Stanley Dween Rucker

Monday, January 7, 2008

Stanley Dween Rucker

March 2, 1921 - Jan. 4, 2008

HAYES CENTER -- Stanley Dween Rucker of Hayes Center died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook. He was 86 years old.

Stanley was born on March 2, 1921, to Claude L. and Elizabeth M. (Orman) Rucker at the family farm in Frontier County. He graduated from Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis in 1939.

He entered the U.S. Army Infantry of Engineers on Sept. 28, 1942, and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 5, 1945.

On June 4, 1955, he married Marilyn Gladys Alexander in North Platte. Their entire married life was spent in Hayes Center. Together, they raised one son, Alan Rucker. Stanley served as Hayes County Treasurer for several years. He also did electrical work in and around Hayes Center and most recently was a night watchman for the feedlot until he retired.

Stanley was a member of the Union Congregational United Church of Christ. He loved to play baseball in his earlier years. He later took up the sport of playing golf.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Claude and Elizabeth Rucker; his wife, Marilyn on Dec. 28, 2006; his son, Michael Steven; and two brothers, Phillip and Ivan Rucker.

Survivors include his son, Alan M. Rucker of Trenton; one brother, Omer Rucker of Gresham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook. Friends may send condolences to the family at

Funeral services will be Wednesday, 1 p.m. at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Hayes Center with Pastor Fay Ann Blaylock officiating. Burial will be in the Hayes Center Cemetery with military honors.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.