William Estill "Bill" Rucker, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Baptist Health Lexington.
He was the husband of the late Sarah Lucille Saunders Rucker and born June 5, 1932, to the late William Harkus and Ruby Perry Rucker.
Bill was a farmer and a retired 37 year employee of Universal Fasteners.
He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where he served as an ordained Deacon since 1976 and as a Sunday school teacher.
He also served as caretaker of the Mt. Vernon Cemetery for many years.
Bill is survived by five children, Barry (Barbara) Rucker, Jerry (Nancy) Rucker, Sandy (Garry) Gaines, Tim (Missy) Rucker, and Curt Rucker, all of Lawrenceburg; 13 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one step great granddaughter; two brothers, Bobby Carroll (Betty) Rucker of Louisville and Walter Thomas (Barbara) Rucker of Frankfort; and a sister-in-law, Louise Cox Rucker of Lawrenceburg.
Including his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by two grandsons, Jeremy Rucker and Cody Rucker; two brothers, George Samuel "G.S." Rucker, and James Ray Rucker.
Funeral services were held March 1 at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home with Bill's grandson Bro. Josh Rucker officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Shelby County with military honors.
Pallbearers were Pat, Joseph, Eric, Jonathan, and Jeremy Rucker, and Branton Tindall. Honorary bearers were Justin Lockard, John Haddix, Martin Valencia-Cruz and Jamie Rowland.
Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, c/o Bill Dixon, 313 Plum St., L-burg, KY 40342.