1924 - 2013
Kenneth Ruben, 88, of Medford, Ore. passed away Friday, January 25, 2013. He was born December 18, 1924 to John and Agnes (Knowland) Ruben in Muskogee, Okla. Kenneth grew up on farms in Muskogee. He met and married the love of his life, Opal Ashby, November 21, 1942. They had one son, Harold Wayne Ruben. They celebrated 68 years of marriage. Kenneth lost Opal April 5, 2011 after a 10-year illness.
On August 10, 1943 Ken went to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was deployed to Guam, Guadalcanal, Marshall Islands, and other locations in the Pacific campaign. His son Harold was born while Ken was overseas. Ken was honorably discharged December 14, 1945. He was the recipient of numerous awards and medals but he was the most proud of the medal given to him by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Shortly after his discharge he moved his family to Oregon and settled in Medford where he worked in the grocery business until his retirement in January 1987. Ken was a very honorable man. He was honest and a hard worker. Kenneth was the oldest of seven children. Some of his hobbies were hunting, fishing, camping (especially with his brother, Carol) and later his son, Harold. He enjoyed woodworking and vegetable gardening. He was a fan of Oregon Ducks football and he loved visiting and reminiscing with his fellow Marine veterans. Most of all he loved his family.
Kenneth was preceded in death by sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Robert Baldwin of Escondido, Calif.; sister, Sharon Backo of Muskogee Okla.; brother-in-law, Earl Smith of West Covina, Calif.; brother-in-law, Bill Tinney of Tulsa, Okla.; and sister-in-law, Barbara Ruben of Stillwell, Okla.
He is survived by his son, Harold Ruben of Medford Ore.; brother and sister-in-law, Carol and Rosie Ruben of Stillwell, Okla.; sister, Marilyn Smith of West Covina, Calif.; sister, Shirly Tinney of Tulsa Okla.; brother-in-law, John Backo of Muskogee, Okla.; and sister, Jean Ruben of Muskogee, Okla. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Frank Ashby and wife Sonja of Wasco, Ore.; two grandchildren, Jeff of Redding, Calif. and Michelle of Las Vegas Nev.; six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A very grateful "Thank You" to Sherry Stockton. She was Ken's caregiver of almost two years. Sherry was just like family. She made the last two years of his life beautiful and rich. The family will always be thankful to Sherry for all her love and care.
Ken and Opal will be buried at Three Rivers Cemetery in Okay, Oklahoma at 1:00 pm August 9th, 2013 with a Military Honors Service.