SERVUS! founders awarded key to the city

Photo courtesy of Diane Manley
Bob and Lovella Ruckriegel were presented a key to the City of Jasper on Thursday.

From local sources

JASPER — Mayor Terry Seitz presented Bob and Lovella (Sendelweck) Ruckriegel a key to the City of Jasper Thursday during a ceremony at Northwood Retirement Community.

The Ruckriegels were instrumental in the establishment of the Good Samaritan nursing home in Jasper. In 1967, Bob served as the president of the campaign committee in a successful effort to raise $100,000 for a 72-bed nursing facility and served on the Board of Directors through 2016. The Ruckriegels were both recently named the Northwood Retirement Community Volunteers of the Year.

They are founders of SERVUS!, formerly known as BR Associates, and remain actively involved in the business they started in 1964. SERVUS! currently operates 148 Long John Silver’s, Denny’s, Grandy’s, and Wendy’s restaurants, McAlister’s Deli in Bedford, and the Jasper 8 Cinema, along with numerous real estate holdings.

Bob was the first living inductee to the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame in 2015. He has been involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, Children’s Miracle Network, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Riley Hospital for Children. He has been a member of the board of directors for the Jasper Plan Commission, president and board member for Jasper Junior Achievement, president of the Northwood Good Samaritan Society board, and a member of the Jasper Jaycees and Jasper Chamber of Commerce among many other groups. He is also the current president of the Dubois County Tourism Commission board.

Bob and Lovella have been married for 60 years. Their sons, Al and Sid, and several members of their office staff and the staff at Good Samaritan were on hand for Thursday’s event. 

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