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November 15, 1927 — November 8, 2017

Shirley Mae (Harmon) Ruckert, 89, passed away peacefully in her home at Quail Run, Mennonite Village.

Shirley was born to Clarence M. and Fay C. (Reiter) Harmon on November 15, 1927, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The family lived in Mt. Vernon, South Dakota until they moved to Albany, a small town where everyone knew everyone. Albany was “home” to Shirley for the remainder of her life.

She graduated from Albany Union High School in 1945, and attended Oregon State College where she was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority.

On August 22, 1948, Shirley married her high school classmate, Ray Ruckert, in Albany. Together, they raised their three children on a farm east of Shedd. They were grass seed farmers in the Shedd/Brownsville area for 30 years.

In 1974, they semi-retired and moved back to Albany.

Shirley was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Albany, Chapter CK, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Alpha Phi Alumni Assoc., OSU Alumni Assoc., Linn-Benton Women for Ag, Albany General Hospital Auxiliary, and Shedd Priscilla Club.

Shirley enjoyed hosting many family holidays, poolside BBQ’s, attending Trailblazer and Oregon State ballgames with Ray, playing bridge with friends, cooking, and her grandchildren’s activities.

She was devoted to her family; a loving and much-loved, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Shirley’s bright smile and friendliness touched many. All who knew Shirley will miss her dearly.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 67 years, Ray; sisters Betty Morris and Jean Carson; and brother Jack Harmon.

Surviving are her children, Sharm (Dick) Running, Sally (Doane) Dvorak, and Rex Ruckert; grandchildren, Amy Haffner, Molly Wentworth, Devin Dvorak, Jackson Ruckert, and Kurt Brewer; five great-grandchildren, Isaac, Adelaide, Jonathan, Everly, and Jaxon; brother, George (Twila) Lawrence. Also surviving are several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful for the loving care she received from the staff of angels at Quail Run.

Remembrances may be made to the West Albany Sports Foundation, in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321.

Shirley’s service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday November 18 at the Albany United Presbyterian Church. Private interment will be at Willamette Memorial Park.

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