WILLIAM H. RUCKLE
El Dorado Republican, Thursday, Mar. 2,
1916, Pg. 1
Vol. XXIV, No. 4
Date/place of death and unit information
also from "Journal of the Thirty-sixth Annual Encampment of the Grand Army
of the Republic, Department of Kansas" held in Salina, Kansas May 16, 17,
18, 1917. Contained in the Chaplains Memorial Roll.
W. H. RUCKLE PASSES
AFTER A LONG
WAS 77 YEARS OF AGE
As Second and First Lieutenant
16th Regiment of Ohio
Comrade W. H. Ruckle, 77, died at
his home 410 North Settler street at midnight Wednesday, March 1, after an
illness dating back several years with Brights disease and complications.
He has been ailing for about two years, but his recent illness dates back only
Funeral services will be held from
the G. A. R. hall Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by Rev. W. E. Bates.
Interment will be in Belle Vista cemetery.
Comrade Ruckle was born in
Muskingum county, Ohio, January 23, 1839. On November 27, 1865, he was
married to Miss Mary Shutts, the ceremony being performed in Muskingum county.
They moved to Gridley, McLean county, Ohio, January 6, 1866, and resided there
until March 10, 1884, when they moved to El Dorado, which has since been their
home. Mr. Ruckle conducted a restaurant here for years, retiring about
three years ago.
Mr. Ruckle was a veteran of the
Civil war. He first enlisted for three months, in company I, 16th Ohio
volunteer infantry, April 18, 1861, and was discharged August 19, 1861, and
on September 13, 1861, he enlisted for three years. On November 15, 1862,
he was promoted to second lieutenant. On May 20, 1863, he was wounded in
the left arm and shoulder. On May 20, 1863, he was promoted, to first
lieutenant and held that position until his final discharge October 31,
1864. He served in many notable engagements.
Mr. Ruckle is survived by his
wife, six children, Mrs. D. T. Mossman, Caldwell; Mrs. M. E. Longstreth,
Fairview township; Mrs. Tom Mossman, El Dorado; Charles Ruckle, Yates Center;
George Ruckle, Arkansas City; and Mrs. A. D. Belt, El Dorado; three brothers, J.
E. Ruckle, Chas. Ruckle, and Marsh Ruckle, Ohio; and three sisters, Mrs. Ella
Hoos, Chicago; Mrs. Samantha Walwrath, and Mrs. Armintha Snyder of Ohio.
Ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive.
On November 27, this year, Mr. and
Mrs. Ruckle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. At that time all of
the children and children’s children were present. It was the last
The death of Mr. Ruckle leaves a
sadness on many hearts in El Dorado and Butler county. He was one of the
pioneer types of citizens, which are gradually passing to the other shore,
leaving their impress of earlier days after them. Mr. Ruckle was a good
father, always; and a better friend was never known.
He went about his business in
every day life quietly and without show, but he never failed to make friends,
who as they came to know him better, addressed him by the familiar title,
“Dad.” While Mr. Ruckle never identified himself him any church, he
was a good man, morally. Scores of friends mourn his passing.
The sympathy of friends is
extended to the wife, who has journeyed with him these many years, and to the
children, in their hour of sorrow.