Arthur H. "Art" Ruckheim, age 87, a long-time resident of the Parkers Prairie area, died Saturday, September 17, 2011, at St. Williams Living Center.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at St. James Lutheran Church, South Effington with Rev. Dennis Angland officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Judy Radamacher. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.
Arthur Herbert Ruckheim was born November 22, 1923, to Herman and Hattie (Wilke) Ruckheim on the family farm in Effington Township. He was baptized December 16, 1923, and confirmed May 30, 1937, at St. James Lutheran Church. He attended District #74 Country School. Following his education he farmed with his father until his early death as a result of a farm accident. Art then farmed with his brother, Wally and later with his nephew, Roger. He retired and moved into St. William's Living Center in Parkers Prairie in 2008. He was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church where he also served as president of the cemetery board. He was a member of the Parkers Prairie/Leaf Valley Coyote Hunters Club. His hobbies included hunting, especially coyotes and fishing.
Art is survived by his two sisters, Delphine Freudenberg of Eden Prairie and Marie Betterman of Alexandria; two sisters-in-law, Elda Ruckheim and Verla Ruckheim both of Parkers Prairie; along with many nieces and nephews.
Art is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Waldemar, Elder, Herman and Gordon; and sister, Cora Diedrich.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Jim Ruckheim, Ralph Freudenberg, Palmer Betterman, Richard Ruckheim, Gary Ruckheim and Allan Ruckheim.