Hundreds attend visitation for Ruckman brothers - – Rockford’s News Leader

Hundreds attend visitation for Ruckman brothers


Hundreds are attending the visitation for Christopher and John Ruckman, two brothers found dead over the weekend in what authorities are calling a murder-suicide. 

The visitation began at 4 p.m. at Our Saints Lutheran Church in Rockford. It lasts until 8 p.m. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, with a private burial scheduled later. 

The brothers were found dead along with their father, P.S. Ruckman, a well-known professor at Rock Valley College and Northern Illinois University. They all three died of gunshot wounds; the Winnebago County Coroner's Office says P.S. Ruckman's was self-inflicted. 

Fourteen-year-old Chris Ruckman was known for musical talent and was known in the music scene as a self-taught prodigy. His 12-year-old brother John "Jack" Ruckman played drums in several different music groups, and enjoyed playing baseball and video games. 

Memorial donations will go to Rockford Christian School to create a music scholarship in their names. 

The brothers are survived by their mother, Heidi Ruckman, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents. 


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