Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

1985 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL


Dr. Peter S. Ruckman

November 19, 1921April 21, 2016

Peter Sturges Ruckman, November 19, 1921 – April 21, 2016 Matthew 25:21, “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Dr. Ruckman is survived by his wife Pamela Ruckman, married 27 years, Pensacola, FL; and ten children; Diana Walker, Alabama; Priscilla and Michael Thornton, Pensacola, FL; David Ruckman, Pensacola, FL; Mike and Lynette Ruckman, Pensacola, FL; Peter Jr. and Heidi Ruckman, Chicago, IL; Jeremy and Valerie Huggins, Wichita, KS; Bryan Huggins, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Michael and Lydia Huggins, Pensacola, FL; Laura Ruckman; Rachel Ruckman; 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by John Hamilton Ruckman, father; Mary Armstrong-Ruckman, mother; Marion Ruckman, sister; and John Ruckman, brother. Peter Sturges Ruckman was born physically on November 19, 1921, to John and Mary Ruckman in Wilmington, Delaware. At a young age the family moved to Topeka, Kansas, where he grew up while going back to Wilmington during the summertime. He had a brother, Johnny, and a sister, Marion. Coming from a long line of military men, he followed in their footsteps by enlisting in the Army and served in World War II as a DI in hand-to-hand combat in the Philippines and spent time in Japan monitoring the radio broadcasts at Radio Tokyo. But at the age of 29 years old, he enlisted in a different Army. A spiritual Army. On March 14, 1949, Dr. Ruckman signed up in the Lord’s Army by accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the radio station in Pensacola, Florida. He was lead to the Lord by a Baptist preacher, Bro. Hugh Pyle. At one time he wanted to be a “30 year man” and retire from the Army. He now has done over two “30 year hitches” in the Lord’s Army, the “right” Army. Through the 67 years he has served the Lord, his vision and his burden was to reach lost souls for Jesus Christ and to teach people that we have a Bible that is perfect and infallible, that you can hold in your hands – the Authorized King James 1611 Version. He had a burden especially to reach young men for Christ and get them rooted and grounded in the Word of God so they would be equipped to defend that Book against the agnostic scholars who try to rob you of your faith in your King James Bible. From this desire, Pensacola Bible Institute was started. It continues today from Dr. Ruckman prayerfully and wisely choosing a man, Brian Donovan, to train and equip to carry on the work of the school and church after he has gone on to Glory. Dr. Ruckman had pastored for well over 50 years; including a church in Bay Minette, AL, Brent Baptist Church, and Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola since 1973. He also was the Founder and President of Pensacola Bible Institute which was started in September of 1965. Dr. Ruckman was a man of many talents. He was a Preacher, Teacher, Street Preacher, Artist, Writer, played the tuba and the harmonica, had studied the Oriental religions, studied martial arts – Taekwondo and Aikido, and started playing hockey as a goalie at 68 years old with his last game being on his 84th birthday. He also played racquetball, enjoyed mullet fishing, was an avid reader, liked to garden and had a small “truck farm” as he called it, and was still swimming “laps” with a snorkel at 93. He had a profound knowledge of the Scripture and its correlation with History. God gave him a special gift to be able to tie in world events and History to the Bible. And, then, of course, he dearly loved “kids” and “dogs” (especially German Shepherds!). He loved to have them running all around the place. He loved to see them play and laugh. His special treat was to give the kids gummy bears at each service. And if he ran out (to moms’ horror), he would give them strawberry Twizzlers – or – chocolate! One of the things dearest to Dr. Ruckman’s heart was his burden and love for doing the Prison Ministry. He looked forward to each time he had an opportunity to go into the jails and minister to the men and women there, especially the yearly 2-week long summer “junkets.” That was his “Christmas.” Words cannot express the appreciation and gratitude for all the love, support, friendship and prayers of so many saints through all the years; some for many years and some just a few. Through many dangers, toils, and snares he has already come. After a fall in 2015 and many months of declining health, he is now at HOME with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God gave him a “Full Cup.” Arrangements under the direction of Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home, Pensacola, FL.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 26, 2016
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Dr. Peter S. Ruckman

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Larry Dyer

August 18, 2019

Dr.Ruckman was one of the greatest gifts that God gave to the Body of Christ. A warrior to the end and faithful to the pure words of God: A.V.1611 King James Bible.

