Christopher Hamilton Ruckman

Born: Saturday, November 15, 2003
Passed: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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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 & Lindy Rucks of San Diego, CA, and Joe & 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 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018 in Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford with Reverend Jeff Fricke officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 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.

Condolences & Shared Memories (29)

  1. Penny E Taylor

    Heidi & family, No words seem adequate as I re-type this over again. My heart is broken for you. May our Heavenly Father wrap you all in His loving arms & comfort you as no other can at such a loss as this. Know many of us are praying for strength & peac for you as each day passes. God be with you.

  2. Robert Bennett - Heyl Royster

    I offer my deepest condolences and sympathy at the passing of your sons. May God bless and keep you in this difficult time.

  3. Mike Stefanko

    I got to meet these boys once. There life will forever have a place in my heart. I wish so badly that I could fix this, but sadly none of us can. My heartfelt condolences and prayer go out to this Family, these friends and to all that morn the loss of these two great kids.

  4. Rae, Caledonia

    So sorry. Condolences to Heidi and her family.

  5. Yancy

    I wish I could be there for you, I wish I could help in some small way. I pray for strength for you, Heidi. I love you!

  6. Chris Layng

    Heidi, we are former Cherry Valley residents and RCS family (now in Tucson). I don't know you but have been praying for you several times a day since I first heard the news on Saturday. I can't begin to imagine what you are going through, but pray that you are surrounded by loving family and friends who will help you through this time. Thankful that your precious boys are with Jesus but know there is a huge hole left in your heart. Wish I could hug you but will trust God to hold you in His hands and supply grace for you to each day. So very sorry for this terrible loss.

  7. Sandy Hudson - Heyl Royster

    You have constantly been in my prayers. I was greatly saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy. I pray that you will feel God's comfort and strength.

  8. Tom Kuzmanovic

    I am so deeply sorry for this tragic loss to you and your family. I can't imagine what it is like to lose one child much less two. May God help you get through this mind numbing time. May their memories live on forever in your heart and soul.

  9. Pope Yamada

    My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  10. Carl & Leta Miller, Scotland

    Sympathy and prayers. May our Lord comfort you in you time of sorrow.

  11. Largent Family

    Heidi - we didn't know your family or your sons, but we are praying for you. The tragedy you have experienced is unfathomable, a true nightmare on Earrh. We are so sorry that your sons lives here were cut short, but May they play with the angels as you carry them in your heart. <3

  12. Bobbi Cooper

    My condolences during this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are extended to the family.

  13. Douglas & Jennifer Meagher

    It is difficult to find the words to describe how sorry we are to hear about the loss of your loving sons. May God Bless you in these difficult times.

  14. Dan and Cathy Quinn

    Heidi, you are in are thoughts and prayers. Words can never express how deeply we feel for you and your family.

  15. The McCulloh Family

    Our thoughts and prayers to your family! May all the wonderful memories bring you some peace in the days ahead! 🙏

  16. Marcette Happ

    Chris brought great joy to the students and faculty of Rockford Christian with his music. He was greatly loved and is greatly missed. May God give you grace for each day.

  17. Kaylee Kramer

    Chris and Jack were so so amazing They helped me through some tough times Rock on guys, Rock on

  18. Matt and Jane Welch

    We are so saddened to learn of the deaths of Chris and Jack. May the Lord comfort the thousands of hearts that have been broken because of this tragedy. May the family of these dear boys find grace and strength to help in this time of sorrow.

  19. Gary & Linda Ven Rooy

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our granddaughter Aimee was a friend of Chris's and was in Jazz band with him. My heart aches for you.

  20. John Keyser

    Jody and I extend our deepest sympathies to all the family of Chris and Jack. This tragic loss of very young and talented boys leaves a hole in all our hearts. We can only hope that time will help ease the pain for all.

  21. Marti Smith

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  22. randall

    No words will heal family and friends today, hugs and the passage of time....monsters and cowards hurt innocent children...I pray for the souls of the children & justice for the soulless cruel monster may he forever be damned.

  23. Altovise Loyd

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. I heard such wonderful things about your sons. My prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

  24. Robert Ryder

    I have been praying for Chris and Jack and Heidi every day since I got the news. I will continue to pray for all of you and am so sorry this has happened.

  25. Carter

    My condolences to Heidi and her family. God speed Chris and Jack.

  26. Michele

    My heart goes out to their Mom and family. I'm deeply stricken by this tragedy to two amazing and talented boys. Praying for you all.

  27. Sharon and Roger Raines

    We saw Chris in our first concert RCMS. Our granddaughter, Aimee Venrooy, was a part of the band as a new student. That evening we were introduced to his amazing talent and charisma. Afterward, he greeted us warmly as we praised him his talent. We believe Chris and John have received a very warm welcome and have joined a new band in Heaven! Our sympathies to all the family, friends, students and teachers.

  28. Vickie king

    This has to the most difficult time god is taking care them and im sure they are angels watching over prayers are with you.

  29. Dottie Beres

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Heidi and family. Words could never express my love for your family. Christopher is a phenomenal son that left us way too soon. Praying for you and your family. I love you Heidi you are an amazing woman.

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