James Michael Ruddock, 74, of Catawba Island died Saturday, March 6, 2010, in Riverview Healthcare Campus in Oak Harbor, where he had been a patient since January 2006 following a tragic fall and several brain surgeries.
He was born Feb. 17, 1936, in Fremont, son of Charles and Louise (Turner) Ruddock. Jim was stricken with polio at the age of 16 months; however, he did not let this handicap keep him from participating in life's activities.
Jim was a graduate of Port Clinton High School and was salutatorian. He loved and cherished the friendships he made throughout his school days. In 1954 he entered the University of Toledo, majoring in pharmacy, and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy. He earned scholarships in his freshman, junior and senior years for scholastic ability. He was a member, outstanding senior and vice president in Kappa Psi (a pharmacy fraternity); president of Rho Chi (a pharmacy honorary fraternity); secretary/treasurer of the Blue Keys (a national leadership fraternity); and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges. Jim was a campus king during Greek Week.
Jim began working an after-school job at Green's Drug Store, where he later served his apprenticeship and joined the staff full time following his graduation in 1958. In 1971 he purchased Green's Drug Store in a partnership from Tom Semon and assumed full ownership in 1985. He also opened JR's Hallmark. He sold Green's in 1998 to Robert Dodge and semi-retired until 2005, when he officially retired.
Jim enjoyed his children and grandchildren, computer surfing, the stock market, traveling, cruising, playing games and cards, casino gambling, watching the Cleveland Cavaliers (especially LeBron), Browns and Indians play ball, fishing, reading and helping children in the Ohio Reads program.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge 1718, Moose Lodge 1610, Port Clinton Jaycees (Jaycee of the year in 1965), the Ohio State Pharmaceutical Association and the Ohio Polio Group.
Surviving are his wife, Cynthia Sue (Eaton) Bergman Ruddock, whom he married in 1977; daughter, Rebecca Roberts of Tallahassee, Fla.; son, Jeffrey (Linda) Ruddock of Perrysburg, Ohio; stepchildren, John (Shelley) Bergman of Hurst, Texas, Julie (Dean) Henry of Fremont, Joan (Jim) Jones of Northwood, Ohio, and Jennifer (Mark) Zaremba of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; grandson, Bryce Ruddock and stepgrand-children, Ernie Bergman, Brittany Wynn, Billy Wynn, Preston Wielinski, John M. Bergman, Jennifer Jones, Zachery Wielinski, Seth Bergman, Tyler O'Malley, Joshua Bergman, Parker Jones, Mike Henry, Maggie (Shane) Cook, Michelle (Brandon) Kimmet and Rachel Smith; stepgreat-grandchildren, Kelsey Henry, Kasey Henry, Shainne Cook, Evan Cook, Chase Kimmet, Noah Smith and M.J. Crowe; a brother, John (Gloria) Ruddock; the mother of his children, Nancy (Semon); his aunt, Anita Turner; nephews, John (Tammi) Ruddock and David (Karen) Ruddock; great nieces, Meagan and Allyson; and his cat, Baxter.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. until services at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, 1124 Fulton St., Port Clinton. The Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, Trinity United Methodist Church, or the Humane Society of Ottawa County.
Condolences may be shared with the family at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.