OBITUARY

Kenneth M. Rucker

July 11, 1942March 19, 2019

Kenneth Melvin Rucker was born on July 11, 1942 to Father, Robert G. Rucker and Mother, Dorothy Weatherford. Kenneth aka Ken, aka Kenny grew up on the South Side of Chicago where he attended Ruggles Elementary School. Ken grew up as an only child, but making friends easily was one of his many great qualities.

Ken enlisted in the Air Force with three of his closest friends, George, Randy and Bobby, of which Bobby is the only one of the three that preceded Ken in life. The four men went on to serve in the Vietnam War.

After returning from Vietnam, Ken spent the next few years working at the Chicago Police Department and then later sold Life insurance for Prudential. He opened a full line pet store in the Roseland neighborhood and named it Afro Aquatics and Pet Supply and enjoyed that success for over thirty years.

Ken left us on March 19th, 2019. He is survived by his loving family, son Kenny, daughter in law Beverly, grandchildren Jasmine, Jarrin, Cameron and Jaden, a host of cousins, especially his cousin Roger Bradley, the Buffalo Troopers, the Markham Skaters, Afro Aquatics patrons and friends.

A Celebration of Life memorial service is scheduled to for Saturday, April 27th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Matteson, located at 500 Holiday Plaza, Matteson, IL 60443.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kennybrothersfuneral.com for the Rucker family.

Services

27 April

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Holiday Inn Matteson

500 Holiday Plaza
Matteson, IL 60443

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Biography

Kenneth Melvin Rucker was born on July 11, 1942 to Father, Robert G. Rucker and Mother, Dorothy Weatherford. Kenneth aka Ken, aka Kenny grew up on the South Side of Chicago where he attended Ruggles Elementary School. Ken grew up as an only child, but making friends easily was one of his many great qualities.

Upon finishing elementary school, Ken enrolled at Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School. During his high school years Ken befriended a mechanic who taught him how to work on cars. Ken quickly grew fond of working on cars, and soon after, he got jobs at a local hardware store and a barbershop. Ken saved his money from his two jobs and was able to buy his very own car at age 16.

Ken went on to graduate from Hirsch in 1961. Soon after graduation, Ken went on to make some very large and life changing moves. Ken enlisted in the Air Force with three of his closest friends, George, Randy and Bobby, of which Bobby is the only one of the three that preceded Ken in life. The four men went on to serve in the Vietnam War.

Also, around this time he married his high school sweetheart, his first wife, Vernetta Kaye Tounsel. And soon after that Vernetta gave birth to their only child, a son named Kenneth Robert Rucker. Then at 25 years of age, Ken and Vernetta purchased a home where he lived with his wife, son and mother.

After returning from Vietnam, Ken spent the next few years working at the Chicago Police Department and then later sold Life insurance for Prudential. It was then that Ken decided to put his selling skills to better use and opened a full line pet store in the Roseland neighborhood and named it Afro Aquatics and Pet Supply.

Ken went on to become a very successful business owner and enjoyed that success for over thirty years. He gave jobs to many young men and women during that span, and too many customers and friends that entered his life to mention along the way as well.

Ken's best years of his life were spent with his beloved motorcycle club, the Buffalo Troopers where he was affectionately known as Special K. And of course, it goes without saying how much he loved his skating buddies at the Markham skating rink. Ken truly loved riding his motorcycle and taking road trips. He also enjoyed camping and the outdoors.

Later in life, Ken married a second time to Betty Hayes and spent many trips with his then wife, the Buffalo Troopers and many a vacation.
In 2007, and after a series of falls, Ken was dealt a tragic blow and became paralyzed from the waist down. Though bound by wheelchair, Ken did not let his injury dampen his spirits. Ken was always smiling and always had a good story to tell for anyone who would listen. And Ken spent a lot of time reminiscing on the blessed life that he loved and enjoyed. We will all miss those fond stories that Ken used to share.

Ken left us on March 19th, 2019. Always about the business Ken had his funeral services contracted and pre-arranged, and by his own choice was cremated. He is survived by his loving family, son Kenny, daughter in law Beverly, grand children Jasmine, Jarrin, Cameron and Jaden, the Buffalo Troopers, the Markham Skaters, Afro Aquatics patrons and a host of cousins, especially his cousin Roger Bradley and friends.