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Rucker, James Robert

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March 2, 1941 - July 23, 2019

Rucker, James Robert

Jim was a loving man of faith, quirky and unique, and his GREATEST pride and joy was his family. He is survived by his wife Julie of 55 years. Jim and Julie have resided in Dallas since 1991. Jim leaves behind his youngest brother Douglas Rucker of Tulsa Oklahoma and 6 adored children: daughter Emily and Sid McClung, daughter Jennifer and John Davern, son David and Stephanie Rucker, son Daniel and Hannah Rucker, daughter Cathy and Ryan Horstman, and son Tony and Heather Rucker.  He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren: Matthew, Zachary, Ella, William, Anna, Faith, Ciana, Drew, Emery, Sadie, Call, and Covee.

After he retired from 35 plus years in the oilfield, he was not short of hobbies.  He spent his free timing golfing, tinkering under the hood of a car, painting, collecting art, pottery and things. His grandchildren will miss him in the audience of their events, on the putting green, painting and crosswords at the kitchen table and at the stove preparing his famous biscuits and gravy. Jim now rests peacefully in his makers’ loving arms and will be dearly missed by those he left behind.



Visitation – Tuesday, July 30 at 5pm – 7pm at Aria Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX  75252

Funeral Mass – Wednesday, July 31 at 11:00am at All Saints Catholic Church, 5231 Meadowcreek Drive, Dallas, TX 75248.  Directly followed by Military Honors at 12:00pm.  And, a reception immediately following in the church hall.

*Casual Dress attire*


If you will be sending flowers for the service, please send them to All Saints Catholic Church at 5231 Meadowcreek Drive, Dallas, TX 75248.


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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

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Michael Scates

July 30, 2019 6:54PM

To Julie and all the kids and grandkids: I was stunned and so very sad to hear of Jim's passing from you guys. I had the privilege of knowing Jim as a friend, in a professional capacity, and as a fellow golfer. We shared a lot of common experiences in our respective oilfield backgrounds. We had similar senses of humor and a number of mutual friends, too. I came to greatly respect Jim for his character, integrity and encyclopedic knowledge about a number of things in which we had common interests, and he served many times as a resource for me -- and more than that -- as a friend. He was a good listener, a good advisor, and a good man. Unlike a lot of people, one could discern very quickly that when he asked how you were doing, Jim genuinely cared. Jim is one of those select few people about whom I can honestly say that I am immensely richer for having known him. I will miss him so much. You are in my prayers and my deepest hope is that God will grant you and all who loved Jim that peace which transcends all earthly understanding.

Stephen & Lynsey Wu

July 30, 2019 11:58AM

We are so sorry for the loss of a great sweet man who raised a wonderful family. We hope you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Karen Shea

July 29, 2019 2:07PM

I am so sorry for your loss!


July 29, 2019 10:11AM

I'm so sorry for your loss of a great husband, father and grandfather...Jim was a great guy and I will miss him dearly as I know you all will. Jim taught me a lot of "oilfield" stuff over the years but he taught me more about life and friendship. I'm thankful God brought him into my life. Karen and I will be praying for you all...much love...


July 29, 2019 9:52AM

Dear Jennifer, know that according to John 14:1-4: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2-In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3-And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4-And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. My thoughts and prayers are to your Father who now rests in His presence, and for that we shall rejoice! God bless you and your family. Henry Orozco

Veronica G. Gonzalez

July 28, 2019 7:39AM

Words seem so feeble in moments like these. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. I’m so sorry your having to go through this hard time. Love you both

Dick and Linda Wiesner

July 27, 2019 12:19PM

Jim, Julie and the entire Rucker family were very close friends when they lived in Houston. When Jim’s career sent them to Dallas a big hole was left in our lives! Memories: too many to mention but among the unique ones were Jim’s role each year as “Bayou Santa” as he dug up priceless Xmas gifts for the family from the Bayou next to our house. Also our great visits to Astros games as well as coaching our boys thru little league baseball. Never to be forgotten was Julie’s comment at our kitchen table when we played cards with the Howe’s. Basically Julie was overcome at the experience of meeting them and loudly stated she couldn’t believe meeting one of favorite Astros was happening. As for golf, no one enjoyed playing at his home course of Champions more than Jim and I was privileged to accompany him there many times. Jim was such a great guy and we are so very sad to know he is gone. Our best wishes to Julie and all Rucker’s. We hope our paths will cross in the near future.