Robert Ruck
1945 - 2018
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Robert Ruck

Sturgeon Bay - Robert Stephen Ruck, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on August 13, 2018. He was born on August 21, 1945, in Milwaukee, WI to Charles and Josephine (Gallot) Ruck. On July 11, 1990, he married Cheryl Schartner in Door County.

Robert was a world class Classical and Flamenco guitar maker, building guitars for 50 years. He began at age 18 and excelled in his career through passion and persistence. He loved traveling, exploring, and learning. Rob loved spending time outdoors, hiking, fishing, and camping. He also loved yoga, and even won the Oregon State Yoga Competition. Everything he did he did to the best of his ability. He adored his wife, Cheri, and daughter, Amber. You could often find them traveling to Spain together, gardening, or swimming in the ocean.

Survivors include his wife Cheryl; one daughter Amber (Matt Stern) Ruck, Santa Monica, CA; three brothers, Jim (Sharlene) Ruck, Sarasota, FL; Tom Ruck, Vero Beach, FL; Phillip (Beverly) Ruck, Fort Meyers, FL; two sisters-in-law, Vicki (Dan) Londo and Sue (Elton) Londo, both of Sturgeon Bay; two brothers-in-law, Dan (Tammy) Schartner, Gardner; Mike (Jenel) Schartner, Sturgeon Bay; one dog Pixie; and two cats, Snickers and Ray Ray. Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be offered at forbesfuneralhome.com




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Published in Door County Advocate on Aug. 18, 2018.
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January 21, 2019
Bob and I were Tai Chi students and teachers together in Madison, WI. We both moved away and studied with the same teacher in Oakland, CA and would have dinners together there when he flew in for workshops. We talked of guitars over dinner, but that wasn't how I knew him. Over the years, as I learned that he was revered as a luthier, his humility only grew. He was just a guy who made guitars. He showed me around his shop in Washington as though it were just a place to putter around, not like he was one of the world's greatest. I am listening to his guitars as I write this.
Steve Rankin
January 1, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Roberts passing, my father Dell Staton , gave me one of his guitars in 1974, he also was a luthier, for Gibson, and my teacher along with Juan Mercadal. My guitar has been my constant, my best friend, the voice of my soul for all these years. I always wanted to meet the amazing artisan and thank him for his gifts to me, to anyone who has the privilege and joy to play his instrument.. many blessings and much comfort is being sent to the family from me. His legacy will remain.. always .
Jill Staton Otoole
December 20, 2018
I knew Robert only as a colleague, and by his work, which, by the time I became aware of it [1990] was superb. I visited him once when he was set up in Kingston, WA, and gave him a German Spruce soundboard I had thicknessed a bit thin. He did Flamenco, so I figured he could use it. He was very gracious, and went through his rosette making procedures for me, which I was struggling with at the time. In conclusion, in 200 years he will be remembered because of the world-class quality of his instruments, much like how we now perceive the Cremones period of violin builders.
Mark Stanley
October 7, 2018
I sadly learned of Robert's passing today from Thomas Ruck. All of Robert's talent and passion burst forth into the Universe. That thought painted a picture in my mind that every star anticipated hearing the sweetness coming from his guitars.

To early, to early. Robert, you set a standard for all to follow. My deepest condolences to all who wish the Universe would return him.
Diane Hochstein
September 2, 2018
I was shocked and saddened to hear that Robert had passed. I knew of Roberts work since the 70's and first met him in 1983. He built my cherished guitar #378 in 1987 which I still play. I last talked with him in 2006 when he was living in Oregon. My condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.
James Burkholz
August 28, 2018
Hugh, Juan Mercadal, Bob
For Cheri and Amber

Bob and I met in Miami about the time that Bob met John Shaw. Bob was exceptional then in some most indefinable way, with a sense of goodness. Since then, he made four guitars for me, the last being my favorite. We talked only occasionally, but memorably for me. One telephone conversation is strong in my memory. We were talking about some repairs for me, and Amber needed help with her homework. Bob didn't put her off, as most parents would have done; he invited me to share with whatever I could, which, as a school-teacher, I was honored to do. From that experience I know that it has been your love and support that enabled him to live his search, and in the process, to make some of the world's finest instruments. More later.

Sincerely,

Hugh Kerr
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Hugh Kerr
August 25, 2018
Hi all,

Robert came into my little basement shop circa 1963. He had not built a guitar yet but he showed me a capo he made. The quality of work on the capo was impressive. He was always health concious so I am suprised at his early death. He made great guitars and supported himself all his life as a classical and flamenco guitar maker = ONE OF THE BEST ON OUR PLANET. It was a priviledge to have known him.
He will be missed by many,

Neil Östberg
Neil Ostberg
August 23, 2018
A remarkable man with a deep soul...loved by many. You will be missed Rob! Blessings to Cheri and Amber.
Joanne Hopkins
August 21, 2018
My condolences to the Ruck family from the Velazquezs. Robert was an amazing luthier and his craft will live forever as an example. His dedication to this craft was a way of life rather than anything else. May he rest in peace with other great luthiers in heaven.
Alfredo Velazquez
Friend
August 20, 2018
During this time of great sorrow and pain, know that you are not alone. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, may our Father, the God of peace, give you comfort and peace in every way today, tomorrow, and always. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
August 18, 2018
Bob was a good friend, a great luthier, and a kind person. I met him while I was still a student at Indiana University, he made several guitars for me since then. Maybe what made him such an outstanding luthier was the same reason he was a good friend, it was his ability to listen, he had an intuition for feeling what a player wanted in an instrument, and he would persevere until his guitars sounded the way the player would want. We will miss Bob very much. Condolences to all his family.
Javier Calderon
August 18, 2018
Bob was a good friend, a great luthier, and a kind person. I met him while I was still a student at Indiana University, he made several guitars for me since then. Maybe what made him such an outstanding luthier was the same reason he was a good friend, it was his ability to listen, he had an intuition for feeling what a player wanted in an instrument, and he would persevere until his guitars sounded the way the player wanted. We will miss Bob very much. Condolences to all his family.

Javier Calderon
August 17, 2018
Bob was a dear friend and a master guitar maker. When I first met him about forty years ago and first heard his guitars, I knew that he had a very special talent. Yet, he was always very modest, thoughtful and generous. We guitarists all knew that he was going to be very successful with his craft and we were proud to know him. He will be greatly missed, but we will always remember him when we play his beautiful instruments.
George Lindquist
Friend
August 17, 2018
Neil Östberg
August 17, 2018

































i knew him since 1963. He was a world class luthier.
He will be missed.

Neil Östberg
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