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Richard C. "Dick" Rubison

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Richard C. "Dick" Rubison Obituary
Richard "Dick" C. Rubison, 88, of Carthage, Mo., died Monday morning (June 25, 2012) after a long illness.

Dick was married to Ruth I. Kolpin Rubison. She survives.

Dick was born June 17, 1924, in Hannibal, Mo., to Howard C. and Mary Elizabeth "Marie" Middendorf. Dick had one younger brother, Howard Joseph (Tena) Rubison, who died in 1991. The Rubison family moved to Quincy when Dick was 13, and his parents established the H.C. Rubison Sweet Shop at Seventh and Maine streets in Quincy.

Dick attended Notre Dame High School and Quincy College. After completing his bachelor's degree, Dick married Mary Catherine Lenane on Nov. 9, 1946. They were members of St. Francis Solanus Parish. They have two children, Richard Michael "Mike" of Lake Bluff and Mary Lynne (Dave) Bordewick of Glen Ellyn. There are six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

While in Quincy, Dick taught chemistry at Quincy College, was director of the metallurgical laboratory at Gardner Denver and then became personnel director of Motorola. Dick accepted a transfer with Motorola to the Webb City, Mo., facility in 1974, and they made their home in Joplin, Mo. After Dick's wife, Mary Catherine, died in 1981, he remained in the Joplin area.

On Sept. 15, 1984, he married Birdie Belle Stephens Garoutte. Dick has one stepdaughter, Glenna (Bruce) Watkins of Joplin, two grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Dick and Birdie were married for 13 years, until her death in 1997. During this time, Dick retired from his work at Motorola after 20 years of service.

Dick met Ruth at the Joplin Historical Society House of Lords Celebration at the Holiday Inn in June 1998. They were introduced by Pedro and Alice Pantajoa. That began a five-year courtship and happy times with the couples' many friends. Dick was united in marriage to Ruth Irene Kolpin on June 14, 2003. She survives. Other survivors are two stepsons, A. Dean Petersen of Nixa, Mo., and Ronald (Louise) Petersen Sr. of Carthage; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

Throughout his life, Dick was an active member of numerous service, community and volunteer associations and was granted many awards for his faithful service to his community. Some of his longest associations were with the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International and the Catholic parishes in each city where he lived.

Quincy associations and awards include St. Francis Parish Council trustee and president of the Parish Board at St. Francis Parish; member and past president of Holy Name Society; president of the St. Vincent DePaul Society; president and member of the board of directors, Catholic Charities; member of Diocesan Board of Education, Springfield Diocese; president of Christian Brothers High School and Notre Dame High School parents clubs; member of the Mart Heinen Club, Quincy College; chairman of Quincy Transit Commission of the city of Quincy; adviser and board member of Quincy Junior Achievement; member of American Management Association; member of the American Society for Quality Control; board member of Quincy Heart Association; American Red Cross first aid instructor; president of United Community Services of Adams County -- Quincy -- 1975; Voice of Motorola Citation of Merit Award -- Master Reporter -- 1971; and National Management Association -- Junior Achievement Advisor Team Award -- 1967.

Joplin and Carthage awards and associations include Southwest Missouri Chapter American Red Cross, Chapter Chairman Award -- 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000; Western Jasper County Chapter American Red Cross Chairman Award -- 1993; board member, American Red Cross Ozark Regional Blood Services of Springfield, Mo., for eight years; American Red Cross Distinguished Volunteer Service Award -- 1994; The Freeman Foundation Quality in Medicine Award -- 2000; Southwest Missouri Chapter American Red Cross -- 30 years of Service Award -- 1995; St. John Medical Center Foundation board member for six years; committee and cast member of "Blast From the Past"; St. John Medical Center Progress of Healthcare Award -- 1994; Century Member Award -- Boy Scouts of America -- 1995, board member for 15 years; Rotary Club member since 1985, served as president 1992-1993; Rotary Club coordinator and Rotary host chair; Rotary International Service Above Self Award -- 1994; Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award; Rotary certificate of Honorary Membership -- 1997; Mercy Regional Health Foundation Award -- 1992; Southwestern Bell Telephone Senior Volunteer Award -- 1991; president of the Joplin Workshop Inc. board of directors -- 1987, board member for 15 years; Personnel Professional Award -- 19 years of devoted service to the employees of Motorola -- 1985; Motorola Recreation Committee -- 17 years of Faithful Service Award -- 1983; Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, 1983 through 2002; chairman of Ozark Public Television Winefeast for several years; member of Sacred Heart Church, Webb City, since 1974; member of board of directors of Sacred Heart Parish -- five years; chairman for Turkey Feast at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for several years; member of choir, Eucharistic minister and trustee for Sacred Heart Parish.

Dick enjoyed people, music, whistling, dancing, golfing, fishing, playing cards and volunteering. A distinguishing trademark was his laugh and his love of God, family, friends and life.

SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Webb City. Eulogy will be given by Dr. Mitch Stinnett.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Petersen Jr., John Motazedi, Darren Miller, Chaz Miller, Brad Anderson and Barry Moehring. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Mitch Stinnett, Dan L. Stanley, Hans Ytell, Dr. Ned Chase, Dean Burpo and Chuck Brown. Graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Quincy.

VISITATION: Prayer services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage, with the Rev. Bill Hodgson. Visitation will follow.

MEMORIALS: Hospice Compassus of Joplin or St. Ann's Church of Carthage or Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Webb City, in care of Ulmer's Funeral Home.

ARRANGEMENTS: Ulmer Funeral Home, Carthage, and Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, Quincy.

WEBSITE: www.ulmerfh.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from June 27 to June 29, 2012
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