Joseph A. Rubel

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Passed away peacefully on September 9th, 2013 at his home in Santa Barbara. Born Dec .27th 1924 to Joseph and Elizabeth Rubel he spent his youth in Schenectady NY and then Norwich Conn. Ignoring a deferment, he enlisted in the Army with aspirations of flying planes in WWII. Fortunes of war intervened and instead he became a machine gunner, 12TH Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He saw action in Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, and participated in the pre-parade liberation of Paris which began a lifelong love affair with the city. He was wounded in the battle of Huertgen forest, the precursor to the battle of the bulge. He returned to the US and upon completing his studies in electrical engineering at GE technical college he jumped at the chance to be a field rep in far off places such as Libya and Europe. During these adventures he met the love of his life Alice Bordigoni on a ski slope in Switzerland and married her in England 1952. They lived in England for several years, then returned to the US living in Springfield, Phoenix, Schenectady, and finally Santa Barbara in 1959. Joe raised a family, son Paul Rubel, daughter Sandra Halverson, and Grandson Josh Stockero. For the remainder of his career Joe fulfilled his passion for aeronautics working on the Atlas missile program at Vandenberg AFB. Joe loved playing tennis, swimming, dancing, studying French, writing a book on WWII, and playing pool with his friends at the Elks club. He had a passion for travel that took him all over the world but he always found his way to his beloved Paris including the 50th anniversary of it's liberation where he was interviewed by ABC about his role. We will miss you Rubi, Dad, Grandpy. No service will be held at Joe's request.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31, 2013
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