James Carl Rueger, 78, Clinton, died at 3:35 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 1, 2013) at Manor Court, Clinton.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Interment will be at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, with military honors. A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 103, Clinton.
He was born Oct. 14, 1935, in Downs, son of Walter Carl and Marie Velma Bond Rueger. He married Carolyn Brown, who preceded him in death. He later married Ida Rebecca Glynn on Nov. 18, 1989, in Clinton.
Surviving him is his wife, Ida Rebecca Rueger, Clinton; children, Cindy (Rick) Smith, San Antonio, Texas; James Brian Rueger, Clinton; and Bradley Lewis (Michelle) Rueger, Arcadia, Fla.; stepchildren, Janet (Byron) Hoeffner, Watauga, Texas, and H. Robert (Amy) King, Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Aron and Eric Smith; four great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren, John, Jared, Rebecca, William and Siobhan; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Ezrah and Edith; and a brother, Dale (Brenda) Rueger, Clinton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one stepdaughter, Jeanne Vogel; one grandson, Jared; and one brother, Gene Rueger.
He was in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, serving as an air police, Strategic Air Command.
James served as a Clinton city police officer before retiring. He also then drove trucks for raid construction and he was a Clinton school bus driver.