The popular leader of the First Baptist Church in Dunkerton took his own life Wednesday morning, stunning members of the congregation and many in the wider community.
The Rev. Allen “Tommy” Rucker — known affectionately as Pastor Tommy — died after inflicting a gunshot wound, according to Police Chief Tim Schultz.
Though still investigating Wednesday afternoon, Schultz said nothing so far suggested the incident was anything more than a suicide. Rucker died behind the church parsonage where he lived.
“There is nothing suspicious,” Schultz added.
Rucker, 54, joined the church in January 2007. He participated in a deacons’ meeting Tuesday night, according to Dick Ede, a member of the congregation and church treasurer.
“He was as jovial and was cutting up just like he always was in situations like that,” Ede said. “There was no indication of anything wrong at all.”
Rucker, a native of Kentucky, graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, according to the church’s website.
While there, he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He previously served two other congregations, but the website did not specify where.
“He and his wife, Kay, have been happily married since 1981, and they are the proud grandparents of seven beautiful and intelligent grandchildren,” the site added.
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SOURCE: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier