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September 24, 2018

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January 23, 2018
I first met Don in the spring of 1971. I was finishing an M.A. in History at Bowling Green. Don was the principal at Cherokee (Iowa) High School. My folks sent me the Des Moines Register's want ads showing teaching openings in Iowa, so I applied and came out for an interview. As it turned out, I turned Don down, deciding instead to take a teaching assistant's job to work on a Ph.D. in history at the University of Minnesota.

Two years of futility at the U of M led me to write a letter of regret to Don, telling him I had made a mistake in not taking his job offer at Cherokee. He wrote back and told me he was now in Mankato and would be the principal of Mankato West High School when it opened for the 1973-74 school year. He also encouraged me to come down and meet with him to see if there was a position for me.

I met with Don and he offered me the job of being his de facto assistant principal. Technically, I was an "administrative assistant"; in reality I was Mankato West's disciplinarian.

Two weeks of chasing kids and talking with parents led me to take the LSAT and, ultimately, enroll in law school at the U of M in the fall of 1974.

Still, my year working for Don is one that provides me with fond memories . Don was an excellent principal and a good friend. I came close to emulating him by going into school administration, but the law called louder.

I live in Chaska, Minnesota. We have an excellent Community Center and for years I participated in men's pickup basketball games over the noon hours and Tuesdays and Fridays. One of life's pleasant surprises was showing up on a Friday noon in the 1990s and finding Don playing basketball with us. He was in town for a school administrator's conference and learned about the basketball games. So....I can say Don was not only a great boss and a great friend, but he also was a great basketball teammate as well.
January 17, 2018
Mr. Ruble was my band director at Des Moines Hoover High School 1967-68. I haven't seen him since then but he made a huge impact on my life in just that one year. I am now retired from 37 years in music education and am still playing trumpet. Thank you Mr. Ruble for your influence!
January 6, 2018
January 6, 2018
Don and I grew up in Waseca, Minnesota where we became best friends, played four sports for the Waseca Bluejays and enjoyed life in our small town. What a friend. What a man. What a family man. What a musician. God blessed Don richly and he in turned blessed so many others. I miss him.