RACINE - James Raymond Ruebsamen, age 65, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, with his family by his side, from complications of heart surgery that took place on March 17th. James was born in Kenosha on November 28, 1948 to the late Raymond and Kirsten (née: Christensen) Ruebsamen. He was a 1966 graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School. Jim was united in marriage with Elaine Emma (née: Fonk) on December 31, 1991. With a tremendous work ethic, he was a longtime employee of WE Energies, where he proudly served as President of the United Steelworkers #2006. Jim had retired this past December. Jim was an all-around sports fan, who enjoyed playing baseball and basketball in his younger years. He loved to work out at the gym, being motivated and driven he could bench press over 300 lbs. well into his 50's. A strapping 6 foot 4 inches in height, Jim was a gentle giant who had a keen sense of humor and loved making others laugh. He was his daughter, Betzi's, number one fan in the Special Olympics and could often be seen taking his canine sidekick, Charlie, for a walk. Jim also took great pride in supporting his wife, Elaine's, business at Elaine's Wig Studio on 52nd Street. Never forgetting the importance of love, Jim always made sure every female in the family received a special Valentine's Day present
he never missed. Above all, he will always be remembered for his endless wit and great love for his family. Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 23 years, Elaine; children, Roland (Jamie) Loney, Jr.; Stacy (Scott) Lundy, Colleen (Eric Helgeland) Ruebsa- men, Betzi Ruebsamen and Nicole (Matt) Beck; grandchildren, Carmelina (Nick) Schmoll, Frank Alfano, Robert Alfano, Joseph Lundy, Jake Lundy, Rosie Helgeland, Ethan Beck, Madison Loney and Brynn Beck; great-grand- children, Julianna Alfano, Sienna Schmoll and Brody Maki; sisters, Carol (Paul) Bettendorf and Janet (Kenneth) Bastian; sisters-in-law, Carol Uebe, Pat (Randy) Pulera, Leona Fonk and Linda Fonk; brother-in-law, Robert Cavallo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends - too numerous to mention all by name. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his nephew, David Phillips; Elaine's parents, Russell and Adelaide Fonk; brothers-in-law, Frank Fonk and Phil Uebe; and sister-in-law, Dolores Fonk-Cavallo. Funeral services celebrating Jim's life will be held in the Draeger- Langendorf Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Wednesday from 5-7 pm. Cremation will follow the services. In memory of Jim, memorials may be made to the Special Olympics. Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory 4600 County Line Rd. 552-9000 www.draeger-langendorf.com
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Published in Racine Journal Times from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2014