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Sam "Doc" Ruzick, Jr.

September 22, 1945 — January 23, 2024

Millbrook, IL

Sam "Doc" Ruzick, Jr.

In Loving Memory of Sam "Doc" Ruzick Jr

Sam "Doc" Ruzick Jr, 78, of Millbrook, IL passed away on January 23, 2024, in Aurora, IL.

Born on September 22, 1945, in Deadwood, SD, Sam was the son of Sam and Francis (Hargraves) Ruzick. His roots in the Black Hills of South Dakota cultivated a deep love for the outdoors. An accomplished fisherman, he earned an Honorary Doctorate in fishing, a title that encapsulated his mastery of the sport and bestowed upon him the affectionate nickname “Doc.” His bond with his father and uncle during deer hunting expeditions became cherished memories that painted his formative years.

A proud alumnus of Black Hills State University, Sam exemplified determination and hard work. His journey to fund his education, driving a Coca Cola truck in South Dakota, sparked a lifelong fascination with Coca Cola collectibles. Six years of devoted service to the US Army National Guard reflected his commitment to both education and country.

After graduating, Sam embarked on a journey to find meaningful work, eventually finding himself drawn to the vibrant city of Chicago, where friends had paved the way. Little did he know that this decision would lead him to a fateful encounter that would shape the course of his life.

It was at a local church that Sam crossed paths with the remarkable Delores “Dee” Jones, a meeting that would prove to be serendipitous. Their connection deepened over time, blossoming into a beautiful romance that culminated in a union that would stand the test of time.

On June 10, 1972, in Aurora, IL, Sam and Dee exchanged vows, pledging their love and commitment to each other in marriage. This moment marked the beginning of a lifelong journey together, filled with shared dreams, enduring companionship, and the creation of a loving family.

Sam's profound connection with God was not confined to personal devotion; it manifested in a radiant commitment to sharing God’s love and teachings with those around him. His spiritual journey took a unique turn as he occasionally took on the role of delivering sermons on Sunday mornings.

His career included roles at Amsted Industries, where he excelled in finance and became a comptroller. Sam also served as the Treasurer for the First Free Methodist Church and most recently for the City of Millbrook. His dedication and expertise left a lasting impact on all those he worked with.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Sam was a man of many passions. He imparted his knowledge of rock climbing in the Black Hills to his children, friends, and grandchildren. His bowling highlights include achieving a perfect game, two 299 games and an impressive 847 series at Parkside Lanes in Aurora. An avid golfer, gourd painter, and antique collector, Sam's diverse interests won him numerous accolades, including many blue ribbons at the Sandwich Fair.

Sports were a significant part of Sam's life, from beating his grandkids at ping pong to engaging in friendly basketball games. His enthusiastic support for the Chicago Bears, Nebraska Cornhuskers and LA Dodgers revealed his deep-seated love for football and baseball. Throughout his life, his affinity for dogs was evident, cherishing the companionship of many furry friends.

Sam is preceded in death by his parents, leaving behind a legacy engraved with love and hard work.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Dee, his daughter Lily (Jim) Sheehan, his son Ben (Liz) Ruzick, his sister Barb Nail, and his cherished grandchildren Jacob (Morgan) Sheehan, Caden Sheehan, Brenna Sheehan, and Elijah Ruzick.

Memorial Celebration of Sam's life will be held April 27th, 2024 at 1 p.m. at Harvest Chapel Church 725 South County line Road Sandwich, IL,. His memory will forever illuminate the hearts of those privileged to have known and loved him. 

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Memorial Celebration of Sam's life

Saturday, April 27, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

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