SYCAMORE – Duane Henry Rubendall, 70, of Sycamore, Ill., died Friday, May 2, 2014 at home from leukemia. |
He was born March 16, 1944, in Dixon, to Raphael and Velva (Smith) Rubendall.
He graduated from Northern Illinois University after service in the U.S. Army as an electronics technician stationed in Asmara, Eritrea. While an NIU student, he met his wife-to-be, Anne Marie Shifflett. They were married June 20, 1970, and settled in Genoa, later moving to Sycamore.
A commercial artist, Duane worked for the DEKALB AgResearch family of companies for more than 30 years in a variety of positions related to communications. After his retirement in 1999, he continued to work for Monsanto as a retiree for an additional nine years. In his career, he represented the company domestically and in eight foreign countries.
Retirement offered the couple an opportunity to realize their shared ambition to travel and explore. Among other things, they attended classes in Ireland and participated in an archaeological dig on Easter Island.
Duane's interest in aviation eventually led to private and commercial licenses, as well as instrument and multiengine-engine ratings. He was a member of Sycamore Sportsmen's Club and Sycamore United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter, Renee (Douglas) Huntman; son, David Rubendall; two grandsons, Zachary and Samuel Huntman; and brother, Ben (Susan) Rubendall.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Samuel D. Chriss; and sister-in-law, Kathryn (Gallagher) Rubendall.
The family thanks Dr. Memon (Kishwaukee Cancer Center), Dr. Smith (Loyola Hospital) and Dr. Frankfurt (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) and their staff for the care provided to Duane.
A memorial visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave., Sycamore, with a memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. Military honors will be conducted after the service, followed by a luncheon and time for fellowship at the church.
Memorials can be made to Sycamore United Methodist Church, the DeKalb Area Agriculture Heritage Association or the KishHealth Systems Hospice in care of Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.
For information or to sign the online guest book, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.
Published in Daily Chronicle on May 9, 2014