Obituary – Ruby Stacker

Last Updated on April 10th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Ruby Irene Stacker, 93, of Tiskilwa, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Illinois. Ruby was born to Marshall L. and Freda I. (Heininger) Downey on June 8, 1924 on the Downey family farm at Lone Tree, Wheatland Township, Illinois.

She married James L. Stacker on October 28, 1951. He preceded her in death on August 23, 1962. Also preceding her in death were her brother Harold Downey, brother-in-law Francis Ary, and nephew Ted Downey.

She is survived by three children David Stacker (Leslee) of LaSalle, John Stacker (Ellen) of Bloomington, and Abby McAnally (John) of Downers Grove; six grandchildren Christopher (Shuqing), Rebecca, and Sara Stacker, Kevin and Quinn McAnally and Brin (Daniel) Higgins; her sister Dorothy Ary; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruby attended a one room schoolhouse at Lone Tree and graduated from Tiskilwa High School in 1942. After graduating from Brown’s Business College, she worked at Caterpillar and the law firm Bartley & Bartley in Peoria. She also managed the family farms and worked for many years at the Tiskilwa State Bank.

Ruby was very active in the Tiskilwa community, including being the Treasurer of the Tiskilwa United Methodist Church and a founding member of the Tiskilwa Historical Society. She was also a member of the Tiskilwa Library Board, Tiskilwa School Board, Tiskilwa Zoning Board, Methodist Women, Loyal Daughters, and the Yoked Parish Bible Study Group.

She loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed reading, her daily crossword puzzle (in pen), and caring for her many plants.She was known as a strong independent woman who never spoke an ill word of others, worked hard throughout her life, and raised three young children on her own.

Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM on Friday April 13, 2018 in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, April 14 in the Tiskilwa Community Church. Private online condolences may be left for the family at Memorials may be directed to Tiskilwa Community Church, Tiskilwa Historical Society, or Tiskilwa Ambulance.