James Frederick "Jim" Ruble
1941 - 2020
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Ruble, James Frederick "Jim"

James "Jim" Frederick Ruble, 79, a resident of Safety Harbor, Florida, passed away July 25, 2020. Jim was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 4, 1941 to Jemima Irene (Martin) and Frederick James Ruble. The family moved when Jim was very young and he grew up in Adams County, Colorado.
Jim graduated from Westminster High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17. He served at Camp Pendleton, California and Okinawa, Japan. Jim's specialty was Combat Engineering and Explosive Ordinances. He achieved the rank of Corporal, served as Squad Leader and received the Good Conduct Medal while completing numerous college courses. He loved the Marine Corps and spoke of it often throughout his life.
He met the love of his life, Marilyn Loest, while they both attended Westminster High School in Westminster, Colorado. They began their life together after Jim finished service and were married on September 1, 1963. They enjoyed nearly 57 years of friendship and love that has been an example to their children.
Jim's first priority was always his family and he made many sacrifices to ensure their wellbeing. His first two children, Michele and Jimmy, were raised in Colorado. For nine years, he served as a firefighter with the Denver Fire Department. He also worked as a carpenter and auto mechanic. In 1978, he began a long career with URS/Greiner in Denver. In 1989, he was relocated to the Tampa office and moved the family's home to Safety Harbor, Florida where his youngest, Melinda, was raised. He served 30 years with URS/Greiner before retiring as Corporate Fleet Manager in 2008.
Jim served for many years on the Fleet Management Advisory Board for Ford Motor Company which allowed him many exciting travels and fed his passion for cars. He especially loved classic cars and restored dozens over his lifetime. His most noteworthy project was building a 1932 Ford Roadster Flathead from its chassis for which he won numerous awards at local car shows.
Jim is survived by his wife Marilyn; daughter, Michelle (Jeff) Bivens of Crested Butte, Colorado; son, James Harvey III (Ann) Ruble of Casper, Wyoming; and Melinda (Matt) Lewis of Tampa, Florida. He has seven grandchildren: James and Sarah Bivens; James Harvey IV and Jacob Ruble; and Emerson, Allie, and Ivey Lewis. He is also survived by his brothers, Jon (Jane) of Livingston, Texas and Dave (Nancy) of Riverton, WY; as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jemima Irene and Frederick James Ruble.
A ceremony with military honors will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver at a later date. Any memorial gifts should be directed to Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, Florida 33760 or suncoasthospicefoundation.org.

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Published in Denver Post on Jul. 29, 2020.
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July 30, 2020
We knew Jim and Marilyn for a few years through a Friend, ( Bill Bugh)
Went Peasant hunting 3 times with us to Park Kansas. I was also in the Marines buy not in the same unit. MACS 23 was my outfit. So sorry to hear about his death.
Joe L Sanchez
July 29, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences dear family and friends. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you. And may you find hope and comfort in God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm". (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17).
July 29, 2020
My condolences to the family. I worked with Jim at Greiner back in the 80's and 90's. Sorry to hear of his passing. Sending healing thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Mary Iampieri
July 29, 2020
The U.S. Marines, Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen, FMF Chaplains, and Associate Members of the E. T Brisson Detachment #063 of the Marine Corps League in Naples, Florida, hereby salute and recognize James Ruble for serving God and his country by becoming a United States Marine. We honor his memory and valiant service to our Corps and our great Nation. Please accept our heartfelt sentiments as a token of our esteem and admiration of his L’Esprit du Corps. Semper Fidelis.

Jack Fulmer (Adjutant Marine Corps League Naples, Florida)
Served In Military Together
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