Dr. Donald C. Ruble

Dr. Donald C. Ruble

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Donald C. Ruble 79, passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in River Falls, Wis., with family by his side after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Don was born April 7, 1938, in Owatonna, Minn., son of late Donald and Margaret (Chambers) Ruble. Don married his college sweetheart Susan Marie Beaver on March 14, 1959, in Kasson, Minn. They were blessed with three children, Jodi Ann, Jenna Marie and Donald Thomas. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and an example to all by how he loved and lived life to the fullest.

Don enjoyed basketball, golf, tennis, skiing and piloting his airplane. He never lost his love for music and continued to play in bands throughout his life. Don loved to travel and spend time with his children, grandchildren and friends.

Don dedicated his life to education. He graduated from high school from Waseca, Minn., in 1956 and Mankato State University with a B.S. (1960) and M.A. (1965) in music education. He completed his Educational Specialist degree (1972) and Ph.D. (1982) in Educational Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

He began his teaching career in Frederic, Wis., as a band director and continued teaching in Mason City and Des Moines, Iowa. Don was a principal in Mason City and Cherokee, Iowa, and Mankato, Minn. He was Superintendent of Schools in Fairmont and in Forest Lake, Minn. He was a man of great integrity who treated everyone with dignity and respect.

Don is survived by his wife, Susan (Beaver) Ruble; daughters, Jodi LaChance and Jenna Ruble (Teri); daughter-in-law, Lisa Waypa (Bob); sister, Virginia “Ginger” Kettwig; nine grandchildren; and one great- granddaughter; brother-in-law, Tom (Ann) Beaver; sister-in-law, Betsy Barry; several nieces, nephews, countless treasured friends and colleagues.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Donald Thomas Ruble; and brother-in-law, Jim Kettwig.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or Adoray Hospice, PO Box 95, Baldwin, WI 54002. Comments and condolences can be sent to Don’s family through Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls, Wis.