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Date: 19 MAR 2009
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Date: 18 MAR 2009
Note: Jack Ruschmeyer, 93, died Sunday, March 15, 2009. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, March 20th, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, with Jim Wallace officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory
Jack Ruschmeyer was the son of Henry and Cecil (McClain) Ruschmeyer. He was born April 22, 1915 in Boone, Iowa, where he led an active life. His activities began with selling Ladies Home Journal, Country Gentleman and Saturday Evening Post magazines when he was only 10 years old, then peddling the local newspaper as well as selling the Chicago newspaper at the train station. Jack proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 until 1946.
He always attended Sunday School and was presently a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. During his school years he was the pitcher for the baseball team, playing his last game at age 42. After high school in Boone, Iowa, he graduated from Cornell College in 1939 with a BA degree in chemistry. While in college he met Margaret Pierce whom he married in 1940 and enjoyed over 60 years of marriage. After his marriage, he promptly joined the Rath Packing Co. in Waterloo, Iowa. After working up to Plant Superintendent in 1962, he joined Peyton Packing in El Paso, Texas, then on to Abilene to Gooch Packing Co. as superintendent, retiring in 1985 as Vice President of Operations. To continue being active, he volunteered at the Buffalo Gap Presbyterian Camp for 24 years, serving on the Board for many years. He also volunteered at the Food Bank for 19 years, Meals on Wheels for 16 years, and Presbyterian Medical Care Mission for 16 years, and Christ House Day Care Center. Jack was a very active volunteer until retiring in 2006 following an auto accident that affected his mobility. A devoted Presbyterian, Jack had served on the board of elders in Waterloo, Iowa, El Paso, Texas, and Abilene.
He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, Gerald and Max Ruschmeyer, two sisters, Mrs. Walter R. Wilson and Mrs. Robert Rasley, and a brother-in-law, Robert Pierce. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Elaine Ruschmeyer of Abilene; daughter, Victoria R. Puffer of San Antonio, TX; brother, Phillip Ruschmeyer of Woodruff, WI; two granddaughters, Margaret Smitley and Elizabeth P. Griffin, both of San Antonio; a grandson, John R. Puffer of Sugar Land, TX; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Buffalo Gap Presbyterian Ministry, or Presbyterian Medical Care Mission.