SBE Chapter 24 Jeremy Ruck Obituary (Click on above photo for full size version)

Jeremy Ruck
March 2, 1971 - December 11, 2021

Canton - Jeremy Ruck, 50, passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Graham Hospital in Canton after his battle with COVID.

He was born on March 2, 1971 in Peoria to Wilbert "Bill" and Jerrie (Dean) Ruck.

He married Franki Ray on January 20, 1996 in Canton. She survives.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Also surviving is their son, Alexander Ruck, his mother, Jerrie Ruck, his step mother Beverly Ruck and his sister Holly Ruck.

Jeremy graduated from Richwoods High School in 1988 and later from Bradley University in 1996 with a degree in Electrical engineering. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Gamma Mu Chapter where he served on the board of governors for the Bradley Chapter. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Canton and was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree. Jeremy worked as a professional engineer and broadcast consultant. He owned and operated Jeremy Ruck & Associates and was the manager of broadcast and telecommunication at Willis Tower in Chicago.

A graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at St Joseph Cemetery in Canton. There will be no visitation.

The family strongly suggests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the St Mary's Catholic Church Food Pantry.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton has been entrusted with arrangements.

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from Rich Wood
We worked together for 10 years with Don Markley and Associates. Jeremy was a brilliant Engineer that served thousands of Radio and TV stations all over the US. When he decided to get his Electrical PE License, he did not return to school, but studied all the material required and just went and took the test. That is the type of man that Jeremy Ruck was. When he set a goal he worked towards it with focus and determination. During the Repack, which had him very busy, he was also the RF Manager for the Willis Tower, the largest single Broadcasting antenna site in the US.

Jeremy will be sincerely missed by his Family, his friends and all the station Engineers that he worked with.

Rest in Peace Jeremy.

from Kent Aschenbrenner
Some of you may have known and/or worked with consulting engineer, Jeremy Ruck. Jeremy was active primarily in the mid-west. I'm sad to report that Jeremy passed yesterday because of Covid, A bright man that was always at the ready to assist radio and TV broadcasters.

Jeremy was a great friend and frequent presenter at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Assoc. - Broadcasters Clinic. A few years ago, I called Jeremy in somewhat of a panic to diagnose a transmission line burn. He responded and was on-site within hours.

Blessed to have known him.

from Vicki Kipp
Oh, this is so unexpected and sad. Jeremy Ruck, who meant so much to broadcast engineers, is gone way too soon. Thinking of his wife and child, family, and friends...

We could always count on Jeremy to make us laugh with some dry humor cartoons and funny photos at the start of his presentation and to enthrall us with stories of his antenna work at Willis Tower, and to share his real-world RF experiences.

When Don Markley passed away, Jeremy carried on Don's tradition of speaking at the Broadcasters Clinic. I'm not sure who is going to do that now.

Jeremy will be missed greatly.

from Leonard Charles
It's another sad day as we have received word that Jeremy Ruck has passed away. He had been hospitalized with Covid. I recall Jeremy as a mainstay at the Broadcasters Clinic from recent years dating back to the days he worked with Don Markley when Don Borchert was running the Clinic. He was such a great person who always brought humor with his presentations, a genuine audience pleaser and a genuine person.

With Dennis Baldridge earlier this week and now Jeremy, there's so much sadness these days.

from Linda Baun
Jeremy was always a given at the Clinic. He knew his stuff and he always put the engineer first.

Life is meant to be lived and it is to precious to take each other for granted. Take care of each other!

Hugs (yes, hugs) to each of you

from Kevin Ruppert
It is going to be very hard to fill the hole left by Jeremy's passing. We counted on him for his knowledge and his wit at the Broadcaster's Clinic.

We will be thinking about him and his family.

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