December 31, 1961 - November 6, 2017 - Ella Janette 'Jan' Ruckel was born Dec. 31, 1961, to Evelyn and Johnnie Ruckel in Roseburg.

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Ella Janette 'Jan' RuckelElla Janette "Jan" Ruckel was born Dec. 31, 1961, to Evelyn and Johnnie Ruckel in Roseburg. She passed away in her home surrounded by her loved ones on Nov. 6, 2017.

Jan was a professional driver. If it had wheels, she would drive it. Throughout her life, she drove school bus, Greyhound and over the road long haul; she even drove log truck. Jan also trained horses for a living, so if she wasn't on the road, you might find her on the trail. Some of her most precious moments in her life were spent in the saddle. She loved riding horses and spending time outdoors. Jan could spend hours sitting on the front porch watching the sunrise with her mom. Jan enjoyed spending quality time with her family, especially her children.

Some of Jan's favorite accomplishments were horseback trips that she took on the Pacific Crest Trail. Training the animals and understanding them gave her a great sense of joy.

Jan is survived by her mother, Evelyn Ruckel; children, Christopher Holven, of Sandy, and Kristina Gaylord, of Amboy, Washington; sisters, Irene Anderson, of La Center, Washington, Elizabeth Thomas, of La Center, Washington, and Gail Smyth of La Center, Washington; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; her horse, Pouty; and of course, her beautiful Great Dane, Sage.

Jan was preceded in death by her father, Johnnie Ruckel.

There was a memorial service for Jan on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Church of Christ in Redmond.

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