Rodney Patterson

July 12, 2019

Dr Ruckman as a young man, I was introduced to the inspired Word of God through your ministry. May God richly bless your work for his glory.

David raines

June 24, 2019

What a great man , you have lead many to Christ including me ,God bless you Dr.Ruckman I will always be grateful. I haven't the words to do you justice. You are real , and I am sure that you are in the high heavens. John 3:16

Roy Stepp

June 16, 2019

The most influential teacher, preacher, expositor of the true Word of God, AV 1611 my life has been blessed to know.

Stacie Lewis-Diaz

October 24, 2018

I was born in Tallahassee, Florida in the late 70's. Raised up un a church called Lakewood Baptist church. Brother Clyde Owen's was the Pastor. I can remember Brother Peter Ruckman coming on occasion to our church and doing chalk talks. My dad (Jerry Lewis) always listened to his cassettes and had some of his books. I was very sad to hear that Brother Ruckman had passed away. Our family loves him very much and I still listen to his preachings ♡

Garrett Watkins

October 15, 2018

My wife and I have been truly blessed by Dr. Ruckman and all of the material he completed within his life before the Lord took him home. Bless God Brother.

Roger Than Maung

August 27, 2018

I am a translator of the books of Dr. Peter S. Ruckman for many years ago. When I translated his books, I filled with his spirit (Ruckmanism) and his books and KJV beliefs are my lifelong handbooks. Dr. Peter S. Ruckman ever wrote me some letters to me and I still kept it as the special gifts. We will NEVER forget him till we meet again in New Jerusalem. Indeed, he is a GREAT MAN of GOD for 21st century Christian movement. His hands and his resources will continue lead the world Christians. So, he will NEVER Death! Great thanks for his Great Christian services. Amen for him with special greetings from Myanmar....

Hal Johnson

August 5, 2018

I never knew Dr. Ruckman, but I praise the Lord for what he has given to us. His writings are by far the most accurate study guides available. I look forward to saying hello in glory.

In Jesus' name,

Hal Johnson

Pamala Rudolph

July 31, 2018

I am a new reader to Dr. Ruckman's books and have now read several of them; and oh, how awesome it is to 'hear' someone speak about God's Holy Word, the King James Bible, with the same kind of love that I have for it!

Dr. Ruckman's books have strengthened my faith that we do, indeed, have God's Words to us in the King James Bible! I can't wait to get to heaven and tell Dr. Ruckman what an encouragement he has been to me.

Sincerely in Christ Jesus' name,

Dorothy Brasch

June 17, 2018

Peter S. Ruckman - The Greatest Preacher of Our Time....faithful to God's Holy Word and the King James Bible Version. After attending a Alexandrian Bible Corrupting - Dallas Theological Cemetery Graduate Church in Houston, TX for twenty years that lead to my lacking "The Joy of the Lord", Peter saved my "Faith in Jesus Christ and Confidence in the Holy Word of God". Peter exposed the use of education, news media , television, etc. as the greatest source of destruction of America. He showed us how he bravely street preached and his love for lost souls as he went to the prisons with great results of souls saved and transformed. His detractors and criticizers will be ashamed at the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ when they see his high standing in the Heavenly Home. He never flinched nor blinked but continued faithfully until the end. Thank you to Peter and Pamela Ruckman for your love of humanity and your devotion to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I saw Peter preach in Pensacola, FL; San Pedro, CA; and Amarillo, TX. What a privilege to read his books, hear his tapes and videos and see him preach the Living Word.