AMerican Veteran 11

Mark Alan Rucker

September 19, 1951 ~ March 29, 2021 (age 69)



Mark Alan Rucker, 69, passed away at his residence Monday, March 29, 2021. He was born September 19, 1951 in Zanesville to the late Albert Curtis “Ace” and Gwendolyn Joan Mauk Rucker. He was a 1969 graduate of Zanesville High School and graduated from the Natural Resources program at Muskingum Area Technical School. Mark was a member of the Zanesville Fire Department from 1981 to 2005, and then he was employed with the City of Zanesville Traffic Maintenance Department until his retirement in 2018. He served his country and protected our freedom in the Army Reserve from 1969 to 1975. He was a member of the VFW Post #1058, Am Vets Post #51, American Legion Post #29 and the Eagles Aerie #302.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years Ellen Gildow Rucker, who he married December 10, 1971; children: Bradley Rucker, Karen Rucker, Wendi (Mark) Decker and Lindsay Rucker; a brother Dale (Brenda) Rucker; two sisters: Jane (Joel) Melin and Kay Lavelle; six grandchildren: Joey Rucker, Danny Rucker, Alex Rucker, Cheyanne Decker, Maddie Decker and Noah Decker; great grandson Beau Milby; brothers and sisters in law: Fred (Viqui) Gildow, Kenny (Tracy) Gildow, Linda (Joe) Rocca and Karen (Thad) Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother and father in law Fred and Betty Gildow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ABC Wilson Fund, PO Box 606, Zanesville, OH 43702-0606, to provide smoke detectors to local fire departments for those in need of them.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6PM Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at THE SNOUFFER FUNERAL HOME 1150 WEST MILITARY ROAD ZANESVILLE.  Funeral services will begin at 6PM in The Snouffer Chapel with Chaplain Tim Patton officiating and military honors with the VFW Post #1058 and American Legion Post #29 following.

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