Christopher and John Ruckman 2018
Christopher "Chris" Hamilton & John "Jack" Wilson Ruckman, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Chris was born on November 15, 2003, and Jack was born on June 3, 2005, both in Rockford, the sons of Heidi (Walter) Ruckman. Both Chris & Jack were students at Rockford Christian. Music was Chris's life. He played the piano and guitar in his high school jazz band. He was a self-taught guitar prodigy. He was blessed enough to share the stage with music greats such as Harlan Jefferson. He was known for his impromptu concerts and last year performed with the Atlanta All Stars in Nashville. Chris was also a member the Junior High Jazz band, pep band, and "The Vitamin Gang" with his brother, Jack. He tried his hand on the drums when he played in the Rockford Drum Corps. Jack was a drummer and played in "The Vitamin Gang", was a member of the Junior High Jazz Band, and Rockford Christian Drum Corps. Jack played baseball, was an avid gamer and enjoyed playing XBOX with friends and cousins. Survived by their mother, Heidi; aunts and uncles, Bruce and Lindy Rucks of San Diego, CA, and Joe and Jennifer Walter of Washington DC; cousins, Laura, Greta, and Holly; grandma, Jean Walter of Rockford, IL; great- grandpa, John Rich of Sycamore, IL; and several great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. Special thanks for all of their love to the family and Rockford Christian for their support and Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., who have both gone beyond anything imaginable to help the family during this difficult time.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, in Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford, with Reverend Jeff Fricke officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Private burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. Memorials to Rockford Christian High School to be used to establish a music scholarship in Chris & Jack's names. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh.com