massonic services will be at 6 p.m. The funeral service will take place at the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee (401 SW 4th Street) on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10 a.m.; graveside service and reception to follow. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL. 34973.
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All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972.

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Published in NewsZapFL on May 23, 2018
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