Dr. Peter S.Ruckman Obituary




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 Dr. Peter S.Ruckman Obituary

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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; ... 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 27 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 "the 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.

Ruckman entered the U.S. Army in 1944 as a second lieutenant and volunteered to serve with the occupation forces in Japan. While there, Ruckman studied Zen Buddhism, and spoke of "the experience of Nirvana, which the Zen call Samadhi, the dislocation of the spirit from the body". Ruckman returned to the United States "uneasy, unsettled, full of demons."[2] He became a disc jockey by day and a drummer in various bands by night. He began to hear voices, and he met with a Jesuit priest to explore the possibility of joining the Roman Catholic Church.[2] On March 14, 1949, Ruckman converted to Christianity after talking to evangelist Hugh Pyle in the studios of WEAR radio in Pensacola.[2] Ruckman attended Bob Jones University, where he received a master's degree and Ph.D. in religion.[2]

Ruckman was the pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola, and his writings and recorded sermons are published by his Bible Baptist Bookstore.[3] Like his father, Peter Ruckman demonstrated artistic talent early in life, and he often illustrated his sermons in chalk and pastels while preaching.[4]      

(Note from Assistant Editor David Williams)  Jeanie and I were married in a church here in Florida 42 years ago where he came on a regular basis and we can’t forget a wonderful illustration he gave as he preached, starting out with the face of a boy and as he preached he gradually made the face older and more wrinkled showing the ravages of sin on a life.  We will always have a place in our heart for his defense of the King James Bible and the many times we saw his artwork and heard him preach.  Our home church in St. Petersburg, Florida loved him and had him often. He was a brilliant scholar and loved lost souls with all his heart.  One time a student from his college visited us and we were so impressed with his politeness and love of the Bible and telling others about Jesus.  Truly his good works will follow him.




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