(a.k.a. JIM RUCKMAN)


The ONE TRUE un-reconstructed native-born
West BYGOD Virginian.

     I was born on Barkwill Street in St. Marys to Gene and Margaret Wilson Ruckman, both of whom gave me a love for West Virginia and its beauty, people, and history. For me, St Marys and Pleasants County have always had a special place in my mind and spirit, so I reckon I simply like talking and writing about them. Several years ago, I came across some of my mother's papers which showed her family genealogy going back to the mid 1700's. Later on, through a stroke of good fortune and my younger sister Becky Boggs, I found documents which have helped determine my father's blood line. In this regard, I am reminded of Emerson's words: "Man is but the sum of his Ancestors."

     Since my life has been so full and I am fortunate to have been born in Pleasants County, I just like to share what I've seen and heard with others who share the same interests. Naturally, there has been and continues to be many things I personally do not like, so I'll probably write about those too. And then there are the times when I feel just plain ornery, and will also write about them.

October 9, 1936 - September 20, 2012

James W. Ruckman, 75, passed away peacefully at his Middlebourne, residence, September 20, 2012, after a long illness.

Born in St. Marys, WV, on October 9, 1936, he was the son of the late Eugene and Margaret Wilson Ruckman. He was preceded in death by a sister Peggy (John) Barkwill, Winter Park, FL. He is survived by beloved companion Vera Henthorn and her family; daughters Suzanne (Vince) Nowell of Ft. Myers, FL and Deirdre (Allen) Appel of Gaithersburg, MD; and sister Rebecca (David) Boggs of Mt. Vernon, IN. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, 4 nephews, a great-niece and 2 great nephews.

Jim was a graduate of the St. Marys High School Class of 1954 and also of WVU. He was a proud U.S. Marine, Vietnam era veteran, always standing by the motto "Semper Fi." In 1972, he was bestowed the governor's Distinguished West Virginian Award. He was an "admiral"¯in the Cherry River Navy. Jim was a loyal and lifetime follower of Mountaineer sports. Considering himself "the one true un-reconstructed native-born West BY GOD Virginian," he was deeply interested in the history of his family, Pleasants County, and West Virginia. As a gifted raconteur of funny stories and jokes, he was adept at making tall tales taller. Maintaining "Rockertalk"¯ on the Pleasants County GenWeb, he provided "A Rockerbilly Prayer": Give me a sense of humor, Lord, Give me the grace to see a joke, To get some humor out of life, And pass it on to other folk. Jim never met a stranger, made friends easily, had a big heart and will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, WV. Friends may visit at 1:00 p.m., until time of the 2:00 p.m. service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Disabled American Veterans by visiting or writing to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 Attn: Gift Processing.

Halcyon Days
The Trouble With ITCHes
Aunt Myrtle's Two-Holer
St. Marys My -- Home Town
Thinking Of You With Love
West Virginia Hillbilly Offers Help To Jewish Friends
Shakespeare's Invention Of The Term Mountaineers
The Great Verizon Caper Comes To Final Conclusion
The Great Verizon Caper Ends, Second Half; Verizon 10 - Rocker - 0
Outlanders Now Welcome At Mountaineer Field
A Short Ode To West Virginia
A Rockerbilly Prayer
A Tribute To A West Virginia Coal Miner
An Un-Reconstructed Native-Born Appalachian American
Happy Birthday, West Virginia - JUNE 20, 1863
You Can Tell 'Em Every Time
There Ain't No Apostrophe In St Marys
Sgt. Roger Shiflett -- A Marine, A Gentleman, A West Virginian
A Little Country Town
There Is A Reason
A Genealogist's Lament
The Old Barn
Profound Thoughts
The Recording of a Cemetery
Hall Family Reunion Poem
The Last of the Gunfighters


Submitted by Pleasants County Native, Walter Reed, Oil City, PA.

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